60s Retro Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed 60s Retro event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


A 60s retro party will no doubt leave guests feeling far out and groovy, but what will really set that feeling in the air is the right kind of music. The 60s are well known for flared pants and the music that created revolution. Celebrating a special event with outstanding performances that include singing, dancing and acting is a great way to keep the guests involved in the celebration. These fun activities are perfect for guests of all ages and will add a great deal to the celebration. More often than not, these performances will be the perfect addition to a fun filled and exciting event.

Songs like; At Last by Etta James, Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles, The Twist by Chubby Checker, Big Girls Do not Cry by The Four Seasons, Surfin U.S.A. by the Beach Boys, Twist and Shout by The Beatles, My Girl by the Temptations, Stop! In the Name of Love by The Supremes, I am a Believer by The Monkeys, Respect by Aretha Franklin, Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison, Sittin on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding, Born to Be Wild by Steppenwolf, Hello I Love You by The Doors, Son of a Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield, and Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Most often when people think of 60s retro parties they are thinking of the late 60s and the more hippy feeling, but the music from the entire decade will bring back memories and will cause guests to get up and put on their dancing shoes. With the wide variety of music and party supplies available from the 60s it won’t be hard to find music that will please all of your guests. Line wicker baskets with colorful cloth napkins that can be matched to a theme, while being used to serve food or hold things like utensils. With a spool of ribbon you can, tie napkins and dinnerware with a bow, make curly streamers, tie ribbon around chairs, add accents to floral arrangements, just go as far as your creativity will take you. Decorations help transform a room into something more for that special day so look forward to learning some exciting and creative ideas.

Throw a 60s retro themed party with the necessary homemade party supplies and decorations. Creating a groovy, psychedelic atmosphere with 60s decorations will make the party truly memorable. Most hosts will find that fun and exciting activities will be a great addition to this fun filled celebration. More often than not fun activities in which everyone can play and participate along with decorative supplies will liven up the event and make it very special. For this reason, planning and organization will be very beneficial for the host.

Handmade 60s invitations can easily be made and are tons of fun to do. Use psychedelic colors on the invitations with the peace symbols, hippies, and smiley faces. Tell guests to dress up in 60s garb for the party as well. An easy party supply that can be made with few materials are 60s party banners and posters. Use paint for the welcome banner and draw large peace symbols and smiley faces on white paper. Print out numerous 60s icons and hang them on the walls. Dedicate an entire area or party location for a collage of 60s icons.

Tye dye was very popular in the 60s; therefore use tye dye party supplies any way and every way possible for the 60s party. For the party table, tye dye the tablecloth (research how to make tye dye items). Also, for those who do not have the opportunity to dress up for the party, make a few tye dye t-shirts to pass out to those who do not arrive in 60s attire.


A chocolate 60s Retro Dots cake is the perfect cake for a 60s retro party. This exciting and fun event is the ideal time for a variety of creative desserts and other tasty treats designed especially for this celebration. These items are always a great addition to a celebration and most often the addition of enjoyable fares that are designed especially for this gathering will make everyone feel very special. This cake is a very unique looking cake and is perfect for the occasion. This cake is designed with two round devils food cakes. Although the 60s retro cake can be any flavor, some type of chocolate cake is always a hit. After the cake cools, it must be covered with chocolate frosting and then the cake 60 retro cake should be adorned with dots (these can be made from icing or cookies). Regardless of the type of dots placed on the cake, they will look great.

Many of your 60s retro guests will enjoy a 60s retro dots cake and will find the party supplies to be very inviting. Therefore, party supplies such as colorful balloons, party streamers and strobe lights will only add to the 60s retro party theme. Additionally, a large 60s retro party banner located outside the room or house will be a welcomed addition to the party.

Furthermore, planning the 60s retro birthday cake and additional party supplies such as centerpieces, cake boxes and party music for the 60s retro party will take time, but will bring a great deal of fun and entertainment to the 60s retro party.

The long-standing joke seems to be, if you can remember the 60s retro you probably were not there. It was a time of feeling groovy, loving peace not war and the British Invasion of the Beatles. Short shorts, mini skirts, and long hair, long boots, and even long fringe on leather jackets were common sites on the fashion scenes. Modernist furniture and art were making their stamp upon the world as Andy Warhol’s painting of Campbell’s soup cans became a pop icon. Smile faces, peace signs, Killroy, flower power and love beads were also common themes of the decade. These fun items along with cute supplies are always a great addition to a celebration and fun posters that include designs and greetings that are perfect for the celebration will liven up the event and make everyone feel very special. More often than not, these signs and posters will add a lot of fun to the celebrated get together.

So how do you bring the ambiance back to create a successful 60s theme party? Start with lighting. Replace standard white bulbs with tinted bulbs of yellow, green, red, or blue for psychedelic effects. Try to find a couple of lava lamps to put on tables as focal points for discussion. Decorate the entry way your guests will use with either love beads, flower garlands or strings of smiley faces, peace signs and ying/yang symbols.

Encourage your guests to come dressed for the decade in hippie clothing and ready to get their hands dirty. Have activity stations that include tie-dying a new white t-shirt (can buy at discount rates in bulk if you plan ahead), face painting, and a button making station where buttons of their choice can be crafted – remember all those that said Make Love Not War? Other games can include 60s trivia and stick the sticker on the Volkswagen Bus! To wind down the night, be prepared to give a nod to the 60s Beatnik movement with your own open mic poetry reading. Serve fresh drinks or coffee and have ever settle into a comfortable seat. Pass out random topics (the more random the better) and give the guests 5-6 minutes to improvise a poem about the topic. Be prepared to go first to break the ice and don’t forget to snap your fingers to show your appreciation at their raw creative talent!

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60s Retro History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the 60s Retro theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

Wanting to throw a different kind of party for your daughters teen party this year, and you have noticed they are getting into different eras of music, or more so into the 1960s so why not throw a 60s retro era themed party? Now depending on if you want to throw a birthday party or your typical fun, weekend slumber party with a little added umpf. Either way this is one great way to teach your kids about history and American culture. Obviously the 60’s retro era was a time for peace and love. The kids were all flower child’s, wearing flowers in their hair, hopping in VW vans and traveling cross country to attend different peace seminars or concerts with John Lennon. Why not turn this into a positive event and create a psychedelic fun decorated environment, bring in different home cooked foods, turn on the peace and love making music and see where the night takes you.

Most people are amazed at the history behind many of the shows from the present and past. Like others before them the times of past and the recordings are often as interesting now as they were many years ago. For this reason, fans of the show have held strong and their popularity has continued to grow. As you get ready to have a class reunion or other event with the 60’s retro era as your theme you want to be sure that you have your facts right, especially if the class reunion is for the class of 1960-1969. These kinds of parties can be kid friendly, or they can be fun for the adults as well, and we all know adults know how to party like no child has ever considered. But if you decide to make this kid friendly, break out the bright yellow smiley faces, long pheasant skirts, head bands and fun music of the Beetles, John Lennon and other inspiring artists. Build excitement about the event by doing something different or unique with the invitations like including artwork or a picture to the guests. Sending out save-the-date cards is extremely important as the holidays approach and guests have a number of social engagements to attend. Build excitement about the event by doing something different or unique with the invitations like including artwork or a picture to the guests. The history of 60s Retro has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for 60s Retro to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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