Relive Woodstock with a 1960s Themed Party


A music-based ‘60s party is a way to treat your guests to a feast for ears and eyes.

Woodstock took place August 15-17, 1969. As far as we’re concerned any birthday, fundraiser, reunion or retirement taking place this summer, particularly in mid-August, is fair game for a Woodstock theme and available supplies are more numerous than ever.

The harmonic focus of the original festival, advertised as “Three Days of Peace and Music,” transcended miserable conditions on the ground including rainstorms, mud, and lack of adequate facilities. You, of course, will want to provide the soundtrack at your Woodstock Revisited party while avoiding excessive sogginess and such. Do it by romanticizing the venue in mod colors and designs reminiscent of 1960s concert posters.

Our rainbow tie-dye gossamer — highly rated in dozens of customer reviews – will give you a strong start in decorating as long as you understand its qualities. By this we mean gossamer is very thin and translucent by definition. You can drape it, twist it, pleat and tie it; but for actual areal coverage you’ll need something in a light color behind or under it.

If you want to cover walls with this gossamer fabric and your walls are dark, try a solid gossamer or poly vinyl backing in white or yellow. On tables, cover a light solid cover with a runner made of this tie dye pattern, which then leaves you free to coordinate in solid colored tableware that echoes one or two of the runner hues. This patterned gossamer will also make luscious wraps and bows for chair backs.

The same decorating fabric plays very nicely with the Retro Times decorating theme kit as you can see at the top of this post, and it goes with any of our Set the Stage retro kits as well. FYI the kits in our retro collection rank among some of our most affordable prop sets, though you’d never know it by the buzz these pieces create.

Complete the color riot with red, yellow and blue paper lanterns overhead. We have recently expanded our sizes to include 24” and 36” lanterns in addition to the traditional 12” so they won’t get “lost” in cavernous ballrooms and other large venues.

OK, now what about taking your Woodstock theme outside? Retro banners are no problem and gossamer usually isn’t, but most decorations are meant for indoors and placing them in a structure sheltered from wind and rain is recommended. That being said, many have successfully decorated parade floats and other open-air venues by employing strategies for reinforcing, anchoring, and protecting against moisture. Only you can decide if added work and weather-related risk are worth it.

When it comes to party favors we are highly attracted to wearables. Flash the peace sign to guests at the door, place beads around their necks and hand them round metal glasses with tinted lenses. Or check the swag bags in retro novelty favors for fun favors to wear and more.

To see more far out party ideas for your Woodstock remake, the 1960s store is where it’s at. There or square, man! ;)

Top Party Themes for Baby Boomers


Here are some groovy theme parties to throw for Boomer birthdays, anniversaries and retirements.

1. Luau celebration. When Hawaii became a state in 1959, it sparked a tourism boom (no pun intended) that was so pronounced it – and Don Ho – promptly got absorbed by popular culture. “Gidget” went there, Elvis went there and even the Brady Bunch vacationed in the islands. Kiddos coming of age in the years following WWII were continually tempted by the allure of ocean breezes, boogie boards and poi products. The islands still rank high as vacation destinations, the luau likewise as one of the all-time popular party themes. Boomers were among the first to appreciate both.

2. Party of a Decade. Though the timespan depends on the context of the discussion, the Baby Boom by most accounts occurred about 1946 into the early 60s, so it is often helpful to think in terms of early Boomers and late Boomers. The early wave came of age in the 60s and a whole lot of them are retiring now. Those who came later finished high school in the 1970s – and in the 70s, the 50s party first became popular! That means there are at least three decades the members of this generation love to party to.

3. Zebra retro. Big, colorful florals, op art and zebra patterns were all iterations of the strong, “mod” patterns fashionable in the 1960s for clothing, accessories and even home furnishings. A zebra party is another way to go retro, and as luck would have it, it also happens to be an “in” party theme for multiple generations right now so there are plenty of decorating options to be had. The fashion plates and the Boomers who adore the excesses and exaggerations of the Austin Powers movies really dig this party, baby, in both regular and hot pink.

4. Murder mystery. Boomers grew up playing Clue (as well as other classic board games such as Candy Land and Monopoly) and many of them likewise enjoyed the first Clue-based murder mystery role-playing parties of the 1980s. Combine nostalgia, humor and lots of entertaining activity during a dinner party with a Boomer as guest of honor, starting with the coolest licensed murder-oriented props around.

