Celebrate peace and music with a Woodstock-themed birthday
June 30, 2010
The original Woodstock was more than 40 years ago but its legacy still lives on. The iconic images of the peace and music festival are emblamatic of late 60s culture in the United States and some of the performances, like Jimi Hendrix's awesome rendition of the Star Spangled Banner are timeless. Although children today were not even a thought in their parents' minds in 1969, that does not mean a Woodstock-themed birthday party can be any less engaging for children and adults alike. Adding some flower power to a party will certainly result in a groovy time for all.
As is the case with any shindig, the perfect invitations for your hippie happenings are an essential aspect. Sending out tie-dye invitations will surely get the message across that your party is a place for peace, love and happiness. If this design is not an option, maybe send out invitations shaped like a smiley face or a similar object that will have the same impact on the recipient.
Decorations often make or break any party, but it is especially important for a Woodstock theme party because the wrong ambiance will harsh everyone's mellow. There are a copious amount of 60s decorations that can bring a far out atmosphere to your party. Hanging brightly colored fringe garland is one way to set the mood and flower or butterfly danglers will be a nice touch. Consider setting up a cardboard cutout in the international man of mystery himself, Austin Powers, to ensure that your party is both switched on, and smashing. If that sort of thing isn't your bag, play some Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane or Grateful Dead and set the mood that way.
When your guests get hungry it will be necessary to have the proper plates and silverware to help them out. Expand your mind with some psychedelic tie-dye plates and complement them with bright red, yellow, blue and green napkins. Your guests will think the set up is far out if you drape tables with a similarly colored table cover.
Most of all, a Woodstock theme birthday party will give guests the opportunity to dress up. There are endless options that go far beyond the standard tie-dye shirts. Hippie costumes complete with head bands and John Lennon-esque sunglasses would be fantastic combination. Accessories can also add another element to the party, including peace sign necklaces or bracelets. If anybody is feeling particularly musical, provide them with a tambourine to bang out their favorite tune. Gift bags can be stocked with toys from the 60s, like the ever-popular slinkee or perhaps some stickers reflecting the era. For activities, there is nothing more chill than kicking around the hacky sack out back.
Whether or not you were alive during the original Woodstock, it is high time that you host your very own birthday party and everybody can celebrate the memory of a milestone in American pop culture history.