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Bring Back the 80's by Throwing a Totally Awesome 80's Theme Party!

The 80s were so totally awesome the first time around that it’s time to relive them again!  Which means you can pull out your favorite acid washed jeans, off the shoulder sweatshirt, fingerless gloves, and lace hair bows and get ready to plan one kickin’ party for you and your friends! 

Anyone who grew up during the 1980s will remember with fondness the toys, music, clothes, and movies that shaped their childhood and will love having the chance to celebrate that iconic decade at an 80’s themed event!  Send out 80s themed personalized invitations with all your party details so your friends know exactly when the big event is taking place.  And be sure to let them know they should come decked out in their favorite 80s finest, whether it’s an 80s rock star, their favorite KISS rocker, or Michael Jackson costume. Of course, you’ll want to have your own 80s costume perfected as well!  And if you’re the hostess, why not dress up as the Queen of 80’s Pop, Madonna?  With her breakout album, Madonna’s music defined the decade and she can be the inspiration for your party look! 

Set the scene for your 80s party with fun decorations that bring back memories of the decade.  You can go with basic decorations, like totally 80s party tape featuring those colorful video game characters everyone loved or 80s arcade cutouts everyone will love.  Or, if you’re looking for something a little more elaborate, check out the local thrift stores for posters, albums, and toys from the 80s that you can use as part of your décor.  Plaster the walls with posters of popular teen icons from the era and use popular toys, like Rubik’s Cube, GI Joe or Jem dolls, stuffed Smurfs, or My Little Ponies, as your table centerpieces.  Not only will you have unique centerpieces, but your guests will have fun reminiscing about their favorite toys from the 1980s with the other guests!  If most of your memories of the 1980s consist of birthday parties in your friends basements, you can recreate the same cheesy decorations in your own party space using paper streamers and totally 80s whirls for some silly fun as well!   And of course, you’ll want to have plenty of 80s music cued up on the MP3 player for entertainment.  Your friends will want to dance the night away to Debbie Gibson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and New Kids on the Block! 

Aside from the dancing, there’s plenty of ways to entertain your guests at your 80s party.  Set out games that were popular during the 80s and let your friends relive their childhoods by playing old favorites like Simon Says, Battleship, Trivial Pursuit, and Twister.  And if you have any of the Rubik’s Cubes lying around, have a contest to see who can solve the puzzle first!  Just make sure no one cheats by trying to switch the stickers!   

Picking the cuisine for your party will be a breeze since junk food reigned supreme during the 80s!  Fill classic lunch boxes with candy like Pixie Stix, Tootsie Rolls, Dum Dums, Jolly Ranchers, Smarties, and Nerds.  Of course, you’ll want to have plenty of soda on hand to wash down the candy!  And since pizza was one of the most popular foods of the decade, why not have a make your own pizza buffet as well?  Let guests load personal pizzas with their choice of toppings, choosing from standard favorites like pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and olives, as well as more exotic choices like chicken, garlic, pineapple, and sun-dried tomatoes. 

Your 80s party doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but it will be, like, a totally awesome opportunity for your friends relive their childhoods with their favorite foods, games, and music from the era.  80s parties are simple to throw together and can be an inexpensive option when you’re looking for a fun theme for your next get together.  And of course you’ll be the raddest hostess on the block for throwing such a great party!  Head to our 80’s party supplies category to check out all the other great decorations and party favors available!

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