DIY Theme Party On A Budget!
T is back and this time she wants to tell you how to plan a DIY theme party on a budget!
How to Create a 70’s Party or any theme party on a budget:
As a rule, I try not to make videos when my hubby is home. No one believes me, but he is LOUD! I cannot concentrate or get much done when he is around. Because of this, I hope my words are helpful when planning your next theme party!
We are going to talk specifically about a 70’s Party here – but, you can apply these tricks to any theme party.
You want to decorate the room to fit the theme of your party. Think more than just lava lamps and disco balls. The 70’s had way more going on than those two must have decorations. Visit your local fabric store and get some furry rugs to lay on your furniture. This gives the room a nice 70’s vibe.
You can grab some of this same material and make area rugs in a variety of colors. The more colors the better. You need to create a room with tons of colors but you don’t want to just slap something on the wall. Create a room with a subtle color theme. If you want orange and brown then try and have tons of those colors in the room without varying too often from the theme.
This is a perfect example of beautiful wall decor:
These beautiful colors on your wall and large fur swatches all over the floor and furniture. The room is starting to really come together but to make this room more authentic, we will need posters.
You get the idea!
Now that you have up your decals, you can start adding accents to the lighting and tables. A disco ball is imperative. You cannot throw a retro 70’s party without a disco ball. They are way more affordable than you think.
Now that you have your lighting, you can toss in random lava lamps. I grabbed some really cheap ones on clearance at CVS a couple of months back. If you were not so lucky, you can grab this one when you are shopping for all of your other party supplies.
Don’t worry about your furniture disturbing the theme of your room. If you are not the fur on the furniture type, cover your furniture with large pieces of black fabric and toss on some furry throw pillows or put furry pillowcases on your existing throw pillows. Don’t forget to use a coupon when shopping at the fabric store, too!
What party is complete without a bit of organized chaos? As entertainment, you should look into playing records only from the era of your party.
Since not everyone is a dancer, you want to have something for the socialites at your party. A game of Charades would be nice.
This can be a great icebreaker and get the conversation started. Feel free to break out your old Twister game as well.
Think of every guest at your party. You have dancers, socialites, and let us not forget the gamers. Connect your computer to your television and have a section for those lovers of the classics like Pong, Mastermind, Space Invaders, and Lunar Lander! This keeps everyone engaged without leaving a guest out.
Being the host/hostess can be exhausting. You don’t want to go around and speak to everyone for 2-3 seconds and move on. It comes off as fake. Let them find their own fun and you try to find a way to join in. It makes you look more social.
Perhaps my favorite part of any party is the food. It is the time that you can let the artist within express themselves to the fullest. Not all food has to be for guests to eat. You can put a lot of food on display for guests to look at and chuckle. For instance,
I am sure that would bring a smile to any guest’s face. I would also display random cans of Spam throughout the table. Make things to eat like Rice Krispie treats, Ritz crackers and cans of cheese wiz, tons of Kool-Aid, Ginger Ale punch with Sherbet in it, wooden bowls of chips, random dips, pigs in a blanket, Swedish meatballs, deviled eggs, and miniature chicken pot pies cooked in muffin cups.
This menu sounds off the wall but so were the 70’s. You want your theme to carry out through the meal, therefore, do not forget your fondue pot!
Have one for cheeses and one for chocolate. This opens your party to all types of fun. There is a centerpiece for your party that you do not want to forget. Grab a cabbage and stick toothpicks all over it. On the toothpicks, put cubes of cheeses and meats (ie. salami, summer sausage, etc.). Have another cabbage filled with fruits on toothpicks. This gives the guests a way of serving themselves snacks without touching everything.
Last but not least, PARTY FAVORS
It is really tacky to throw an awesome party and not give your guests something to take home. With a 70s party, you can give all kinds of odd party favors. Imagine throwing some of these items into a cute little bag for your guests.
Extend your party
If you have an old oatmeal container, wrap it in old hideous wrapping or wall paper and use these as toilet paper holders to extend this look to the bathroom.
Have each entrance and exit covered in Beaded Curtains so your guests don’t lose the magic on the way to the bathroom.
Install a blacklight and put little glow in the dark items all over the bathroom for that added psychedelic feel.
Apply these same ideas to any theme party and do it yourself and you’ll have a great DIY Theme Party On A Budget!