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Trends are cyclical: it’s only a matter of time before they pop up again. This year it’s the turn of the 70s, so dig out the disco ball and don your platforms
At the end of 2013, pop star Rita Ora threw herself a 70s-themed birthday bash, the A-list showed up in their droves and the press were all over it like a cheap polyester suit: an era was reborn. We think the decade of disco, with its vibrant decor and music, lends itself perfectly to a party. Just imagine the costumes.
For ideas, start by revisiting the quintessential homage to disco, Saturday Night Fever, or by checking out David O Russell’s star-laden flick American Hustle. Point guests towards vintage and charity shops – Soho’s Beyond Retro is a safe bet – and have the ladies dig out catsuits, and the lads open-necked, button-down shirts with flared trousers. Oh, and platform shoes all round.
With your guests dressed to the nines, you can’t lump them into any old hole. Somewhere with wall-to-ceiling mirrors, shiny disco balls hanging from the ceiling and plenty of bright colour splashed around the place is what you’re after. Better still, the holy grail: a colour-changing dance floor – believe it or not, they’re still out there.
If you can’t find a venue with the necessaries, book a blank canvas space and pick up what you need from a prop hire company.
No shindig is complete without the drinks and the 70s had more than a few favourites. Harvey Wallbangers – that’s vodka, orange juice and Galliano – and Grasshopper Martinis, a 20s stalwart revived in the disco era (comprising cream, crème de cacao and crème de menthe), are a must. Throw in a piña colada and your crowd’ll be throwing shapes all over the dance floor.
To ensure your guests strut their stuff, you’ll need either a damn good DJ or an extremely tight band whose back catalogue includes everything from Stayin’ Alive to That’s the Way (I Like It). Do your research – perhaps even go and see some acts perform before making a booking – as it’ll be the difference between a good party and a brilliant one.
This article was first published in Square Meal Venues & Events, spring 2014.