The disco era in pop music is the source of non-stop nostalgia for adults who grew up in the time period and youth who are fascinated with the culture of the period. Movies, books and art retrospectives document the era giving party planners who want to have a '70s disco party plenty of material from which to draw inspiration and ideas.
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Bring Your Own Mix
Send out invitations with instructions for party attendees to make their own '70s disco mixes on CDs. Alternately, have them bring play lists on MP3 players that can be plugged into your home stereo system, a portable music box or connected to speakers.
Give them suggestions on themed play lists featuring artists such as the Bee Gees, Blondie, Olivia Newton-John and Donna Summer. Point them toward the historical music charts for of AMG's allmusic.com website for ideas on mixes and music groups to include.
Tell guests to arrive in '70s disco dancing apparel for a costume contest. Designate judges from among party guests and have participants parade their clothes on a mock fashion runway.
Provide lists of '70s clothing styles and accessories. Include items such as bell bottoms, polyester shirts, platform shoes, multicoloured Afro wigs, three-piece pastel suits, shiny hot trousers and patterned halter tops.
A list of accessories might include sequinned head bands, body glitter, blue and green eye shadow and tacky gold chains. Do not forget to include a list of local costume shops and thrift stores where guests can shop for their '70s disco threads.
'70s Disco Trivia Game
Collect trivia about '70s disco hits, artists, events and clubs of the area from sites such as AMG, VH1 and the online archives of "Life" magazine. Write down questions on index cards, split the guests into groups and designate someone to read off the questions and keep score.
Give each team a turn to answer a question from the stack of cards. Use a timer to put pressure on the teams to answer and to keep the game moving. When all the cards are used, tally the score to determine the winner. Be creative and make up your own game rules and announce them before the game begins.
With the crazy costumes and groovy music, a '70s disco party will not be complete without a dance contest. To spice things up, buy cheap prizes such as plastic trophies from a local party store to give out to winners.
Create categories of competition such as women, men, couples or whatever suits your fancy. Create a "Soul Train" line for the dance contest area and have contestants show their moves while moving down the middle of the line.
Let guests judge by a show of hands or by writing down the names of their favourites on pieces of paper to determine the winners in a voting process.
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