Groovy disco beats, brightly colored clothes, bell-bottoms and crazy hairstyles – the 70s stand for all of this, one of the most creative and versatile decades ever and therefore also particularly popular as a theme for theme parties. What you need for an atmospheric and unforgettable 70s party you will learn here!
If the 60s were like a spring awakening on a flower meadow, then you must imagine the 70s like a trip through the jungle: bright exotic colors bloom everywhere, wildly proliferating life on every corner, over everything lies a sense of constant adventure and the nights are legendarily hot…
In terms of pop culture, the 1970s were also a decade of extraordinary diversity: whether in music, fashion, design or film – in all creative fields, new directions emerged, new standards were set and people experimented for all they were worth.
How nice that there is a wonderful and very fun way to evoke the spirit of days gone by: theme parties!
After we already gave tips for theme parties in the style of the 80s and the 90s have given, therefore this time the party-happy excursion into the decade of disco, punk, hard rock and Schlager: everything you need to know to throw a terrific 70s party!
The same applies to film history, by the way: in the USA, the “New Hollywood” current produced the first blockbusters alongside unusual films about outsiders such as “Harold and Maude”: “Jaws” and “Star Wars” (later renamed Star Wars – Episode IV). Alongside this, both auteur films (aka arthouse) and exploitation films flourished. Many of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite films were made during this time, which is clearly evident in his films.
A film that was made in 1998, but is set in the late 70s and conveys the spirit of 70s parties in the most legendary nightclub of the time is Studio 54, named after this club:
Every theme party lives essentially from its atmosphere, therefore our tip: let yourself be inspired by movies and music of the 70s in the run-up to the party planning!
For this, it is also crucial what the concrete framework conditions of your 70s party are. Occasion, season, location, weather, the number of guests, as well as their approximate age group; these are all important factors that you should take into account when planning. Ideally, you should not be alone in the preparation, otherwise you may need to ask someone else to help you. Because whether it’s just the two of you or more people: thanks to the division of tasks, party planning is much easier and more fun as a team!
A great help for the preparation of any party is a checklist. With it you can be sure not to forget anything important at the end. Essential questions for creating the checklist for a 70s party are:
Additionally, a look at our ultimate party checklist is sure to help you out.
With an unusual invitation, stylistically matching the theme, you show your guests how important the theme is to you and motivate them to get into the act as well, in terms of dressing up, possibly bringing food and the like.
In addition, a few suggestions for DIY invitation cards:
Maybe you have other creative ideas yourself; believe me, in any case, the effort will pay off, because it will be much harder for your guests to refuse a really great designed invitation. And even more so, no one will dare to appear undisguised! 😉
If you or other members of the party planning team happen to own a piece of furniture from the 70s, great! Typical 70s chairs, armchairs, sofas or a wallpaper in 70s patterns contribute enormously to the atmosphere. But also smaller and especially more transportable furnishings, such as lamps or an old dial telephone are perfect to set accents.
Almost a must at a 70s party is a disco ball:
Mostly, however, a 70s theme party is associated with the disco look, sometimes “spiced” with some hippie elements. Dress for it in bright, eye-catching colors! Especially good are sequined shirts or blouses or generally clothes that glitter and sparkle.
Other typical elements of a 70s outfit are:
In the 70s, parties usually had a cold buffet: potato salads, pasta salads, meatballs, sandwiches with fan-shaped pickles and hard-boiled eggs with a tomato cap were just some of the most popular snacks. Also the wonderfully trashy cheese hedgehogs and / or Mettigel may not be missing at a real 70s party. Also very popular in the 70s were crab cocktails, layered salads or a party egg platter with halved hard-boiled eggs garnished with various toppings.
As a party drink, wine- or sparkling wine-based punch was the universally popular standard in the 70s. Some of these even had imaginative names such as “cold duck” or “googly peach”, under which you can still find relevant recipes today.
Typical soft drinks of the 1970s were Afri Cola and Bluna, which were drunk either neat or as a long drink: Afri Cola was preferably mixed with Kümmerling, Bluna with egg liqueur. The latter cocktail was known as “Blonder Engel”.
For a party with a majority of German-speaking guests, you can also include one or two hit songs of that time as an iconic surprise.
Here are some absolute musical classics of the 70s for inspiration, sorted by genre and artist:
Soul / R&B
If you don’t have time to look for a playlist yourself and no one else wants to play the DJ at your 70s theme party, you can of course just take a ready-made playlist, for example this one:
As party games, dance games that were very popular at the time, such as Frank Zander’s Duck Dance or Blankenese’s Polonaise, fit particularly well. Recognize songs” with a 70s playlist is also a good tip for a party game.
The absolute hit with young people in the 70s was actually the game “click-clack”. Why not organize a small competition with this game of skill at your 70s party?
And now have fun at your 70s party!!! 🙂
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