The official start of summer around our house doesn’t necessarily begin with Memorial Day – but with the end of school. I’m always up for an excuse to have a party; the end of early mornings, carpools and homework sounds like the perfect reason! A disco party would be great for an end-of-school celebration, a birthday party or just for fun. So gather your kids, a few of their friends (and maybe a couple of yours), and rock on!
We centered our disco theme around the disco ball, starting with the invitations. We used black and white cardstock, a circle cutter, a hole punch and some imagination to make these cuties.
After everyone arrived and sang for a little bit, we placed disco balls on their backs that had familiar song titles on the base of the disco ball. Everyone asked the other guests yes or no questions about their song until they figured it out. The songs that work best depend on the your guest list, but we used some songs from classic Disney movies like “Hakuna Matata” from Lion King and “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast. We also threw in some like “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and “The Star Spangled Banner”.
Next we had the guests write compliments on the circles of the disco ball. Some of the guests got into the spirit of the game, others drew smiley faces.
We learned a couple of new dances using the songs that call out the moves in the song like the “Cha Cha Slide” and the “Cupid Shuffle”. I tried to show the kids how to really do the cha-cha step, but they looked at me like I was crazy.
For refreshments, we decorate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and M&M’s to look like disco balls. I’m always amazed at the creativity children have to load more sugar on to their treats. One girl frosted her cupcake, added her M&M’s, then piled more frosting on top of the M&M’s! We also served Pop Star Punch which was strawberry Kool-aid.
Our final game was musical stars, also known as musical chairs – but different. Every guest, except one, was given a plastic, glow in the dark star. In the dark, we sat in a circle, and passed our stars around the circle until the music stopped. Whoever didn’t have a star was out; they took one of the stars with them so there would always be one more stars than players. The last player with a star won a piece candy.
We spent the rest of our party time dancing and singing karaoke. With the exception of making the paper disco balls, it is an easy party to plan and pull off. The best part of parties is taking a theme and adding your own spin!