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An 80's Party is an event that screams “costume”! And it is one of the adult party ideas where everyone wants to come in costume!

A 1980's theme party also works great as an adult birthday party for someone who loves or came of age in the 1980's.

What a fun decade…and what fun you will have at this retro party!

80s Party Ideas

1980's Party Invitations

  • Print your party details on card stock and splatter paint it.
  • Or, use lots of neon colors.
  • Amazon has lots of really cute, unique 80's invitations 

  • 1980's Decorations

  • Neon colors: Pink, Yellow and Lime Green
  • Hang 80’s album covers and posters on the walls
  • Set out 80’s magazines on the tables
  • Print pictures of 80’s icons and phrases…such as Madonna, Boy George, Wham, the Brat Pack, Prince, Ronald Reagan, pac man
  • Make posters with 80's phrases such as “totally”, “Gag me with a spoon”, etc.
  • 80's posters - think Ferris Bueller, The Breakfast Club, Dirty Dancing... 
  • Play 80's music
  • 80’s Beverages and Cocktails

    Some popular cocktails in the 80s were:

  • Wine Coolers
  • White Wine Spritzers
  • Long Island Ice Teas
  • Sex on the Beach

  • 1980's Music

    Music and fashion were a very big part of the 1980's, and they were very much intermingled. These were some of the greats from the 80's:

  • Michael Jackson
  • Janet Jackson
  • Madonna
  • Paula Abdul
  • Wham
  • Duran Duran
  • Culture Club and Boy George
  • Dead or Alive
  • There are lots of great 80's music compilations out there!

  • 80's Theme Party Fun Games and Activities

  • Trivia Games, such as Trivial Pursuit. If the party is small you could play the game. Trivial Pursuit even has an 80's edition!
  • If the party is large, then have trivia questions posted around for people to discuss and try to answer.
  • Try some of the games on our adult party games list, such as Celebrity Twenty Questions or the Guessing Game.
  • Karaoke to  1980's music.
  • Pac Man contest (set up on your TV).
  • Costume Contest, either to dress up as 80’s in general (most authentic, best use of hairspray, etc.) or dress like your favorite 80’s celebrity.
  • Run movies on the TV (without sound, but as something visual in the background), such as Brat Pack movies, Valley Girl, Ferris Bueller, or TV shows such as Cheers, Dynasty, Miami Vice, etc….
  • or even better…show videos on the TV from the early days of MTV.
  • Give prizes to whoever brings their best (or worst) photo of themselves from the 80's. Proudly display them at the party.

  • 80's Costume Ideas

    1980s fashion was pretty iconic and there are lots of great choices! Go for lots of color!

  • Parachute Pants
  • Leg Warmers
  • Skinny Ties
  • Members Only Jackets
  • BIG hair– more hairspray and mousse than you’d ever imagine, and add some glitter and colors if you can, and then add a little more. Seriously.
  • L-o-n-g strands of pearls, draped across your body like a sash
  • Madonna (any incarnation)
  • Skinny Ties
  • Raybans
  • For shoes? Loafers without socks
  • Miami Vice style clothes - linen suits with bright shirts
  • Lots of makeup, especially eyeliner...on men too!

  • 1980s Party Ideas and Games

    1980s Theme Party Favors and prizes:

    Use some of these items for prizes (best costumes should get a prize!) and favors.

  • Burn CD’s of 80’s music
  • Rubic's Cubes (mini ones for favors, big ones for prizes)
  • Bottles of Hair Gel, Hairspray, or Eyeliner
  • Magazines from the 1980’s
  • DVDs of classic 80's movies

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    Visitor Ideas
    By: masf, New York

    Fill a giant room full of neon balloons and decorations but everyone dresses as a 80s chic. Boys in geek glasses, shirt, trousers and bow ties the same colour, and girls wear a wig, beaded necklace, a tutu, a glove, and leg warmers with heels.

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