Things to remember when throwing a 80s theme party

Who doesn’t love and miss the 80s? I know I do that was the best decade ever. So if you are having a party, it’s only right to throw an 80s theme party.

Then the question that comes up is how to do that. Well, I’m going to layout the perfect steps that you need to follow in order to throw a great 80s party.

One of the key things to have in an 80s theme party is the right decorations that people in the 80s would have had.

How to budget for a 80s party

80s money

Don’t matter how much money you have. It’s always best to set a budget.

If you ever watch the show on MTV called “my sweetie 16”. The parents always have a budget for their kids and some of them were even billions.

The importance of a budget is to set some type of boundaries for yourself. Even if you can afford to go all out. I’m sure when you see that billing statement the next month, you won’t be happy.

If you are not sure how to manage your money, please read this article where I talk about how to save money.

Plan ahead

And if you are on a tight budget. Planning ahead of time will be a great idea for you.

So if you know that in 3 months, for now, you want to throw a party for yourself, family or friend. Start saving your money that same day.

Figure out an estimate of everything that you want to have at your 80s party. Create a ballpark figure of how much everything is going to cost.

Once you have an amount, start putting the amount of money aside to reach your goal before you reach your party date.


Picking the 80s theme

So we already know that you are going to throw an 80s theme party.

Now the question that comes to mind is how?

The best way is to gather everything that’s 80s related and put it together to make everything look great.

Below are some great examples and ideas to help you put together the perfect set up.

Setting up the food and drinks

A great thing to have is an 80s theme candy area. It will have all the props and things from the 80s. So when people see it up, they will instantly think of the 80s.

Some of the best 80s candy is:

Here are some explains of a great 80s candy table:

Food: With the food, I would think it’s better to have little snacks. Unless you are throwing an 80s themed dinner party. Which in that case you would want to have a more elaborate dinner setting.

But if it’s a party, most of your quest will be too busy socializing to sit down to have a full meal.

You can also purchase these great 80s theme cups and plate sets from amazon. Check out the picture and link below.

Great set for an 80s party

Check out the explains of a great snack table for an 80s party.

Drink: Picking the right drinks for your party is important because you are going to have many different types of people at your 80s party.

So in that case you want to make sure that you have non-alcoholic drinks as well as alcoholic drinks. And you want to make sure that you have enough supply to last through the whole time of your party.

Because you don’t want to have to go run and get more drinks and have to leave your own party. 

How to put up decorations for an 80s theme party

So with the decorations, you want to be as elaborate as possible, so people can walk in and see a pretty setup of the 80s decade. So you want to have things like: 

80s theme tablecloth

80s theme seat covers 

80s theme wallpaper 

An 80s photo booths

With the 80s theme photo booth. I have created a free download of some great things to have in your 80s theme pictures.

This will download straight to your device and you can print it out and customize it any way that you like.

But it does work best if you are able to print it on construction type paper or photo print paper. If you do that it will look more clear on the camera.

If you are not able to get that, don’t worry it’s still will look great in your 80s photos.

Click to get your free download

Best music to play For a 80s party

Before your party, it will be a great idea to make a playlist of the music you want to play at your party.

Since you are throwing an 80s theme party it’s only right to only play 80s music. The 80s had a lot of great music, so I sure it will take you some time to pick the best songs.

If you short on time or not sure what is the best 80s songs I have created a playlist for you of the top hit of 80s. From that list just pick the best ones that you know and like and download load it onto your device of choice.

Playing game at your 80s play

There are two types of games that will to great for an 80s party, you have video games and board games.

At your 80s party, you can set up an area where people can play these different types of games.

For the best board check out this article, where I outline the best board games of the 80s. For the video games. I think it’s going to be a little more costly. Mainly because you would have to buy all the games and the game player if you don’t already have it.

But if it’s in your budget, then I would suggest getting the classic arcade games thing like

These will be some great games to keep the party going. But remember to stay on budget.

How to dress like the 80s

Once you have everything set up for your party is time to dress the part. Now is have to pick out the best 80s outfit to wear to your gathering.

Below are a few goods explains.

But if you are looking to go into more detail with your 80s looks check out these articles below:


 Throwing a 80s theme party is always a great idea. Just remember to have fun at your own party because that’s one of the main reasons that you’re throwing a party. Don’t be the person that’s passing out drinks 24/7 and never get to sit down and enjoy what you have created. 

A party is not a party until you’re having fun”

keep that in mind!


I am a blogger that was born in the 1980's. So I decided to write about the 1980's because I feel that was one of the best decades ever.

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