Kara's Party Ideas Growing Up In The 80's Birthday Party | Kara's Party Ideas

This 80’S THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY submitted by Lynlee Beckett of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes is just AWESOME! WOW!  Tetris rice crispies, Cabbage Patch Doll cake balls, Teddy Ruxpin & Glow Worm cupcakes…. I mean, HOW creative!!!

Lynlee said- “Though I don’t usually do this, I decided to throw myself a party for my 34th birthday! If you know me personally or follow me on Facebook, you might already know that I’m absolutely obsessed with the 80’s and have always wanted a themed party to celebrate this decade! I thought this would be the perfect opportunity now that 80’s and neon style are TOTALLY back! Since it was MY birthday, I opted for self-indulgence and focused on all the elements that brought me back to when I was growing up. This really was the most fun I’ve ever had shopping for party supplies because of all the AWESOME memories they evoked!!!

For the invites, I decided to re-create one of my favorite and essential items as a kid growing up in the 80’s: a Trapper Keeper! Utilizing graphics that I purchased from the “Awesome 80’s” collection on Etsy by Maree Truelove, I designed the binder, which I printed on photo paper to give it more construction and sheen, and added a small adhesive velcro. The details of the party were printed inside on lined paper that was attached to a stack of 4×6 index cards to add to the thickness. I had fun with all the colors and fonts that I downloaded for free on the internet!
The dessert table was centered by a cassette stereo and a red lips phone I found at local thrift stores. I created some stands with VHS and cassette tapes, along with some Mead Trapper folders, which I found in the supermarket stationary aisles… exactly where I did back in the day! Additional decor included miniature etch-a-sketches, slinkies and koosh balls. I created food labels with a denim digital paper from Granny Enchanted’s Blog {lightened to give it a more acid wash effect with some paint splashes}, then added some colorful designs and buttons and placed them on mini rubix cubes. I also found some RAD “Footloose” and “Flashdance” glasses at Ross Stores that were just perfect!
I was inspired by some Screech marshmallow pops I had seen in the Saved by the Bell party from Nicole at Million Dollar $mile Celebrations {one of my fave parties!}, so I dipped marshmallows in chocolate and confetti sprinkles and styled them with different fondant hair styles of the 80’s! Can you identify the do’s: the hair band, the Flock of Seagulls, punk mohawk, the rattail, the side pony tail and, of course, the mullet!
I wanted the background to resemble school lockers to display some 80’s memorabilia, so I came up with an idea to draw them with chalk and have one open with the actual items coming out of it. With the help of my dad and husband, we created an 8×8 blackboard by painting two wooden boards with chalkboard paint and attaching them together, along with a shelf and hook. The “inside” of the locker included my personal faves that I either owned or purchased at thrift stores, from toys to books to electronics. I purchased the super cute 80’s photobooth props from paper & cake and utilized a couple of the buttons to decorate the backpack with safety pins.
For dinner, we served cheeseburgers with the Wendy’s “Where’s the Beef?” 80’s slogan in little neon school bins, along with chicken nuggets. I wanted to re-create the McNugget Buddies toys from the 80’s McDonald Happy Meals, so I downloaded the photobooth props so generously offered by Oh Happy Day {thank you so much to Creative Juice for the fab tip!} to dress up the little nuggets! Refreshments included Ecto-Cooler Hi-C and Pac-Man energy drinks!
We couldn’t get all gussied up in our RAD 80’s outfits and not have a photo booth! We had a TOTALLY AWESOME time with the fun props from paper & cake and took some GNARLY polaroids!”
Vendors and Credits:
Party styling- Lynlee’s Petite Cakes
Invite graphics- Maree Truelove
Digital paper for food labels- Granny Enchanted’s Blog
Photobooth props- Paper & Cake
“McNugget Buddies” picks- Oh Happy Day
Party Supplies used in this party that are available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop:
Pez Dispensers
Cupcake Liners










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  1. I could not wait to view this party – knowing it was from Lynlee I knew it would be fabulous! Love it!!

  2. {amy k.} says:

    this is awesome! i love the 80’s and so many great ideas here! looks like a blast!

  3. ı love your party ideas alot. in every post you have different style, ı hope we can see this kind of party’S in Turkey.:)

  4. Lynn H says:

    WOW! Super cute party – you nailed it!!

  5. Brilliant!! Love everything about this party!

  6. Eliana says:

    What a fun party idea!

  7. dekorasyon says:

    What a fun party idea!