How to throw a totally Rad 80’s Party
There’s no denying it. The 80’s were wicked to the max! (yep, we went there) With wonders like Olivia Newton Johns Let’s Get Physical music video, Shoulder Pads and the Mullet, is it any surprise we love to reminisce about the good old days? What better way to do so than to throw an 80’s theme party?
Keep reading for righteous ideas on what to wear to an 80’s do, or for the 411 on how to throw your own.
What to Wear
Under the influence of the likes of Madonna and George Michael, the eighties saw a whole plethora of bold and dramatic trends.
At one end of the spectrum, bright, neon colours and bold shapes, with logo t-shirts like ‘Frankie says relax’ and ‘Choose Life’, fingerless gloves, tutus and legwarmers were all the rage, While at the others, punk rock took over, with an influx of black, leather, tartan and radical bleached or coloured hair.
Chanel your inner punk with any of these looks, from the anarchist with tartan skirt, union jack top, torn fishnets, big bright hair and studded jewellery, to full on Kiss, with a complete black jumpsuit, spiked black hair and dramatic makeup.
Become the one and only Madonna, with a choice of looks from the Wild Child days, complete with leopard print cropped jacket, lacy top, tutu, lace gloves, cropped leggings and the big hair with a bow, to ‘Like a virgin’, Again, with the big hair and bow to match the wedding dress style outfit. Either way, take a holiday from the everyday, lets dress you up. You are a material girl, the spotlight is on you so Express yourself, and have all the guys causing a commotion and asking who’s that girl, who’s that angel?! If you find the right one that’s just crazy for you, cherish him, open your heart and thank your lucky star you chose Madonna! (12 songs in 1 sentence(ish)! *takes a bow*)
Alternatively, go for some every day 80’s attire. With an oversized, off the shoulder top and either a miniskirt, a tutu or some stirrup leggings, paired with some neon leg warmers. Accessories with a big hair bow, some fingerless gloves and some neon jewellery! Makeup wise: Blue Eye shadow for that instant 80s effect.
Rock a side ponytail, held in place with a scrunchy of course.
PERM! Relatively tight curls gently combed out will give you the perfect Madonna/Julia Roberts look.
Crimp it. If you don’t have access to a crimper, the look can be achieved by tying your hair into small braids while its damp, then either sleep with them and let it dry overnight, or take your straighteners to the braid.
Make it big. Back comb your roots, adding generous lashings of hair spray to hold it up.
You can’t touch this! Go as the super dope homeboy from the Oak town *cringe* and become MC Hammer for the night, with his infamous metallic parachute pants. Warning: side effect may include irrepressible urge to do the ‘running man’.
Ridicule is nothing to be scared of, especially if you opt for an Adam Ant style fancy dress. This Prince Charming embraces the New Romantic (come pirate, come highwayman) look, with the milita
ry-esque jacket and iconic white stripe.
The pinnacle of 80s fashion was bought to you by the one and only Wham, With George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley introducing us to the much loved Slogan t-shirt in their Wake Me Up Before You Go Go video. Grab your ‘Choose life’ T-shirt (preferably one size too big), roll up the sleeves and tuck it in to some white trousers (also with the cuff rolled up to show a little mankle) for the simple but effective Wham look.
Who could forget the Shell Suit? Garish, noisy and guaranteed to give an electric shock at everydoor handle, the tracksuit was a sure
favourite in the 80’s.
I have one word for you: Mullet.
Business in the front, party in the back, it’s the look of the 80’s.
Or if you’re not feeling it, you could always go for the infamous Flock of Seagulls look…
Other 80’s fancy dress
Marty McFly (Michael J Fox in Back to the Future) – Acid wash jeans and a faded red bomber jacket make for a simple but effective movie icon.
Ghost Busters – Put on your overalls and grab your proton pack to save the city from the likes of the Stay Puff marshmallow man!
Robocop – Part man, Part Machine, All cop! Become the future of law enforcement.
Top Gun - I feel the need, the need for speed. Enter the danger zone and become a to gun fighter pilot for the night.
Dirty Dancing – Perfect for couples, bring back Johnny and Baby.
Indiana Jones – Whip and fedora at the ready!
Flash Dance – What a feeling! Dance the night away in a long off the shoulder top over a leotard (or swimming costume would do). Accessorise with legwarmers and big hair.
Starwars – A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Take your pick of Starwars characters from Anakin and Leia, to Yoda or Darth Vader.
Banana Man – Raid 29 Acacia Road and borrow Eric’s Bananaman outfit for the evening.
Baywatch – Slow motion run across the dance floor in your unmistakable red swimsuit or trunks, Float in hand.
Rubix cube – The most frustrating factor of the 80’s, Rubix cubes are annoying thousands even to this day.
What to Drink
The main component of any good 80’s cocktail? Decorations, and lots of them! Whatever you’re serving, make sure the glass if filled with miniature umbrellas, sparklers, stirrers and straws with little 3D paper fruits on them!
With a taste for a sexily names cocktails in particular, check out a few of the most popular cocktails of the 80’s.
Sex on the Beach
1 ½ oz. Vodka
½ oz. Peach Schnapps
2oz. Cranberry Juice
2oz. Orange juice
Pour Schnapps and vodka over ice, add cranberry juice and orange juice. If you’re looking for a fading gradient effect from red to orange, pour gently and don’t stir.
1 ½ oz. light rum
2oz. cream of coconut
2oz. pineapple juice
1 cup of crushed ice
Blend all ingredients in a mixer and serve topped with pineapple if desired.
Slippery Nipple (shot)
½ oz. Butterscotch Schnapps½ oz. Bailey’s Irish cream
Pour schnapps first, then top with Baileys.
Long island iced tea
1 part vodka
1 part tequila
1 part rum
1 part gin
1 part triple sec
Top up with cola
Simply mix all spirits and stir, then top off with Cola.
What to eat
To feed your guests, think finger food.
With Sausage Rolls, Cocktail sausages on sticks, vol au vents and those cheese and pineapple hedgehogs!
And for desert, why not try a sweets table, with old favourites like flying saucers, sherbet fountains, dip dabs and space dust for a mega sugar rush.
Make your guests feel as if they’ve stepped back in time. Lavish your venue with posters of 80’s stars and slogans like “Frankie Says Relax”, “Choose Life” and “I Love the 80’s”.
You can go wrong with an abundance of glow sticks scattered around the room, and inflatable guitars will encourage people to grace the dance floor with their air guitar skills!
Whatever decorations you use, aim to be bold and bright with your colours or print. Neon colours against black background have a great effect.
You could even try your hand at making a Rubix cube style table top using some coloured paper cut into squares and some black tape.
A games corner with a twister mat could be fun as the night goes on too!
Good luck dude and we hope you and your guests all have a totally awesome time!!