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How to have a Hip 60th Birthday Party

Updated on January 12, 2015
Let your hang down and let it all hang out
Let your hang down and let it all hang out

Sixty is 16 celsius

Planning a 60th birthday party?

Why not make a big occasion like this a load of fun. Go for a hippie party, let your hair hang down and relive some crazed days of your youth.

Invite your own Beautiful People for a party-in, get a cool nostalgic high, then mellow in the hazy afterglow. Once again, get real.

You don't need the primo acapulco to relive old times. You've got new Granny Glasses haven't you?

It's your party. Tie Dye if you want to!

It's your party - tie dye if you want to!
It's your party - tie dye if you want to!

Go Retro

Let's face it - adults are just kids grown older.

We like to dress up too and, short of returning to the nursery, a hippe themed occasion is bound to be heaps of fun.

Send out invitations to your friends asking them to dress appropriately. It's simple for anyone to dress in hippie gear, to tie on a headband,and wear a peace symbol or two.

Your friends will enjoy the chance to, literally, let their hair down and tell it like it is, Man..

Whether you want them to behave like hippies is up to you.

Couples can match their tie-dyes
Couples can match their tie-dyes

What will you Wear?

The all important wardrobe for the true hippie look is au naturelle. Fortunately this isn't a hard look to achieve.

Ladies, you can always let your hair hang down over your scrubbed clean face although I recommend, from personal experience, a light foundation to conceal most of your natural skin. Keep your bra on too.

Men can lash out on bright colours, anything flamboyant, with lots and lots of things to dangle from the neck.

A gaily coloured scarf (preferably tie-dye) is not just de rigeur, but mandatory.If you're hopeless at finding the correct headgear, ask your granddaughter for advice..

More Dress Tips

Vest : Any vest or waistcoat is redolent with flower power memories. If you can find a fringed suede vest you're in hippie heaven.

Beads : Anything embroidered or trimmed with a pattern will hit the spot and any article of clothing with beads, little bells or tiny mirrors will make you the envy of other guests.

Sandals. If it's snowing on the day of the party, boots will pass the grade, but sandals are the best. Big, open-cut, sturdy, peasant-looking sandals.

Can't tie a Headscarf? Wear a Flower Power Headband instead

How to wear a Hippy Headscarf

  1. Fold a large scarf in half to make a triangle.
  2. Place the largest straight end over your forehead.
  3. Wrap the ends towards the back of your head and tie them once (don't make a knot).
  4. Bring the loose ends back toward the front of your head and tie them at the forehead.
  5. Tuck the remaining loose ends back into the scarf.

How to Tie Dye a T Shirt

Tie Dye T Shirts

Get some cheap white T Shirts in large sizes. You'll need as many as you have guests.

You should be able to pick up some cheap shirts for a couple of dollars each.

I used to tie dye using rubber bands and rumpling the shirts up into a big ball, but it seems there are much better ways of doing it.

You must play Woodstock!

Time Travel at its Best

Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music

Can you remember 1969 and possibly the greatest music event ever? If you can remember, you're to be congratulated.

Relive those glory days of Peace and Music, play the discs and let guests watch, listen or just groove out.

The music of Joan Baez, Santana, and Crosby, Stills and Nash will waft through your house like incense. Not to forget Jimi Hendrix!

Plenty more performers too but I can't quite recall them all now.

Hippie Tote Bags for Guests


Fill up the nags with goodies for your guests. Suggestions - a Tie Dye T shirt, a bag of acid drops.


Serve some hippie Food

There's no such thing as hippie food, but don't let that deter you.

A buffet table is the best way to lay out party food, Cover with a tablecloth in the brightest colour you have or buy a wipe-down cloth. Think lime, strawberry, orange, the brighter the better. See if you can dig up some macrame place mats or anything woven or 'natural'-looking. Bright lurid table napkins will go well.

