You will want the 80s music flowing all night long during your 80s party, so load up on the top hits from the 80s. It s best to keep it up beat.. While you might have been a big fan of Air Supply, that is not really the kind of rockin music that will get a party going. That does not mean just playing dance music from the likes of Rick Astley, Madonna, or Expose. In the 80s, we loved to dance to rock music, so make sure and play plenty of Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, A-Ha, Prince, etc.. Check out our 80s Music Video Channels on this web site for music ideas or you could just stream the Great 80s Radio Station.
You could also get one of the compilation albums shown here for a great mixture of 80s party music. Another great way to make sure the 80s music never stops is to use a streaming music service like Rhapsody. For one low price, you get all the 80s music you want streamed over the internet. This is great for handling requests at your 80s party, as you have a music catalog of over seven million songs at your disposal.
You also want to have some classic 80s movies playing in the background. Universal has an '80s Comedies Spotlight Collection that has three 80s classics in it. Bratt pack films Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club are included. It also has one of the most funny movies of the 1980s.. Fast Times at Ridgemont High! You could recreate MTV by showing our 80s Music Video Station. Also, Max Headroom is as 80s as it gets:
You will want to make people feel like they are in the 80s at your party, so you will need party decorations and props from the 80s scattered around the room. The most obvious things to get are Rubik's Cubes. Nothing brings back thoughts of the 80s like that multi colored cube does. These can also be used for games and contests. Other good party favors would be candy popular from the 80s (Pixy Stix, Pop Rocks, Fun Dip,etc..). You can find these at the Old Time Candy Company. Or you could always go with the World's Largest Gummy Bear. Another good party favor are 80s Buttons for people to wear at the party.
You will also want to decorate the room(s) your 80s party will take place in. You can find 80s party decorations at your local party store or online at a place like Shindigz (Use code VSFTCJ for free shipping on orders of $99+). Your party decorations should contain popular colors from the 80s ( teal/turquoise, red/pink, yellow, lavender, etc.. ).
One fun item to have at an 80s Party is an 80s Standee from ShindigZ where guests can put there heads through the cardboard cutouts and get their picture taken. ShindigZ actually has a lot of great items like this, check out the other awesome 80s Party Supplies you can find there.
Other 80s Party must haves are cardboard cutout stand ups of your favorite 80s characters. Some available include Luke Skywalker, Princess Lea, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Ronald Reagan , Freddy Krueger , Jason Voorhees, and of course the Michael Jackson Stand Up!
Shindigz has an 80s Party Pack that contains invitations, dinner plates, balloons and more.
Wearing 80s costumes is one of the most fun parts of hosting an 80s party. You will want to make sure and tell people that dressing up in 80s related garb is required for entrance! You should send 80s costume ideas out for people with the invitation, as some might not know what they should be looking for.
The most obvious 80s costumes usually involve leg warmers or tights, big hair w/ribbons, baggy sweatshirts, and bright colored mini skirts for the girls, while the guys usually have some kind of long hair/mullets, mesh shirts, and leather pants or acid wash jeans.
Click here to watch a great how-to video for creating quick last minute 80's Costumes for women.
Also, Check out our section on outfits from the 80s you can build yourself.
Below are some other great ideas for 80s costumes..
Ladies, you can look good and represent the 80s in these totally awesome TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sexy Costume Tank Dresses!
Go to your 80s party dressed as an 80s TV or Movie Character (Magnum, Indiana Jones, The Karate Kid, etc.. ). Look at The TV Store Online for 80s costumes related to TV and Movies.
You will want to give the guests of your 80s party something to do when they aren't dancing to the great 80s tunes. You could spice up your party with some 80s name that tune contests, where you play a snip it of an 80s song and ask your guests to guess the song title. You could use your Ruibiks Cubes from above to have some puzzle solving contests. You could also have some of the below 80s games available for your guests to play: