Tips for planning an 80s-inspired disco
While everyone has their personal unpopular opinion on Stranger Things, we can all agree that it’s made everyone nostalgic for the 80s - particularly those who missed it entirely. From the glory of the perm to the near-blinding neon spandex outfits, the 80s were a moment!
If you’re ready to party like it’s 1985, read on for our top tips for planning an 80s-inspired disco.
Set the tone
This is a decade that was all about excess and indulgence. To truly capture the essence of the 80s, you need to go big or go home. Think early-techno lights, a disco ball, chrome finishes, and plenty of sequins. Consider having a highlight reel of iconic 80s pop culture moments playing in the background for everyone new to the flashy era.
Create a dress code guide
From preppy to punk rock, you’ve got options! Key wardrobe staples include skinny jeans, colourful spandex leggings, off-the-shoulder tops, slouchy sweaters, acid wash jeans, loose button-down shirts with rolled-up sleeves, fanny packs, and leather jackets. Throw in some big hair, leg warmers, headbands and statement jewellery, and your dress code is set.
From outfits to decor, nothing screams 80’s like a rainbow explosion of neon. Go retro with neon posters and streamers, or set up a black light and hand out glow-in-the-dark accessories or body paint to guests.
Turn up the beat
There are a few essential tracks and artists that defined the 80s. Dust off your digital boombox with some vintage Madonna, Michael Jackson, a bit of Wham, and the one and only Prince as a start. And no 80s playlist would be complete without 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' by the great Cyndi Lauper.
Whip up an 80s feast
The 80s was a time of skewered foods. From meat to fruit, if it could fit on a stick, that’s where it went! Other party food favourites include deviled eggs, mini quiches, a cheese and cracker charcuterie board, the beloved prawn cocktail, and many colourful jelly desserts.
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