Sunday, April 19, 2009

totally awesome 80's party

my husband was born in 1980 so for the past few months i've been planning a "totally awesome" 80's birthday party to honor the year of his birth & years of his childhood. the party was a hit. thinking back to the 80's was hilarious! so here's his 'radical' night...
shown in the above pic: mr. t, mr. t, mr. t...i found a huge life size stand up of mr. t online. we used him as a photo op and backdrop. for drinks i had capri sun's (capri sun's were the bomb in the 80's...remember?) and water in plastic spiderman cups..oh, and you can't forget the neon straws :). scooby doo adorned my food table (we had pizza by the way), along with neon plates/napkins and old school comic books.here's the invitations that i sent out. i found these neon wallets on ot and just had to get them! i put the invite inside (also neon) along with an uno card (great 80's game). the invite read, "uno you wanna' be cool, right? so totally come to celebrate the year of ben's birth! it's a radical 80's birthday party! come ready to have a tubular time! don't give any bogus excuse! dress in your 80's getup and be the bombdigity!" i attached the recipients names to the wallets with an 80's friendship bracelet. they turned out awesome :). and this was the bithday cake...i brought back the rubik's cube baby! the cake took forever but was well worth it :). i even made the middle layer a neon swirl :).
ah, the days of cassette tapes!! i wanted to incorporate cassette tapes (as well as vhs tapes..which are shown below) since that's what was hip during the 80's. i painted them (neon colors of course) and hung them from the ceiling fan. it was a really fun decoration, i was actually pretty pround of myself :).
i purchased a bunch of candy that screamed '80's'...poprocks, bazooka gum with comic strips in each wrapper, flinstone candy sticks, tom & jerry candy, and scooby doo candy packs. all of it was in a spiderman bowl (spiderman was one of my husbands favorite shows when he was young by the way). you can also see slinky's in the background. i hung a bunch of them from the ceiling behind the cake table & above the bar. and there's one of the vhs tapes i was talking about..i painted them in neon colors as well :). oh, and you can also see the neon table cloths that i had all over..i used some as back drops and some as actual table cloths.
do you remember these glasses?! they were the COOLEST in the 80's! i was so happy when i found them online! i set them out for the guests to wear :).
i also set out neon glow bracelets (above in the spiderman cups)...
and here's a close up of the SLAP BRACELETS and 80's character pins!!! the neon slap bracelets were the best...and the pins were rainbow brite, my little pony, alf, karate kid, and she-ra/he-man! here's some of the party goers in their 'getup'...EVERYONE looked great!!! you can also see the authentic old school xmen poster i found online..and of course, our photo op, mr t :). i had our polaroid camera out for anyone who wanted a polaroid pic...we took a bunch of 'em with mr t and all the other 80's decor.
more of our 'totally awesome' guests :).
this is an inflatable boom box that i found on ebay...it has an ipod dock so it actually plays music (i had 80's music that i purchased on itunes playing on and off throughout the night). it was awesome!
i bought a used old school nintendo machine! does this say 80's or what?! we played pac-man and mario bros throughout the night. it brought back so many memories!
here's my make shift stage. one of the best parts of the night took place here..and it may not be what you think. poetry readings faded out in the 80's...but i decided to bring one back! i asked each guest to write a poem to ben/about ben to present to him at the party (this part was a surprise). IT WAS GREAT! everyone was SO creative!! some poems were hilarious and others very touching...all of them were SO clever. i got video of everyone reading the poems (no pics) so i need to upload one of the videos to post.
here's some more of the 80's decor. i decorated my whole upper bar with 80's memorabilia...spiderman books, connect four games, scooby doo snacks, whistles, gelly bracelets, glitter bracelets, friendship bracelets, koosh balls, uno cards, garbage pail kid cards, aqua net hairspray, slinky's, rainbow brite, transformers, and more...
i also had trivial pursuit totally 80's out on our coffee table for guests to play. some of the questions were a riot...
i found some old school looking t shirts at target for my boys to wear. they had 80's cartoon characters on them. they worked perfectly! here they are eating their pizza on the kitchen floor.
here's a closer look at some of the 80's stuff....gotta' love it!does anyone remember trapper keepers?! i found most of these things on ebay. i had a trapper keeper exactly like this one! and the alf luchbox and thermos...wowsers...now that was cool!
Here's the birthday guy and our two little guys as we were singing happy birthday.
rock on! here's one more polaroid for you all :). i bought inflatable rocker guitars that fit the theme.

i also played a tv trivia game..i downloaded a bunch of 80's tv theme songs (again, on itunes) like mash, muppets, carebears, hawaii 5 0, doogie howser, alf, stairway to heaven, love boat, and a lot more, and played them for guests..first one to guess the tv show got an 80's whistle keychain or a hulk paddle ball. it was a really fun game!

all in all it was a great party. my husband loved it. happy birthday babe!!!!

