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Last Updated on March 23, 2023 by Canny Costumes
There is a great sense of nostalgia for the 80s among pop culture, fashion, music, and art fans today. The era inspired modern-day television series such as Stranger Things, allowing teens of the current generation to experience the 80s as well. Undoubtedly, the decade has influenced many. For that reason, we have listed seven interesting ideas below that work well for both grown-ups and teenagers.
1. Interesting Invites
Unlike digital invites nowadays via online messaging, guests in the 80s received invitations through the telephone or in the form of letters or flyers. Therefore, stay true to the decade and call your friends or take time to make exciting hand-outs for your party. Don’t forget to use colorful construction paper and to draw fantastic images.
2. Decade-Accurate Dress Code
Getting your outfit right for a themed party is a feat. However, with a theme as versatile as the 80s, you and your guests won’t have a problem. The decade holds salience for having a distinct bold artistic expression that you can use as a fun dress code. Convince your guests to research popular fashion trends of the 80s and try replicating them. Fashion like denim jackets, oversized sweaters, polo shirts, leotards, high-waisted jeans, turtlenecks, sneakers, and Mary Janes was trendy. Moreover, burgundy, forest green, browns, tans, and orange were highly preferred as well as big puffy hair, ornate jewelry, and peals paired with extravagant blue makeup.
3. Fun Snacks
If you have trouble deciding the menu for your party, you’ll be surprised that fast food was typical during the 80s. Chains like KFC, Pizza Hut, and McDonald’s are decade-appropriate. Ranch dressing was enjoyed, so ordering pizzas and serving them with a good old-fashioned ranch will work. You can serve Capri-sun, Oreos, and pasta salads as snacks. Moreover, tiramisu is perfect for dessert.
4. Neon Lighting
Neon lighting is a great way to give your decor the nostalgic feel of the 80s. You can stick some LED lights at the end of your walls to give a glow of red, pink, green, or blue. Furthermore, you can buy some neon signs from your local home decor store to give your party a colorful 80s skating rink look.
5. Tracks From the Past
It’s critical to have upbeat music at your party, and 80s tracks are perfect. The decade had some of the most renowned artists who shaped the sounds of the industry, with electronic dance music and modern rock. You can play artists whose music is inspired by the ’80s, such as The Weeknd, or stick to Bonnie Tyler, David Bowie, Duran Duran, A-ha, Madonna, Kate Bush, Micheal Jackson, and Prince.
6. 80s Inspired Activities
One of the most popular pastimes in the 80s was playing video games and board games. If you have a Nintendo lying around, make good use of it. You and your guests can play classics such as Pacman, The Legend of Zelda, Tetris, Donkey Kong, and Kung Fu Master. Moreover, board games such as Dungeons and Dragons, Labyrinth, Take It Easy, and Werewolf are all suited for 3+ players and can comfortably accommodate your guests and allow you to have a great time.
7. Memorable Mementos
Switch your high-definition cameras and smartphones for polaroids and disposables. You can buy multiple disposables and hand them to your guests to urge them to take pictures throughout the party. You and your guests can review each other’s photos and decide on the best ones later.