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How to Have a Fun Hippie Themed Party

Updated on August 31, 2017
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Faye has lots of experience planning all types of parties for her children and grandchildren. She worked as a cake decorator for 24 years.

Are You Looking for Hippie Party Ideas?

In this article you will find ideas for a fun hippie themed party, including decorating, favors, and cool birthday cakes. A Hippie party is one of my favorite themes and one of the most popular for teens and adults. It's easy to have a groovy time by using lots of tie dye, peace signs, and 60's music.

A fellow blogger, Terra Heck, recently had a hippie theme party for two of her children and she allowed me to use some of the photos of their party.

I hope these ideas will help you when planning your hippie party!

Invitation Tip

In your invitations, encourgage your guest to wear their hippie type clothes.

Decorating Ideas

Decorating Ideas for a Hippie Party

It's easy to decorate for a Hippie themed party. Use lots of bright red, blue, green, and yellow balloons and streamers. Add in a few tie dye balloons. You can also hang a few hippie sayings signs on the wall.The daisy and peace signs were popular icons of the 60's, so anything that you can display having to do with those would be great.

  • Tie Dye balloons
  • Red, blue, green, yellow balloons
  • Red, blue, green, yellow streamers
  • Hippie cut-outs and signs
  • Hippie bus
  • Peace signs
  • Daisies
  • Tie Dye party supplies

Terra Heck's birthday party was at a campground. She hung hippie signs on her camper. (see pic below) Don't they look groovy?

This fun hippie Volkswagen bus cut-out is an icon of the 60s.
This fun hippie Volkswagen bus cut-out is an icon of the 60s. | Source

Decorate with Cut-Outs and Signs

Use decorations that represent the 60s, such as the Volkswagen hippie bus, peace signs, and daisy flowers. You can use cut-outs, tin signs, and even your birthday cake to bring the theme out in your room.

Use tie dye party plates and napkins as a decoration. Note the cookie.
Use tie dye party plates and napkins as a decoration. Note the cookie. | Source

Decorate With Tie Dye Party Supplies

Use tie dye party supplies as part of your decorations. These are easy to find in your local party store or online at Amazon. Usually, you can find the plates, napkins and cups, plus decorations in one kit. This is what Terra used at her party. I love the tie dye design, it's says "hippie"!

Costume Supercenter BB102246 Tie Dye 60S Party Standard Kit Serves 8 Guests
Costume Supercenter BB102246 Tie Dye 60S Party Standard Kit Serves 8 Guests

This kit includes plates, napkins, cups, and cutlery for 8 people. This is the updated version of the kit Terra used for her party. Groovy man!

 

Daisy Bead Curtain

A daisy bead curtain is a great decoration!
A daisy bead curtain is a great decoration! | Source
Beistle 50380-MC 1-Pack Daisy Bead Curtain, 6-Feet 6-Inch by 24-Inch
Beistle 50380-MC 1-Pack Daisy Bead Curtain, 6-Feet 6-Inch by 24-Inch

This daisy bead curtain is perfect for a hippie party or just for anyone who wants to add to the atmosphere in their room. Teens love them!

 

Decorating Tip

Use lots of tie dye, peace signs, and daisies! These are what the 60s were all about.

Party Favors

Party Favor Ideas

These party favors will get your guest in a retro mood!

  1. John Lennon glasses
  2. Hippie headbands
  3. Peace Sign necklace or bracelet
  4. Tie Dye bandanas
  5. Tie Dye inflatable guitar

Favor Tip

Have a variety of favors on hand for your guest to choose their favorite.

Everyone loved the groovy tie dye inflatable guitar!
Everyone loved the groovy tie dye inflatable guitar! | Source

Getting Groovy!

This inflatable tie dyed guitar was the hit of the party! It makes a great decoration or party favor. Be sure to have 60s music playing!

The Birthday Cake

Hippie Birthday Cake Ideas

There are lots of great ideas for a hippie themed birthday cake.

  • Hippie van
  • VW "Love Bug"
  • Peace sign
  • Tie dye
  • Daises

I suggest browsing Pinterest to get great ideas and find your favorite.

Love Bug Cake Topper

Love Bug Birthday Cake
Love Bug Birthday Cake | Source
Decopac Fashion Fun Car DecoSet Cake Topper
Decopac Fashion Fun Car DecoSet Cake Topper

The VW Bug is an icon of the 60's. This is such a fun idea, and easy to do yourself. I made lots of these when I was a cake decorator for Kroger. It was one of the most popular cakes.

