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Top three tips to throw the perfect decade-themed retro party


Date Created: 10/20/2011


Top three tips to throw the perfect decade-themed retro party. There's nothing quite like throwing a theme party to commemorate the '80s, '90s or any decade that will bring out the best in your party decorations. But these parties have a few common threads that can help them stand out from the rest. Getting in tune with products, costumes and other pieces of flair can help your guests remember the subtleties of the decade and give your bash its own unique spin. Keep a few of these ideas in mind when you're planning your next decade-themed get-together.

1. A signature cocktail. Giving your guests a delectable cocktail to try when they walk in the door is a great way to show your hospitality, and as signals of the fun times ahead. One idea is to pick a candy that was popular during the decade and craft a drink around its flavor - you can try Jujyfruits for the '70s, Pixy Stix for the '80s, Fruit Roll-Ups for the '90s and so on. Using party tableware, imprinted napkins and other retro party supplies can help to perk up the look of your serving area, so keep these on-hand during cocktail hour.

2. The soundtrack. The best way to craft the retro atmosphere you're looking for is by creating a comprehensive playlist of all the biggest hits from your chosen decade. Hook up a stereo in your communal area and clear out space so that your friends can hit the dance floor. You can make a playlist that can last a few hours, or take some requests from your guests so they can hear their favorites. You can also decorate this space with colorful streamers, curling ribbon and mylar balloons to add a burst of color.

3. Activities to keep your friends busy. Toys from your specific decade are fabulous items that will not only improve the aesthetics of your bash, but will be instant conversation pieces. Set up a classic board game for a few friends to try out or simply put out a few toys that will remind your guests of their childhood. These quick additions could work wonders to help your friends feel like they've been transported through time.

A retro party is a fabulous choice for any time of the year, but it's a shindig that relies heavily on sticking to your theme and helping your friends remember the best aspects of the decade. 


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