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We Love 80s-themed Parties!

80s Theme

The hair, the music, the god-awful clothes… it’s unmistakeable yet full of mistakes, and we can’t deny it from the world any longer: we love the 80s! Sure, it brought us hair metal and new wave, but it also brought us hair metal and new wave. We’re sad over Chernobyl, but we’re thrilled over Miami Vice. Mr. T, Back to the Future, the Nintendo: we love 80s pop culture so much we’ve put together a post for an 80s themed party for all our fellow valley girls, dweebos, rockers, and mallrats!

Radical Invitations

What would be an appropriate party invitation for an 80s party? Try an iconic electronic: the cassette tape!

Mix Tape Invite

Try your hand at some DIY invites and create something unique, like 8-bit pop up invites, to grab others’ attention (and share a moment of nerdom):

8-bit Invites

Or take a cue from this missing poster spoof and choose an 80s artist and popular song to ask potential partygoers to RSVP instead:

Lionel Richie Invites

And then answer this question: who would you least send your 80s party invitation to?

a) Chunk from The Goonies

Truffle Shuffle

b) Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off


c) Louis “The Keymaster” from Ghostbusters


Tubular Decor

The best thing about throwing an 8os themed bash is the potential to go nuts with tacky patterns, which means neon anything, checkerboard designs, or bold prints with geometric shapes on them are a go, totally!

Incorporate very 8os items like VHS tapes and a Rubik’s Cube like in this Radically Retro 30th Birthday Party:



Combine 80s items for table centerpieces, like this hybrid of glow sticks and glued-together cassette tapes:

Cassette Centerpieces

Want to have a photo booth at your retro party? Include some fun photo booth props like shutter shades, phrase bubbles, and other purely 80s stuff:

Photo Booth Props

Serve up Pac-Man cookies with Electric Lemonade on top of Rubik’s Cube Coasters!

Pac Man Cookies

Rubiks Cube Coasters

Then guests can also peruse the strategically placed quotes and photos from 80s pop culture around the room:

80s Quotes

80s People

Don’t forget to complement it all with 80s-inspired games like Pin the White Glove on Michael Jackson:

White Glove

Gnarly 80s Wear

Ah, we’ve finally arrived at the guests themselves: what kind of awesome threads shall they be sporting? Acid wash jeans? Oversized cropped leather jackets? Fingerless gloves? While there’s plenty to get excited (or sigh heavily) about, here’s some staples to try:

Leg Warmers

Leg Warmers (what we were all thinking!)


Nylon and neon anything (WOW)

Fanny Pack

The Fanny Pack

Or you could always ask guests to dress up as their favorite 80s pop culture star, like Mr. TMadonna, Devo, the Robert Palmer girls, or their favorite character from The Breakfast Club.

Don’t forget about the heavy makeup and the big, BIG teased hair!

Cyndi Lauper

Glam Metal

Yes, even dudes got into it.

Big hair

Someone’s yearbook photo! Gag us with a spoon!

So get stoked over the 80s themed party, and tell us one thing: would this hair make us look bogus

About Super Sasha

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3 comments on “We Love 80s-themed Parties!

  1. sharoanypony79
    March 4, 2014

    LOVE, LUV, ❤ The 80's
    Had to share this:


  2. Patricia
    March 6, 2014

    I LOVE THE 80’S AS WELL!!!! Seeing all the stuff above brought me back to my childhood.Thank you, two thumbs up for this blog!! The love GIZMO from the Gremlins and the SMURFS!!


  3. Anonymous
    April 23, 2017

    WOW…just had a Flashback!


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