Eighties Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Eighties 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.


Eighties music is probably the best type of music of all time (debatable yes, but undoubtedly so awesome). 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. So for an Eighties party include a bands and artists such as Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Beastie Boys, Flock Of Seagulls, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Madonna, Prince, and many more. To cut back on the time spent searching for 80s tunes, include compilation albums with all the major hits of the Decade of Decadence.

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Now 80: that is What I Call Music (Snys)
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Another option for Eighties music is to find the top hits of each year in the eighties. For example, the top Billboard songs of 1983 include:

Maneater - Hall & Oates
Down Under- Men at Work
Africa- Toto
Baby, Come To Me - Patti Austin featuring James Ingram
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
Beat It -Michael Jackson
let us Dance - David Bowie
Flashdance... What A Feeling - Irene Cara
Every Breath You Take -The Police
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
Maniac Michael - Sembello
Tell Her About It - Billy Joel
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
Islands In the Stream - Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton
All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
Say Say Say - Paul McCartney featuring Michael Jackson

An Eighties party would not be such without Eighties party supplies such as posters of various 80s icons and clothes. Quick tip: Planning ahead is key to being prepared for any event as the hostess of the day. As you plan a menu for a celebration remember, there may be vegetarians and vegans on the guest list so plan accordingly. A blank wall is a canvas waiting to be decorated with your artistic related theme ideas.

Eighties homemade party supplies such as eighties costumes, personalized banners and door curtains are great additions to an Eighties party. Many eighties parties will include homemade party supplies and other party goods such as supplies such as sunglasses, big hair, noise makers and party music. In addition to these items party goods such as eighties paper plates, tablecloths, party cups and napkins will make an Eighties party complete.

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. Eighties homemade party supplies such as candles, homemade leggings, big hair and costume jewelry will set the tone for an Eighties party. Most people find out that when they use homemade Eighties party supplies they will save money along with adding a personal touch. An Eighties centerpiece is a great addition to an Eighties party and adds a lot to the table itself. This added homemade party supply addition along with traditional party supplies such as balloons, streamers, personalized signs and banners will greatly enhance your Eighties party.

Homemade Eighties party supplies like a variety of Eighties balloons, colorful party streamers, Eighties records and an assortment of other Eighties party supplies will make preparing for this party very easy. Furthermore, the addition of eighties party supplies and other Eighties party items will be unique and compare to no others.


Many people discover that using an Eighties birthday party theme will create a delightful party. 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. An Eighties party is actually the perfect time for a cake designed with an eighties Breakdancing theme. The cake itself can be either chocolate or white, but the icing and decorations for the cake should be made to look like a dance floor with a breakdancer. This can be done a variety of ways, but will be more effective with a lighter colored icing and then adding eighties breakdancing party supplies.

This cake will have a great eighties look along with a great taste. Another great cake for an Eighties party is a traditional marble sheet cake. This cake can be topped with white icing and decorated with the word, Eighties, along with a variety of eighties accessories and characters such as skateboards, retro 80s, Smurfs, Care bears and a Rubik’s cube. Additionally, an Eighties cake can be decorated a variety of ways as long as the Eighties theme is evident.

Furthermore your guests will enjoy an Eighties party and the party music, party supplies and cake will only add to the party. Party supplies, along with the cake should make use of Eighties party theme. Party supplies such as brightly colored balloons, party streamers and Eighties centerpieces and banners will only add to the occasion.

With President Jimmy Carter ushering in the eighties, and President G.W. Bush taking office just before the decade ended, one of the most beloved presidents in modern times, Ronald Reagan, and Reaganomics saw most of us prosper in the 80's. In January of 1981, our newly inaugurated president said Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. His solution was to lower taxes and to limit the government regulation and allow the self-correcting invisible hand of free enterprise to assert itself.

Further, the eighties saw fashion take a drastic turn toward big, big hair, permed to new heights, mullets (now, the ultimate sign of bad taste, and the butt of many jokes) and Miami Vice inspired starched and flipped collars, rolled jacket sleeves, and shoes, sans socks. Material girl, Madonna, was touted as the new Marilyn Monroe and rocksters like Duran Duran ruled the music scene, while raising the eyebrows of adults everywhere with their slightly lined and mascara coated lashes. 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.

In the bygone eighties days, Milk, it does a body good was the phrase of the day for milk lovers, with milk drinkers gracing commercials, and saying things like, Michael Martin, I do not even exist in your life. Cause all you see is a person's outside. Well, I am a beautiful person inside and milk's giving me a lot of what I need for strong bones, beautiful skin and a great smile. And by the time my outside catches up with my inside I'll have long since outgrown you; and you will be history, and an announcer saying, milk, it does a body good, before transforming the little girl into a beautiful eighties lady.

Consider making your next party an eighties theme party, and spice it up with your own 1980s arcade version of eighties party trivia. Let eighties commercials, 1980s arcade, slogans, fashion, politics, and music or 1980s arcade trivia take you back in time.

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Eighties History, Facts and Educational Resources

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

Getting ready for the eighties all over again may sound like a chore but If you are one who was fortunate enough to have lived through the eighties you are a part of history. When your kids asked for a 1980s arcade themed party you never dreamt they would want an eighties themed party. So where do you start? Well this would probably depend on the age of the children involved, as the eighties offered several different miles stones in history. With all of the facts that are available out there on that particular era you should have no issues. For example here we will give you two scenarios to work with.

Throwing a 1980s arcade inspired party for a girl could go with the fashion and music angle. This is when big hair and aerosol hairspray was really big along with the fashion part of history you were seeing leggings and oversized sweaters and sweatshirts all in bright colors. Most people are amazed at the history behind many celebrations and how music from the past and present will add to the event. Like other get togethers this small addition will add a great deal to the celebration. For this reason,guests of the party will find this celebration to be a lot of fun and very special. You could send out invitations inspired by the eighties fashion industry and ask everyone to dress in eighties clothing. Now if your party is for a boy you can use fashion, music or television to get the party started. This is time in which Michael Jackson went down in history as the king of music, MTV was first broadcasted, and Pepsi was introduced. Now if you want to take it to the cartoon level the Simpsons show was launched in the eighties as well. Again, there are several 1980s arcade party theme options when you choose to use the eighties. When decorating a room to match a given theme or idea explore not just the horizontal space, but the vertical space as well. Simple and well prepared food is often much better received at a gathering than complicated dished that don't quite hit the mark. When decorating a room to match a given theme or idea explore not just the horizontal space, but the vertical space as well. The history of Eighties 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 Eighties to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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More Eighties holiday educational teachers classroom resources: 

Eighties Party Games
Eighties Word Find
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Eighties Word Scramble
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