Like, Omigod! Are you itching to get back to a time when everything was “totally” cool? Why not relive it all with an 80s party? Celebrate in style with shoulder pads, swatch watches, a single, silver sparkle glove and wayfarer sunglasses. The music, the movies, the TV shows even the toys made it an era to remember, and the perfect party theme for a birthday party, bat/bar mitzvah, or something to throw just for the fun of it. Planning an 80’s party is easy!
80’s Theme Party Invitations
Remember your first concert and the hours you spent playing air guitar for Bruce Springsteen, The Police and Madonna? Well, here’s your chance to have your own concert ticket. A personalized ticket invitation with all the party information on it is a unique way to start the festivities. Add a magnet backer to the invitation and your guests will have a great souvenir from your party.
What could be more fun than the guest of honor (or you!) dressed in a favorite 80s outfit on the front of the invitation? These fabulous invitations are works of art to be treasured long after the party is over.
Feeling creative? Why not design your own invitations? Use basic card stock paper in bright colors and announce your party with phrases like “Your Invited to a Most Excellent Party” or “Join Us for a Totally Awesome Party.” “Party on dude!” Throw a candy necklace or a package or Pop Rocks in to the envelope and your all set!
Make sure to let your guest know to come in their best 80’s fashion – bright neon colors are a must, jelly shoes, shoulder pads, off the shoulder sweatshirts, wide belts and cream colored suits with half shaven faces like on Miami Vice!
1980’s Party Supplies Decorations
The action for this party will be on the inside but you can still let your guests know they’re in for a fabulous time with a few outdoor decorations. Place small twinkle lights in the bushes and trees surrounding your house.
Add bunches of colorful neon balloons beside the front door or just inside it. There are so many choices; milestone birthday balloons, solid colors, or mix and match and add a Mylar guitar or music note. You can attach the balloons to old cassette tapes to weigh them down, pile them together and you have a fantastic centerpiece or buffet decoration!
And don’t forget to decorate your guests too! Hand out neon headband glasses, fingerless gloves, and candy necklaces, and everyone will be ready to party hearty!
80’s Table Decorations
There are a variety of colorful paper goods – just choose the color combo you like best! Or for a different spin, have paper plates featuring a popular 80’s cartoon grace your table. Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, and Scooby Doo were all huge during the 80’s.
The 80s was all about music and you will certainly want to have it playing all night long. Pull out your old albums and spin the tunes. Your guests will be singing and dancing all night to the music of Hall and Oates, The Police, Wham, Phil Collins, the list goes on and on. In case you still don’t have a turntable, create cds of your favorite music – make additional copies because your guests will surely want one. Need some ideas? Be sure to include these songs on your “mix tape”:
1. Thriller – Michael Jackson
2. Like a Virgin – Madonna
3. Every Breath You Take – The Police
4. When Doves Cry – Prince
5. Walk This Way – Aerosmith and Run DMC
6. Call Me – Blondie
7. Livin’ On a Prayer – Bon Jovi
8. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
9. Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran
10. Sweet Child o’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
Make sure to document everyone dressed wearing their finest 80s fashion. Using Be sure to buy extras, because these cameras make great party favors. Or, for instant gratification, use a Polaroid or digital camera so you can see your photos right away!