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Transport your guests back in time with our guide to planning the perfect 80’s themed party! From fancy dress to classic 80’s party music, we’ve got you covered!
Don’t forget to check out our ultimate party planning checklist for more tips and tricks to plan your 80’s themed party!
80's Fancy Dress
Big hair and bad fashion describe the 80’s perfectly. Backcomb your hair or tie it up with over-the-top scrunchies. Go for blue eyeshadow and frosted pink lipstick to complete the look.
For your 80’s themed party costume, go for the classic shellsuit or a black t-shirt and leggings if you want to keep it simple, and accessorise it with plenty of neon jewellery, leg warmers and wristbands.
If you want to be a bit different, why not dress as a famous 80’s musician like Bowie, Slash, Freddie Mercury or Madonna. Or even dress as a character from the a classic 80s’s film like Ghostbusters or Rocky!
Iconic 80's Party Music
There’s no argument that the 80’s had some of the best music ever made, so make sure you make the most of it! Think about where you want to hire a DJ or sort the music yourself and take a look at our ultimate party music guide to decide.
If you’re taking care of the music yourself, don’t miss out on our party playlist tips. You could also think about having a karaoke machine to keep your guests entertained all night!
Best 80’s Themed Party Songs
- Africa by Toto
- Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
- Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics
- Never Gonna Give you Up by Rick Astley
- Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
- Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
- I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston
- You Spin Me Round by Dead or Alive
- Karma Chameleon by Culture Club
- Take on Me by a-ha
- It’s Raining Men by the Weather Girls
- Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
- Livin On a Prayer by Bon Jovi
- Down Under by Men at Work
- Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler
- Don’t you Want Me by the Human League
- Gold by Spandau Ballet
- Radio Gaga by Queen
- The Final Countdown by Europe
- Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams
- Give it Up by KC and the Sunshine Band
- Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners
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80's Theme Party Decorations
Keep bright neon colours in mind when decorating your 80’s themed party. Inflatable guitar, Rubik’s cubes, popular 80’s magazines and board games are fun decorations to scatter around your venue!
You could also place some posters of 80’s icons on the wall to decorate your party. Why not get some arcade games and neon signs as well, or even project a classic 80’s film on one of the walls to add to the 80’s vibe!
Nostalgic 80's Snacks
Put out bowls of classic 80’s snacks and sweets if you’re not planning to have a sit-down meal. Here are our favourite food ideas for an 80’s themed party:
Best 80’s Theme Party Snacks
- Wham bars
- Sherbet fountains
- Space dust
- Flying saucers
- Love heart sweets
- Salt ‘n’ Shake crisps
- Space Raiders
If you’re looking for some more advice and ideas, take a look at the party food tips you need to know!
80's Party Drinks
There are plenty of party drinks made famous in the 80’s. Here’s our list of the best cocktails to serve at an 80’s themed party!
- Electric lemonade
- Blue Lagoon
- Frozen Blue Hawaiian
- Buck’s Fizz
- Long Island Iced Tea
- Fuzzy Navel
- Tequila Sunrise