With summer just around the corner, the warm temperatures and beautiful nights will open up your party planning possibilities significantly, so you can be more adventurous with theme choices. A retro bash is always a great choice, as it allows you to have plenty of freedom with your décor choices and your guests can have plenty of fun designing their period-inspired outfits. A 1980s party is an effective way to bring out the best in your guests' creativity, and there are plenty of ingenious decorations you can incorporate into your bash.
Creating a dance floor, lounge and bar area are good ideas to keep in mind, so if you'd like to quickly revamp the look of your couch or seating area, Bold Blossoms Throw Pillows could be a great step in the right direction. Start with a few standard flat black pillows that you can decorate with Scribbles® Dimensional Fabric Paint to create floral shapes or a series of psychadelic colors. This can be accented beautifully with pom-pom fringe and other bright and cheery embellishments. Best of all, if you decide to incorporate a black light or two into your arrangement, these pillows will be a vibrant addition to your arrangement.
With a delightful crafting project added to the mix, you can try a few of these decorative ideas to help your '80s party stand out.
1. Creative invitations. Being adventurous with the style of your invitations can help build the anticipation for your gathering and show off your creativity. PartyThemePlace.com suggests investing in a package of empty CD cases and then creating a custom CD jacket that gives all of the information about your bash. This can be a twist on a classic 1980s album, or you can create one from scratch. This is a wonderful way for your invitations to stand out and will be a welcome change from envelopes and e-vites.
2. Neon lights. The 1980s certainly had a dynamic color scheme, so use this to your advantage when planning the look of your bash. Neon rope lights are a great choice, and they can be used to highlight certain features of your bash. Consider hanging a few of them on the underside of your bar, underneath a serving table or your furniture itself. This will add an intriguing aura to certain focal points of your home and will blend in beautifully with your aesthetic.
3. Nostalgic items. Peruse thrift stores and other secondhand stores to try and find a few 1980s accents that can add to the vintage feel of your get-together. Place a stack of old Betamax tapes on your coffee table, rent a jukebox for the evening and hang up a bunch of old band posters from the era. Additionally, any '80s toys like Rubix cubes, Pogo Balls, or even a few board games will allow your friends to relive a few of their childhood memories. Anything you find during your travels that relates to the decade can be an appealing addition to your shindig, so keep your eyes peeled for products and heirlooms that will add to your theme.
Last but not least, consider your attire! Make sure that your '80s party is a costume bash, so your guests will show up dressed as their favorite '80s celebrity or a mish-mash of some of the decade's most popular trends. By staying committed to your theme, incorporating a series of the time period's most memorable styles and adding a few of your own crafting creations, you can throw one of the best retro parties of the year.