The 1980s was a decade of over-the-top fashion, hairdos, music videos, and all-around fun times. Invite the kids of today to enjoy some of these trends with these '80s party activities. They will have a great time while parents (or grandparents) relive some of the memories of that era. Rummage through the attic or storage unit for some of your own family memorabilia and photos to inspire the kids.
Make an '80s Music Video
If your party guests are not all that familiar with the videos of that decade, let them watch a few classic music videos before starting this activity. Then, give them a bunch of '80s style dress-up clothes and props. Have them split into groups and make their own versions of an '80s music video. Give them some time to rehearse, then film them performing their video (they can lip-sync to one of the songs). After you have filmed them all, play the videos for everyone to watch and vote on which one they liked the best.
'80s Style Makeovers
Celebrate the outlandish fashion trends of the '80s by having party guests dress up in things like neon, spandex, lace, fingerless gloves, and as many eighties-style clothing and accessories as you can find. Along with the costumes, supply them with hairspray (lots and lots of hairspray), temporary hair coloring, and makeup with which to complete the look. Once everyone is dressed up, have them walk a runway to show off their looks (to eighties music, of course).
Name That '80s Tune
Many '80s hit songs are still well known today, even among tweens and teens. Play a version of the old game show, "Name That Tune" with your party guests. Have players predict how many notes it will take them to recognize a song. Play that many notes, and if the player correctly names the title, she wins a point. If she can’t name it, but her competitor can, he gets the point.
Name that '80s Movie
Choose some of the most iconic movies of the 1980s (ones that kids should be able to recognize today, such as "Ghostbusters," "Pretty in Pink," "The Empire Strikes Back," "E.T.," or "Raiders of the Lost Ark," to name a few). Print images from the movies you choose (or print copies of the movie posters, but black out the titles). Hold up the images and see who can name the movie.
'80s TV Theme Song Mad Libs
In the eighties, television theme songs were almost as popular (and sometimes more) than the television shows themselves. Many kids today might not know the lyrics or recognize the songs, but with this game, you can have a little theme song fun at your eighties party anyhow.
Print the lyrics to some of the popular theme songs from the eighties, but replace several of the words with blank spaces. Ask players to call out random nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs, and write them in the blanks. Once all of the blanks have been filled in, read the revised song lyrics out loud and laugh. Also, try 50s inspired parties.