How to Throw a '70s Disco-Themed Party
Time to Boogie!
What is more fun than a disco-themed 70s party? With great lighting, fun music, outrageous costumes, and retro decorations, you can make your 70s themed party a total blast for all of your guests! All it takes is a little preparation, research, and effort...and the right party planning tips and you'll be on your way to a groovin' good time.
Check out the tips below to plan your disco party's decorations, food, music, costumes, and more. Get inspired and get down.
Get the perfect disco lighting!
The first thing that pops into mind when I hear the word disco is Studio 54. Why not use a bit of the Studio 54 ambiance to inspire your disco party theme? The best thing I can suggest is to browse through the web and look for pictures of Studio 54 from back when disco was in its hay day. You will most likely gain some inspiration that you might not find elsewhere.
That being said, the first thing you'll want to think about with decorations is the lighting. Discos were usually dark but lit up with strobe lights, neon lights, etc. Today we have easier access to lighting solutions than we had in the 70s, so use that to your advantage. Go online and order strobe lights, LED lights, blacklights, etc. from Amazon or hit up your nearest party store.
Some easy ideas for 70s disco themed party décor:
- black light
- strobe lights
- metallic streamers
- metallic confetti for the tables and dancefloor
- neon balloons
- black balloons
- disco ball(s)
- brightly colored tablecloths and party-ware
- disco vinyl records
- studio 54 signs and pictures
- lava lamps
- disco ball keychains and party favors at each place setting
- fuzzy dice
- play that 70s show or shows from the 70s on TV screens
- printable posters of 70s musicians and movies (print them right off the computer or have them blown up at a Kinko's)
Get creative and have fun with this theme. Try searching dollar stores before going to party stores, this could save you a lot of money in the long run! Also, check out your local thrift shops and consignment shops for vintage or retro-style items to add a unique element to your 70s disco party!
Set the Mood: Studio 54 Tunes
Now that you have the 70s disco décor all planned out and ready to groove, now it's time to put together a far-out playlist of disco tunes.
Here's some 70s disco music ideas to get you started:
- Shake Your Booty - KC and the Sunshine Band
- Brickhouse - Commodores
- I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
- Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
- Love to Love You Baby - Donna Summer
- Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
- Funky Town - Lipps
- I'm So Excited - Pointer Sisters
- Last Dance - Donna Summer
- Le Freak - Chic
- Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
- Get Up - James Brown
- Macho Man - Village People
- Can't Get Enough Of Your Love - Barry White
You can download these songs and more from iTunes or via MP3 downloads and create your own playlist, or you can simply buy a 70s disco collection playlist or CD online or in music stores to make it even easier. The choice is yours!
The most fun part of a 70s disco themed party is the costumes! Both men and women can have a blast picking out and wearing a 70s disco costume. Before going out and spending a ton of money on disco costumes, make sure to explore all of your options. Amazon has a nice selection, but you can also find 70s disco costumes other places online. If you're willing to spend a little extra money and get a truly unique costume, go to a vintage boutique or consignment shop in your area and ask specifically for 70s disco outfits. You'll be surprised how many options they'll give you.
Here are some ideas for the best 70s disco themed costumes for women:
- one-piece jumpsuit (like the ones pictured above)
- afro wig
- bell bottom pants with flared sleeve top
- platform shoes
- metallic or rainbow colored make-up: eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara
- peace signs
- brightly colored accessories
- retro or vintage roller skates
- mini dress or mini skirt / bodycon dress
Here are some ideas for the best 70s disco themed costumes for men:
- polyester leisure suit
- bell bottom pants with band t-shirt
- metallic-looking bell bottom pants with matching long-sleeve shirt
- afro wig
- cane and matching hat
- large round sunglasses
- peace sign necklaces
- platform shoes
- roller skates
Don't forget you can also dress up like your favorite 70s actor or actress or musical star! If you're a couple, dress up as Sunny and Cher. Single lady? Dress up like Donna Summer. And so on and so forth.
The Disco Menu
You have a lot of room to be creative with your 70s disco themed party menu. You can go super easy and cheap or you can get really elaborate and spend a lot of time and money developing the perfect disco menu. The choice is yours, but here are some ideas to get you started.
Easy, cheap menu items (think roller skating rink):
- hot dogs with cheesy fries
- kraut dogs
- watergate salad
- macaroni and cheese
- casseroles of various kinds
- jello molds
- potato salad
More expensive and fussy (but super fun) menu items:
- fondue with seafood, chicken, beef
- chocolate fondue with fruit and cheese
- deviled eggs
- wine and cocktails
- crackers and dip
- oysters in the half shell
- shrimp cocktail
If these ideas for 70s disco food aren't doing it for you, check out some old vintage cookbooks from the 70s to get inspired or simply go online and do some research. There are dozens of sites that provide examples of popular food during the 70s that you can tailor to your needs and budget.
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