1980s Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Were you a child of the '80s? Show your kids what it was like to be a preppie, a yuppie, a punk or a new-waver. Play some classic '80s tunes, films and games and you will, like, love these awesome tips for a totally tubular '80s party.
Decorations
The '80s were all about excess, so make your decorations dramatic and colorful. Look for paper cups and plates in neon colors, animal prints or black-and-white geometric patterns. Plaster the walls with posters of quintessential '80s pop stars like Culture Club, Thompson Twins, Cyndi Lauper, New Kids on the Block and, the queen of the decade, Madonna. To really get in the spirit, pop in a DVD of a John Hughes movie or an '80s band's video collection and have it playing, with the sound muted, during the event.

Costume Ideas
Thanks to the arrival of MTV, '80s fashion was defined by music. Inspired by pop stars like Duran Duran and Wham!, guys wore frilly shirts, super-skinny ties and huge op-art belts. Girls emulated their musical idols with Bananarama-style overalls, Pat Benatar-esque headbands and Madonna's layered mesh-and-lace ensembles.

And don't forget the makeup, guys: From the new romantics to the punk rockers, all the gnarliest dudes sported eyeliner, lipstick, glittery eye shadow and way too much mousse in their hair, just like their girlfriends. Want more '80s party costumes? The '80s ladies also sported leg warmers, rubber bracelets and sideways ponytails, while guys channeled Miami Vice-era Don Johnson with pastel-colored suits.
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