'90s themed party ideas

Updated April 17, 2017

Make it a party fit for Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar of "Wayne's World" fame with a 1990s theme. While you can't hire the Spice Girls to perform, you can still offer an authentic '90s experience. Throw an "alternative" party that Beavis and Butthead would be happy to attend.


The 1990s was not without its fashion trends and faux-pas. Encourage your guests to go grunge or goth at your '90s-themed party. Women partygoers can put their "Rachel" hair up in Scrunchies, bare their midriffs and slip on some chunky heeled shoes. Male party guests can put their feet in a pair of Doc Martens, wrap flannel shirts around their waists and style their hair like Dawson Leary from "Dawson's Creek." Guests might also dress up as a rock star or TV character, such as Eddie Vedder or Blossom, to the '90s-themed party.


Recreate a scene from "House Party" or "Empire Records" with some authentic '90s music. Create a playlist that represents the diverse musical genres of the decade. For the rock crowd, play some songs by grunge groups like Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. The pop crowd might enjoy boy band hits by groups like 'NSYNC, 98 Degrees and Backstreet Boys. For your guests into R&B, play some cuts by TLC, Boyz II Men and Bell Biv Devoe. Be a fresh MC and play some hip-hop songs by Dr. Dre, N.W.A. and KRS-One.


Bring your guests back to the days of "Beverly Hills: 90210" and dial-up Internet with '90s-themed activities. Lead your guests in a group dance, doing the Macarena or moves from Madonna's "Vogue" video. Hook up some old-school gaming systems like the Sega Genesis or Super Nintendo and play games like "Super Mario Kart" and "Mortal Kombat." Let everyone play with Tamagotchis, Koosh balls and pogs. Organise some team activities that emulate shows like "American Gladiators" and "Nickelodeon: Guts." Put on some '90s movies like "Clerks," "Reality Bites" and "Clueless."

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James Gilmore has written professionally since 2005. Since then, he has written and proofread obituaries for "The Press & Sun-Bulletin" in Binghamton, N.Y., press releases for "Goals, Seminars and Consultants" and articles for Made Man and various other websites. He writes a good deal of music-related content and holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Ithaca College.