The 80s were a decade filled with big hair, bold fashion, and iconic music. It's no wonder that an 80s themed party is a popular choice for a fun and nostalgic event. If you're thinking about hosting an 80s party, you might be wondering where to start. Don't worry, we've got you covered. In this article, we'll share some tips and ideas for how to prepare for an awesome 80s party.

Set the Mood with the Right Decorations

The right decorations are essential for setting the mood for your 80s party. Think neon colors, geometric shapes, and pop culture icons. Start by choosing a color scheme that incorporates bright hues like pink, blue, green, and yellow. Balloons, streamers, and paper lanterns are great options for adding pops of color throughout the room. You can also use posters and cutouts of popular 80s figures like Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Prince to create a fun and nostalgic atmosphere.

Dress to Impress

Dress to Impress

Encourage your guests to dress up in their best 80s attire. Think acid wash jeans, oversized t-shirts, and bright neon accessories. You can also set up a DIY costume station with plenty of 80s inspired items like leg warmers, headbands, and fingerless gloves to help your guests get into the spirit. And don't forget the hair! Tease it, crimp it, and spray it with lots of hairspray for that big 80s hair.

Plan a Killer Playlist

No 80s party is complete without an awesome playlist of classic hits. From Whitney Houston to Cyndi Lauper to Bon Jovi, the 80s had it all. Create a playlist of the best songs from the decade and make sure to include all the classics. You can also set up a karaoke station and let your guests sing their favorite 80s tunes.

Serve 80s Themed Snacks and Drinks

When it comes to snacks and drinks, the 80s had some iconic choices. Think Tang, Tab, and Hi-C for beverages, and Pop Rocks, Nerds, and Ring Pops for sweets. You can also serve classic 80s party foods like pizza, hot dogs, and chips and dip. To add a fun touch, set up a DIY candy bar with all the classic 80s treats for your guests to enjoy.

Set up Fun Activities

80S Party Ideas

In addition to great music and delicious snacks, you'll want to have some fun activities planned for your guests. Consider setting up a DIY photo booth with 80s inspired backdrops and props with cassette tapes and boomboxes. You can also create a Pac-Man or arcade game station for some classic gaming fun, classic 80s board games like Trivial Pursuit and Pictionary for some friendly competition.

And don't forget about Rubik's Cubes! Did you know that the Rubik's Cube, one of the most popular toys of all time, was invented in the 80s? It was created in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik, but it wasn't until the early 80s that it became a worldwide phenomenon. The Rubik's Cube has sold over 350 million units, making it one of the best-selling toys of all time. So, why not add a Rubik's Cube to your 80s party decor and a fun activity for your guests?

Get Creative with Lighting for your 80s Party

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To really set the mood for your 80s party, you'll want to get creative with lighting. Think neon lights, black lights, and strobe lights. You can also incorporate fun props like disco balls and lava lamps to create a fun and funky atmosphere. And don't forget to dim the lights during slow songs to create a romantic mood for slow dancing.

Don't Forget the Favors

Finally, make sure to send your guests home with a fun and nostalgic party favor. Consider 80s inspired items like mixtapes, slap bracelets, and jelly bracelets. You can also create custom t-shirts or sunglasses with your party theme and date to commemorate the event.

An 80s party is a fun and nostalgic way to celebrate with friends and family. By following these tips and ideas, you can create an awesome 80s party that everyone will remember for years to come. Don't forget to start planning early to ensure you have enough time to get everything you need for the party.

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Oh and here's a fun fact that ties in perfectly with our 80s party theme: the first ever mobile phone call was made in the 80s! On April 3, 1983, a man named Martin Cooper made history by placing a call on the first ever mobile phone, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X. This iconic moment marked the beginning of a technological revolution that continues to shape our world today. It's crazy to think how much has changed since then, but the nostalgia of the 80s remains strong and is the perfect inspiration for a memorable retro party. So, put on your favorite 80s playlist, break out the neon decorations, and let's party like it's 1985!

Remember, the key to a successful 80s party is to have fun and let loose. So break out your best dance moves, sing your heart out, and enjoy the nostalgia of this iconic decade. Your guests are sure to appreciate the effort you put into creating a memorable and entertaining event.