Birthday Theme Parties: Kid's Seventies Party

Ideas for a nostalgiac celebration for children. Tips on invitations, activities, and decorations.

INVITATIONS

Get some denim fabric, or some old jeans. Cut them out in the shape of bell bottom pants and glue them onto the front of blank invitations. Decorate them with flower and heart stickers, and a little bit of glue and glitter-- remember, the 70's were sparkly and loud. Tell your guests it's a 70's party, and ask them to dress in their disco best.

DECORATIONS

If you can't get a large disco ball, pick up some of the smaller ones made on key chains or to hang from car rear view mirrors, and suspend them from the ceiling. Aim a light at them if possible. Have a strobe light if the kids plan on dancing. Plaster the wall with old album covers featuring artists such as The Bee Gees, Elton John, and Kiss. Don't forget to get a Saturday Night Fever poster, as well as the famous Farrah Fawcett in a bathing suit poster. Hang black velvet posters around the room. Get some old platform shoes from thrift shops and string them up, hanging them from wall to wall (spray them with a good deodorizer first to avoid any funky foot smell).

REFRESHMENTS

Fondue became extremely popular fare in the 70's, so set up a fondue buffet. Use burners to keep double boilers going, and fill them with melted cheese, chocolate, and other sauces. Put out a number of different things for your guests to dip in them, such as graham crackers, fresh sliced fruit, marshmallows, and bread cubes. Leave out skewer sticks for them to dip with. Deviled eggs also make a great addition. Get some nostalgia candy too, such as candy necklaces, pixie sticks, and reams of colorful button candy. Serve NeHis, Frescas, and Diet Coke. For a great cake, make a bundt cake-- this cake pan was particularly popularized in the 70's.

ACTIVITIES

Have a 70's TV and movie guessing game: print out pictures with scenes from famous movies in the 70's and have your guests guess which they were. You can also print out pictures of today's famous stars as they looked in the 70's, and see if guests can recognize them. Gather questions about shows like Charlie's Angels, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, All In The Family, The Brady Bunch and M.A.S.H, and have a trivia contest. Have a disco contest (of course!), preferably to music from Saturday Night Fever. Have a Twister tournament. Play 70's novelty songs, such as "Disco Duck," and teach your guests how to do dances like, the Bus Stop. Watch the movie, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band."

GOODY BAGS:

Give your guests one of those (now considered) tacky crocheted and beaded bags. If you go to a thrift shop you may hit the mother on these and get them for a dollar a piece or less. Wash them on a gentle cycle and hang them to dry. Load them up with lip gloss, mood rings, a disco ball key chain, some pixie sticks and button candy sheets, a pet rock, and a CD of popular hits from the 70's.

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