Dress up your toddler to look the most "far out" of any child at the party.

How to Dress Up a Toddler for a Disco Party

by Lucie Westminster

If you have an affinity for the disco era, grab your sparkling platform shoes and prepare to throw your toddler a party fit for a diva from the 1970s. Once the disco ball adorns the ceiling and "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees plays on your speakers, it is time to dress up for your themed party. Create an ensemble for your pint-sized disco kid that would make even the most avid disco-lovers envious.

Head to your local thrift store and sift through its vintage children's collection. Showcase the disco theme of your party and select a brightly-colored top for your toddler with as many sequin embellishments as possible. If you are unable to find a shirt that will properly reflect your disco lights, search for one with images of flowers or yellow smiley faces to represent the disco era.

Scour the clothing racks at garage sales and vintage clothing stores for a pair of used bell-bottoms for your young disco lover. If this is not possible, choose a pair of new denim jeans with the most flare at the bottom of the leg to mimic the look of real bell-bottom jeans.

Choose a pair of shoes that any go-go dancer would envy. Find a pair of white knee-high boots with no heel for your little diva or short platform shoes for your disco king. Even though you may be tempted to find the tallest pair of shoes to better fit the party's theme, your new walker is not ready for the additional challenge of high heels from the 1970s.

Accessorize your toddler and adorn her with jewelry from the disco era. Select plastic necklaces or bracelets with peace signs. Be aware that many small accessories are not recommended for children under the age of three due to the risk of choking or strangulation. Cut out peace signs using construction paper and tie yarn around them to make a necklace safer for a younger toddler. Purchase colored, round glasses to finish off the costume but ensure they do not result in any vision difficulties for your young disco fan. Always supervise your toddler during the party when wearing his disco accessories.

Items you will need

  • Brightly-colored top
  • Flared jeans
  • Peace necklace
  • Colored glasses


  • Save money and ask your friends and family for any vintage children's clothing they may have collecting dust in the attic or garage.

About the Author

Based in Texas, Lucie Westminster has been a writer and researcher since 1975. Her work has been published in journals such as "Psychological Reports" and "Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior." Westminster's interests include developmental psychology, children, pets and crafting. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Miami University.

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