How to throw an 80s-themed teenage party

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How to throw an 80s-themed teenage party
Fashion trends of the 1980s include big hair and leg warmers. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Despite the fact that today's teenagers were not even alive in the 1980s, you can still use the decade as inspiration for a teen party. Teens who are not familiar with the fads will quickly learn as they step into a party full of the synthesised music, outrageous attire and bright colours that were popular during the decade. Plan each detail of the party to throw a "totally awesome" introduction to the 80s for the teens.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Neon-coloured card stock
  • Hairspray
  • Scrunchies
  • Bandannas
  • Crimping iron
  • 80s music
  • Speakers

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  1. 1

    Create an invitation with a headline such as "Join us for a totally awesome 80s party!" Try to include popular 1980s words such as "wicked," "radical" "stoked" and "gnarly" in the invitation.

  2. 2

    Include costume ideas at the bottom of the invitation. For girls, recommend big off-the-shoulder T-shirts or sweatshirts, long necklaces, leggings, miniskirts, leg warmers and scrunchies. For guys, recommend tight denim jeans and denim vests or jackets, skinny ties and high-top sneakers.

  3. 3

    Print or write the invitations on neon-coloured card stock and mail them in neon envelopes, if possible.

  4. 4

    Put together a playlist of popular 1980s music for the party. Choose songs by Madonna, Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, Wham, Bon Jovi and Cindy Lauper. Set up speakers in the party area.

  5. 5

    Set up a station near the party entrance for creating 80s hairstyles. Include hairspray, hair gel for guys, a crimping iron, scrunchies and bandannas. This will give teens who did not come in costume a chance to change their look.

  6. 6

    Decorate the party area with neon-coloured balloons and streamers. If you have any old cassette tapes, scatter them along the centre of the tables as decoration. Hang 80s movie posters on the walls.

  7. 7

    Facilitate a few rounds of freeze dance with the playlist of 80s music. Turn on the music and have teens dance their best 80s moves to the song. At some random point, turn off the music and have the teens freeze in their positions. The first person to move is eliminated and gets to select when to stop the music next. After everybody except one person is eliminated, crown that person the winner and have all the teens go back onto the dance floor for another round.

  8. 8

    Serve Capri Sun drink pouches, candy necklaces, and Rice Krispies treats as snacks at the party. Make a cake that pictures Pac-Man or another popular 80s figure.

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