How to have a Hip 60th Birthday Party
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!
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.
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
- Fold a large scarf in half to make a triangle.
- Place the largest straight end over your forehead.
- Wrap the ends towards the back of your head and tie them once (don't make a knot).
- Bring the loose ends back toward the front of your head and tie them at the forehead.
- 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!
Things will never be the same again! Neither will you
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.
- 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
Prep Time: 10
Total Time: 40
- 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
- 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
- Place butter, brown sugar and chocolate in a large saucepan and stir over medium heat until well combined
- Remove from heat and beat in the eggs using a wooden spoon
- Sift together the flour, cocoa and baking powder into the chocolate mixture and stir until well combined.
- 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.
How's this for a Hippie Cake!
Making a Rainbow Cake
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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?
And peace to you, brothers and sisters
© 2011 Susanna Duffy