Totally 80s Themed Birthday


Let’s travel back to the 1980s where VHS and cassette tapes ruled the world, Nintendo and Atari were household names, and every kid had a slinky. And we can’t forget about our Troll collections! Alanna Andes Parties + Events + Design styled this Totally Awesome, Totally Tubular 80s themed 30th birthday party. The theme was a retro birthday party inspired by 1982. The invites designed by Dena Swanson Design looked like an old Nintendo game cartridge. Party guests were encouraged to dress up in their raddest 80s gear and the dance floor wouldn’t be complete without the hottest 80s hits playing!

The Packman banner is such a clever way to incorporate the popular 80s game into the theme of the party!

The colorful cassette tape banner is one of my favorite elements of this party!

Don’t you just love how they used VHS tapes for a cake stand?!

Credits & Resources

Party Design, Construction, Paper Goods: Alanna Andes | Photographer and Photobooth: Emily Steffen | Invitations/Design: Dena Swenson | Venue, Food & Drink: The Chatterbox, St. Paul, Minnesota | Additional Construction Assistance and Setup: Justin Andes, Bob & Sandy Adkins, Vanessa Sampson and Lanae Steffen | Paper & Fabric: Michael’s, JoAnn and Hancock Fabrics | Guesseted Paper Bags: Michael’s | Vintage Props (including clothing, videos, tapes): Goodwill, Thrift Store | Rubix Cubes and Slinkies: The Dollar Tree | Balloons: Wal-Mart | Candy: Target and The Dollar Tree


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  1. Hi,
    Soooo many great ideas!! I’m planning an 80s themed party in a few weeks and I’d like to know how you strung the cassette tapes. I’m thinking I’d like to create a cassette tape garland for my photo booth.

  2. Hello,

    Im so interested in finding the 80’s props for a photo booth this next saturday. Please can you help me??

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