We at Finer Things DJ Services have noticed a real surge in the popularity of themed parties, events and weddings in the last few years. This trend is not only on the rise in our hometown of Colchester, Essex, but also across the whole of the UK, and is certainly a way to add a touch of flair and uniqueness to any event. With that in mind, we thought it would be helpful to any of our prospective clients to include a few ideas for potential themes on our blog, starting with a 60s themed party! A revolutionary decade both artistically and culturally, the 1960s is a great decade to theme an entire event around, with its own unique music, fashion and art choices to factor in. Without further adieu, allow us to offer some ideas for your very own sixties themed party!
The Music – Finer Things DJ Services
As a professional DJ service, naturally our first item of consideration is the music! With the 60s being a decade of such influential and eclectic musical styles, your party will need a playlist that truly captures the sheer variety and pioneering nature of the music from this era. Fortunately, by choosing Finer Things DJs, you’ve chosen an experienced Colchester Mobile Disco & DJ service who can provide just that. A 60s themed occasion will see us playing a mix of genres and artists from this iconic decade, including:
- Rock & Pop legends such as The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks Jimi Hendrix & Cream.
- Soul, Motown & Stax favourites such as James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes & Ottis Redding.
- Surf music floor fillers from The Beach Boys, The Ventures, Dick Dale & The Surfaris.
- Far out Psychedelic tunes from The Doors, Jefferson Airplane & Janis Joplin.
- Folk icons such as Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Byrds & Simon & Garfunkel.
We’ve got the music side of things handled at Finer Things DJs, however it’s your job to select an outfit that truly reflects the time period. Fortunately, you’ve got plenty to choose from, as fashion trends accelerated at a rapid pace throughout the decade. Outfits for the ladies could be chosen from three different distinct 60s eras. First up is the more conservative Jackie Kennedy style from the early 60s, with her clean, simple suit dresses, pillbox hat, matching accessories and low heels.
Next up we have the mid 60s British Invasion and Mod look, pioneered by Mary Quant who invented the mini skirt. Think bold, fun colours and a youthful look epitomised by models such as Twiggy and famous actress Brigitte Bardot.
Finally we have the late sixties with its pyschedelic, hippie movement inspired fashion choices, with paisley prints, bright neon colours, maxi dresses and tie dye fabrics to choose from for your themed party.
For the men, the classic look of the early 60s is dominated by suits with skinny ties, as seen by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
As with women’s fashion, the mid sixties sees a rise in the Mod look for men, with The Who and Brian Jones being prime examples.
Finally, you may even choose a men’s outfit from the late sixties hippie bohemian style, immortalised by Jimi Hendrix and late Beatles fashion trends of this period.
You’ve got the music and you’ve sorted what you’re wearing. Now to complete your 60s themed event, all you need now are some cool decorations to bring the room to life and match in with the period. We have listed a few examples below that we think are typical of the swingin’ sixties era, and think that these would look great at any event.
Tie Dye Decorations
Plenty of bright coloured flowers and Flower Power Decorations
1960s VW Replica Model
A 60s themed party, event or wedding promises to be a great night for you and your guests. There’s plenty of fun to be had in dressing up in all the great clothes from the era, and from decorating the room in that unique 60s style. Finally, what better way to complete the evening than by hiring Finer Things DJs to get your groovy guests on that dance floor? Get in touch and let’s make your 60s themed event one to remember, we are the perfect DJ service for any event in Colchester, covering the whole of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk too.
Until next time,