34 comments:

Cori said...

Oh my gosh! I so remember all those things! I had a neon wallet just like that along with slap bracelets and pretty much everything else. I had neon green biker shorts too! What a fun party! Seriously, can I higher you for my parties!???

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

This is SOOOO cool! I might have to do this for my husband. I'll be linking.

Brandy said...

I just stumbled across your blog & I LOVE it! What a great party :o) You are so creative. Amazing job!

Not just a Mommy! said...

Aren't 80's parties totally rad? I love all your details; I wish I could throw one every year! http://dawnypoo.blogspot.com/2008/07/real-party-party-like-its-1989.html

librarianism said...

Wow! That looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing all these great ideas.

apparentlyjessy said...

Woah, that looks like a really awesome party! Gotta love the 80's!

sweet80pea said...

You went all out on this party. I love it so much, and admire the fact that you pretty much covered everything that I remember from my childhood, from the trapper keepers to the original NES system! Cheers on an totally tubular party!

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

OMG! Gag me with a spoon. That is totally awesome!! Thanks for sharing:-)

SecondCitySoireeJen said...

LOVE IT! It's totally rad!

Kendra said...

I love it! I totally wanted to do something like this when my husband and I turned 30. I even had written out the playlist of '80s tunes, but he wasn't so game. :-( You did a fantastic job! I love all of the details! Especially the cake!

Brittany said...

OH MY GOSH!!!! My hubby turns 30 this year and I have been trying to figure out a surprise party theme for him. This one is so great! I think I am steeling the rubix cube idea from you! SO CUTE!

Anonymous said...

thank you! im throwing a "totally awesome sweet 16", and you gave me so many ideas!
thankyouuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm havin an 80s themed fancy dress for my 30th birthday party & was just looking for some ideas & yours are REALLY great. Some of my own ideas were similar but WELL DONE on yours gotta say!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this! So many RAD ideas....you rock!!

Anonymous said...

Great party ideas for my 80's party. thanks a bunch!!!!

Nore said...

I am actually having an 80's party for my b-day and ur ideas were so awesome I decided to use some for my own party thanks

Anonymous said...

I too am having an 80's party for mine and my husbands birthday's! You gave me soooo many ideas I can't wait to see are guest faces and hear them reminisce when they see all these great things you have come up with! I really love the cake idea!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the awesome ideas! I am throwing my hubby an 80's party for his 30th & can't wait to set it all up. Problem!..I can't find a decent scene setter like your makeshift stage..anyone have any ideas????

kara said...

thank you!
if you want the scene setter i used, i bought it on www.orientaltrading.com.
thanks again :).

Jenn Erickson said...

Stopping by from SITs. Totally rad party! I remember those wallets! Everyone had them! You really did a tremendous job of reacreating the 80s! The way you decorated with the casettes was the best!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know where you got some of that stuff. I am throwing an 80's party in 3 weeks and need some stuff.
milomo@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I have been planning my husband an 80's themed 30th bday paty!! Willing to sell any of this stuff? I've been trying to find some more authentic things from the 80's like on ebay and stuff but everything just seems so expensive when it's considered a collectible! Got any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

Like, totally cool man! I love your ideas... we are having a retro 80s theme for our ladies curling bonspiel this weekend!

kara's party ideas said...

Sure, I'd probably be willing to sell some of my items. Email me at karaspartyideas@yahoo.com :)

crmchezpi said...

I went and found the boombox like you said on ebay but how do you blow it up? Did you take it to a gas station?

Randall said...

I had that trapper keeper too!! :)

Anonymous said...

heeey i had an 80's party last year and it was nothing like the one u had but there were lots of like neon lights and everything and it was awesome!!!!!! try having an 80's dance next time worked, out for me!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi There,
Do you remember the websites that you got things from such as the neon wallets, the backdrop with neon speakers behind your stage, the cutout etc???

Also do you have anything left? Would you like to sell it?
Chris

kara's party ideas said...

orientaltrading.com!! Thanks!

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

wow! looks like you went all out on this party! (my husbad & i graduated high school in the 80's so this stuff sure does look familiar!!!)

nice job.
-kelley

Devan said...

Where did u find the pins?

kara said...

I found them on eBay :].

Danielle said...

Absolutely love, love, love these ideas. I am currently working on throwing an 80's party. I will be using some of these wonderful ideas..GREAT JOB!!!
Kuddos to you :)

BirthdayPartyBabble.com said...

I love the spray painted tape cassettes. They would make a good garland, too. These with concert posters on the walls would really set the mood.

 
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