Sunday, December 6, 2009

reader question of the week #1


reader question of the week #1:

"I'm throwing a surprise 40th for my husband next January. He was born in 1970, so that is my theme. I'm going more with a hippie vibe versus a disco one so I was looking for any and all details I could add in to make it awesome but classy. The one thing I've got down is the invite, which will be a "vintage" 8-track with the invite info printed on the back label, wrapped up and mailed. Thanks so much! -Shannon"

6 comments:

Lindsey said...

You could serve a fondue style meal...even if it wasn't in a traditional fondue pot, you could do something very similar...ie..a chocolate fountain, cheese fondue, meats on a stick

Your Barista said...

For a fun ice-breaker, maybe you could set up a "bead bar" with lots of beads and stringing material, and each guest could make their own set of "love beads" (a hippie necklace).

lauren o'neill said...

I love the idea of a fondue style meal. I think to nail the 70s, you have to get the colors spot on. Maybe look for plates/napkins/utensils in traditional 70s colors: chartreuse, rust, mustard yellow, almond, etc.

Reruns of The Brady Bunch might be inspiring as well.

Valerie said...

I hosted a 25th wedding anniversary for a couple hitched in 1973. I went all out with the '70's mod theme and had smiley faces and large 'flower power' daisies everywhere. Each guest received a smiley face pin as they arrived. The cake was decorated with smileys and daisies. Of course, '70's music is a must. Also a poster board with newspaper headlines from 1970 makes a great conversation piece. The love bead making station is far-out, man!Sounds like a great time!

autumn said...

i think using a strong color theme from the 1970's will really tie the whole party together--harvest gold, brown and orange...you can keep the decor sophisticated, but use those colors on everything. i agree that a fondue party would be great! make sure you've got some ABBA playing! :)

Peggy & Fritz said...

You could collect based on the number of people you have at the party several poloroid cameras and fill it with film so people could take pictures during the party - either have a place where they can hang them (think of a clothes line with pins or a basket where they can go. Makes it fun for everyone. You could find foods of that time - i'm not an egg person but when I think of the 70's I think Deviled Eggs - you could have them made (if your doing upscale) and put them on a nice platter. Definetely oranges, rusts, etc. My parents moved us into a house in 1972 and it had orange/rust rugs, plaid custom curtains, plaid sofa, etc. UGH! Sounds like a blast. I can't wait to see the pictures.