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!
What would be an appropriate party invitation for an 80s party? Try an iconic electronic: the cassette tape!
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):
Or take a cue from this missing poster spoof and choose an 80s artist and popular song to ask potential partygoers to RSVP instead:
And then answer this question: who would you least send your 80s party invitation to?
a) Chunk from The Goonies
b) Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
c) Louis “The Keymaster” from Ghostbusters
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:
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:
Then guests can also peruse the strategically placed quotes and photos from 80s pop culture around the room:
Don’t forget to complement it all with 80s-inspired games like Pin the White Glove on Michael Jackson:
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:
Don’t forget about the heavy makeup and the big, BIG teased hair!