Totally Awesome 80’s theme party ideas!!

The 80’s was a very unique era of time. It was full of loud colors, extreme fashion, and sky high hair, and forever defining music. To throw an 80’s theme party you’ll want to include as much 80’s nostalgic ideas and items as you can. There are tons of fun ideas to help you make your theme party truly memorable and tons of fun.

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80's Theme Party Ideas
Gotta Have the 80's Music!

The 80’s were defined by its music. Above all else if you are planning on throwing this theme party you will need to buy or put together yourself an awesomely 80’s playlist. Make sure you include some hits from the famous music icons that ruled this decade!

  • Michael Jackson
  • Madonna
  • Airsupply
  • Prince
  • Tiffany
  • U2
  • The Police
  • Aerosmith
  • R.E.M
  • Bon Jovi
  • Whitney Houston
  • Tina Turner

80's Theme Party Ideas
Gotta Dress Totally Rad!

The next best part of having going to an 80’s party is dressing the part. Make sure to invite all your guests to put together their best 80’s outfits. There are tons of fashion fads that scream 80’s : legwarmers, spandex, dark sun glasses, side ponytails, high tops, excessive rubber bracelets, fingerless gloves, male earrings, shoulder pads…. The list continues. Check out for a fun list.

To encourage guests to go all out with their wardrobe offer fun prizes for:

  • Loudest Make up
  • funkiest outfit
  • Biggest Hair
  • Most rubber bracelets

Try to come up with some cool categories of your own! For prizes I suggest staying with the 80’s theme, consider rubiks cubes, 80's buttons, the twister game, fun 80’s movie DVD, etc…

80's Theme Party Ideas
80's Contest Ideas

Let your guests show off their funky eighties skills by having some nostalgic talent contests at your party. Some fun ideas include:

  • Break Dancing Contest
  • Lip-syncing Contest
  • Air-guitar Contest
  • Moon-walking Contest

80's Theme Party Ideas
Pin the Glove on Michael

This is a D.I.Y theme party game to celebrate the King of Pop, and definitely the King of the eighties! You’ll need an iconic poster of Michael Jackson that reveals a close up of the hand. Check these Michael Jackson posters out from

To create the sequined gloves for pinning trace a copy of the sequined glove onto a piece of paper, make copies for each guest onto card stock paper, glue on sequins or glitter, and Voila! Have a blast blindfolding each player and letting them try and tape their glove onto Michael's without peeking! Great nostalgic gun!

80's Theme Party Ideas
80's Candy Game

Collect as much candy reminiscent of that decade as you can. Create an alternative name or riddle for each candy product and see if your guests can guess the item. After you read out the riddle the first guest who yells out the answer wins. Here are some example clues:

  • Pop Rocks : Wouldn’t be the same if they were called “Exploding Stones”
  • Candy Buttons: Rhymes with “ Dandy Muttons”
  • Nerds : Wouldn’t be the same if they were called “ Dorks”
  • Now and Later: Wouldn’t be the same if they were called “ immediately or in a while”
  • Hubba Bubba: Rhymes with “Flubba Glubba”
  • Pixie Stix: Wouldn’t be the same if they were called “ fairy twigs”
  • Candy necklaces : This is not only a kind of candy but a fun fashion statement?
  • Jawbreakers : Wouldn’t be the same if they were called “mouthcrackers”
  • Fun Dip: Wouldn’t be the same if they were called “amusing dunk”
  • Lemonheads: Wouldn’t be the same if they were called “sourbrains”

80's Theme Party Ideas
Classic 80's Movies

Why not have some iconic movies from this decade playing for the guest. Consider some of these classics:

  • 16 candles
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Revenge of the Nerds
  • Breakfast Club
  • Police Academy
  • Ghost Busters
  • Goonies

80's Theme Party Ideas
80's Scene It!

Or you can test your knowledge of this iconic decade by challenging your friends to the Scene It game 80’s edition!  This game will determine who remembers most about this rockin era. Jammed pack with trivia and filled with 80s themed on-screen challenges, this game packs in more 80s movie and music clips than a Betamax library!

80's Theme Party Ideas

Write as many 80’s related clues as you can think of on slips of papers. Your friends will have a blast trying to act out nostalgic themes and trying to get the rest of the players to guess what or who they are.

  • Terminator
  • Alf
  • Slap bracelets
  • Parachute Pants
  • Back to the Future

80's Theme Party Ideas


Twist your way back in time and get tangled up with your friends in this nostalgic game? Give the spinner a whirl and see what's next as you try to keep your hands and feet on the mat! Right hand green! Can you do it? Left foot red... you got it! Be the last player standing to win. br />
For 2 or more players, ages 6 and up.

Contents Include: 1 Twister mat, 1 spinner and instructions.

80's Theme Party Ideas
Classic 80's Party Kissing Games

Remember the classic teen kissing games of the eighties. Get up close and personal while playing these famous games:

  • Seven Minutes in Heaven
  • Spin the Bottle
  • Truth or Dare

Refresh your memory of the rules to these games and others like them in my Kissing Party games section !

80's Theme Party Ideas
Rockin' 80's Decorations

Last but not least you’ll need to set the mood for your party with the perfect decorations and party supplies. Here are some fun ideas for taking your party space back a few decades.

  • Cover the walls with posters of quintessential '80s pop stars
  • Look for paper cups and plates in bold and dramatic colors. Consider neon colors, animal prints or black-and-white geometric patterns.
  • Find old records at the thrift store and hang those with fishing line from the ceiling. Another idea is to hang shapes such as circles, triangles, and squares cut from neon colored poster board
  • Get a strobe light!
  • Rent or borrow a projector to play old 80’s movies on the wall.

80's Theme Party Ideas
Personalized 80's Party Invitation!

I had SO much fun making these. I can create you a printable 80's Party Invitation for your party too!This invitation is covered with those iconic 80's celebrities, trends, cartoons, fashions, and flair. Such a fun way to set the tone for your Totally 80's party!

I customize invitations with your name and party information.  Your 80's invitation will be emailed to you via high resolution jpg image file within 1-3 days after you order. Invitations are $11.99. Once you receive them all you have to do is print them out (or have them printed for you at your local photo lab) and send. If you have any other questions let me know.  I also include a coordinating candy bar wrapper design that you can use for favors!




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