80s dress up party ideas

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80s dress up party ideas
Try some leg warmers for an '80s dress-up party. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

No way dude, you totally want to throw an '80s dress-up party? Relive the fun of the iconic era with leg warmers, shoulder pads and anything neon coloured with music, entertainment references and games. It's the perfect theme for any party, whether a birthday, anniversary or just-because celebration. Help your guests remember what the '80s were like and what to wear with images and suggestions.


Create a collage of everything '80s on card stock for your invitations. Try images of Corey Hart, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" or Billy Idol for the larger pictures, and more incidental styles or themes like jelly bracelets and candy necklaces for the remainder. Or pretend you're inviting guests to a specialised '80s concert for Madonna or The Police and make personalised event tickets mimicking an '80s event.


An old boom box with used cassette tapes are a great way to transport your guests back in time to the '80s, as are fingerless gloves, fluorescent balloons and headband glasses. Find some old toys to add the ambience, such as My Little Ponies, Strawberry Shortcake, GI Joe, Star Wars or Simon. Add a wall of butcher paper and some markers for guests to add their own '80s memories to the event.

Menu and Food Table

Use fluorescent, coloured napkins and place settings to add a realistic feel to your '80s dress-up theme party, and use glow bracelets for napkin holders. Serve finger foods such as wings and pizza, and make sure to have a Pac-Man or Rubik's Cube cake on hand for dessert. Pop rocks, gummy worms, cherry Coke, Fruit Roll-Ups and JOLT Cola would also be at home on an '80s party food table.


For event hosts with satellite, tune in to an '80s music station for background sound, or visit the local thrift store for '80s music compilations. Games could include "Pin the Glove on Michael," "Trivial Pursuit: Totally 80s" or VH1's "I Love The '80s" game. Don't forget to dust off the old Atari and play Mario Brothers and Pac-Man, or grab a newer version to play on the Xbox or Wii.

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