If you recognize the title, you are a child of the 80's. Don't fight it, it is 2009 but who says you can't party like it's 1989? From 80's Prom Night to Heavy Metal, there are scads of ways to focus your party....
Get The Party Started
Our invites were black square cards with colored squares on the front to resemble a Rubix Cube face. I couldn't find enough cassette tapes because I TOTALLY wanted to make invitations like this! And how awesome is this record invitation?
And don't forget to get your guests psyched to show up. Have them come as their favorite 80's TV or movie star, music icon, bad prom dresses or whatever you've chosen as your party's theme.
Setting The Scene
Limited only by your imagination...Kara's Totally Awesome 80's Party had painted and hung cassette tapes, while large Pac-Man cutouts left no doubt what kind of party was happening at Entertain Exchange.
But your guests' outfits may be all the party decor you need! In This Wonderful Life has tons of awesome guest photos from Bret Michaels to Prince.
Set up a photo op area and take Polaroids for guests to take home. We had a prom photo wall with cheesy gold stars, but you can make a paint-splattered-and-graffiti wall backdrop from a large piece of plywood or white sheets.
The 80's was all about food fads and junk. However, you'd be surprised at what is still out there...they still make Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers and TAB soda! Follow your theme...an 80's Prom may call for a little more "formal" food like jalapeno poppers and artichoke dip served in a bread bowl. Perhaps it will be all about fads like frozen yogurt and mini frozen pizzas? And no '80s party is complete without having your classic candy like Nerds, Fun Dip, Pop Rocks, Ring Pops and Charleston Chews. Your local Dollar Store probably has a plethora of old-school candy.
What To Do
Karaoke is a must. Have inflatable guitars for all your rock-star-wannabes. Don't worry, all the Jello shots you've been serving will loosen up inhibitions. Definitely have yourself a costume contest; fun entries can include "Best Use Of Aqua Net" "Best Celebrity Impression" "Prom King And Queen". Clear out the furniture for a Break Dance-Off, but be prepared for destruction, whether it's your belongings or someone's back.
Send Them Home With A Smile
Glitter makeup, eye liner, plastic jelly bracelets, bubble gum and cheap sunglasses are perfect favors that can be left on a table for guests to pick up and use immediately to enhance their costumes.
And if you would like to see awesome digital scrapbook pages of our Totally Awesome 80s party, check out my home skillet's blog...she sooooooooooooooooo talented. Holla!