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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!
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
Neon colors: Pink, Yellow and Lime GreenHang 80’s album covers and posters on the wallsSet out 80’s magazines on the tablesPrint pictures of 80’s icons and phrases…such as Madonna, Boy George, Wham, the Brat Pack, Prince, Ronald Reagan, pac manMake 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 CoolersWhite Wine SpritzersLong Island Ice TeasSex on the Beach
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 JacksonJanet JacksonMadonnaPaula AbdulWhamDuran DuranCulture Club and Boy GeorgeDead or AliveThere 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 PantsLeg WarmersSkinny TiesMembers Only JacketsBIG 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 sashMadonna (any incarnation) Skinny TiesRaybansFor shoes? Loafers without socksMiami Vice style clothes - linen suits with bright shirtsLots of makeup, especially eyeliner...on men too!
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 musicRubic's Cubes (mini ones for favors, big ones for prizes)Bottles of Hair Gel, Hairspray, or EyelinerMagazines from the 1980’sDVDs of classic 80's movies
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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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