 

The Love Bug Birthday Cake

I can't tell you how many of these Love Bug birthday cakes that I made when I worked for Kroger as a cake decorator. They were one of our most popular cakes. You can buy the kit and make it yourself with no problem. We used an air gun to spray on the colors, but you can just use colored icing. Green for the grass and blue for the small pond. Just rough up the icing a little bit to make it look like water. Use a star tip (use this same tip for the border) to make the daisies. You don't have to make them exactly like you see here. You can make smaller daisies or use flower candles or sprinkles.

Note: The video below shows how to make daisies with icing and a simple star decorator tip. You can use this method for the daisies on your Love Bug cake or make a cake with just different color daisies.

Video: How to Make a Daisy

A Daisy Cake

A daisy shaped cake would be perfect for a Hippie themed party. In the video below, you will see how to make your own, by using a Wilton shaped cake pan (I love these pans!) and the star decorating tip to star in the icing. You can make the icing for the petals any color you want. For a hippie party, you might like to use bright colors, like yellow and hot pink.

This daisy cake has hot pink and yellow icing. It was made with the Wilton pan shown below. Perfect for your hippie party.
This daisy cake has hot pink and yellow icing. It was made with the Wilton pan shown below. Perfect for your hippie party. | Source
Wilton Dancing Daisy Cake Pan
Wilton Dancing Daisy Cake Pan

I made a daisy cake with this pan for a friend. It holds one box of cake mix.

 

Video: How to Make a Daisy Cake with a Wilton Shaped Cake Pan

Tie Dye Birthday Cake

Another great idea for a Hippie themed birthday cake is Tie Dye. It's easier than you think to make one! In the video below, you will see that even a kid can do it! This is a quick video that shows how easy it is, using a box of white cake mix, food coloring, white icing, and colorful sprinkles.

Video: How to Make a Tie Dye Cake (So Easy!)

Tie Dyed Birthday Cookies

Tie Dye Birthday Cookie
Tie Dye Birthday Cookie | Source

Terra chose to have tie dyed cookies at her picnic party, instead of a cake. Her mom made the sugar cookies herself, iced them with vanilla candy melt, then added a little food dye and swirled it in with toothpicks to give them a tie-dyed look. You can add colored sugar and flower candies to complete the look. This is a great idea for an outside party, since these are much easier to keep fresh and to serve.

Tie Dye Birthday Cake
Tie Dye Birthday Cake | Source

Peace Sign Birthday Cake

I found this colorful and fun Peace Sign Birthday Cake on The Party Animal Blog. The fun part is that the inside of this cake is tie dyed! How groovy is that? The blog includes step-by-step instructions for making this cake along with lots of pictures.

Tie Dye Cookie Pops
Tie Dye Cookie Pops | Source

Tie Dye Cookie Pops

I love these fun and unique cookie pops! They will make a groovy and yummy idea for your hippie party favors! All of your guest will love 'em!

Nicole has step-by-step directions (and lots of pictures) for making these tie dyed cookies on ThePartyAnimalBlog.org. They're so easy to do, using only refrigerated cookie dough, food coloring, and cookie pop sticks.


Birthday Cake Tip

Make your own cake. It's so much more fun!

But, if you don't, be sure and order it early!

Summary

In this article, I have given ideas for a hippie themed party, using party supplies, decorations, and the birthday cake to bring out the theme. I hope these ideas have helped you plan your party.

I'd like to thank Terra Heck for the great review she gave PartyPantry.com and for giving me permission to use the photos of her party. :)


© 2011 Faye Rutledge

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      Vicki Atchison 3 years ago

      I want to have a Hippie wedding and would love some ideas...thank u

      Vickibirk@yahoo.com

      Peace

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      Straight from my childhood. These look like lots of fun ways to throw a cool hippie party. Peace and Love. Hahahaha

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love this idea! Seriously groovy. hehe. Thanks for sharing.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Tie Dying never went out of fashion and it's a great idea for a party activity.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for this lens, I will be throwing my husband a Hippie themed 30th birthday party!!

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      Escapes2 5 years ago

      I would love to have a Hippie-themed party!

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      @JoshK47: Thanks so much for your visit, comment, and blessing, JoshK47!:)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a fun party idea! :) Totally groovy. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      @thepartyanimal2: Thanks you, Party Animal, for your blessing! I appreciate it! :)

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      Samantha Devereux 6 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Groovy man!

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      thepartyanimal2 6 years ago

      Now this is one Groovy Lens !! Thanks for all the great ideas - I am sure this will help many and it is very well done. *Blessed*, Party on......

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Wow! I just love those hippie party ideas! They're colorful and color bring sunshine rays to any life ;)