Remember the 1960's Hippie Party

Published : 16/02/2009 19:20:46
Categories : Party Themes and Occasions

My family travelled to San Francisco recently for the wedding of my wife's older brother. We took advantage of the time, and did some very typical tourist things, including riding a cable car and touring Alcatraz. My eight year old son is quite fond of the Disney Herbie the Love Bug movies, so we did some sightseeing in the city where we figured out parts of those movies had been filmed.

At my insistence, we also visited the birthplace of the hippie movement, San Francisco's San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. The area itself still has some flavour of the 1960's, but also has a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop, so The Man is definitely moving into the neighbourhood too.

We explained to the kids, as best we could, what a hippie was. They immediately decided that they wanted to dress up like hippies, and my son suggested hosting a hippie party. "What would you do at a hippie party," I asked, anxious to hear what his idea of a hippie party would be.

"Well, dad, we can make those crazy coloured shirts. You know, the ones with those swirly colours." "You mean tie died shirts?" "Yea, those. It looks like a white shirt with some paint smeared on it. We can have everyone bring one to the party, and we can have a bunch of different colours. My friends can make their own hippie tie died shirt" "Hey, what about my friends?" my daughter chimed in. "We will invite your friends too sweetheart,” my wife answered. She then looked at me and suggested making bead art in addition to tie died shirts. We talked a bit more about this idea, and decided to host a Tye Dye T-Shirt Party theme for entertainment at our hippie party once we got back home. After all, we could use just a little bit more colour in our lives.

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