How to Throw a "Dirty Dancing" Party

Written by zora hughes
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If the thought of Patrick Swayze shaking his hips in a tank top makes you swoon, or if you rewind the last dance scene with Baby and Johnny a million times, then you might be the ultimate Dirty Dancing fan. Embrace your fanatic status by throwing a Dirty Dancing-themed party. Have all the guests come dressed in their best 60s summer fashion, give the DJ the Dirty Dancing soundtrack and be prepared to dance the night away.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Create invitations with a silhouette cut out of a dancing couple. The invitation should read something like "Have the time of your life at my 25th birthday party." Tell the guests to wear 60s attire as in the movie or to dress like a character from the movie.

  2. 2

    Choose one of the party scenes as the theme. The easiest would be the last scene in the main floor, because it was in a hall, but if you choose a venue that has a stage like in the movie, you could use it as the dancefloor. Another option for a smaller space is to recreate the employee staff scene. Use a fog machine to create a bar-like atmosphere and have old crates and stacked chairs around the room.

  3. 3

    Hold a dance contest. Let guests compete as couples to see who can do the best re-enactment of a Baby and Johnny dance.

  4. 4

    Play a Dirty Dancing trivia game. Give out prizes to the person who knows the most about the movie.

  5. 5

    Play 80s music after you have worn out the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. Even though the movie was set in the 60s, it came out in the 80s, and many people that love the 80s love Dirty Dancing.

Tips and warnings

  • To really get into the theme, start off the party by playing the dull music that Baby's parents liked to dance to, then break out the best hits from the movie.

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