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70s Disco Murder Mystery: Party Tips & Ideas

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Make your murder mystery a hip party to remember. Check out our detailed and helpful tips for running our 70s disco murder mystery game. Decorations, food and drink, costumes, party photos, featured parties showing how different hosts have run the game; there are detailed pages on each.

Or scroll down to the party tips section to see ideas on music, dance and 70s slang that can add some groovy vibes to your evening.

A Few Other Tips to Turn Our Game into a Hip, Groovy Party (Music, Dance and Slang)

Set the Scene With a Disco or Sexy Seventies Themed Playlist

We found it groovy to play some catchy disco music to set the scene as guests were arriving. We also played this during the Accusations section. Some hosts like music during the meal breaks.

Create a Seventies Music Sound Track - Take it To the Max

"Chanson D'Amour" (Manhattan Transfer), "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" (Leo Sayer), "Dancing Queen" (ABBA), "Stayin' Alive" (Bee Gees), "Do That To Me One More Time" (Captain and Tennille), "Mamma Mia" (ABBA), "Rasputin" (Boney M), "Hotel California" (The Eagles), "Blame it on the Boogie" (Jackson 5),  "Roxanne" (The Police), "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Queen), Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" (Rod Stewart), "Rockin All Over the World" (Status Quo), "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" (Tony Orlando and Dawn), "You're So Vain" (Carly Simon).

Famous 70s stars include Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand,  Olivia Newton-John, Sonny and Cher, Manhattan Transfer and Queen.

Create a Disco Music Sound Track - and Boogie Down

"I Will Survive" (Gloria Gaynor), "Stayin Alive" or "You Should be Dancing" (The Bee Gees), "Last Dance" and "I Feel Love" (Donna Summer), "Shake Your Booty" or "That's the way I like it" (KC and the Sunshine Band), "Hot Stuff" (Donna Summer), "Le Freak" (Chic), "Funky Town" (Lipps), "YMCA" (Village People), "Another One Bites the Dust" (Queen), "You're the One That I Want" (John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John), "You Sexy Thing" (Hot Chocolate), "We Are Family" (Sister Sledge).

Famous Disco stars include Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor ("I Will Survive" is still instantly recognisable!), The Bee Gees, Village People, KC and the Sunshine Band, Kool and the Gang and - of course - that star of Saturday Night Fever, John Travolta.

Seventies Dance Trends

For a fun extra, try getting one of your guests to teach a 70s dance (or two) while you're preparing food. Dances include The Hustle, The Bump, the Penguin, the Robot, the Boogaloo, YMCA (making the shape of the letters Y, M , C and A with your arms to the song by The Village People), The Bus Stop and The Funky Chicken Dance.

Or have a competition and see who can perform the grooviest disco dance.

Be Groovy and Funky with the Right Slang

Each Pre-Party Character Booklet begins with an introduction in Seventies' slang. 

The funky disco lights swirled. The stage rotated to reveal a giant disco ball. Far out, man! Del was due to jump out of the disco ball. Groovy, baby! Only it wasn’t groovy. Del was electrocuted inside that disco ball. A murderer had given him the shock of his life. 

The suggested dialogue in the Party Booklets contains some common slang of the decade so no one needs to "revise" slang - but feel free to ad-lib with all those jive-wise (maybe even jive turkey!) phrases that made the decade so fab. There is a handy 70s slang sheet included in each party pack - send to your guests beforehand or use as a wall decoration as you wish.