How to Throw a Disco Lovin’ 70s Theme Party
July 26, 2022 by Sonja Edridge
Need some help planning a 70s theme Party? When it comes to 70s theme ideas for your next throwdown, this decade does not disappoint! We’ll give you the lowdown on 70s decorations ideas, share some funky foodie tips (let’s face it, the 70s food was far out!), give you bar trolley directions, as well as some inspo for 70s-style fun. Get out your foxy threads and put on a mood ring; we’ve got you; the party is going to be off the hook!
Sending out the invites 70s style
Pinterest is always a fun place to start with some 70s out there design inspo. Think about whether you’re doing an e-vite or going to go all out and create a printed invitation. There are nifty design tools available online with funky templates to personalise. E-vites allow endless creativity and are easy on the pocket and some websites will manage your RSVPs too. Old school invitations can get folks amped for a party and offer a classic memento. Your end result will steer your choices.
As your 70s party is all about the disco tunes, why not think about your fave 70s album covers? These offer a brilliant canvas of inspiration. Stylised rainbow patterns and vinyls define the 70s era. You will not be short of inspiration here!
Why throw a 70s theme party?
With a ton of party themes to choose from, consider a 70s theme party that includes a disco; it easily gets everyone into the party mood. The disco-funk era was full of excess: trousers had extra flare, colours and patterns were loud and bold, and the disco balls made everything sparkle. The Saturday Night Fever craze had girls mastering John Travolta’s dance moves in their platforms, singing “Stayin’ Alive”. A 70s theme party might inspire a few caped Supermen and a bunch of Princess Leia space buns but stick to a disco theme for the ultimate groovy vibes. The Bee Gees will keep ’em on the dance floor all night long.
Go psychedelic with the decor
Entrance: Hang beaded curtains over doorways so guests can step into a new era in style. It will also make a great photo-op location!
Disco zone: Hang disco balls from the ceiling to get the dancefloor sparkling. You can add strobe or neon lights, too, for more psychedelic fun.
Table décor: Sprinkle your tablecloth with metallic confetti and stack your snacks in brightly coloured bowls. You could even use old vinyl as groovy serving platters (remember to give it a good clean first!). For centrepieces, go for furry dice, jars of big crazy sunglasses, and lava lamps to fulfil all your 70s decorations ideas and dreams.
Wall décor: Line the walls with a few posters of 70s music legends and drape psychedelic floral fabric to cover paintings. Some giant peace signs wouldn’t go amiss either.
Chill out: Make a chill-out space inside or in the garden with shag carpets and bean bags. Hang vintage roller-skates and mini disco balls in clusters from tree branches with fairy lights, if it’s outside.
Your 70s disco boogie
If you line up your 70s disco boogie tunes with some of these classics, we promise that everyone will be fighting for their place on the dance floor:
- “Stayin’ Alive” Bee Gees
- “Dancing Queen” Abba
- “Hot Stuff” Donna Summer
- “Funky Town” Lipps
- “I’m So Excited” Pointer Sisters
- “Le Freak” Chic
- “We are Family” Sister Sledge
- “Billie Jean” Michael Jackson
- “Get Up” James Brown
- “Macho Man” Village People
- “I Will Survive” Gloria Gaynor
Spotify is a great place to find 70s playlists so make sure you’ve got enough tracks queued for a good few hours! To boost your 70s theme party entertainment, you can stream Saturday Night Fever on silent for anyone who wants to brush up on the Travolta moves.
How to pick a groovy 1970s theme party outfit?
