Decade party themes are always a blast!
February 24, 2010
Inviting friends over and putting out a few bowls of chips and dip is fine for lazy weekend afternoons, or a quick and casual get-together, but when you really want to throw a bash, decade party themes are an excellent way to ensure that everyone gets into the spirit of your shindig and comes prepared to party.
It's always fun to base a party on a favorite television show, movie or interest, but some of the easiest and kitschiest party options are decade party themes.
Whether you'd like to throw a sock hop or stage a sit-in, just pick a decade, send out your invitations and search for the appropriate party decorations.
'50s rock and roll party
A '50s theme party is an excellent excuse to throw on the poodle skirt that's hanging in the back of your closet, toss on some old records (or set your Pandora station on Elvis) and go all out.
Guys can come dressed in leather jackets or varsity sweaters and wear their hair slicked back, while girls can throw on a sweater, a circle skirt and bobby socks or be bold and wear slacks.
Make sure to play fun oldies that everyone can dance to, and serve '50s style snacks like deviled eggs, chex mix and cheese balls.
'60s peace party
Hosting a '60s peace party is the perfect way to unleash your inner beatnik. On your invitations, encourage guest to come decked out in full-on hippie regalia, and hand out beaded necklaces at the door.
Set up a face painting station (you could just stock it with eyeliner) so that partygoers can draw peace signs and write groovy sayings on their cheeks and foreheads.
Play classic '60s hits from Bob Dylan to The Beatles. If you own a record player, ask your guests to bring their favorite vinyl albums to share, or just turn the radio on to an oldies station.
If you think the crowd would be open to it, you could even ask friends to recite a few classic beat poems, like Howl.
'70s disco party
A '70s disco party is the ultimate guilty pleasure. Everyone will love the chance to put on their dancing shoes and boogie the night away in a white suit or a disco ensemble.
A disco ball is absolutely essential to the success of this party, so don't forget it! Classic '70s tunes are also imperative. You can't pretend that you're John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever if you don't have the Bee Gees going in the background!
No matter which era you settle on, just remember to relax and enjoy the cheesy fun that is a decade theme party. And don't forget to snap some pictures of your friends all decked out!