In this blog post we take a look at some of the key ingredients for mixing an outstanding 80’s themed party.

Last month saw the Rewind Festival take place in Henley-on-Thames. We enjoyed checking out the line up and photos from this 80’s festival, having produced a number of authentic, world-class 80’s themed parties ourselves. The 80’s vibe is alive and strong on the festival and party scene.

80's themed party nightclub marquee with bespoke boombox DJ booth, dance floor, star cloth ceiling and mirror ball, produced by Mirage Parties.

Bespoke luxury 80’s themed party nightclub marquee with boombox DJ booth, dance floor, star cloth and mirror ball, produced by Mirage Parties for a private party last month.

Styling an authentic and quality 80’s themed party is a whole world of fun and nostalgia. Take a look at some of the key ingredients for 1980’s styling and sound.

Props and Styling

We love the 80’s for the generous pallet of colour that the decade provides us with. The era’s memorabilia is a huge influence for giant and colourful party props.

80s Rubik's cube and boombox party props

Go large with the most iconic 80’s memorabilia for party prop heaven.

Bar tender wearing Frankie Says Relax t-shirt

Tap classic slogans and catch phrases from this wild and funky era to support your retro 80’s vibe.

80’s Party Music

80's themed party walkman prop

While 80’s fashion and games are a whole lot of fun, the music is fabulous and unforgettable. The era saw a host of cool bands and artists; New Order, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Prince, Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, Springsteen, INXS, Bananarama, Fleetwood Mac and Madness to name a few. Here’s our sample selection of 80’s party tunes;

  • 1999, Prince
  • Alphabet Street, Michael Jackson
  • Back to My Roots, Odyssey
  • Birthday, Sugacubes
  • Call Me, Blondie
  • Don’t You (Forget About Me), Simple Minds
  • Don’t Your Want Me Baby, Human League
  • Don’t Stop Me Now, Queen
  • Every Little Thing She Does is Magic, The Police
  • Faith, George Michael
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper
  • Go Your Own Way, Fleetwood Mac
  • House of Fun, Madness
  • Jump, Van Halen
  • Kiss, Prince
  • La Bamba, Los Lobos
  • Let’s Dance, David Bowie
  • Message in a Bottle, The Police
  • Relax, Frankie goes to Hollywood
  • Rock the Casbah, The Clash
  • Summer of 69, Bryan Adams
  • Super Freak, Rick James
  • Sweet Child O’ Mine, Axl Rose
  • Tainted Love, Soft Cell
  • Walking on Sunshine, Katrina and the Waves
  • Word Up!, Cameo

To get the party vibe absolutely right and the dance floor at full energy, we’ll always recommend having the best, highly acclaimed DJ’s at your party. It’s critical to a successful and unforgettable event to have a top professional DJ’s who’ll read the room and react to the crowd in real time. They make it look easy, but their skill is in the ability to feed the party atmosphere, taking your party to the next level.

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