80s Theme Party

1980s party ideas

Did you wear acid wash jeans, have big hair and own a Rubik’s Cube? Then this totally rad 80s theme party is for you! Here are our favorite 1980s party ideas to help you plan an awesome event.

80s Party Invitations

Sending radical invitations by mail can make your guests feel special before the party even starts. You can either make your own 80s invitations or send pre-made cards. Here are some ideas for both options:

Upload to your computer a photo of you, your significant other, or a group of you and your friends from back in 80s and use them to create a party invitation.

Find 80s clipart online to help you create your invitation.

Burn your favorite 1980s theme party music on CDs and put the party details inside the CD jewel case. Mail them in CD mailers or hand deliver.

* Be sure to request that your guests arrive dressed for the 80s theme! You might also request that guests bring a picture of themselves from the 80s to make a big photo collage at the party.

Kiss Costume

80s Diva Costume

80s Video Superstar Costume


You can always find lots of great online party invitations with a free RSVP manager at Evite,

Here are some totally awesome 1980s party invitations you can purchase:

80's Invitations
80s Invitations
80's Personalized Invitations
Personalized 80s Invitations
Neon Swirls Personalized Invitations
Neon Swirls Invitations


80s Party Decorations

80s Dinner Plates
80s Tableware
What did the 80s mean to you? Do you remember the neon colors, the outrageous styles, and the totally 80s music? Bring all of these great symbols of the 1980s into your party decorations! Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Buy tableware/paper goods in neon colors.

Put a boom box on the table as your centerpiece, surrounded by some cassette tapes from the 80s.

Scatter some candies that were popular in the 1980s such as Pop Rocks, candy necklaces, Reese’s Pieces, and Fun Dip on your party table.

Display VHS tapes

If guests still have some 80s memorabilia, ask them to bring some of their their favorite things and set up a “remember the 80s” table.

Hang up 80s movie posters

Play music from the 1980s

80s Theme Party Activities

Purchase some tag board so that guests can post their pictures from the 1980s during the party. Have everyone vote on the funniest photo, and also for the person that has changed the least.

Set up a table for guests to display their memorabilia items. This will serve as a fun walk down memory lane for your friends.

Have guests vote on best costumes. Categories could include best movie star, best rocker, and best Madonna look-a-like.

Journey, Madonna, Def Leppard, Huey Lewis, Duran Duran…Can you say Karaoke?

The 80s Game

Pretty in Pink

80s Pop the Question Game


Watch a favorite 80s movie or TV show

Have a break dance contest

Play games such as Scene It 80s Deluxe Edition, 80s Name That Tune, 80s Trivial Pursuit, and VH1 I love the 80s board game.

1980s Theme Party Favors and Prizes

* Rubik’s Cube

* DVD of a classic 1980s movies (Top Gun, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science)

* Hits of the 80s CD

* Leg Warmers

* Vintage concert t-shirt

* A can of Aqua Net Hairspary

* Colored Rubber Bracelets

* 80s candy (Pop Rocks, Reese’s Pieces)

Retro 80s Candies

Retro 80s Buttons

Amazing 80s Poster Collection


80s Theme Party Menu

Serve your favorite party foods but give them names incorporating 80s phrases, sayings, movies, and song titles. Make labels with neon colored card stock. Here are some examples:

  • “Totally Rad” Artichoke Dip
  • “No Biggie” Baked Potato Bites
  • “Like” Really Hot “Like” Chili Dip
  • “Jake Ryan’s” Angus Beef Sliders
  • “Miami Vice” fruit kabobs
  • “Goose and Maverick’s Danger Zone” Salsa
  • “Pyromania” Potato Salad
  • Don’t forget the Bartels and Jaymes and California Coolers!

Have a “Totally Rad” party!

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  1. I’ve always thought an 80’s party would be so much fun. And there HAS to be plenty of dancing. 🙂 You guys are full of great ideas. Thanks! #Sitsblogging

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