80s Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed 80s event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


An 80s themed party is a fun way to remember the crazy 80s, but you have to have the right music and party supplies to pull it off. Take out those leg warmers, headbands, and neon to really appreciate what we left behind. Celebrating a special event with outstanding performances that include singing, dancing and acting is a great way to keep the guests involved in the celebration. These fun activities are perfect for guests of all ages and will add a great deal to the celebration. More often than not, these performances will be the perfect addition to a fun filled and exciting event.

The music from the 80s varies wildly and what was popular for one group was torture for another. In the 80s people really started to identify their personality by the music they listened to. So it is a good idea to have a wide variety of music for an 80s themed party.

Songs like; Upside Down by Diana Ross, Back in Black by AC/DC, Tainted Love by Soft Cell, Super Freak by Rick James, Billie Jean by Michael Jackson, Rock the Casbah by the Clash, Jump by Van Halen, Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper, Like a Virgin by Madonna, Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen, Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles, How Will I Know by Whitney Houston, Walk This Way by Run DMC, Livin on a Prayer by Bon Jovi, Straight Up by Paula Abdul, One by Metallica, Faith by George Michael, and With or Without You by U2 are just a few picks of the top songs from the decade of the 80s. Inspirational thought: Make sure the camera has batteries that are charged and extras on hand for backup. Simple and well prepared food is often much better received at a gathering than complicated dished that don't quite hit the mark. The right favors given to the guests will allow them to remember that day many years from now.

Use handmade 80s party supplies to create the best 80s party ever. Organizing an awesome 80s party is a bodacious way to celebrate the decade of decadence. Planning a menís outfit from the 80s takes little effort and time Ė chances are some of these clothing items may already be in the closet. There are numerous 80s costume ideas for men which include dressing as a hair band member, pop star, and punk rocker. General 80s look consists of a collared shirt (turned up), big black sunglasses, acid wash jeans, Members Only jacket, 80s shutter shades, neon colored windbreakers, pastel colored t-shirts, high-to sneakers and white jackets. Mullets were all the rage in the 80s as well. While cutting hair to create the mullet may be out of the question, a mullet wig should suffice.

Most hosts will find that fun and exciting activities will be a great addition to this fun filled celebration. More often than not fun activities in which everyone can play and participate along with decorative supplies will liven up the event and make it very special. For this reason, planning and organization will be very beneficial for the host. Other 80s homemade party supplies include printing out various 80s icons, celebs, musicians, movie stars, TV stars, athletes and anyone who had a major impact of the 80s. 80s music was awesome in every way. Select a group of songs form 80s that best reflects the decade.

Ensure to send homemade 80s invitations in addition to other party supplies. Compare pre-made 80s invitations to gather ideas and customize as needed. A nice photo editing software program should help the party thrower create the coolest 80s invitations.


Board games were very popular during the 80s and therefore an ideal cake idea for a 80s party would be a Twister Cake. This exciting and fun event is the ideal time for a variety of creative desserts and other tasty treats designed especially for this celebration. These items are always a great addition to a celebration and most often the addition of enjoyable fares that are designed especially for this gathering will make everyone feel very special. The cake itself is a traditional sheet cake, but divided into a twister board with the word, Twister, on each end of the cake. This cake design along with cake designs such as Rubikís Cube and Pac Man can add a great deal to this 80s party. All of these cakes can be made in different ways, but the simplest is to use a square cake and go from there with the 80s themes and decorations.

Most people remember music being a big part of the 80s and a music themed cake will also add a lot to an 80s celebration. This cake can be a photo cake and decorated with 80s related musical photos or a collage of 80s artists. A photo cake would be a great way of remember the 80s.

In addition to your 80s cake, party supplies and 80s dance music hanging out with friends and remembering the 80s will take center stage. Regardless of the 80s theme or cake that is used, having an assortment of 80s party supplies will add to the 80s theme.

The 80s were a time of big hair and even bigger hairspray cans. Everything was big then, from shoes to shoulder pads and the decade spawned a lot of unique styles that we often look back in photos of ourselves and wonder, What made me do that? Donít deny it we all have done something weird in the name of fashion and style during the 80s. These fun items along with cute supplies are always a great addition to a celebration and fun posters that include designs and greetings that are perfect for the celebration will liven up the event and make everyone feel very special. More often than not, these signs and posters will add a lot of fun to the celebrated get together.

New Alternative bands became very popular and inspired many with their own unique sense of style. For awhile many people were wandering around with hair styled by A flock of seagulls, and all the girls wore cloths in the eclectic manner of a young Madonna in her music videos. In fact the music video really came into its own during the 80s. This was the decade during which MTV was born and as they say, Video killed the radio star soon after the channel came into being the music industry was not just about the music anymore. Stars had to look good, and dress to kill. It didnít hurt any if the stars had a different sense of style from the rest of the world.

The styles were pretty out there. Who can forget the classic sweater dress? Those were gifts our grandmothers could knit for us and we wouldd actually wear them, but of course after a few times in the washer they always shrunk and started getting fuzzy and worn. Blue eye shadow and hot pink lipstick was around before the decade but it wasnít until the 80s that we decided to combine them into one dramatic make up repertoire.

Now most of these cool fads grew old with the end of the 80s but they made many great memories. Party themes with the 80s in mind are great for fun events and people still love to dress up like they are from the 80s.

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80s History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the 80s theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

Well, you know when your kids ask you about the 80s that you have reached that pivotal moment where, yes, we are old. But the neat thing is, we are old enough to remember the good times from the 80s and throw an amazing party for our kids. If you are wanting to throw a birthday party, or retirement party or just any event, the 80s offer several different options and angles. From the music fans to those who were interested in technology, or science the 80s offer several different milestone markers for the American history pages. Go through look at old pictures, or books get the facts right and throw a great party. The 80s were the birth ages for MTV and other music related genres, as well as Michael Jackson began his career during this time frame.

Most people are amazed at the history behind many of the shows and music from the present and past. Like others before them the times of past and the recordings are often as interesting now as they were many years ago. For this reason, fans of the show have held strong and their popularity has continued to grow. Get ready to throw an 80s party your kids will be proud of, and if its not for the kids, maybe you are wanting to throw the event for a school dance, or reunion this is a great era that offers plenty of history and facts for one to focus on during the party planning. Go through and ask those invited to wear their favorite fashion statement from the 80s and know their 80s music facts for the trivia and other games that you are planning to play. GO through and look up recipes and appetizers in history, specifically from the 80s and serve those food items at your event as well. Get creative by using poster board and LED lights to make your own light up banner or message. If your special occasion for the kids includes face painting be sure to check with their parent first. Get creative by using poster board and LED lights to make your own light up banner or message. The history of 80s has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for 80s to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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