80's Party Ideas

Awesome 80’s Party Ideas

Are you looking for some epic 80’s birthday party ideas for adults this year? Going back to the 1980s where bright colors and big hair were in is a great way to celebrate your birthday in a big way. Who doesn’t love an 80’s Birthday Party? Throw together a couple of 80’s albums, get people to dress up, and maybe even break out some dance moves to teach your guests. These 80’s birthday party ideas are endless and so is the fun. So here is your guide to making the most of your 80’s theme birthday party!

80’s Party Ideas: Decorations

80's Party Ideas: Decorations

Every party needs decorations and for an 80’s birthday party you have to go big. Décor is the basis of every good party and cannot be looked over. What comes to mind when you think of a 1980 theme party? Hopefully, you think bright neon colors, streamers, noise-makers, and everything 80’s in between. Focus on the color scheme before you buy anything. Make sure they correspond with table cloths, balloons, plates, utensils, napkins, and streamers. This way, your party will look put together and fun without putting too much work into it yet.

Color Scheme

You can not go wrong with neon colors. Neon Blue, Pink, green, and yellow are great starters. Also, the use of black here and there is important for contrast. 


Go with an assortment of balloons. A mixture of helium and latex balloons are the perfect combination to spice up the room. When choosing colors, it’s important to follow the color scheme you chose.

Don’t forget the fundamentals

80’s Party Ideas: Music

80's Party Ideas: Music

80’s Styled Music Artists

To make a party fun and energetic, music cannot be overlooked. 80’s music is the best kind of party music. It’s upbeat and happy and really gets people moving. 80’s music brings a sort of nostalgia to people who haven’t even lived through the 1980s. So bring out the boom-box and put in your favorite cassettes! Here are a few artists to pick from for your 80’s Birthday party playlist:

  • Bon Jovi
  • David Bowie
  • Duran Duran
  • Herbie Handcock
  • Michael Jackson 
  • New Order
  • Prince
  • Queen
  • Rick James
  • The B-52’s
  • The Bangles 
  • Toto
  • Whitney Houston 

Song Ideas

Or if you’re looking for the ultimate music list of 80’s dance songs, here are a couple of top hits of the decade to start with: 

  • Billie Jean by Michael Jackson 
  • Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics
  • Tainted Love by Soft Cell
  • Super Freak Part I by Rick James
  • Beat It by Michael Jackson
  • All Night Long (All Night) by Lionel Richie
  • Another One Bites the Dust by Queen
  • Pump Up the Jam by Technotronic
  • Thriller by Michael Jackson
  •  I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston
  • The Humpty Dance by Digital Underground
  •  Love Shack by B-52s
  •  Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ by Michael Jackson
  •  Let’s Groove by Earth, Wind, and Fire
  •  Jump (For My Love) by The Pointer Sisters

But why not just dig in your closet and pull out your old boom-box and cassette and crank some authentic 80’s tunes. 

80’s Party Ideas: Wardrobe

80's Party Ideas: Wardrobe

Implementing a wardrobe is a fun way to get people excited and involved in your party. What comes to mind when thinking of 80’s apparel? Think bold, color, and big hair. There are many genres within the 80’s style. The 80s party attire can be HipHop, Punk, Fitness, and business attire. Here are a few things that fall into your 80s party accessories:

  • Studded leather jackets
  • Ripped jeans/baggy pants 
  • Band t-shirts
  • Bulky boots
  • Colors- bold and bright including patterns 
  • Snapback caps 
  • Leotard 
  • Leg-warmers 
  • High-rise bodysuits 
  • Neon-bright leggings 
  • Bike shorts
  • Over-the-knee boots
  • Shoulder pads
  • Body-con
  • Fingerless gloves 

You can even dress up like an icon from the 1980s like Madonna, Prince, or Micheal Jackson. Or you can be characters from your favorite 80’s movie like Ghostbusters, The Breakfast Club, Dirty Dancing, or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Don’t be afraid to go all out, the more involved the more fun it will be. 

80’s Party Ideas: Party Games and Activities

80's Party Ideas: Party Games and Activities

Party games are a fun way to get people active and participating in the fun. Party games don’t have to be childish or awkward either. Games take the form of all different kinds of fun and entertainment. Here are some 80’s themed party games/competitions to include in your party:

80’s trivia

Have everyone participate in a throwback trivia night. The topics can be movies from the 1980s, singers, music, or 80’s tv shows. 

Costume Contest

Since everyone is dressing in their 80’s gear, why not host a contest to see who has the best 1980 costume idea to see who has the most 80’s spirit out of you and your guests?

80’s Karaoke

Karaoke was a popular form of fun and entertainment, so grab your mic and karaoke machine and share a few laughs and fun memories with your friends.

Play Pac Man

Pac man is an old joy-stick game people played in the late ’80s. It’s a simple plug-and-play game that your guests can enjoy during the party.

Dizzy Bat

This is a relay-race game that involves a big group and teams. All you need is a bat, a basketball, and a hoop. Line up in order and the first person from each team runs up, grabs the bat, and spins your head on top of the bat 5-8 times then tries to grab the basketball and make a basket without getting too dizzy to do it! It’s a fun game that will get people laughing. Originally, it was a drinking game, but there is no reason for it to only be that. It works all the same! So choose depending on the crowd. 

80’s Party Ideas: Party Favors

Party favors are a fun little way of saying “thank you for coming” to your guests. It’s another way for your guests to remember your fun party. These party favors are a throwback from the ’80s. Gather a few of these in goodie bags and your party is complete!

  • Slap bracelets 
  • Fingerless gloves 
  • Rubix cube 
  • Oval Lens sunglasses
  • Funky wigs
  • 80’s food/candy       
    • Pop Rocks
    • Sprees
    • Smarties
    • Jawbreakers
    • Wax bottle candy
    • Gobstoppers
    • Runts 


You don’t have to be an expert on all things 80’s to throw a great 80’s Birthday party. All you need for your special day is a little spirit and this guide to the best 80’s birthday party ideas. Escape the day-to-day and go back in time for a night. The 1980s are calling!

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