How to Throw an 80s Party

Want to have a tubular party, man? Well have a blast from the past 80s party. You can like throw a totally rad themed party with these super awesome simple ideas!

First, start by going through some 80s phrases and get the right lingo to go with the par-tay. We all know the 80s had some pretty radical sayings, so remember a few of these for the big night:

  • Righteous   
  • Bodacious
  • Stud muffin
  • Gnarly
  • Totally
  • Bogus
  • Like
  • Dude
  • Awesome



Get the right look with a few costumes that will for surely pump up the jam.



Go as a totally awesome rocker chick in this 80s costume, you will be the life of the party and look like you jumped right out of an 80s music video.


womens 80s costumes

80s Party Girl Costume | 80s Bride Costume | Women's Totally 80s Costume


If you have a group of girls there are several options for everyone!



Guys, too can look like they jumped out of the TV from an old music video with a few simple costume ideas. P.S. If you have couples joining your party, pick and choose both a women's and men’s costume!


mens 80s costumes

80s Rockstar Costume | Men's TMNT T-Shirt | Old School Rapper Costume



Introduce your kids to the radical styles of the 80s and make this party a family friendly party.  With a few costumes your kids can also join in on the totally awesome fun.


kids 80s costumes

Tween 80s Valley Girl | Child Beat It Michael Jackson | Girl's Retro Rockstar



To make sure your house is totally decked out in 80s gear, grab a few items from this list to turn your house into an 80s party rockin’ house:

  • Rubik’s cubes
  • Checker or gold table cloths
  • Neon rope lights
  • Neon streamers
  • Old boom box
  • Old tape cassettes
  • 80s band posters


80s decorations




What would the 80s be without the music? Nothing. Don’t forget to get appropriate music to jam out to at the party. You can find 80s theme CDs anywhere and will add to the theme greatly. A few popular artists from the 80s are:

  • Madonna
  • Blondie
  • Michael Jackson
  • Elton John
  • Journey
  • Queen
  • Poison
  • Motley Crüe




There isn’t a whole lot you can do for food at an 80s theme party that is going to scream the 80s. But there are a few snacks and main dishes that will do just fine:

  • Pizza
  • Tab Soda
  • Burgers
  • Milk shakes
  • Pigs in a blanket
  • Doritos
  • Ring pops
  • Pop rocks
  • Pixy sticks
  • Fun dip
  • Candy necklaces
  • Blow pops


80s candy




Get the whole gang to play a few old-school board games that will bring you back in time. Maybe dig out those old video games and give them a try!

  • Operation
  • Connect Four
  • Battleship
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Trouble
  • Duck Hunt
  • Pac-Man
  • Space Invaders
  • Frogger
  • Donkey Kong


80s games



Movies/TV Shows

Grab a few VHS tapes from the attic along with the good ole’ VCR and watch a few flicks while grabbing a bite to eat. They are sure to take you back!

  • Three’s Company
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Happy Days
  • The Cosby Show
  • Ghostbusters
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit


80s movies



Megan is a staff writer for Check out all of our 80s costumes here.