This Halloween, throw the gnarliest ’80s party with these Totally 80s party supplies. Like, we promise it will be totally rad if you follow our tips on how to set the stage for the decade that never slept. According to the stories of some who grew up in that high octane era, it could have been one of the hardest partying decades of last century. Sure there was the counter culture movement of the ’60s and the disco days of the ’70s, but the ’80s, sometimes called the “Greed Decade,” partying was taken to the next level at nightclubs in cities across the country. So in honor of the hard-partying days of the past, gather your friends for a bodacious time where everyone can spazz out to the max and no one will need to take a chill pill.
Tell your guest to get all decked out in their favorite ’80s styles. You will need: hair spray, neon jelly bracelets, fishnet stockings, mini skirts, parachute pants, fingerless gloves and no ponytail is complete without a Scrunchie.
Keep reading to see all of our tips to make sure your party isn’t for the dweebs.
80s Party Invitations
Let guests know when to invade the party with these arcade alien inspired ’80s Personalized Invitations. Encourage party goers to come dressed up. This ’80s Pop Party Costume is like for sure, a totally tubular choice.
80s Party Decorations
Fill the party space with plenty of circa 1980 icons.
- Create a boom box and cassette tapes from foam core and colorful poster board. Hang from monofilament for a totally rad backdrop.
- Set a Totally ’80s Centerpiece atop a handmade Rubik’s cube. Group it with a Bright Yellow 7” Paper Plate Pac Man and a cardstock ghost.
- Black 7” Paper Plates are easily transformed into vinyl records with the addition of cardstock “labels”. Continue the music theme with a large Mtv logo and a few vintage cassette tapes.
- Get high decorating scores with a trio of foam core alien invaders inspired by this ’80s Table Cover.
Set a gnarly dining table with these ’80s Dinner Plates, ’80s Dessert Plates, ’80s Luncheon Napkins and ’80s Plastic Cups. Use a splattered table runner to make the place settings pop and bring another iconic element to the party décor.
TIP: use white wrapping paper and acrylic paint to create the splattered runner. Painted cassette tapes stacked and hot glued together form a whimsical vase and once filled with thematic props, make a fun centerpiece.
80s Party Foods
Offer classic ’80s favorites like Bagel Pizza Bites, Cool Ranch Doritos, Combos and Capri Suns. Transform vintage videotapes and black trays into awesome serving pieces by turning the tapes horizontally and placing the trays on top.
For a showstopper on the food table, bake up this Pac Man cake complete with cupcake dots. More classic ’80s confections such as Nerds, Razzles, Pop Rocks, Laffy Taffy and Pixie Stiks fill the table and present guests with a truly ’80s sugar rush.
80s Party Activities
Everything old is new again, so fashion up some phat scrunchies. Follow this DIY scrunchie tutorial to create fresh and funky versions of the classic accessory then once the sewing is done, invite partygoers to show off their handy work in a photoshoot. Provide additional costume pieces like this ’80s Fab Track Suit, sunglasses and gloves.
80s Party Favors
Everyone can go back to the future with favors and trinkets such as ’80s Pink Glasses, Fingerless Fishnet Gloves, Neon Bracelets and their handmade scrunchies. Embellish a Black Treat Favor Box with a cardstock Pac Man and personalized ghost tag for guests to carry all their righteous items home in.