How to Plan a 70s Party – It’s Time to Get Groovy!

It may be before their time, or a time they can’t remember, but a 70s-themed party is a great way to get your friends together to celebrate a special occasion or just for a great time. Before the internet, there was big hair and wide-legged jeans, listening to The BeeGees on 8-track, and watching Happy Days on the living room floor. One thing people knew how to do was have the time of their lives!

You have the best music picked out (ABBA and Elton John, right?), the brightest props (a disco ball hanging from the ceiling, anyone?), and the perfect finger foods (don’t worry, they still ate chips in the 70s), but you or your guests may have a few questions when it comes to 70s themed parties. Read on for answers to some of your questions.

Is 70s hippie or disco?

It’s actually both. The 70’s was a time where you could be a hippie, into disco, neither, or both. It all depended on your unique personality. For a 70’s themed party, blend a little of everything. You can use that same creativity to make your decorations stand out. Try bright colors, strobe lights, and ambiance. You can even buy a Disco Ball here!

What did they wear in the 70s?

Most of us know that the 60s gave birth to the hippie generation. However, it wasn’t until the 70s that hippy culture truly defined itself. The most famous fashion items of the decade for those who kept the hippie lifestyle in their hearts were mini skirts, bell-bottomed jeans, crocheted tops, ponchos, peasant shirts, scarves, and Birkenstocks.

Just like today, people wore what they felt most comfortable in (even if it was an orange pantsuit or a beige one piece) and no one judged – because it was all about peace and love.

What do you wear to a disco party?

Disco came into popularity during the mid to late 70s. It was more than just a genre of dance music that thrived on the free-formed dancing and crazy music mixes in the disco clubs. Flared jeans, mismatching colors, and showing more skin were gaining in popularity. Disco was a bit more about being – shiny. Sequined halter and tube tops, maxi-skirts and kitten heels were a definite favorite. It was reasonable to dress up in your favorite evening gown, hit the dance floor and groove to Donna Summer or KC and the Sunshine Band.

Disco Diva Costume
Disco Diva Costume
Disco Fever Costume
Disco Fever Costume
Pimp Costume
Pimp Costume

What is disco attire?

If your party, or your costume, will be more disco-inspired, there are many options to play with when it comes to deciding on what to wear.

Men had afros and a mustache to compete with Magnum PI. Patterns and flared pants were also popular with men, just like our Disco Fever Costume.

For those friends with a little more daring personality, show them this Pimp’s Costume inspired by the disco era. Remember, the more colors you wore, the more popular you thought you’d be – which meant you had the most people talking.

Women still kept patterns alive and weren’t afraid to dare to be different. Showing a little more skin and wearing chunky jewelry, definitely turned you into the best Disco Diva! The most important thing, however, was the moves!

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What do you wear to a 70’s party?

There are plenty of options that would suit. The clothes that defined the tribes of the era like Disco or Hippie. Or you could go for iconic work outfits from the 70’s like these retro Air Hostess Costumes from the golden age of air travel. A further area of inspiration would be to look at 70’s movies and TV. The classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was released in 1971 and contains great options like Willy himself and the Oompa Loompa’s. Anchorman might be a parody but it was set in the 1970’s so Ron Burgundy would be a good option. You can find our whole range of 70’s Costumes here!

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