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'70s Party Theme

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About the Theme

Dance the night away with a ’70s party theme that celebrates all things peace and love. The ’70s saw a lot of technical innovation and political change that influenced social culture, so you have plenty of events to get inspired by: both Apple and Microsoft were founded a couple years apart, disco turned the music scene upside down and fashion was in a league of its own.

Whether you want to slip into your roller skates or boogie the night away to your favorite disco tunes, we have all the inspiration you need to host the most epic ’70s themed party. Our guide includes all the best ’70s theme party ideas to help you turn back the hands of time. Follow our party tips and your guests will feel like they stepped back in time.

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SIMILAR PARTY THEMES: ‘80s, Studio 54


Venue Settings

Loft

Some of the most influential parties of the ’70s took place in downtown New York City lofts (think: David Mancuso), and went on to influence nightclubs all over.

ROLLER RINK

Roller rinks are practically still living in the ’70s. Colorful, spacey carpet designs and disco lights? Hello, 1970s! Round up your crew and spend your party spinning around the rink in some vintage roller skates.

DANCE HALL

The 1970s introduced us to some legendary musicians, from The Rolling Stones and David Bowie to Carly Simon and Diana Ross. Host your ’70s themed party at a dance hall so your guests can let loose and cut a rug to all the best hits from this decade.

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Entertainment

'70s Band

A live band is the best way to bring an authentic '70s feel to your party. Stick to one style, or mix all the popular genres together (think: rock, punk rock, pop and R & B).

DJ

Prefer a DJ over a live band? No problem! Hire a DJ who will spin all the best hits from the 1970s. Between all the amazing folk, disco and classic rock songs that came out of this decade, your guests won’t be able to keep themselves off the dance floor.

TIE-DYE STATION

Sure, you can ask everyone to wear their favorite tie-dye attire, but why not make some while you’re at it? Setting up a tie-dye station is simple, affordable and most importantly, fun. Stock up on some plastic bins, colorful dye and rubber bands. Tell your guests to bring white shirts, blankets, towels or even pillowcases so everyone can tie-dye up a storm. The best part? Everyone will go home with a groovy party favor!

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Food

Cheese Fondue

Fondue had a real moment in the ’70s. It made entertaining a snap, since it doubles as a fun activity for guests and a meal. Serve with a variety of different breads and vegetables.

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Beverage

Tequila Sunrise

This punch-like cocktail rose to fame after catching the eye of The Rolling Stones, and basically fueling their 1972 tour. Shortly after, The Eagles paid tribute in their own way with their hit entitled—you guessed it—“Tequila Sunrise.”

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Lava Lamps

Even though they’re called “lamps” these old-school light fixtures are really just to set the mood. They don’t give off much light, but rather, they represent the laid-back and psychedelic-adjacent attitudes of the ’60s and ’70s.

PEACE SIGNS

The 1970s were all about promoting peace and love. Be sure to include some peace-sign decorations to really nail this theme.


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Tie-Dye

Big, bold and bright are the three best words to describe ’70s fashion, and tie-dye may be the most iconic pattern to fit the bill. Instruct guests to come dressed in their best hippie wear and deck out your party with tie-dye color combinations.

DISCO BALLS

If you really want to host a ’70s -theme party that is totally far-out, you’ll need some disco balls and disco lights as decoration. These will set the scene and get everyone in the mood for dancing.

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