Themes for Discos

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Themes for Discos
A mirrored ball is sometimes called a disco ball because of its association with 1970s disco. (Elizabeth Hachem/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Discos are an exciting way to celebrate various occasions and have fun. Loud, fast-paced music, bright flashing lights and an electrifying atmosphere are hallmarks of a disco. Introduced in the 1970s, disco is a dance, a clothing and a music style. Discos have come to symbolise fun, loud dance events. Themed discos can add excitement to an event.

Super Heroes

Invite super heroes to a disco for a truly out of this world dance. Use well known super hero images, such as Superman and Wonder Woman on walls. Use neon lights to light the images to give them a more "magical" look. Encourage guests to dress as known super heroes or make-up their own. Super heroes often have an emblem on their chests. Create a super hero emblem out of felt and place on each table top. Give out awards for best super hero costume and best "super power." Place modern dance music along with music that mention superheroes, such as Drake Bell's "Superhero!" or "Heroes" by David Bowie.


Embrace the era with a 1970s themed dance. Hang a large disco ball from the ceiling, just above the dance floor. Play music from the era such as "Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees or "Dancing Queen" by ABBA. Encourage guests to come in leisure suits and other distinctly 70s garb. Smiley faces were another image of the 1970s and can be easily created with yellow poster board and hung on walls. Use smaller disco balls on tables to add sparkle.

Roller Disco

Roller skating and discos often go hand in hand. Rent a roller rink for a disco party and roller dance to the hits, such as "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll" by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band and "Y.M.C.A." by the Village People. Serve a cake that features a roller skate on top of it and hand out roller skate key chains. Hire a DJ to run the sound and direct the party. Have some "skates" for couples, others for ladies and some only for the men. Gather the group together for a game of "Hokey Pokey" at the centre of the rink, as was often done in the 1970s.

Futuristic Disco

Look to the future and create a dance that embraces what the world may look like in 2070. Use symbols from the 1970s, such as peace symbols and smiley faces, but give them a futuristic twist. A smiley face can be given an updated and futuristic look if created out of metal to appear robotic. Mix 1970s music with techno music. The song "Life on Mars" by DJ Wag and "Alleys of your Mind" by Cybotron are good techno dance choices. Encourage 1970s attire and futuristic wear. Use space ships and aliens as decorations.

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