We’re about to go into a new weekend, but you can tell by the title of this blog and the two earlier this week (Reference: “The Weekend Where I Still Have Some Hula Hoop Skills” and “My ’70s Outfit Inspiration“) that my mind is still on the last one! Hopefully, as the weekend starts that changes, but it also might be unlikely. The forecast is that I am planning on working this weekend, which shouldn’t be too much of a shocker.
Anyway, for the last blog this week, I thought I would reflect on the ’70s themed party one last time, and share what I thought were the essentials in getting into the right mindset to groove the night away.
All the Funky Music
The best subscription service that I pay for is probably Spotify, because it’s the one I use the most consistently. Music is great for really setting a mood, so here are 5 essential songs I think should be on your ’70s playlist:
- “The Hustle” by Van McCoy: This song has its own dance. I learned how during the party, and after putting all that effort in, I have to include it. I probably don’t remember the moves at this point, but the song will still be here.
- “Dancing Queen” by ABBA: It has to be here, because it’s the one that everyone knows, so it’s iconic.
- “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by Stevie Wonder: I used it for an Instagram caption, so it’s the song that I really like from the ’70s.
- “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry: How could we not have funky music in the ’70s?
- “Boogie Oogie Oogie” by A Taste of Honey: Because I would feel remiss to not have “Boogie” in at least one of the song titles that I list.
Movies Can Say A Lot
From fashion inspiration to teaching some of the common phrases used during the 1970s, I think a movie from a time period says a lot about it. Now, I think everyone has different movie preferences, so I have tried to collect a solid list here for you.
- Star Wars – This is a movie phenomena that we can’t seem to let go of. Of course, because it’s sci-fi, it doesn’t teach us much about the 1970s, but it does show us that they were still obsessed with space back then too.
- Grease – It’s late ’70s, but it still counts as a ’70s film. I can never resist a musical.
- A Star is Born – The original, not the one with Lady Gaga.
- The Aristocats – There was no way that I would leave out a Disney movie if I had the chance.
- The Godfather – I haven’t seen it, but I feel like it’s a classic that everyone mentions, so it’s on my watchlist.
- Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed – Technically not a movie from the ’70s, but I feel like a majority of references I understood at the party made me think of this movie, so it is an honorable mention fo me.
I’m a Groovy Foodie
Typically, I’m not a party person, but food can typically lure me out if I’m not in the mood. From research, I don’t know if I would’ve enjoyed eating as much in the ’70s (it seems like anything can be made into a Jello, which I think is questionable). But, here are 5 things that I am definitely willing to eat from time to time:
- Pop Rocks: Please, I still had this candy as a kid in the ’90s. Of course I would eat it. Apparently, they had a different version back then called “Space Dust”.
- Hamburger Helper: I don’t think I’ve had it to my knowledge, but it was apparently invented in 1971. If it’s lasted this long, there has to be a reason for it.
- Cheese in a Can: I also think I remember having fun spraying cheese on a cracker as a kid, so I don’t have much of a problem with this.
- Spam: Okay, this is something I will definitely eat on a regular basis, and I know everyone is judgemental about it, but it’s pretty tasty. It has become essential in Filipino food today, and I am not afraid to say that I do cook with it from time to time.
- TV Dinners: You know the ones that come in the frozen aisle at the grocery store, with maybe one or two sides? The one I know still exists today is Lean Cusine. As a kid, I would say that TV dinners were how I experienced American food that wasn’t McDonalds. So thank the ’70s for this invention.
What is a party without a few games? Of course, I think this was harder to do, but I love trivia. I also mentioned how I did really well at hula hooping. Something I learned while researching this era is that The Oregon Trail game came out during the ’70s, and if you know Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank, you might know that he had a part in that software development. There’s some trivia fun for you to take with you as you go.
What are some essential things that set a mood for you? Do you have a little party kit you keep in your back pocket? Is there a theme that you would like to have for a party? I would love to know in the comments below!
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