Break out the banana clip, rip the sleeves off your sweatshirts and you’re ready to go “Flashdance” style to an 80s theme party with great backdrops, decorations and supplies from Stumps. The era was all about color – bright, bold and vivid – and that’s why our Paint Splash Theme Kit is a great look for 80s party decorations. The theme is fully qualified to serve as a formal – this was, after all, the era where sequins were in style and even pop stars wore gloves. But it’s also a fun theme for a milestone birthday party for someone who came of age during the era when The Material Girl reigned and “Thriller” debuted. A 1980s party theme also is a fun just-because party or fund-raising gala. Guests can comb thrift stores and rummage through closets for plenty of vintage costumes.
Did we mention color? Browse our decorating color schemes page and pick out the brightest hues you can find. Those are the shades to build your 80s party decorations around. This also is the era where previously unheard of color combinations became trendy – think turquoise and red or purple and orange. Fuchsia and sky blue were big, too. Keying your backgrounds, tableware and decorations on any of those combinations will create authentic ambiance on a low budget. Streamers, balloons and paper lanterns are about as cheap as decorating supplies come, yet they deliver a big impact for a small cost. For refreshments, serve Pac Man sugar cookies. They’re easy to make simply by cutting a triangle out of a circle. Rubik’s cubes are great favors, though leg warmers for the ladies and Mr. T-style bling for the men also are nice touches.