Top 80s Themed Party Ideas For A Memorable Retro Party
Are you ready to take a trip back in time to the totally tubular 80s? If so, then it's time to throw an epic 80s themed party! From neon colors to big hair and leg warmers, the 80s had a unique style that is still popular today. So, grab your scrunchies and get ready to party like it's 1985!
Here are some top 80s themed party ideas to make your retro party a memorable one.
80s Karaoke Party
Karaoke is always a hit at parties, and it's even better with an 80s twist. Encourage your guests to dress in 80s attire and have a selection of classic 80s songs ready to sing. Some popular choices include "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper, and "Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns N' Roses.
Retro Movie Night
Host a retro movie night and screen some of the most iconic 80s films. Some great options include "The Breakfast Club," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and "Dirty Dancing." You can set up a DIY concession stand with popcorn, candy, and soda to complete the movie theater experience.
80s Trivia Night
Test your guests' knowledge of the 80s with an 80s trivia night. Divide your guests into teams and have them answer questions about pop culture, movies, music, and events from the decade. You can find free printable trivia questions online or create your own.
80s Video Dance Party
Create an 80s video dance party by playing music videos on a big screen while your guests dance the night away. Some popular videos from the decade include "Thriller" by Michael Jackson, "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles, and "Take on Me" by A-ha. To make the experience even more immersive, decorate the room with neon lights and glow sticks.
Retro Game Night
Set up a retro game night with classic games like "Pac-Man," "Donkey Kong," and "Tetris." You can rent arcade games or set up a DIY game station with old-school consoles like the Nintendo Entertainment System or the Atari 2600.
Rubik's Cube Contest
Set up a Rubik's Cube contest and see who can solve the puzzle the fastest. You can provide Rubik's Cubes for your guests to use, or ask them to bring their own. To add to the excitement, offer a prize to the winner.
80s Dance Lessons
Hire a dance instructor to teach your guests some classic 80s dance moves like the "moonwalk" or the "robot." Your guests will love learning some new moves and showing them off on the dance floor.
80s Fashion Show
Have a fashion show featuring 80s attire like acid wash jeans, leg warmers, and oversized t-shirts. Encourage your guests to participate by dressing up in their own 80s-inspired outfits. You can also provide props like boomboxes and cassette tapes to add to the ambiance.
MTV Music Video Marathon
Host an MTV music video marathon and play some of the most iconic videos from the 80s. Some great choices include "Like a Virgin" by Madonna, "Take On Me" by A-ha, and "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson. To make the experience even more immersive, set up an 80s themed photo booth for your guests to take pictures in between videos.
Celebrate one of the most iconic video games of the 80s with a Pac-Man party. Decorate your space with Pac-Man themed decor like yellow and black balloons, cutouts of Pac-Man and his ghostly enemies, and even a DIY Pac-Man game board. Provide classic arcade games for your guests to play, including Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, and Galaga. You can also create Pac-Man themed snacks like yellow frosted cupcakes with a single cherry on top to resemble the character.
80s Workout Party
Host an 80s workout party and have your guests dress up in classic workout attire like leotards, headbands, and leg warmers. Play classic workout videos like "Jane Fonda's Workout" or "Sweatin' to the Oldies" while your guests get their sweat on.
John Hughes Movie Marathon
Pay tribute to legendary filmmaker John Hughes by hosting a movie marathon of his most iconic films like "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink," and "Sixteen Candles." Ask your guests to dress in 80s attire and provide snacks like popcorn, candy, and soda for a true cinematic experience.
80s Board Game Night
Host an 80s board game night with classic games like Trivial Pursuit, Guess Who?, and Clue. You can also create your own 80s inspired board game by incorporating iconic pop culture moments and events from the decade.
80s Pizza Party
Pizza was a staple food of the 80s, so why not host an 80s pizza party? Set up a DIY pizza bar with all the classic toppings like pepperoni, mushrooms, and olives. To complete the theme, provide soda in glass bottles and 80s music playing in the background.
New Wave Party
Host a New Wave themed party and have your guests dress in black and white attire with bold makeup and hair. Play classic New Wave music from bands like Depeche Mode, The Cure, and New Order, and set up a DIY photo booth with 80s inspired backdrops and props.
80s Beach Party
Bring the beach to your party with an 80s themed beach party. Set up a DIY beach area with sand, beach balls, and beach chairs. Encourage your guests to dress in 80s beachwear like neon swimsuits, oversized t-shirts, and straw hats. Provide some 80s inspired snacks like push-pops, frozen yogurt, and popsicles. Serve up some retro cocktails from the 80s at your party. Some popular options include the "Sex on the Beach," "Blue Lagoon," and "Tequila Sunrise." You can also serve non-alcoholic options like "Shirley Temples" and "Roy Rogers."
Back to the Future Party
Pay homage to the classic 80s film "Back to the Future" with a Back to the Future themed party. Encourage your guests to dress up in 80s attire, including Marty McFly's iconic denim jacket and red vest. Set up a DIY time machine photo booth and serve 80s themed snacks like Tab soda and Twizzlers.
An 80s themed party is a fun and exciting way to celebrate the iconic decade. From music to fashion, the 80s had something for everyone, and there are endless possibilities for hosting a memorable retro party. Whether you choose to host an 80s karaoke party, a Pac-Man party, or an MTV music video marathon, your guests are sure to have a blast while celebrating the nostalgic era of the 1980s.
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