Take a trip down memory lane and head back to the 70s at your child’s disco party! From The Brady Bunch to Scooby-Doo, the 70s were a time of dancing, far out fashion and fondue. So have fun, hang out and grab a bean bag chair while we give you tips on disco party invitations, decorating, food, favors and groovy games!
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What Do I Need For the Party?
In addition to Disco party supplies, like plates, cups, napkins and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing or renting the following items for your Disco party:
- Bean bag chairs
- Disco balls
- A karaoke machine
- Fondue sets
- Lava lamps
- Beaded curtains
- 70s clothes or costume accessories
- 70s music and a record player
- 70s toys like Rock’em Sock’em Robots, jacks, Hot Wheels, Atari, Lincoln Logs and Smurfs
- A pinata
70s Disco Party Music Ideas
Here’s a list of our favorite kid-friendly Disco music for your party.
- Disco Duck, Donald Duck
- I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor
- Grease, Frankie Valli
- Last Dance, Donna Summer
- Don’t Leave Me This Way, Thelma Houston
- Night Fever, Bee Gees
- Funkytown , Lipps Inc
- Knock on Wood, Amii Stewart
- Flashdance, Irene Cara
- Dancing Queen, ABBA
- Heart of Glass, Blondie
- Shake Your Groove Thing, Peaches and Herb
- The Hustle, Van McCoy
Check out our personalized Disco Party invitations or blank tie dye invitations or if you have the time, here are some other fun disco party invitation ideas.
- Attach a card-style invitation to one of our personalized disco party supplies with curling ribbon. Simply punch a hole in one corner of the card and thread the ribbon through.
- Include a disco party sticker or temporary tattoo in your envelope. Seal your 70s party invitations with a personalized disco party sticker
- Include a disco party CD with your invitation that has all your favorite disco music. You can use our list above for some ideas.
- Using photo software, make a collage of characters from the 70s such as Speed Racer, Snoopy, The Brady Bunch, Scooby-Doo and School House Rocks. The collage can be the front of your invitation. On the inside or back of your invitation include all your party details. Don’t forget to ask your guests to dress as their favorite groovy character!
- Pose your child in disco attire such as star sunglasses, peace sign jewelry, go-go boots or an afro wig and then take a photo. Create invitations with this photo that look like a record album. Use creative wording on the album that includes your party details.
- Take a picture of your front door and then use computer software (like Photoshop) to superimpose “Studio 54” above the door. This can be the front of your invitation. On the inside, you can include a cute rhyme like this:
Jackson’s disco party is about to get down!
You better knock on wood and join us in Funkytown,
Come shake your booties on the disco floor,
We’ll play groovy games, eat cake and much more!
Set aside a place for a disco floor and crank out some 70s tunes so your guests can boogie down. Here are some additional ideas that will help you create a total disco atmosphere for your 70s party.
- Set up a karaoke machine that’s loaded with disco music. Kids can dance while everyone takes turns singing. Don’t forget to video tape the show!
- Dim the lights and hang a disco ball and tissue paper balls from the ceiling. You can light the room with black lights or twinkling lights to create a club atmosphere.
- String colored lights in the shape of a square on the floor to create a dance floor. Buy the type of lights that can be adjusted to flash on and off or light up in a chasing pattern.
- Place inflatable or bean bag chairs around the room.
- Use vintage toys from the 70s as centerpieces such as Rock’em Sock’em robots, Etch-A-Sketch, a Barrel of Monkeys, Lite-Brite, Gumby and a Magic 8 Ball.
- Tie balloons to vintage action figure characters from the 70s like Speed Racer, Scooby-Doo, GI Joe, Smurfs, Hello Kitty and Raggedy Ann and Andy.
- Set out classic board games from the 70s including Chutes and Ladders, Chinese Checkers, Sorry!, Clue, and Twister. You can also set out marbles and jacks and then teach the kids how to play. Instructions for these games can be found at the bottom of this page.
- Hang beaded curtains or crepe paper streamers from the party’s entrance.
- Set out a box of dress up clothes that include sunglasses, wigs, Afro style wigs, bell bottoms, and other 70s inspired clothing and accessories. You can also place disposable cameras on each party table so the kids can take photos of themselves dressed up!
In addition to pizza, chicken fingers, hamburgers or hotdogs, you can add some Disco themed food into the mix. Here are some groovy suggestions.
- Fondue: Use our fondue recipe to make cheese fondue for an appetizer and chocolate fondue for a dessert.
- Pasta Primavera: Boil a large pot of lightly salted water and then add 8 ounces of dry pasta to the boiling water. Cook for 10 minutes and then drain. In a saucepan, melt 1/4 cup of butter and then mix in 1 packet of dry vegetable soup mix, 1-1/2 teaspoons of flour and 1-1/2 cups of milk. Bring this mixture to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Mix in 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese and then combine with the cooked pasta before serving.
- Finger Food: Cut sandwiches into star, butterfly and daisy shapes using a cookie cutter. You can serve PB&J, grilled cheese or lunch meat.
- Serve granola bars with dipping yogurt.
- Hamburger Helper was first introduced in the 70s so you can serve this as well.
70s Disco Cake Idea
Baking a 70s themed cake is easy! Simply bake 2 round cakes, frost between the layers and then decorate the top of the cake to look like a smiley face. On the face you can write “Have a Groovy, Far Out Birthday!” For an extra disco flare, bake this using our rainbow marble cake recipe.
Party Favor Ideas
Thank your guests with groovy party favors. To find a large variety of Disco party favors, visit our Disco Party page and click the “Party Favors” tab or the “More Fun Stuff” tab. Some of the favors we have include:
- Disco ball necklaces
- Inflatable microphones
- Star shaped sunglasses
- Rock candy and swirl pops
- Toe socks
- Candy jewelry
Also check out our complete Disco Party favor sets and Personalized Disco products such as zipper pulls, placemats, and stickers. Wrap up all your disco party favors in a star-studded disco party favor bag.
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Games and Activities
Test your party guests’ knowledge of popular cartoons and toys from the 70s with our totally far out trivia challenge!
Get ready to boogie down and shake your groove thing during a far out disco dance contest!
Hand out this groovy free coloring page at your disco party.
Learn how to make cheese and chocolate fondue for your guests to dip bread and strawberries into at your 70s party.
Teach your guests how to play an official game of marbles. They can even keep the marbles they win!
Jacks is a fun game that kids will want to keep playing for hours until they master “tensies!”
Have guests design far out T-shirts to take home.
Create a pet that doesn’t need to be trained or fed!