If you’re looking for a creative way to spend an evening, plan a flower child theme party. It will be loads of fun and the older guests will take a stroll down memory lane.
To do this right, you’ll need to move back in time to the late 1960s and the early 1970s. The flower children, also known as hippies and freaks, were the rebels of those decades, promoting peace during the Vietnam war and free expression in the realm of drugs and sex. You’ll of course avoid the excesses (free love and marijuana) and focus on the décor, the dress, and the music. If you’re inviting an older crowd, you may have a few leftover flower children at your disposal to help you plan the party.
The psychedelic colors of the flower children were purportedly a product of “acid trips” and a search for freedom. In reality, the off-the-wall pale greens, squiggly patterns, and uncoordinated color combinations were more the product of rebelling against their parents.
If you’re not willing to paint an era-colored room, focus on hanging posters of rock stars and anti-war messages. These will be hard to come by but eBay might be of some help. Old peace sign “broken crow’s foot” or “broken cross” posters were very popular.
Black lights were popular and many of the era-specific posters were designed to be seen by this light. One room set up this way will probably job some memories.
Incense was very popular. The poorest among the flower children simply burned candles.
Ask your party-goers to dig deep into their old clothing. Though it’s doubtful they’ll fit their old bell-bottom jeans and blue work shirts, it’s worth a try. Some flower children wore clothing that was wildly colored. Many wore holey jeans and shirts. White muslin shirts and tank tops were the rage.
Plan on wearing sandals, moccasins, or going barefoot.
To plan a flower child theme party you’re going to need music. The era ushered in notables such as Cat Stevens, Arlo Guthrie, and Gordon Lightfoot. Folk rock groups like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and hard rock folks like Led Zepplin filled the radio waves. If you can find LPs and a phonograph player, you’re all set. Otherwise, you’ll have to improvise. If you need to buy some music, look under the Oldies category online or at the music store. Believe it or not, it’s still popular today.