I wanted to use a set of rock-bottom-priced invitations that I bought when my daughter was a baby at a stationary store that was going out of business. You know the really expensive custom invitations that probably retail for $2.50 each and they were for a 50’s theme party- poodle skirts and all. My daughter’s seventh birthday was approaching and so not only was her theater company’s recent show “Leader of the Pack”, I had let her watch my favorite childhood movie “Grease” in anticipation of popping my question.
“So, what do you think about having a Greaser-themed birthday party this year?”…you know, like Grease, like the theater show…
She said “ok, I guess…” Mom win!
I log on Pinterest and we start looking up ideas AND somehow a few pinners got their decades wrong or Pinterest wanted us to see this really cute posting of a 70’s theme. Both our eyes went right to it- me, being a child of the 70’s and her seeing “dance party”-cool disco and we were hooked- gears changed 70’s party it is!
My girl just happened to own an American Girl Doll Julie AND I just happened to own a 71 Super Beetle Convertible… so the wheels (literally) were set in motion. Who needs fancy invitations when the theme is just right?
So I whipped up these invites in MS Word- a skill I obtained for my Southern Living at Home hostesses’ (direct sales) theme party invites.
My next step was to get our beetle back from the shop. Yes, my husband bought me my dream car when we were living in LA after college and we were in the process of getting it fixed up so our teenage boys could have something fun to learn to drive stick shift on AND so I could take it for a fun spin around town every now and then on a pretty day. The mechanic probably thought I was NUTS wanting a car that wasn’t completely fixed back just so it could be parked out front of our house for a kid’s birthday party but these are the things that make me laugh.
And of course I used this party as the perfect excuse to get some (yes, bucket list home accessory item) disco balls on Amazon. Since I have an obsession with globes (more on that in a different post) and disco balls are actually just glamorous globes without destinations they were the perfect addition to my décor collection. So as an added bonus- today the disco balls live in our “as formal as we get” living room amongst the globes and they bring a bit of humor and ironic juxtaposition to that room.
Please don’t leave comments that the peace symbols on the cupcakes are incorrect- I had them made at a local grocery store bakery and I just said make “peace symbols & daisies” and I didn’t think I needed to draw out a peace symbol but apparently I did (see how they are missing the line?) Oh well, the little girls had no idea.
We didn’t have time to make everyone a friendship bracelet so we ordered them from Oriental Trading (link.) My daughter loved letting each guest pick their bracelet as they arrived at the party and then they also made for a cute photo-op.
While working on the set for our vacation bible school last summer, I was introduced to this foam board. It comes in different thicknesses at Home Depot (1/2 in, ¾ in 1 inch) and I believe I used the 1 inch size. I traced circles with hoola hoops (but could be anything round) and made them into peace signs and cut them out with an exacto knife. I then choose to spray paint them in gold because that was the color I had on hand. These peace symbols are now on the wall in my daughter’s room but they truly aren’t great lasting quality so they will be tossed next time we update her room but for now they are a cute reminder of the party. I used them as decorations for this party but the take-away for you is YOU CAN CUT ANY SHAPE THAT GOES WITH ANY THEME PARTY- pretty easy and inexpensive!
Like I mentioned, my girl is into Julie the American Girl Doll who happens to be from the 1970s so I grabbed the doll and some of her accessories and dressed up the buffet and tables. A lot of these ideas I refer to in a training I used to train called “Buffet Building”. To round out the look, I added rainbow colored tassels and pom-pom garlands that I found in the “dollar-bins” when you first walk into Target.
Our party was pretty laid back- the girls beaded necklaces, played ping-pong and watched some of the Julie American Girl video (just because we had it and it went with the theme) when the girls started to tire toward the end of the party.
We served pizza and salad, cupcakes and ice cream. Pretty simple.
There are so many other ideas you could do for a 70’s party, these are some we considered…
Use a record player and dance to your favorite 70’s tunes
Have a Brady Bunch Scavenger Hunt (my friend Dara did this- SO FUN for adult women)
70’s Trivia Game
This party wasn’t fun for the girls because we had an authentic vehicle parked out front or anything like that- it was laid back and flexible. My daughter’s favorite memory from it is playing tag with her friends. My favorite was the fact we pulled it together pretty simply, worked on it together and the disco balls make me happy every time I glance at them.