Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pajama Parties in the 60s

When I was in middle school, (Junior High to my generation) and in High School, pajama parties were very common.   I remember telling my oldest daughter about those girl parties and she did try a time or two, but they really never caught on.  She would have a couple of friends over, but not the dozen or so I had.  Maybe it was a generational thing. 

 Our PJ parties were usually on a Friday night at one of the girlfriend's houses.  In my case, we would have about a dozen girls spending the night. We ate chips and dip and made Chef Boyardee Pizza. We drank pop/soda.  I lived in the country.  It was 30 minutes to "the City" for McDonalds or the A & W.   We had no fast food available so it was all what we could buy at the grocery store.


No, I'm not in the top one.   The one below shows me with my head down.  This was the girl not seen in public without makeup since I was 12.


We never slept.  For hours we would sit in a circle, in the dark, around a candle, and play "Truth or Dare?".  One person starts by asking the question.  If you choose Truth, you have to answer the question truthfully.  ( Sure, who's gonna know right?)  or if you were afraid of what might be asked, you could choose Dare.  That's when you were given a task to do.  Back them it was something harmless like hang your bra on the tree in the front yard and leave it there all night.   I seem to remember that was how all of us ran up town, in our baby doll PJs. We ran up one side of the street and down the other, at the only stop light in town.  That was in the days when nothing was open after 6:00pm so at 1 or 2am, there was not a sole around.  Boy, did we think we were daring.

We played 45's and albums on the stereo.   Music was a huge part of our lives.  Garage parties ( with boys) were popular then as well, but we're still talking ages 12- 15 maybe. We danced for hours.  Oh, yeah, the guys did too. Then they would leave and the PJ party would start.    The Beatles, The Four Seasons, Beach Boys, and Motown were huge.  The music I most associate with those innocent boy/girl parties was Ronnie Dove.





As we got older, we girls still had our pajama parties.  The photos are from the time I was about 16. The guys always knew when a party was happening and usually threatened to raid it. We hoped they would, but it never happened.  Once in a while the boyfriends would drop us off after a date, but usually, we girls made time for each other. 



In the morning we would be bleary eyed and exhausted from not sleeping.  We would have cold pizza and Coke for breakfast and then call for a ride home.  Ahhhh, Good Times.

10 comments:

Deanna said...

My parents mostly did not allow me to go to pajama parties, especially in grade school... As my dad said, "you have a bed to sleep in here". However, once I got in high school, we would cheer at the football games, and then dance the night away at the K of C Hall downtown. What memories there! After that we always ended up at someone's house for a pajama party. What fun! Once again, thanks for the memories.

hocam said...

I didn't have pyjama parties when I was younger. However, I lived in on campus accommodation my first year in college. Coming up to exams, the place seemed like a morgue, so with a couple of other renegades, I organised a pyjama party. We went down the town and talked butchers into donating cooked chickens. We had a great night. The sing song went on for ever. The next day, it was back to the books again.

Mary said...

Sounds like a bunch of fun!

Sweet Tea said...

I share your memory of Pajama Parties, except we called them "Slumber Party". As the night grew late we would all share our deepest secret - who we had a crush on, etc. Armed with that info in the light of day kept our school a-buzz for weeks. . .And, we made lots of prank phone calls, "Do you have Prince Albert in a can? Well you better let him out!". How silly we were. LOL

Nezzy said...

Oh how I remember these wonderful pajama parties. I hosted and went to many and drove parents nuts, I'm sure!

I adored both your pictures and the great tunes!!!

God bless and have a terrific Thursday sweetie!!!

Kathy said...

I heard about these large slumber parties, but never got invited to one that large :( The largest slumber party I ever attended was one with four girls. We ate homemade chili and fudge.

Never played truth or dare, but did play spin the bottle once :)

The Four Seasons were one of mine and Ed's favorite groups. Their music brings back fond memories of our "courting" days.

That corgi :) said...

I remember having smaller pj parties, maybe 4-5 girls, except for birthdays or graduations, but we did the same thing, eat, talk, play games, etc and definitely get no sleep! Oh to be young again!

betty

Intense Guy said...

Hmmm... if I had only known... I could of organized a raid...

:)

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Those were a lot of fun even tho I didn't get to go to many. We lived in the country and most parties were held in town which meant my dad wouldn't drive me into town. When I was old enough to drive, they still wouldn't let me venture out much! So I missed out on a lot of fun, I'm sure. Good thing I loved the farm!

Anonymous said...

I remember all night slumber parties..talked forever, no sleep, music blasting, only neat pizza's and breakfast that was neat the next morning (noon time) I was always the last to leave no car in our family or too busy to pick me up, usually my girl friend and I shopped downtown a big adventure..Ended going home with her on the bus and staying the night only this time we went to bed early after a dinner we prepared for the whole family..it was tame then..loved the records, the gossip and fun..oh, for those neat days again!!!!!

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