The 60s were alive in the City :: Grand Rapids 1964 Event

From the table decorations, tie-dye, waitresses, bright colors, and even the napkins: everything followed the 1960s theme.

I almost felt I was in the 60s because the moment I walked into UICA - everything became that era. 

Thursday, May 29, Grand Rapids transformed into the 60s era! Okay, well not really, but Grand Rapids magazine did celebrate their 50th year anniversary and what better way to celebrate this huge accomplishment then to host an event with a 60s theme!? The answer.... there is no better way.

Members of Grand Rapids magazine and guests throughout Grand Rapids joined in on this amazing event. From dirty martinis, shrimp cocktails, and a cheese fondue bar - guests were kept smiling all night in there 60s attire!

Music was provided by AB, The Veloras, Chance Jones, and Audacious Hoopers.

Even the entertainment was dressed up in 1960s fashion. 

Towards the end of the night, guests made their way to the dance floor and got their groove on to several 60s songs, including "Twist & Shout" by the Isley Brothers.

Guests were hula hooping, doing the disco, and singing along to the music.

Even if I wasn't born in the 60s, I still knew the songs and danced as if I was! 

And..... If this event wasn't already 60s enough, students from Kendall College designed outfits specifically for this event as well to be displayed across the venue. 

What do you think of the 60s fashion? Because I would still wear these dresses today...

Never been to an era party?

Well, let me tell you that they are great! Personally my favorite type of themed parties. And if you are a newbie, here are the:

Top 5 ways to successfully attend a different era themed party:

1. Research the most well-known people of that era and dress up like them (trust me, it helps with the confusion of guests trying to guess who you are). I dressed up like Audrey Hepburn and everyone knew exactly who I was!

2. Update your iPod to the music that was in that era. Though I was born in the 90s rather than the 60s, I was able to dance along because I knew the songs.

3. Study up on the famous people from the era so you can impress the guests on your knowledge of who they are! Before they tell you who they are, be one step ahead of them and say you already know! They'll be impressed.  Maybe even familiarize yourself with the 60s slang (groovy, gnarly, good golly miss molly, etc). and really get into character. 

4. Take pictures - even if you may not know the people. Guests can really get into the theme and maybe if they're costume is great enough, you can remember these ideas for the next Era event you attend?!

5. And of course... Have fun with it! Even if you may not like your costume, feel uncomfortable, don't know the music, etc. none of that should stop you from getting your groove on and having a fun time with coworkers and/or the guests!

.... I followed these 5, got my boogie on and had a ball at the Grand Rapids magazine 50th anniversary!