Party Flashback: Entertaining & Décor from the 1970s

Party Flashback: Entertaining & Décor from the 1970s

Natalie Espinosa
Nov 29, 2011

This Thanksgiving got me thinking about the movie The Ice Storm (1997). Written by Rick Moody, and directed by Ang Lee, the story, that takes place the week of Thanksgiving, serves as an interesting portrait of America in the 1970s. It also contains some great 70's style interiors. If you would like to throw a 70s inspired shindig, here are some of my favorite pieces to get you in the mood.

Appropriate clothing is very important but so are the table accessories. Bold colored ceramics and plastic items of all kinds where very much in fashion.

Heller Compact Stacking Cups (1970) by Massimo Vignelli

Stelton Ice Buckets, Thermo-jug, and Trays (late 1970s) by Eric Magnussen

Bing&Grøndahl, Hank set (1970) by Eric Magnussen

The movie includes great interiors with molded plastic furniture, shag carpeting, large bulbous lamps, water beds, etc. Here are some other 1970s furniture examples that could instantly give a room that 1970s feeling:

Kartell, KD27 Table Lamp by Joe Colombo

Busnelli, Fiocco Chair (c. 1970) by Gruppo G 14

To complete the look we need some music! Here are a couple of lists of 1970s songs:

Pop Culture Madness
1970s Flashback

And finally, you can learn some moves from the 1977 Christmas edition of Soul Train !

Images: Screen grabs from The Ice Storm; All others as credited above.

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