The 1960s brings images of cultural revolution, peace symbols, flower power, beach culture, short skirts, flares and lots of hair! Music included Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Dusty Springfield and the Beach Boys. Girls looked like Twiggy or Lulu. There are just so many 60s icons to choose from.
It was also the time of the Vietnam War protests, assassination of JF Kennedy, the introduction of the contraceptive pill and women’s rights, Freedom rides in America and Australia, indigenous rights and decimal currency in Australia.
The decade finishes with the opening of the musical Hair and its shocking (for the time) nudity.
60s Clothing and Costumes
You have a lot of scope with 60s – from cover-it all caftans and flower power to mini skirts – and don’t forget the HAIR!
- Parties Online – Sydney-based party products store in operation since 1991. See their Ladies Fancy Dress Costumes for flower power costumes, stockings and other themes.
- Costume Box – Thousands of Fancy Dress costumes for adults and kids for all occasions. Sydney-based online store with delivery to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Flat fee delivery within Australia. Most costumes dispatched within 24 hours. All costumes displayed are in stock. See their 60s Costumes and Accessories
- Costume Direct – are based in Sydney’s North Shore and deliver Australia-wide, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. They sell adults and children’s costumes and accessories (including capes, gloves, glasses, jewelry, bling, beards & moustaches, masks, legwear, shoes, wigs, weapons and wings). Next day pick up option if you order by 2pm. See their 1960′s – 70′s Costumes
60s Party Products & Decorations
- Blue Dog Posters in Sydney is Australia’s largest online poster shop. Get your poster laminated or delivered as is. Delivery to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Flat rate delivery Australia wide and express delivery is also available. See their movies posters and music posters or go straight to posters from 60s pop culture including -
- Parties Online – Sydney-based party products store in operation since 1991. They specialise in themed and coloured tableware, balloons costumes and more. See the range of Disco, Rock n Roll, 50s and 60s including Tie-dyed Hippy decorations
- Party Products Australia – your one-stop shop for party supplies, based in Brisbane, Queensland. Party Products Australia stocks over 6000 items including invitations, balloons, napkins, plates, cups, hats, goody/loot bags, temporary tattoos, banner flags, pinatas, and a lot more!
- Picture Store – Sydney-based store offering an extensive range of Movie and TV Show posters and Music posters posters.
60s Party Food
The Hippy era was noted for its vegetarianism. Conservative people, however, were having backyard BBQs in the 60s. And most of us can remember the lolly cabinet at the local shops/ These two themes are easily combined.
- Vegetarian food eg guacamole, bean dips
- BBQ food
- Tang – the space age drink!
- Make biscuits with smiley faces and peace symbols
- Granola bars
- All those sweets – Fantales, Cobbers, Musk Sticks…
60s Party Ideas
Most 60s parties give more than a nod to the Hippies, the surf culture or the Mods. If you can’t decide, why not combine mix them and try not to fight?
- Decor – Flower power cut-outs, Psychedelic colour schemes, Beaded curtains. Don’t forget the dance-floor. No 60s party is complete without Go-Go dancing
- Music – How can you have a 60s party without music? Choose your favourites. Karoake!
- Trivia – movie trivia, song trivia, history. See this ABC archive for some ideas
- Competitions – best costume, worst costume, name that tune!
- Themes – Protesters, Woodstock, Flower Power, Vietnam, Space Exploration, Cold War.
- Celebrities – Andy Warhol, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Brigitte Bardot, Hugh Hefner, Janis Joplin, JFK and Jackie O, Jimi Hendrix, Muhammad Ali, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Supremes, Twiggy, Yoko Ono, and the Rat Pack.
- Activities - Do some tie-dying (outside of course!). Make Daisy Chains. 60s Trivia and 60s dancing competitions.
60s Themed Music and Games
- iTunes Music Store – Huge range of digital downloads available online through iTunes. Individual songs or whole albums. Buy music from these 60s artists -
- See also our Beatles theme