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Peace & Love Party

Decorate with authentic sights, sounds, tastes and scents --
and take a trip back to the peace love era!

Dress the Part
Start by sending invitations that reflect the 1960s and 70s.
Ask guests to dress the part by wearing hippie costumes
from the peace and love era. Suggest tie-dye shirts and bell-bottom jeans. To make a hippie costumes more authentic, add lots of beads or a dangling peace symbol, wire-rimmed sunglasses, a floppy hat, and a pair of scruffy sandals. (More)

Party Supplies and Decorations 
Before your party begins, lower the lights in the main party room. Replace the bulbs in table lamps with colored bulbs or black lights. Dig that old lava lamp out of the closet, position it in a prominent place, and give it plenty of time to heat up before guests arrive. Decorate the walls with posters from the time. You can even make a few posters of your own with peace symbols and slogans from the 1960s, like "Make Love, Not War!" Scatter the floor with large pillows and a beanbag chair if you have one.

Choose 1960s music that sets the mood, such as Donovan, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Beatles, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and Led Zeppelin.


Put out lots of "munchies" like bite-sized candy bars, M&Ms, potato chips and dip, pretzels, raisins, carrot sticks, slim Jims and tons of hot pizza with the works. Serve Kool-Aid and soda for non-drinkers, and some beer and Boones Farm Wine for the drinkers. Decorate your serving tables with incense and peppermint candies ("Incense and Peppermints!"), and don't forget the brownies!

Exotic Scents
As guests arrive, fill the air with the aroma of exotic incense and oils, or light a few scented candles for authentic atmosphere. The scents of sandalwood and patchouli are especially reminiscent of the times.
Plan Some Fun
Plan activities and games that will further remind everyone of your peace and love theme. For instance, any parlor game that has clues or wordplay can be adapted. And when it's time for guests to leave, make sure everyone gets a small memento to take home. Perfect parting gifts are tie-dye bandanas, peace stickers and inexpensive beaded jewelry.
Reconnect with a Peace and Love Party
Use your imagination. Think out of the box. Celebrate peace and love, and party like it's 1969! Hosting party is a great way to reconnect with old friends, and it could even lead to some paid party planning jobs. (More)