Feelin’ groovy? Here are some far out disco party ideas to help you throw an event that’s off the hook! The 1970s were all about hip clothing, a mellow attitude, and dancing to some funky beats. Here are our favorite ideas for invitations, decorations, and a collection of cool 70s theme party ideas.
Help your party guests feel the funk before your party even starts by sending them some great invitations. Your invitations are a great place to suggest that everyone come in their best 1970s costumes and be ready to dance the night away. Here’s how you can make your own disco theme invitations:
Use 70s Motif Paper — A simple, yet very 70s invitation option is to write your party information on pre-printed paper that has a 1970s motif such as psychadelic rainbow colors, peace signs, or the classic smiley face.
Disco Ball Invitations –Write your party information on a decorative label and attach it to a small disco ball necklace. If your guests are coming dressed in 1970s attire, they can wear their necklaces as part of their costumes! Be sure to send these invitations in padded envelopes so that they don’t get damaged in the mail.
Smiley Face Invitations — Bright yellow smiley faces were very popular in the 1970s. Make this happy guy an ambassador for your event by downloading an image from your computer and printing it on the front of your card. Write a headline for your party around the perimeter of the smiley, and cut your card into a circle. You can either make this a foldover card or write the party details postcard style on the back.
Disco Party Invitation Wording — Want some ideas for what to say on your invitations? Here are some fun options:
- Let the Music Play! Join Us for a Disco Theme Party!
- Come Shake Your Groove Thing at Our 70s Disco Party!
- Wear Your Disco Threads, We’ll Have Funky Beats, To Help You Move Your Boogie Feet!
- Bring Your Disco Duds and Get Ready to Get Down at Our Disco Theme Party!
**General Invitation Tips** — If you choose to make your own invitations, don’t forget to include the date, location, and time of your party. It is also helpful to put the host’s name, RSVP by date, and either your phone number or email.
Here are some great disco theme invitations, available at Tiny Prints:
Disco Glitter Invitations
Mirror Ball Invitations
Disco Party Decorations
Rainbow colors were all the rage during the 1970s, which makes decorating for your disco party lots of fun. Some great color choices include orange, yellow, hot pink, turquoise, brown and of course, pea green. You can incorporate these colors into your decor by mixing them up in your tableware, and also by using them in things such as balloons and streamers. Here are some other disco party ideas for decorations:
Hang Beaded Curtains in Your Doorways — Remember the entrance to Greg’s room on the Brady Bunch? Beaded curtains were so cool! Hang some in the doorways of your party area for a total 1970s look.
Use a Disco Ball — What disco night would be complete without a mirror disco ball?
Create a Dance Floor — If you’re having a disco theme party, you are going to have to have a dance floor. Clear the furniture from an area so your guests can boogie down. If you want to go all out, buy a roll of poly vinyl and lay it down for a true dance floor feel.
Bean Bag Chairs — Need place for your guests to mellow out and take a dance break? Set out some beanbag chairs. These were a very popular decor item throughout the 1970s.
Set the Mood with Incense — Incense was the hip atmosphere maker in the 1970s. Burning some incense (maybe in the guest bathroom) could be a fun addition to your 70s theme decor.
Here are some great party supplies, available at Amazon, to help complete your disco party decorating:
Disco Light Tablecover
70s Deluxe Party Supplies
Multi-color Stage Light
Disco Party Ideas for Attire
Wondering what to wear to a 70s disco party? Go all out! Dressing for a celebration is half the fun. Here are some suggestions:
For the Ladies:
- Mini Skirts
- Gold Lame
- Big Collars
- Bell Bottoms
- Go Go Boots
- Bright Colors
- Blue Eyeshadow
- Feathered “Farrah” Hair
For the Guys:
- Bell Bottoms
- Big Collars
- Gold Chains
- Tight Pants and Open Necked Button Down Shirts
- Platform Shoes
- Afro Wigs
Of course, you could always wear a costume. Here are some fun 70s theme party costumes available from Amazon:
Foxy Lady Costume
Saturday Night Fever Costume
Disco Diva Costume
Disco Party Ideas for Activities
DANCING! — If it’s a disco theme party, there has to be dancing! Make sure that you’ve either come up with a playlist for your event or found a DJ or music station that will keep the hits rolling all night. Hit the iTunes, or choose from the many great disco CDs available and put together your own hit list.
Last Days of Disco
100 Disco Hits
Hire a Dance Teacher — If your budget allows, consider hiring a dance teacher to come teach your guests some popular dances of the 70s. Some fun group dances from the 1970s were the Hustle, the Bump, and the Bus Stop. Learning a dance as a group gets everyone involved and your shy guests out on the floor.
Set up a Photo Backdrop — If everyone is wearing their grooviest duds, setting up an area where your guests can have their pictures taken can be great fun and a super ice breaker. Buy a fun disco party photo backdrop, or hang a large piece of 70s motif fabric and set out some props such as big sunglasses, wigs or jewelry. Then, either get someone to be a designated photographer or leave out a camera for some impromptu fun. These photos make great souvenirs or party keepsakes.
Play Saturday Night Fever — Play the classic John Travolta movie Saturday Night Fever as a background to your disco party theme.
Make a Seventies Trivia Game — A fun way to start conversation flowing is to put out 70s trivia question sheets. Place these where people will gather and see who can answer the most questions. Award a prize at the end of the evening to anyone who answered all the questions correctly.
Play Twister — Twister was a very popular game of the 1970s. If you need an extra activity, set up this game and get ready for some laughs.
Disco Party Ideas for Food
Here are some disco party ideas for your menu:
- Fondue (Cheese for the main course and chocolate for dessert!)
- Swedish Meatballs or Little Smokies in Barbecue Sauce
- Deviled Eggs
- Casseroles of any kind
- Chips and Dips (especially Bugles, which were very popular in the 70s)
Disco Party Ideas for Favors
Party favors are a fun way to send your guests home with a special memory of the evening. Here are some great options:
- Disco Ball Necklaces
- Mood Rings
- Personalized Lava Lamp Chocolate Lollipops
- Peace Sign Beads
- Pet Rocks (Make these by gluing googly eyes onto smooth river rocks)
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