With all the 70s icons to choose from, make sure you bring your Donna Summer swagger or Ziggy Stardust cool to the party. Here are some funky outfit ideas and inspiration for a photo booth dress-up box:
Shoes: A selection of platform shoes, sparkly boots, and vintage roller skates
Trousers: Hot pants, bell bottoms, corduroys, flares, and polyester tracksuits
Shirts: Tight t-shirts with big lapels, deep V necks, bold patterns, tie-dye, and flared sleeves
Jumpsuits: All-in-one sparkly jumpsuits with sequins. You could even go for Brue Lee’s iconic yellow one from “Game of Death”
Accessories: Long bright socks, costume jewellery (“gold” chains, peace sign necklaces, large sunglasses, mood rings), and some colourful wigs
Make-up: Line up the metallic or rainbow-coloured make-up; go big! Glitter is a must
Serve all the delicious 70s food
You’ll need a fabulous spread to keep your disco revellers fueled, so make sure your 70s theme party table is brimming with classic kitsch food. Here are some easy feed-a-crowd ideas:
Fondues is a vibe: Gorgeous cheesy fondue with bowls of sliced baguette and chopped veggies for dipping. Choose a chocolate one for dessert with marshmallows, chopped fruit, and nuts.
Diner classics: Platters of hot dogs and hamburgers with cheesy fries. Maybe some boozy milkshakes for the ultimate drive-in experience
Individual portions: Glasses of shrimp cocktail and individual ramekins of mac and cheese.
Hedgehogs help yourselves: Skewer meatballs, sausages, or Caprese sticks into half an upside-down melon, or go full-on 70s cover the melon in foil, and spike it skewers of cheese and pineapple, (don’t forget olives for eyes!)
Jell-O: Choose some weird shapes to set the Jell-O in. The brighter the colour, the better!
Go with 70s classic cocktails
The 70s is a fantastic decade for cocktails, so there is so much inspo for your bar cart! All those brightly coloured 70s rainbow drinks have made a comeback, and thanks to social media, 70s layered drinks are right back in style.
The emerald and avocado green craze was in full swing, oh the glory days of crème de menthe! The bright orange Aperol Spritz is super trendy at the moment but was huge in the 70s! And it’s an easy 3-2-1 mix of prosecco, Aperol, and soda. Thick, sweet dessert drinks were totally off the hook then (all creamy or with cream) and often including the popular 70s yellow classics, Galiano and Advocaat.
Splurge on hiring some hurricane and coupe glasses for true 70s style. If you can find a kitsch-carved fake wooden ice bucket, all the better! Choose a few of the following cocktails, and your 70s theme party bar cart is gonna be lit!
Super simple 2 ingredient drinks to save time:
- Salty Dog —gin or vodka topped up with fresh grapefruit juice
- The Godfather — whiskey stirred with amaretto over ice
Easy 3 ingredient classics to please a crowd:
- Piña Colada — rum with pineapple juice and coconut cream for a real crowd pleaser
- Tequila Sunrise — Tequila layered with OJ and grenadine for a cool retro appearance
- The Pink Lady — Gin swirled with grenadine and topped egg white, similar to our Clover Club cocktail
- Harvey Wallbanger — vodka, Galliano and OJ
Ode to the 70s emerald craze:
- Grasshopper —crème de menthe, crème de cacao and heavy cream
- Green Hornet — equal parts whiskey, gin, vodka and crème de menthe, then cola and lemonade
Smooth dessert classics:
- Golden Cadillac — Crème de Cacao, Galliano, OJ, orange bitters and half and half
- White Russian — vodka, coffee liqueur swirled with cream
- Brandy Alexander — equal parts brandy, crème de cacao and cream
Fun games & activities
Are you down with some 70s theme party fun? Choose some fun games to play to bring all the 70s vibes. Here are some of our favourites to get you started:
70s Dance off
A dance off is a must for a 70s theme party so that everyone can get their boogie on! As the Bee Gees said, “you should be dancing!”. Turn up the disco funk, get the smoke machine going and call everyone to the dance floor to crown your disco champion.
70s Guess that song
For those who love a quiz, organize a music trivia. Play 70s song intros and see who can guess the song title. Extra points (or dessert) if you name the artist!
70s Movie trivia
The big screen brought us epic movies, so planning a 70s theme party trivia or charades will be a cinch. Pick out famous quotes and see who can guess the movie! You’ll find umpteen sound bites everyone will know in Rocky, Star Wars and The Godfather, and, if you want to up the difficulty, then get them to name the leading actors.
We know you’ll love our 70s theme party but if this has already got you thinking of next party, here is more decade party fun:
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For more tips to hone your planning skills, read How to Plan a Birthday Party. Happy planning!