hippie costume party (updated w video)

Adult Costume Party 60s and 70s

Daytime Party, Adult Costume Party Birthday
I’d thought about including a bumper sticker, something like, “Bombing For Peace Is Like Fcuking For Virginity,” but then I thought, “Down the line, I might need to wear this to a classroom party or something.” A good friend of mine was having a “Hippie Groovy” birthday celebration, where we were to arrive in costume to come party between the hours of 10am and 2pm, while the kids were at school. Turn up in go-go boots, bell-bottoms, or macrame and mud and braids. The first prize for best costume: an area of Botox. Please keep the snark out of the comments because this is an exceptional woman, and I want nothing to ruin her day!

Hippie Costume
Volkswagen Bus Costume
Adult Halloween Costume

As for my costume, I decided to make a Volkswagen Van out of a cardboard box! I painted my LUVBUS “parchment” then drew the bus outline, then began to paint the shapes (the Woodstock bird and guitar morphing into ocean waves), thinking there would be time to paint lots of images (Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix), or at least a forest of mushrooms and daisies. Time was not on my side. I did my best and went with it. I’ll continue to add to it in the coming days, as I plan to save it for Halloween. Why not? I used acrylic paint, paint pens, and Sharpie markers, some PrismaColor pencils. I punched holes on the sides and ran kitchen string through as the makeshift straps. For the headlights, I headed to Home Depot and picked up those under-cabinet stick-on lights. They come with batteries and Velcro backings, ready to just stick right onto the cardboard. To turn them on, you simply push on/off. Abigail made me the necklace with a shoelace and plastic beads, and I made the crown of daisies with a garland of flowers I purchased at Michael’s. I tried on a few tie dye shirts, but it felt like overkill, so I went with a more ethereal flowing flower lover, paired with a fringe boot (it was snowing outside). The costume came in second place, and I have to say, it was a blast to make! It made me realize how much I love doing art projects! Even just silly ones. I’ll eventually draw some funky curtains and maybe even hang some “privacy beads” in some of the windows.

I also need to work on my mushrooms! Abigail said they look like seat belts. Oh, how I miss taking my water color classes! Except every Tuesday night when it was time for watercolor class, I groaned. I wonder why. I think it’s because it was portraits. I’d much rather do a watercolor of a croissant or a peony. Then I can never make up my mind on the subject I want, so I’m debilitated by choice and wind up painting nada. I digress…

The energy, the decorations, the DJ, the food, the conversation, the prizes, it was all memorable. I am so thankful for the new friendships I am making here on Long Island. It’s still very much a new process, one that is slowly growing and moving. Celebrations along the way are nice reminders to stop and say thank you, even when you’re celebrating the milestones of someone else’s life. I am thankful for my friend Gabriela, for the way she’s opened her heart and home to me and my family, for her inclusiveness and for the way she accepts herself. It’s a very graceful thing, to live in who you are.


  1. I love the idea of a daytime party so much. And the shape of your mushrooms reminds me of Pucci.

  2. Great costume–it shuuld have won. Clever and so much work! of course, none of the women look anything like we looked back then, but what a great way to spend part of a day! That’s clever, too!

  3. What a creative idea! I love it! I saw the video you posted on FB and one could feel the fun, love-filled energy in the room!! You are lucky to have a friend like her! But I bet she feels just as lucky to have your friendship!!

  4. Well. You are all some pretty hip and awesome looking (and fun) mom’s! What a great idea and your costume rocks.
    See, this might be the only reason I should have a kid…make new friends in new place. Seems like that is the best way to do it in your late 30s….but certainly not a good enough reason to procreate;)

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