1980s birthday party ideas for adults and kids



Many parents of young kids grew up in the 80s. Even if you didn't, it's a fun era to replicate at a party! Here are some ideas for throwing a 1980s party.

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Rent 80s movies, such as Back to the Future, Rocky, Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pretty in Pink, Footloose, or Ghost Busters. You can find these movies on Amazon Prime or Netflix.

Music is part of the entertainment, so raid your old cassette tape collection and ask your friends if they can loan you some. You can also get a playlist of 80s hits, so there's a good mix and variety. Bands like Duran Duran, Culture Club, Michael Jackson, and any of the famous "hair bands" are classics.

80s themed birthday party ideas for adults

Do you know anyone who has an old Atari game console? It would be an absolute blast from the past to get one of those hooked up for your party guests. Pac-Man, anyone?


Records and 45s were part of the 80s scene as well as tapes. Go to your local antique store or flea market (or your basement!) and dig out old records to put on the walls and around the room.

Pastel colours were prominent in the 80s, as were arcade games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders. Use light pink, blue, and yellow streamers, cups, napkins, and tablecloths, and decorate with cut-outs of your favourite arcade game characters from the 80s. Neon colours were also popular in the 80s, usually combined with black.

80s themed birthday party ideas for adults


An 80s party lends itself to costumes. Big hair with lots of spray, hoop earrings, sheer fluffy skirts and leggings, lace gloves, and high heels are some of the 80s costume ideas. Stretch pants and leg warmers are another look from the 80s - pastel colours were in back then! Teach everyone to talk like a Valley Girl and try not to "gag" on a spoon.


Favour ideas for an 80s party might include:

- "Jelly" bracelets

- Bangle bracelets (guests need lots because you have to wear more than one at a time!)

- Smurf figurines

- Rubik's cubes

80s themed birthday party ideas for adults


Party food of the 80s was not exactly the natural and healthy type. Junk food defined the 80s - cheesy corn chips, Fritos, colas, Kool-Aid and candy were the usual fare. If that makes you uncomfortable, you can always incorporate 80s themes into healthier foods, such as Prince's Pizza or Cindy Lauper's Spaghetti.



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How can I make my birthday fun?

One easy way to make your birthday party fun is to plan a themed party. For example, you could have a '70s party or a masquerade ball. Another way to add excitement to your birthday party is by having contests and games. You can have a limbo contest, cake-eating, or even a treasure hunt. And finally, don't forget the food and drinks! Be sure to serve up some of your favourite snacks and beverages, and you're sure to have a great time.

What are good ideas for a birthday?

A good birthday party should be full of fun, laughter, and love. Surrounding you with your closest friends and family is the best way to celebrate another year. Make sure to include plenty of cake, games, and presents! Choosing a theme will be the most crucial decision, so make sure you browse our trending Adult Birthday Ideas or Kids Party Ideas.

How do I plan my birthday on a small budget?

There are a few ways to plan your birthday on a small budget. One way is to have a smaller guest list, and another way is to do DIY decorations and save on the cost of professional decorating services. You can also cut costs by serving simple refreshments like cake and punch instead of an elaborate meal. Finally, to get lower venue hire rates, consider having your party at a time other than peak party times like weekends or evenings. 

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80s themed birthday party ideas for adults