Epic Ideas for an '80s Birthday Party

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Throw a party even Jake Ryan would attend with these totally rad '80s party ideas from a few of our favorite bloggers. We're talking Pac-Man cakes, twisty party straws and, yep, neon. Tubular!

'80s Color Scheme

Party Tip #1: Stick to the decade's most popular colors -- neon and black and white. Just be sure to find a balance like Oh Happy Day, or guests might be breaking out the sunnies!

Caution: with hues so bright, you may need sunglasses.
Caution: with hues so bright, you may need sunglasses.

Paper Wristband Entry

Wristbands aren't just for clubs. They make adorable entryways, too, like this one from Style Me Pretty Living. Busting into a party never looked so good.

Neon Garland

If you're not into entryways, go for a garland. This DIY project from Amber Pugmire and Kara's Party Ideas calls for paper tassels and a streak of gold. It looks fabulous draped over the snack table.

Retro Centerpiece

One glimpse of this sparkly spinner and you'll be reminiscing those roller rink days in no time. Rachel Rockwell of Bubbly Nature Creations uses two simple items -- records and disco balls -- for one rockin' centerpiece.

Neon Servingware

Geometric and neon? Um, yes please! These eye-catching runners from Style Me Pretty Living are a cinch to make. All you need is corkboard, tape, and some paint. 

Neon Straws

Whether you're slurping up a pina colada or some Kool-Aid, these neon straws from Style Me Pretty Living are a fun and easy way to add a pop of color. And they help guests keep track of their drinks, too!

Ms. Pac-Man Cake

Nothing is sweeter than nostalgia, and this Ms. Pac-Man creation from Amy's Party Ideas takes the cake. Get ready for three levels of deliciousness: two fondant-topped cupcakes and a remote-rimmed cake featuring your favorite ghosts -- Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde.

Piranha Plant Candy Holders

The only flower you'll find in an old-school arcade, this Super Mario piranha plant appeals to first-time gamers and pinball wizards alike. Not to mention, it doubles as a candy holder! Amy Croushorn of Amy's Party Ideas went for red hot fire balls.

Gummy Worms

Introduced by Trolli in 1981, sour gummy worms might just be the greatest candy ever made. Style Me Pretty Living overflows a glass bowl for a playful presentation.

Neon Gelatin

When it comes to desserts, Style Me Pretty Living whips it good -- with neon gelatin and a swirl of whipped cream. The secret to their bold hues? Food coloring!

Pretty in Pink Cake

Bake a cake even Molly Ringwald would approve, with layers upon layers of creamy pink frosting. Style Me Pretty Living gives it a glittery finish.

Make a birthday cake or other special day cake oh-so-adorable with candies! Cookbook author and stylist Libbie Summers shares 11 super-simple ways that cinnamon candies, jellybeans, maltballs, and other sweet favorites can make you look like a professional cake decorator in minutes.

Candy + Cake = Best Idea Ever

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these mind-blowing cake creations. 

Neon Cupcakes

Sweet dreams are made of this. The neon continues in this deliciously striped cupcake from Lyndsay of Coco Cake Land. Her trick for perfect lines: batter separators!

Paper Dots

Because who doesn't love dot candies! These little gems are so worth getting -- even if you do end up eating a little bit of paper. Thanks for the throwback, Amber Pugmire!

Splatter Paint Cake

Splatter paint was pretty rad back in the day. Amber Pugmire and photographer Kara of Kara's Party Ideas show off the stellar print on a lush chocolate cake. Now all we need is some matching Zubaz pants!

Pac-Man Party Favors

These googly-eyed ghosts and Pac-Man replicas have '80s revival written all over them. Melissa Fallon of Sissix and Design Eat Repeat fills them with white Sixlet candies for an edible throwback.

Neon Bracelets

You don't have to drain your purse at a toy vending machine to take home one of these bad boys. Amber Pugmire ordered hers from Zurchers for a glow-in-the-dark party. So perfectly '80s!

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