In celebration of our library’s 50th anniversary, we wanted to have an American Girl party with a 1970s theme for Julie. Of course, now we have to postpone getting together in person, so here are a few ideas for 1970s activities to enjoy with your family or a few friends.
When I was first thinking about fun foods for a 1970s party, I immediately thought of fondue! I don’t think Julie ever eats fondue in the books, but it’s hard to think of a dish that’s more strongly associated with the decade (especially since my mom has an avocado green electric fondue pot). If you want to make fondue for a meal, there are plenty of recipes online for kid-friendly cheese fondue for dipping bread, vegetables, etc. Chocolate fondue is also popular for desserts! Here are a couple of options for approximating fondue, depending on what you have around:
- pudding cups
- prepared pudding mix
- a chocolate fountain
- any sauce you would put on a sundae
Berries are easy to prepare for dessert fondue since you don’t need to cut them (or you can cut them with a dinner knife instead of a sharp knife). Other fruits, cookies and marshmallows also make good dipping material. You can skewer them on a toothpick before you dip.
Make Friendship Bracelets
Miss Melisa recently made a video demonstrating how to make friendship bracelets. Watch her tutorial, and then make a few for you and your BFFs.
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
How many can you find? Try walking around your neighborhood and looking around your house. Think creatively! Maybe you won’t see a live eagle, but you might see one on a sculpture or on a T-shirt.
- Basketball hoop
- Something colored harvest gold or avocado green
- Something tie-dyed
- Chinese restaurant
- Music from the 1970s
- Spider plant
- Nancy Drew or Laura Ingalls Wilder book
Try a New Hairstyle
The American Girl website has lots of videos on how to style your doll’s hair. You can follow the instructions for a doll, or use the same techniques to copy a style for yourself or a friend.
Make Something New Out of Something Old
Do you have an old pair of jeans that doesn’t fit? Check with your family to make sure they don’t mind if you upcycle them for a craft. You can try making a no-sew denim purse (or if you’re handy, you might substitute sewing where the instructions call for glue). Follow the link for instructions and some ideas for how to personalize your bag with different kinds of decorations. It’s just the kind of thing Julie’s mom would carry in her store!
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