From transforming your space on the cheap with stage tricks and found kitsch, to feeding your guests and keeping them dancing all night, we've got you covered. Click here for a playlist to get your groove on, and click here for a photo gallery of costume ideas.
Now, there's nothing stopping you from throwing a 70's party in your home, and I encourage you to adapt these ideas to suit your space. But consider for a moment renting a venue for your party. It's not as crazy as it sounds. Personally, I'm fortunate enough to be a member of my local community theater, The Footlight Club, in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. One of the benefits of membership is a great discount on the rental for the space. But VFW halls and Masonic Lodges can be had for a fair price. Typically, I ask for a $5 donation at the door, which covers the cost of the hall, and then I provide all the food and drink. If this is still out of reach, consider having a combined birthday party with a few friends where you split the cost food and drink. Suddenly it's looking like a small price to pay for throwing the party of the century.
Working the Door
|Thanks Mom for never |
throwing this out! Owlie over
here adorned my childhood
In leaner years, instead of hiring someone I've asked my close friends to pitch in and help me out by manning the front door. I would assign teams of 3 friends who know each other, and ask them to just take one 30-minute shift and hang out in the entry hall instead of on the dance floor. One person takes coats, one person snaps a polaroid, and one person takes your donation and gives you a hand stamp - for Summer of Sam, I chose a great stylized owl stamper.
|This old phone had the |
perfect look - and showed
up in a ton of pix.
The Party Room
Picture a big square room with not much in it - this is your canvas (and conveniently, the layout of most Masonic halls). Now divide this room into long thirds. The center third of the room is the dance floor - which in this case, is conveniently marked off with support columns. This leaves two thirds of the room to create little nooks and different hangout spaces.