80s Themed Birthday Invitations

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80s Themed Birthday Invitations
Create invitations where your picture from the 1980s is the backdrop. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Throwing a birthday party with a 1980s theme will help you remember the dance parties you attended in your childhood; the bright colour schemes are fitting for a teen who loves neon as well. There are several ways to create invitations for the celebration that showcase some of the greatest things about the '80s to give partygoers a preview of the "totally awesome" time you'll have.

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Casette Tape Invitations

The cassette tape is a symbol of the 1980s, when boomboxes were in style and mix tapes were the gift of choice for a boyfriend or girlfriend. Remind your friends of this time in your youth by purchasing blank cassette tapes to create your party invitations, or plastic or wooden replicas of cassettes from your local craft store. Purchase stickers that fit on the cassette to make the tape look real, and have the stickers professionally printed with your party's time, place, date and RSVP information. Choose stickers that have an authentic 1980s feel, like a dark grey or black sticker with wide red or green corner stripes, or stickers in a bright neon shade.

1980s Picture Invitation

Use a picture from the 1980s that your family would enjoy as the backdrop for your birthday invitation. For instance, select the photo of you celebrating your 18th or 21st birthday if this happened during the 80s. A baby picture from the decade is an adorable photo feature for the invitation as well. If you still have clothing pieces from your 1980s fashion collection, like sweat and arm bands, a pair of Nike high-tops, or an acid-washed jean jacket, take a picture of the clothing items and use them as the invitation's picture to indicate that the birthday celebration will be an '80s costume party. Take the photo to the local print shop to create the invites, and use Pacman-style font to further solidify the '80s theme.

Neon Invitation

Neon colours are a trademark of the '80s decade; if your teenager wants a party that reflects this time period, choose brightly-hued invitation stock paper to print the invites on your computer. Select a font that makes the invites look authentically '80s, like Newtown or Blade Runner. Decorate the border of the invites with stickers that are '80s-inspired, like hearts and rainbows that resemble the symbols associated with Rainbow Brite or The Care Bears. Place the invites in neon envelopes, decorated with more stickers that feature slang that was popular in the '80s like "awesome" or "tubular."

'80s Phrases Invitations

Fill your invites with phrases that were popular during the decade to humour your friends and get them to look forward to the event. Start the invitation with a phrase like, "Oh, snap! My birthday's here! It's totally time to party!" Use black or white invitation paper if the invitations will be printed with neon-coloured font, or select paper with splatters of paint to indicate '80s style. After typing the party specifications, end the invitation with more slang from the 1980s, like "It's gonna be a totally rad time!" House your invitations in the envelope colour of your choice, decorated with stickers that say "I love the '80s."

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