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great ideas when planning their own 80s party from what Anita
Hello Like Totally 80s,
I want to thank you for your great website. I spent the last 2
months planning an 80s party and your website was full of great
information. Through all my planning, I searched your site over
and over. The party was a great success as everyone really got
into it. We even had 'The Blues Brothers' show up. I thought I
would share with you some of what I did so that maybe my hard
work could be shared with others.
First off, I am quite proud of
myself for throwing this party for as little money as I did. I went
through my closets and luckily I had saved things which helped to set
the mood. I had my old albums, 45s, cassette tapes and VHS tapes. I also
had old cell phones, walkmans and such which we used as centerpieces
along with wayfarer sunglasses and mini rubik's cubes. I bought the
sunglasses at amazon.com and the rubik's cubes at a local dollar store.
I also bought all my paper products from the local dollar store and
friends helped by bringing dishes to pass.
I made posters for each year. Each
poster had major national and world events for that year along with the
movies, TV shows and songs we were watching and listening to. I used
black, neon pink and neon green for my color scheme, transferring my
basement back in time. Down the stairwell to the basement I used post-it
notes (invented in the 80s) with the popular sayings of the decade, ex.
awesome, rad, gnarly, etc. and a large sign that said "Save Ferris."
Also, I used old computer diskettes as coasters. I taped a neon green or
pink post-it on each diskette. I then made clear labels with popular
quotes from movies, TV shows etc and placed them on the diskette.
In the invitation, I asked everyone
to send me a picture of them taken in the 1980s and the high school they
attended. I had two groups of guests who did not know each other so I
made name tags. This was a great ice breaker.
We also have a projector/ large
screen TV so I hooked up my computer to the projector. As everyone was
arriving, I had a slide show of their pictures while the 80s music was
playing. After everyone arrived I officially opened the party by playing
the "MTV moonlanding" followed by "Video Killed the Radio Star" and a
host of other 80s videos.
Anita in Michigan