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80s Theme Party: Your Ultimate Guide

The ’80s – a time of voluminous hair, vibrant hues, and daring fashion choices. What’s not to adore?

If you’re pursuing a hassle-free, budget-friendly, and swiftly executed theme to elevate your party to unforgettable heights, your quest ends right here!

The era of MJ, Prince, Madonna, and Whitney serves as a fantastic retro throwback that requires minimal effort for maximum fun.

Just slip on a headband to tame that ’80s perm (and keep it out of your eyes), then dive into our straightforward guide to host your very own bash with an 80s cover band.

And if the ’80s aren’t your cup of tea, you can just “BEAT IT!”

1980s Themed Party Ideas

If you’re gearing up for a grand birthday bash, don’t miss out on these epic ideas that will guarantee a truly unforgettable celebration.


The ’80s era was a kaleidoscope of bold, vibrant colors as fashion took a wild turn into uncharted territory!

For your ’80s-themed party, you can keep the dress code as simple as “BRIGHT COLORS!”

But, if you want to get more specific, this period witnessed the rise of flashy legwarmers, eye-catching tracksuits, and neon headbands!

For the gents, jean jackets made a splash (just avoid the dreaded double denim!), along with leather pants and Ray-Bans!

If you’re in the mood for even bolder fashion statements (yes, it’s possible), the Punk fashion scene was still rocking.

Picture this: Doc Martens, leather skirts and pants, studded belts, flannel shirts, spiked hair – the whole shebang for a rocking night with a Los Angeles 80s cover band!

Alternatively (and even more alternative than punk), the ’80s marked the emergence of numerous pop culture icons that we still adore today. So, why not toss a few of these into the mix and see which ones your guests gravitate toward:

  • Star Wars
  • Top Gun
  • Indiana Jones
  • E.T.
  • Pac-Man
  • Donkey Kong
  • Rubik’s Cubes


While ’80s fashion was undeniably bold, the hairstyles, well, they had their moments!

Those monumental perms reigned supreme for the ladies, while for the gentlemen…

… mullets.

No matter how convincing you may be, it’s quite a challenge to persuade any of the guys to rock a Joe Exotic-style hairdo for your ’80s shindig.

So, perhaps suggest the sleeked-back look or the George Michael quiff to stay on the safe side!


Just like the outfits, big, vibrant neon colors are the way to go for your décor!

From table decorations to glow sticks to Rubik’s Cubes, you can easily give your venue that ’80s flair.

Consider putting up posters of the era’s best bands and artists to complete the vibe.


Creating a playlist of your favorite ’80s artists sounds like fun, but why go through the trouble when we’ve got one ready for you?

Check out Party On’s playlist of moonwalk-inducing, mullet-rocking ’80s party hits for the ultimate soundtrack to your celebration.


If you want to add some ’80s-themed games and entertainment to the mix, there are plenty of creative options to choose from. Here are some of our favorites for your  night with ’80s cover band in Orange County:

  • ’80s Karaoke
  • ’80s Quiz
  • Moonwalking Contest
  • Twister
  • Best Dressed Competition