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back to the 80sWelcome back to the 80's!

Great ideas for theme parties should - like totally - begin with the look and sound of 80's pop culture.

The decade saw the rise of Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran, and a host of other rock legends thanks to a certain upstart music video television station called MTV.

In fact, the TV machine proved to be a major force behind 1980's fashion trends. That included black and white lace for the girls (Madonna) or pastel colored jackets with sleeves rolled up to the elbow for the guys (Duran Duran, Miami Vice).


80's party invitation ideas

Out on the West coast, meanwhile, Valley Girl speak took off in a big way...fur sher setting up a totally awesome way to party! So remember to word your party invitations in exactly the same way, with greetings such as ":Like you're totally invited ...." or "It's epic. It's gnarly. It's a totally tubular 80's party!"

Then tell everyone to come dressed as their favorite 80's outfit, then put on the 80's music playlist and let the party begin!

80's party fun & games

80s party food
Outfitted for the 80's: Big hair,
sweat band, chunky jewelry.

Fun 80's party game & activity ideas might include a fun 80's trivia game or a "Name That Tune" contest -- or dance off to the 80's with prizes awarded for the most talented, funniest, or most unusual dance interpretation of the night.

If it's an 80's fashion costume party, give out prizes for biggest hair, funkiest leggings, most outrageous parachute pants, chunkiest jewelry, or biggest shoulder pads!

Also think of popular 80's kids games to play like Trivial Pursuit, Hungry, Hungry Hippos, or a Pac Man competition for some 80's arcade game nostalgia.

80's party food & drink

80s party food
Serving suggestion:
Pac Man cheese & cracker tray.

Follow 80's food fads for a party buffet that's totally radical like French bread pizza. Other popular 80's dished include cheesy potato skins, Cajun blackened fish or chicken, plus everyone's first taste of Buffalo chicken wings and ... Orville Redenbacher's popcorn.

For dessert, may we recommend that always popular 80's sweet confection, Chocolate Mud Pie.

Keep the mood going serving drinks in keeping with an 80's theme, such as "Like a Virgin Bloody Mary". Also remember the popularity of 80's-era wine coolers, or the No. 1 80's bar scene cocktail, Sex on the Beach.

When the party's over, send guests home with goodie bag filled with popular candies from the decade like Nerds, Pop Rocks, sour Lemonheads, and Pixie Stix for a sweet memory of the awesome 80's.

More about 80s party ideas around the Web

Around the Web, check out more great ideas for throwing a great 80's party with tips & advice on costumes, food, drink, music, games & activities.

Have fun!

80s Theme Party Ideas
- Get inspiration from professional party planners with tips on themes and decorating, party favors, food & drinks,

How to Plan an 80s Night - Visitor-contributed ideas for lip-sync contests, 80's trivia games, Miami Vice themes and related tips...

80's Party Playlist - A major fan with a list of more than a hundred 80's pop hits plus personal pics from an 80's theme party.

The 80's Server - If you're stuck for a theme, check out this site for expert knowledge of 80's pop culture including music, movies & TV, along with an online forum for comments or suggestions.



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