70's Party ideas
Robin remembers how to
Party 70's Style!
From these pages... I am often
"How do I give a 70's Party?"
> (Click here for
70's party foods.)
I have been putting off doing this page for years as I am conflicted about
the answer... because in setting up and decorating the party, one has to
basically parody the 70's. It won't be how we actually lived it.
Also, my personal memory of a "70's party" was 40 teenagers in an
abandoned house, several of cases of beer (Natty Bo, Shlitz) and whatever
snacks we bought at 7 Eleven. LOLOL!!!!!! Everyone over 40 just cracked up,
you know you did! ;) You remember!!!
Fast forward 30 years... So now people want to do a "70's" style party, and
they want to wear afro wigs, disco clothes and need help finding three inch
high heel platform shoes with gold fish swimming in them. We didn't all look
like pimps back then! Plus, Disco was NOT the whole decade, it was just
3 years of it.
Often, we just wore 'regular' clothes, like jeans (hip hugger), T-shirts
with funny sayings on them and sneakers. In the 70's a lot of gatherings
and parties were informal, unless you were going to a wedding or funeral.
OK, now that I got that off my chest, how do you throw a 70's
party? Here's some ideas I came up with if I were going to do one.
Here are some ideas in no particular order:
Play 70's music, of course! If you don't have a large 70's collection, but
you have XM Radio, they have good selection of classic 70's... if you belong
to AOL, you can access
XM Radio for
free. To get an idea of 70's
Music Take a peek at the
screen shots of the 70's music list from my Ipod --->
For older groups, play 70's Trivia games and give away prizes:
Go online and grab quesions for free from the net or
buy this DVD "Party Time
For atmosphere, have a 70's movie playing the background, sound down: like
Saturday Night Fever or Rocky, see 70's movies page
The dance moves in the 70's were "anything goes" until the disco craze hit
in the late 70's then we had dances like the Hustle, Night Fever Line
Dance, Bus Stop, Four Corners, The Bump (my favorite) & more!..
Here's a link out to a video that teaches 70's dances:
Roni's Dance Party! 1970's Disco Mania! Video
If it's for a birthday party and you're going to bake a cake,
you could always make a round cake with yellow icing and
draw the "Smiley Face" in black icing. The 70's were colorful, lots of
different colored streamers and balloons...
If you want to go crazy with the theme factor,
everyone dress up as a famous 70's character, it could be a character from
TV or movies or a rock band: My
Rockers KISS, Elvis, Sandy from Grease or Rizzo, John Travolta from
SNF or from Grease, Farrah Fawcett as a Charlies Angel, Billy Jack, The
Godfather, Rocky (The fighter) or Rocky from Rocky Horror Picture Show (one
of my favorite cult movies), Annie Hall, Butch Cassidy, a Star Wars character,
Jaws (lol) Bo Derek from 10 (if you want to wear a bathing suit to a party!)
Go look at my movie lists
and take your pick.
Make home made "Pet Rocks" as party favors. ;)
Put some 70's posters up, don't forget Farrah. Grab "Mr. Natural" if you
see him, the 'old folks' will get a kick out of him. ;)
to SPENCERS in any mall and go in the back section, they have tons of 70's
type items, beaded curtains, black lights, posters, incense... and don't
forget the Disco Ball! See
SPENCERS Store Locator.
Get Bean Bag chairs... or blow up chairs... (Try Target or Walmart)
I just thought of this... we used to make chains out of beer and coke "pop
tops", --they don't exist anymore. Remember? The government
banned them, something about seagulls choking on them... Anyway, instead
of beaded curtains, we made our own curtains with those pop top chains.
Have fun and party like it's 1975!!!
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