Gwen’s Flower Power Theme

Fitness activist Gwen Sookool will be hosting a Flower Power fun day at the Teak Place Park in Wentworth to coincide with the Freedom Day Celebrations on 27 April 2021.

Flower power was a slogan used during the late 1960s and early 1970s as a symbol of passive resistance and nonviolence.  Hippies embraced the symbolism by dressing in clothing with embroidered flowers and vibrant colors, wearing flowers in their hair, and distributing flowers to the public, becoming known as flower children. The term later became generalized as a modern reference to the hippie movement, in music, art, and poetry.

All guests should be attired in hippie gear–tie-dyed shirts and long flowing skirts, peace sign necklaces, bandanas, braided hair, bell-bottom jeans. Depending on the age of your crowd–some may still have some of their original clothes from the sixties.

Decorate with happy faces, peace signs, and big pots filled with daisies and sunflowers. Have a bunch of daisy chain headbands that guests can wear on their heads. Of course, play Sixties music.

Food will be served hippie-style–on mats on the floor. Lots of foods that can be eaten with your hands–nothing formal for this party, remember this is a love-in all forms. 

Have baskets full of a variety of beads (in hippie-happy shades of greens, browns, oranges, golds, blues) and string. Everyone can sit in a large circle and string beads to make necklaces. This is especially good for young girls. Each girl then can bring home the necklace she makes.

The end of the 1960s did not mark the “death” of the Hippie ‘dream’. As the 1970s took hold, the countercultural impetus merely recalibrated and flowed in different directions. That has not stopped contemporary culture from obsessively revisiting and repeating the events of 1969. It will be an event of ethos to celebrate with love, peace, and universal brotherhood.

By: Lorraine Richards

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