You will want the 70s music flowing all night long during your 70s party, so load up on the top hits from the 70s. That does not mean just playing disco music, there was plenty of other great music to dance to in the 70s other than Disco. Make sure and include plenty of great Motown classics, as well as the top rock songs of the decade. If you do want just great 70s Disco, you can always put on our 8tracks playlist: 70s Disco Hits. You could get one of the compilation albums shown here for a great mixture of 70s party music. Also, check out the 70s Music Video Channels on this website for music ideas.
One fun thing to do at a 70s Party is to have some classic 70s television shows and movies playing in the background. TV Guide has a '70s Sitcom Collection that has a bunch of classic 70s tv shows in it. Animal House has to be one of the most funny movies of the 1970s. Blazing Saddles by Mel Brooks is another great choice. You also could create a 70s version of MTV by showing our 70s Music Video Station.
Fun 70s party favors to give out would be Mood Rings, or Pet Rocks (pretty easy to make these yourself!). Other good party favors would be candy popular from the 70s (Bottle Caps, Blow Pops, Ring Pops, etc..). You can find these at the Old Time Candy Company.
You will also want to decorate the room(s) your 70s party will take place in. You can find 70s party decorations at your local party store or online at a place like Shindigz. Your party decorations should contain popular colors from the 70s ( Orange, Brown, Yellow, Lime, etc.. ).
Fun items to have at a 70s Party are 70s Standees, like the ones shown here from ShindigZ, where guests can put there heads through the cardboard cutouts and get their picture taken. ShindigZ actually has a lot of great items like this, check out the other awesome 70s Party Supplies you can find there.
Other 70s Party must haves are cardboard cutout stand ups of your favorite 70s characters. Some available include Luke Skywalker, Princess Lea, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Kiss, Willy Wonka, and of course the groovy Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Stand Up!
Shindigz has a great 70s scene setter that will get your guests in a groovy mood.
Wearing 70s costumes is one of the most fun parts of hosting a 70s party. You will want to make sure and tell people that dressing up in 70s related garb is required for entrance! You should send 70s costume ideas out for people with the invitation, as some might not know what they should be looking for.
The most obvious 70s costumes usually involve a big afro wig, big collared shirts, white disco pants, corduroy pants, extra wide ties, or even a full white leisure suit for the guys. The girls costumes usually include go-go dancer outfits, incredibly colorful hippy clothes with lots of flowers, or just about any brown and orange based clothing. Also, tie dye shirts and peace sign jewelry work great for anyone. Check out our section on 70s Fashion for more ideas.
Below are some other great ideas for 70s costumes..
Go to your 70s party dressed as a 70s TV or Movie Character (M*A*S*H*, SNL, Rocky Horror, etc.. ). Look at The TV Store Online for 70s costumes related to TV and Movies.
You will also want to give the guests of your 70s party something to do when they aren't dancing to the great 70s tunes. You could spice up your party with some 70s name that tune contests, where you play a snipit of a 70s song and ask your guests to guess the song title. Other fun things to have around would be toys from the 70s like the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em ROBOTS Game. You could also have some 70s games available for your guests to play: