Since it's an 1980's party, this is a key area to focus on in order to make your party shine. Sure, lots of other sites will tell you to ask your friends to cake on the blue eyeshadow, but I think it's always a teeny bit risky to leave the fate of your party's theme in the hands of friends (especially if they're shy and don't like dressing up!). Here are a few things I did to make the night more memorable:
- Crazy color combinations lend themselves well to all things 80s. Here are a few sure fire ways to inject some totally rad color into your party:
- Teal, Black, White
- Hot Pink, Black White
- Neon Green, Black, White
- Peach, Mint Green, Beige
- Sounds crazy, right? Well I hunted around on ebay and found LOTS of vintage (unused people, unused!) napkin sets from various tv shows and movies. They don't cost much more than standard napkins, and if you get one set you can surely mix them in with solid white or neon colored ones. This was a great touch that my guests really enjoyed. I even saw a few people take a couple napkins home! The ones I purchased included:
- Rainbow Brite
- I was super lucky because my venue had a dvd projector to use for free, so I took advantage of it and put together a great montage of 80s movies, tv shows, cartoons and video games which we played on repeat the entire night. I think my friends enjoyed watching Mario run by just as the Growing Pains clip ended.
- If you don't have a projector, don't worry! You can rent your favorite 80s movie or tv series from your local library and have it playing (on mute since the music is the star of the show!) on your tv in the background. I promise. It will be a giant hit!
Like any decade, music of the 80s is purely iconic... everyone remembers Michael Jackson, Van Halen, Tiffany and The Cure, right? Instead of my usual list of 10 songs, here is the entire playlist I used for my birthday bash. You're so lucky to have it all in one place!
Tell us in the comments - do you have a favorite 80s song you can't live without?
Well, this brings us to the end of our 80s adventure. I hope you enjoyed the tips and if I've forgotten anything, post it below!