'70s-Themed Scavenger Hunts

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'70s-Themed Scavenger Hunts
Scavenger hunts get everyone in a large group involved in the fun. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

People wearing brightly coloured polyester bell-bottomed trousers and large plastic flowers decorating houses: the decade of the 1970s had a style all its own. You don't have to host a 1970s party to celebrate the decade that brought us disco and white polyester suits. Plan a scavenger hunt dedicated to all things '70s instead.

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1970s Music Scavenger Hunt

As with most eras, music was a big part of the culture in the 1970s. Design a scavenger hunt that gives nod to the music of the time. Divide guests into teams and give them a list of 1970s music-inspired items to take digital photos (cellphone cameras work great) of around your local area. Some items include a brick house for the song of the same name by the Commodores, a brown-eyed girl for the song of the same title by Van Morrison and a map showing Alabama for "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

1970s Clothing Scavenger Hunt

The 1970s had some distinct clothing styles. Check out local thrift stores for 1970s-style fashions to use as scavenger-hunt items. Look for kimonos, velvet jackets, granny dresses with high necks, hot trousers and polyester suits. Hide these items around your home, yard or party venue. Make a list of items that need to be found and let guests go on a mad dash to locate the 1970s clothing items.

1970s Television Scavenger Hunt

The 1970s brought us such television shows as "Happy Days," "Charlies Angels," "The Rockford Files" and "Hollywood Squares." Print pictures of your favourite 1970s show stars from your computer. Mount the images on card stock and hide them in various places around the party venue. Either make a list of shows that the guests have to locate or just let them make a mad dash around, looking for images.

1970s Trivia Scavenger Hunt

Encompass the entire decade of the 1970s into a fun scavenger hunt with a twist. Write the answers to trivia questions about the 1970s on small slips of paper. Question might include: "What team won the World Series in 1970?" (Baltimore Orioles) or "Who was the U.S. President in 1975?" (Gerald Ford). Supply guests with a clipboard, paper and pen and ask them to look for the answers that you have hidden around the room or venue. Guests should write the answers down but not take the paper away so other guests can find the answers too. Once a guest has found all the answers, supply him with a list of the trivia questions. The first guest to match the trivia answers to the trivia questions is the winner.

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