Invitation Ideas for a Disco '70s Theme Party

by Jack Burton, Demand Media
    Design invitations to a disco '70s party that will have guests dancing all night.

    Design invitations to a disco '70s party that will have guests dancing all night.

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    The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Sister Sledge, KC and the Sunshine Band -- all names that conjure up a magical time in the mid- to late 1970s when a steady, funky beat and heavy bass gave dancing a new rhythm and drive. Bell bottoms, elevator shoes, Afros, sparkles and glitter all defined the fashions, and everyone had to know the latest dance tune to keep up with the crowd. Recreating that time for a party gives everyone an opportunity to remember good times, even if creating those memories for the first time at the party. Your invitations should reflect that same glitzy atmosphere.

    Studio 54 Invitations

    Studio 54 was ground central for the disco community. If you were allowed onto that hallowed disco dance floor, you knew you had arrived as a legitimate celebrity -- or at least someone the real celebrities would tolerate. Recreate the Studio at your party, starting with your invitations. Borrow its famous logo to let all the invitees know this is going to be a serious event and not for the fainthearted.

    Saturday Night Fever Invitations

    The album that most defined the disco era was "Saturday Night Fever" by the Bee Gees. The music from the album dominated the charts in 1978, and it was impossible not to tap a foot wherever you were when the music came on the radio. Use the album artwork as inspiration for your invitation cover. With one glance, it will be obvious that this is a disco party that means business.

    Lyrics Puzzle Invitation

    Start the party games early with a puzzle right on the invitation. Include snippets from a variety of lyrics from popular disco songs and ask invitees to name the titles. Those who bring the correct answers win a door prize. You can make it easier or harder by asking for less or more information about the song, such as the artist, when released, its place on the "Billboard" charts and the songwriter. Give bonus points to those willing to demonstrate their mastery of the lyrics by attempting to sing the song at the party.

    CD Invitation

    Disco is about the strobing lights, the jam-packed, sweating bodies and the beautiful, slick look, but most of all -- disco is all about the music. Send the invite as a special mix of disco music on CD that says "This is what the party is -- nonstop music that'll have you up and dancing all night." Make a custom label for the CD with the party details. If you do a good job of selecting the music, not only will you have people over for a successful party, you'll have given them a CD they will often play and enjoy.

    About the Author

    Jack Burton started writing professionally in 1980 with articles in "Word from Jerusalem," "ICEJ Daily News" and Tagalong Garden News. He has managed radio stations, TV studios and newspapers, and was the chief fundraiser for Taltree Arboretum. Burton holds a B.S. in broadcasting from John Brown University. He is a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Navy/Navy Reserves and the Navy Seabees.

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