Food Suggestions

  • Bowls of Trail Mix
  • Alfalfa sprouts and sunflower seeds
  • Vegetarian casseroles
  • Rainbow Cake
  • Brownies. No hippie party is complete without brownies

Was there another ingredient? I can't remember now. It was all so long ago

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10

Total Time: 40

Serves: 20


  • 125 g butter chopped
  • 1 cup firmly packed with soft brown sugar
  • 125 g dark chocolate chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease an 18 x 28cm cake tin with the melted butter and line the base of the pan with non-stick baking paper
  2. Place butter, brown sugar and chocolate in a large saucepan and stir over medium heat until well combined
  3. Remove from heat and beat in the eggs using a wooden spoon
  4. Sift together the flour, cocoa and baking powder into the chocolate mixture and stir until well combined.
  5. Pour into the prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until firm and until a few crumbs cling to a skewer when it's inserted into the centre.
Cast your vote for Brownies

How's this for a Hippie Cake!

Making a Rainbow Cake

The Classic Hippie Song

It's been a long time since I wore flowers in my hair, perhaps I should take up the practice again.

In any case, Scott Mackenzie's song is a classic and no 60th birthday party is complete unless everybody sings it, swaying.

Make Sure you Wear a Flower in your Hair - If you can remember this you're going OK

What do you think?

Does a hippie theme birthday party appeal to you?

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And peace to you, brothers and sisters

© 2011 Susanna Duffy

Drop some peace crumbs in my guest book

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    • SusannaDuffy profile imageAUTHOR

      Susanna Duffy 

      3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Peace, Love and Rainbow Coloured Everything to you, Margaret

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      Melody Lassalle 

      3 years ago from California

      This is a great idea for a party! I know a few people who probably have hippy hats and tie dye hidden in their closets. Brings back memories of my childhood with love flower stickers all over the bedroom, black light posters, and oohing and aahing when my sister got the Woodstock double album for her birthday.

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      Diane Cass 

      4 years ago from New York

      Sounds like fun. I especially like the rainbow cake.

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      Margaret Schindel 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts

      It's six months too late for my 60th, but I really grooved on this blast from the past, Susanna! If anyone's doing this for their birthday (60th or otherwise) I'd love to be invited. Peace, love and rainbow-colored everything!

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      oztoo lm 

      6 years ago

      I'm ready for a party as I have a dress a lot like the one in the intro.

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      6 years ago from New York

      I'm diggin' your sense of humor. Good vibes.

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      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      Groovy ideas here. I grew up south of San Francisco. When I was little, I wanted to grow up to be a hippie. I really wanted to own a VW bus with flower decals on it. Then, when I finally got to be a teen, what happened? Disco! Yikes.

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      7 years ago from Montana

      Sounds fun! Someone should start a website and register 60 Hippie parties all over the world, so we could all go and crash them!

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      7 years ago

      Good on ya Susanna, another great lens! Peace out man...

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      7 years ago

      What a colorful idea...if I were having a 60th party,I may consider that.

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      Gordon N Hamilton 

      7 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Plenty of great ideas, Susanna, for all to follow!

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      7 years ago

      Excellent idea. My friend had one for his 50th. It was great fun. I seem to remember another ingredient in those brownies...hmm, what was it? Memory tends to go when one gets old.

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      7 years ago

      This is hilarious! Love your brownies tip and peace cake photos. Would love to see more costume ideas.

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      7 years ago

      Making Hippie a "theme" for a party? Sthg like Victorian or Dinosaur or Ancient Greek? Hmmm... I guess I prefer the real stuff! But it's fun idea, anyway.

    • GonnaFly profile image


      7 years ago from Australia

      The new method for "tie" dyeing was very interesting. You have some COOL ideas here!

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      7 years ago

      I have to say I love the rainbow cake - looks great!

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      7 years ago

      @Lou165: Hehe :)

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      7 years ago

      I used to know how to cook brownies but I've forgotten now

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      7 years ago from Australia

      I love the rainbow cake, but any hippie I know would suggest that there's a missing ingredient to your brownie recipe........not sure that I know what that would be!!

      Great idea for a 60th birthday party.

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      7 years ago from Canada

      I love the rainbow cake. It is so cool. It would make a great addition to a fun 60th birthday party.

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I might go this way for my 60th!Love the Hippie cake and the tote bags!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Lol...the brownie recipe was a really nice touch.

    • seashell2 profile image


      7 years ago

      Very Interesting theme... I like the peace sign totebags! :-)


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