80s Party Ideas
I recently helped a client find rentals for a 40th birthday party; the theme was 80s. I also turned 40 within the last year; so, I, too, am a child of the 80s. I loved everything about this party.
Here’s how they did it:
1. Rented a Rubik’s Cube bar.
The thing about this bar, is that it makes such a big impact. It sets the tone for the party from the minute the guests arrive. It comes with LED lights so if you’re venue is dark, it really pops out.
2. Rented Vintage Arcade Games
Nothing screams 80s more than PacMan and Space Invaders! Added bonus: the guests have a great time taking turns playing. I envision a high stakes tournament.
3. Rented Retro Furniture and Rugs
You want your guests to be comfortable and styled lounges can do the trick while keeping in line with the overall theme. Imagine how much different the vibe of the party would be if they just had a bunch of folding chairs. Lucky for them, they already had some furniture in storage so they just needed to rent a few more things.
4. Rented a Shuffleboard
You could also go with a pool table. The idea here was to give the guests more to do while keeping the 80s vibe.
I always love before and after pictures. Check these out:
This party had a DJ and dance floor as well. You could also go with a karaoke machine. Either way, an 80s playlist is the finishing touch for the ultimate 80s party.
Here are some additional 80s party ideas on Pinterest.
The most impressive thing about this party is that it was all planned in less than 2 weeks! The total cost for the rentals with delivery and tax was $2838 (delivery was higher than normal because they were located out of town a bit). We got quotes from 8 different rental companies and narrowed it down to 3 companies: one for the arcade games, one for the styled lounges, and one for everything else. Here’s exactly what was rented:
- Rubik’s Bar
- 2 Orange Retro Side Tables
- 16 Red Velvet Curtain Panels
- 2 Chairs
- 4 Pillows
- 1 Sofa
- 1 Rug
- 2 Arcade Games: Pac Man and Space Invaders
- 1 Pinball Machine
- 1 Shuffleboard Table
Reach out if you are planning a party or event, I would love to help! I can also put you in touch with the party planners that planned this 80s event, Julia and Amberlin in Austin, TX.