Photo by candeelady
Turn back time for your next soiree, perhaps back to the "Summer of Love" in 1967, and get some inspiration from the hippies.
Cookie has some great tips on throwing a hippie party:
- No hippie party is complete without tie-dying. Get a tie-dying kit and have the kids fold and rubber-band their damp, washed garments. Clip on clothespins with the kids' names to keep them separate. Then, using gloves, immerse the fabric in a tub of the kit's fixer, which allows the dye to bond. Wait some time and then remove. Squeeze out the excess liquid, then place them in plastic storage bins. Have the kids apply multiple dye colors using the kit's squirt bottles, then seal each garment in a plastic bag. (It should sit for 24 hours before being rinsed, washed, and worn).
- Make Spin Art: Place a five-by-seven-inch index card in a salad spinner making sure the corners fit into the slots. Squirt a few drops of tempera paints onto the paper, then cover and spin. Remove the card carefully and lay it flat to dry.
- Make Friendship Bracelets: These can be simple or elaborate designs. Here are instructions for my favorite design.
- Paint Faces: Have the kids paint peace signs, flowers, and hearts on each other's faces using nontoxic face paints.
- Food: Mini veggie burgers topped with sprouts, tomatoes, lettuce, and onions are the healthy hippie answer to the slider. For dessert, create tie-dye pops by alternating layers of fruit puree (made of ½ cup of fruit and one teaspoon each of lemon juice and sugar) and Greek yogurt flavored with lemon, sugar, and vanilla. Swirl with a knife or a skewer, then freeze for 30 minutes.
This theme is great for adults parties, too! Cafe MicheleZ threw a 70s-themed party for her birthday one year. "For food, we had fondue and punch, and only played music from 1972 vinyls (the year I was born) on my record player. I told everyone to dress up 70s, and most everyone did. For decor, I covered my couch in tapestry and printed out photos of my parents from the 70s and hung them on the walls."
Have you ever hosted a hippie-themed party? Do you think you'd ever try this?