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Want to throw a party that’s infused with a 1970s-style vibe? Then dust off your disco ball, mix up some Harvey Wallbangers, put on a little “Night Fever” and you’ll be on your way.
Carla McDonald, founder and editor in chief of the Salonnière, an online magazine specializing in party planning and entertaining, has planned many disco-style parties and offers these tips.
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“To honor Saturday Night Fever’s 40th anniversary, invite your friends to a 'Night on Disco Mountain,’ which is the name of the 10th track on the film’s soundtrack,” she said. “Ask them to arrive in their Tony-Manero-and-Stephanie-Mangano best, and greet them at the door with a nostalgic disco-era cocktail, like a Harvey Wallbanger.”
When it comes to clothes, think peace signs, platform shoes and polyester leisure suits.
McDonald also suggested transforming your party space into a version of 2001 Odyssey, the Brooklyn disco that was featured in the movie.
“Hang a large mirror ball from the ceiling; add tiny vintage ones purchased on eBay to your floral decor; place red, blue and yellow votive candles throughout the room; and play songs from the soundtrack as well as other well-known hits from the era,” she said. “If you have the space, set up a dance floor and hold a disco dancing contest, or bring in a professional dancer to teach your guests how to do the famous Saturday Night Fever dance.”
As a nice little surprise, she also suggested trying to track down a copy of the June 7, 1976, issue of New York magazine, which features the article that inspired the movie, and set it out on your coffee table for guests to thumb through.
Other decorative items that will take guests back in time include lava lamps, fuzzy dice, strobe lights, vinyl records and disco-ball door curtains.