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60s and 70s Party Ideas

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When you think of parties, one very important picture comes to mind: disco dancing! For you, a party is boring if the venue isn’t noisy, if there’s no music and if there are no people on the dance floor. That’s why no matter what, every party you plan is bustling with excitement. You always make sure that you have a unique party theme so that the guests will always remember their fun time and the wonderful host.

This time, you’ve run out of ideas for a cool party theme. You still want it to be filled with music, but the problem is you’ve tried almost every modern theme possible. If this is your dilemma, why not try to go back in time? You can do a groovy 60’s and 70’s party theme! The 60’s and 70’s are loved by many people because they were the decades when disco, bell-bottomed pants, tie-dye and bright outfits became extremely popular.

Groovy Fun

It’s hard not to party when you’ve got a 60’s and 70’s party theme. You’ll surely find the disco balls, the bright lights, and the party mood very infectious, and you can’t help but get groovy on the dance floor. Of course, you need to make sure that you’ve got all the fun retro and disco essentials. Here are several helpful tips to help you organize a successful and smashing 60’s and 70’s party.

The Dance Floor Calls: Groovy Party Invitations

If you lack time and you don’t want to spend too much money, you can easily purchase ready-made invitations with retro and disco designs from party supply stores. However, if you want to be a bit more creative, use other materials for your invitations. For example, you can print the party details on a tie-dyed T-shirt, and then hand-deliver them to the guests. Another way is to attach the party details to a smiley face beanbag key chain before delivering them to the guests.

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Setting a Retro Trend: Venue Decorations

The venue is very important when it comes to a 60’s or 70’s party. You need to make sure that it’s spacious enough to hold your guests, but also has a large dance floor area. You can hold the party in a hotel function room, a restaurant or, if it’s a university event, in the gym.

Once you’ve got a venue, you need to put up the right party decorations. Beaded curtains, colorful ribbons, streamers and balloons are very appropriate. You can also hang up posters featuring scenes and popular musicians of the 60’s and 70’s. The lights are also important for the venue, so put black lights, neon lights and lava lamps all over the place. A disco ball on the dance floor is also a must-have!

The “Hippie” Retro Look: Costumes for the Party

You can’t go to a retro party and not dress up, right? Put together your favorite 60’s or 70’s getup, including bell-bottomed pants, tie-dyed or bright shirts, glow jewelry, bead necklaces, smiley jewelry, bandannas and platform shoes. You can also tease up your hair in a large afro style or pull it back with a hippie headband. It’s up to you to mix and match. As long as you look groovy, you’re ready to party.

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Retro Munchies: The Party Food

Good food is needed for any retro party, and most 60’s and 70’s parties usually include one popular food item: fondue. Watch a classic fondue recipe by clicking play in the below video.

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Prepare fondue with different kinds of flavors, including cheese, teriyaki and spicy chicken. Munchies such as chips and onion dip from scratch are also a good choice. As for the drinks, stick to soda, such as Coke, Dr. Pepper and 7-Up.

Retro Fun: Party Activities

Dancing is the main attraction of 60’s and 70’s parties, so you should play good disco music from these decades during the party.Watch the Good Times Disco Music show to see cool 60’s and 70’s costumes.

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If you want to play games, charades is a fun option, using categories that are based on the 60’s and 70’s. A karaokecontest would also be very enjoyable.

Now that you know what you’re going to need for your 60’s and 70’s party, what are you waiting for? Start planning a groovy, hippie and enjoyable retro party! Organizing it may be time consuming, but once you see the outcome and see everyone having fun, you’ll definitely think that it was all worth it. Have fun!Need some great 70’s costume ideas? Click play in the video below.

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