5. Music. When you read above about the luau and Don Ho, does the song “Tiny Bubbles” run through your head? Background music is far more than just about movies; it is woven inextricably with our memories and therefore comprises a powerful force in our personal and shared histories. Match the party soundtrack to theme and mood, and include some of the party VIP’s selections. You can also spotlight music itself – check out the new Music Note decorations as well as established favorites Music of the Night, Disco and Jazz/1920s collections.

While there’s no substitute for knowing the tastes and interests of the Baby Boom generation co-worker, friend or relative in your life, we hope discussing popular themes has helped you work those creativity muscles! Explore even more on the Themes pages, and let us know how it goes.

7 Ideas to Celebrate a Milestone Birthday


We counted at least 7 ideas from Shindigz Party planning pro Wendy Moyle on how to mark a milestone birthday in this quick video.  How many can you come up with when you watch?
 
 

Invite Vintage Dudes and Vixens to Your Next Adult Birthday Bash


The Gang’s Here!

When you’re starting to plan your best girlfriend’s next birthday bash, put the popularity of mature women with witty sayings into your theme.  With paper products, favors, and a variety of bottle labels, you can create a great retro or days-gone-by party!

Ask your guests to get all dolled up.  The women can dress like vintage vixens by pinning curls to create finger waves.  Slip into heels, white blouses, and big skirts.  Men should dress as vintage dudes by wearing jeans, white shirts, and jean jackets.  Slick the hair back to be greasers or be squeaky-clean, run-of-the-mill students in nice slacks, loafers, and cardigans.  By adding costume components to your vintage party, the evening will be that much more memorable.

Vintage Birthdays

If you’re celebrating a vintage milestone birthday, ask the guest of honor to be the one-of-a-kind person he or she is and dress accordingly.  Use phrases like “they broke the mold with you” or “you’re a legend” on banners and personalized items.  If your vintage honoree is known for a certain style of clothing, glasses, or shoes ask everyone to wear what the honoree wears on that day.  Shindigz sells Vintage Dude party packs and Vintage Vixen party packs that uphold aging with positive messages.

Vintage Decorations

As you search for the perfect vintage decorations for your vintage party, start with a solid-colored table setting to match your tablecloth. You could throw a backyard barbecue as your vintage party—if so, try a red-and-white or black-and-white checkered tablecloth with either white or blue plates. Instead of plastic cups, offer water bottles that can double as a party favor! Put personalized labels on the water bottles for your guests. There are a variety ofActually Yes water bottle label other water bottles that will fit the vintage party theme very well—you could select a few and make a lot of water bottle favors! Now, all that’s left to decide here is the menu. Do you want to serve small snacks, or would you rather do a meal, such as hamburgers and hot dogs? If you go for the vintage barbecue or vintage block party, hotdogs and hamburgers with fries fit in with the theme perfectly! If you do an indoor party, it’s easier to stick with snack foods. Either way, you could also serve root beer floats in vintage soda shop glasses!

Don’t Forget the Favors!

As the hostess, you can’t put together a vintage party without remembering I Have No Idea candy barsparty favors and gift bags! A great favor is a personalized candy bar. The witty saying on this one is “I have no idea what I want, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be happy until I get it”—absolutely perfect for the birthday girl! You could even put together small gift bags for the women at the party—don’t forget to lay out candy bars and things for the men, though! The gift bags could include travel mugs and coasters (both in a variety of patterns so yours guests can have a few different favors), stickers, and compact mirrors—all with the vintage women on them. You could also put personalized lollipops in the gift bags—because what woman doesn’t like chocolate? You can always add a few other extras in the gift bags, too.

The final touch for your vintage party is the thank-you note. As the hostess, you could either put in thank-you notes from you, or you could have the birthday girl go through and sign the notes, too. It’s the perfect way to finish off your vintage party.

The Top 5 Summer Birthday Party Themes for 2013


A Luau Themed Summer Party

A Luau Themed Summer Party

You’ve got one big advantage when planning a summer birthday party, compared to wintertime.

Warm summer weather which means you can include outside activities.  With a little planning and perhaps reserving a spot at a local park, your birthday party options have multiplied.

To help you narrow down the possibilities, here are the Top 5 Summer Birthday Party Themes for 2013:

  1. Buzz.  As in Buzz like a bee.
  2. Stars. Summertime is the best season for star gazing and a popular party theme.
  3. Patriotic.  With Memorial Day in May, Flag Day June 14th and Independence Day July 4th, there will be plenty of flags flying.
  4. Hollywood.  Walk the Red Carpet.
  5. Luau. The perfect outdoor party theme for all ages.

Explore in more detail each of these summer birthday party themes at our Birthday Decorations website.

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