The ultimate guide with 80s theme party ideas for the best party of your life. Pack your gauntlets, leggings and studded belt and go back in time!
Decade parties are among the most popular theme parties par excellence. And with good reason, because on the one hand they conjure up nostalgic feelings of the good old days (often even for those who didn’t experience them at all), and on the other hand a decade theme gives hosts and guests great freedom in design and interpretation. After all, a lot happens in 10 years in terms of fashion, music and zeitgeist!
The best example: the 80s – if you only think of perms, neon-coloured leggings and mega pop stars like Michael Jackson, Tina Turner and Madonna, you forget the enormous diversity of this decade! After all, the 80s were also the decade of punks and poppers, of burgeoning metal, new wave, dark wave and gothic rock. And styles like hip hop and techno, which would only come to full bloom in the 90s, also had their formative early phase in the 80s.
What a decade! And so it’s no surprise that the 80s theme party continues to enjoy great popularity.
Are you planning an 80s theme party yourself? Great idea! So that you don’t forget anything important and your party becomes absolutely legendary, here is our compact…
In order to make your 80s theme party a success, you should think about a few basic things beforehand. When planning your party, you should take into account the time of year, the weather, the party location and the number of guests and their tastes.
Of course, the latter is always difficult, but especially with an 80s theme party you can cover several styles so that there is something for everyone musically.
Short checklist with questions
You want as many people as possible, if not everyone, to come to your party and to be really excited about it. So make an effort with the invitation and set the mood.
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, even an online invitation can be original with a witty text full of 80s references and a cool cover picture, e.g. of an 80s star or a poster of an 80s cult film.
But the best invitations are of course printed out, nice and old-fashioned analogue…?
You can also print out 80s-related pictures from the web, preferably on thicker paper.
When it comes to decorations, it’s mainly your own imagination that counts, as well as your personal associations and/or memories of that time (if you consciously lived through it).
Suggestions for good decorations for an 80s theme party.
There are also special 80s decorations to buy, e.g. napkins with the typical TV test picture of the time, wall hangings or garlands in 80s design. If you order such decorations from amazon via one of the following affiliate links, you are supporting Abenteuer Freundschaft without the products becoming more expensive for you.
To some, the 80s are now seen as a decade of fashion sins, while others are now celebrating them again for their flashy ideas and iconic looks. Either way, there’s a pretty wide range to choose from, because whether you’re wearing a perm and harem pants, going all Nina Hagen or a badass punk chick… it’s all the 80s.
Are there any dishes and drinks that are typical of the 80s? The answer is yes. There is hardly a decade in which dishes were prepared that were ONLY available at that time, neither before nor after. BUT there are definitely dishes, foods and drinks that enjoyed particular popularity at certain times. In the 80s, for example, people loved so-called country buffets, where snacks were sorted by country of origin, e.g. Italian, Spanish, American, etc.
The popularity of bright colours was also reflected in the favourite cocktails of the 80s: many contained Blue Curaçao and were generally very colourful.
Honestly? That’s what you want to know from us now? If you’re planning an 80s theme party, it’s probably because the era appeals to you anyway and I’m sure you already have a lot of music in mind.
But to give you something like a guide to what was played in the 80s, here are a few helpful links:
Any questions? Let’s Party!?
If you’re looking for more good party themes, check out our Theme Party List with 111 great suggestions.
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