How to Host a Stellar 70’s Party: Ideas on Decor, Games, Music, Food & Costumes!

by Stefanie on March 2, 2009

Disco Dancing!Recently a customer sent in a request for ideas on a 70’s themed party she’s throwing for her mom’s 50th birthday! Here’s what we came up with:

DÉCOR:
Let’s start at the top – the ceiling to be exact! As anyone who’s seen Saturday Night Fever can attest, no respectable disco party is complete without a Disco Ball hanging from the ceiling! Disco Balls or Mirror Balls are an easy way to set the mood and show your guests you mean business, 70’s style. Mirror Balls vary in size and can be rented or purchased from PartyLand in kits complete with spotlights! GROOVY!

Now, down to the walls, which will be covered in 70’s style posters! Right on! The Farrah poster (you know the one), black light posters, The Bee Gees, The Brady Bunch – go wild! Check eBay and order a couple of old Tiger Beat or 16 magazines. Take the teen idol pinup pictures out and hang them up. Set the magazines out on the coffee table and watch your guests giggle like schoolgirls!

MY FAVORITE IDEA:
Email your funkiest pictures of The Guest of Honor, or your family and friends in the 70’s to banners@partylandutah.com! PartyLand will blow up the pictures and make giant posters that say whatever you want! We can even make your favorite pictures into “Album Cover Art” posters in the style of your favorite 70’s bands! How about a custom life-sized cutout of the guest of honor the 70’s! Check out www.partylandutah.com and click on Custom Banners for pricing information!

Grab some DVD’s from the bargain bin or record 70’s TV shows from TV Land and play them during the party! Even with the sound down, a few episodes of The Partridge Family or What’s Happening will get your guests in a totally tubular temperament.

Use Google Images to look up “70’s Ads” and prepare to laugh! Print off the most far out ones you can find and hang them up.

The Finishing Touches:
Lava lamps, fog machines, strobe lights, beaded curtains, black lights and burning incense will really send your party guests back in time! And don’t forget the beanbag chairs or inflatable furniture!
Try adding a modern touch to your retro party by serving drinks in light-up glasses. Give out glow stick bracelets and necklaces. It fits the theme, and if these items were available back then, they’d certainly be welcome at all the disco parties. All these items can be purchased or ordered from PartyLand!

Set up your dining area with smiley faces and pictures of notable persons of the ’70’s. Add small snippets of ‘70’s trivia around the room to give guests something to talk about.

Need more room for party guests? Rent tables and chairs from PartyLand!
Remember, the 70’s were colorful! You can use as many different colors of streamers and balloons as there are in a Tie-Dye T-shirt!

A GUEST FAVORITE:
Rent our photo-booth for a true vintage flashback!

FOOD:
Do your guests a solid and serve snacks that remind them of their prime!
Jiffy Pop Popcorn
Tang
TAB
Fondu
Twinkies
Pigs in a Blanket
Yellow Smiley Face Sugar Cookies “Have a nice day!”
Melon Balls
Lipton Sour Cream n’ Onion Dip and Chips

TOP 5: Food Fads of the 70’S (according to The Food Network)
5. Carrot Cake
4. Harvey Wallbangers
3. Hamburger Helper
2. The “Scarsdale” Diet
1. Quiche

MUSIC:
The music from the disco-dancing era is a key element to the success of your ultimate disco party. Thankfully, music is easy, just pick up Drew’s Famous 70’s Party Music CD from PartyLand and you’re all set!

Some other favorites to get you started:
Donna Summer, Kool and the Gang, the Village People, K C and the Sunshine Band, the Commodores, Thelma Houston, Anita Ward, Chic, GQ, Larry Levan, Brothers Johnson, Cheryl Lynn, the Trammps, the Gap Band, Stephanie Mills “Put Your Body In It”… Appeggio, “Love and Desire” how will you ever get your guests off the dance floor when it’s time to go home!?

Having the right music will keep the party alive! Can you dig it?

GAMES:
Costume Contest. Overall Best Costume, or break it into themes: Best 70’s TV character, Best 70’s Rock Star, Best 70’s Couple, etc.
Name That 70’s Tune.
A Dance Contest. Individual competition or Men (“Macho Man”) vs. Women (“We are Family”)!
Learn the Hustle!
Have a “Pet Rock” table, where guests can make their own and take them home as favors!
Ouija Board.
Rubik’s Cube Contest.
Lip sync or Karaoke Contest.
Buy or rent “Saturday Night Fever” and watch the movie with your guests.
Play these 70’s Trivia games:
History
TV
Music
There’s always Twister!

FAVORS:
Anything with a Smiley Face, pop rocks, mood rings, toe socks, mini lava lamps, Tie-Dye T-shirts, disco-ball necklaces, 70’s CD’s, DVD’s, posters. Save money by ordering from PartyLand!

DRESS UP:
70's Dress-up Party70's Party Outfits If you’re making it a requirement that guests dress up 1970’s disco style for the party – which we highly recommend, make sure you send the invitations as early as possible!

Anyone showing up to the party in regular street clothes should be immediately adorned with giant sunglasses and a pair of mirror ball earrings or an afro wig!

Don’t forget to give prizes to the best-dressed guests or couples.

Take tons of pics during the party! Pull guests aside and get some staged shots against a funky backdrop. After the party, send them a photo of themselves with a note, or post the party pictures online and send everyone a link! Quadruple the picture taking fun with PartyLand’s photo booth!

May the 70’s force be with you in your rad planning and may your psychedelic guests be there or be square! Check out more funky 70’s slang and have a stellar party man!

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