Last weekend, I had the ABSOLUTE PLEASURE of flying to Dallas to do an 80's Inspired 30th Birthday Party! I know... Don't be jealous! Leg warmers, spandex, rolled jeans, big bracelets and earrings, headbands, denim jackets and skirts, BRIGHT COLORS... It was LIKE TOTALLY AWESOME!!! We rented out an old retro skating rink outside of Dallas called Dad's Broadway Skateland. It was PERFECT! Let me tell you... It was totally your typical 80's skating rink - an arcade, a snack bar, brown skates with orange stoppers, numerous disco balls, laser lights and lockers... It was GREAT!!!
The party started at 8 PM so we had the snack bar area stock piled with all the great 80's snacks. Jolly Ranchers, Fruit Roll-Ups, Rice Crispy Treats, Fun Dip, Charms Blow Pops, Dubble Bubble, Now and Laters, Starburst, Gummy Bears, Red Vines, Ring Pops, Pop Rocks, Pixie Sticks, Doritos, Fritos, etc. And, of course we had neon rubber bracelets and slap bracelets just in case people didn't come in full 80's gear! I will tell you that these guests DID NOT disappoint! They worked HARD on their costumes! They were INCREDIBLE!!! EVERYONE had great outfits... That really doesn't happen that often!
But, who doesn't LOVE the 80's!!!
We also had Good Afternoon Photography come to capture the evening. They really knocked this one out of the park! The pictures are FABULOUS! There was an area near the restrooms at Skateland that was a wall of Lockers... Remember lockers! Well, we decided this would be the PERFECT spot for the photo station. And, it DEFINITELY was!!! The pics were PRICELESS!!! They also got great candids... So, I took the pictures they sent us and set them to a video featuring some great 80's hits! The pictures were just too fun not to share... So, turn up your sound and enjoy! It's soooo much fun!
So... If you are planning an 80's Themed Party, you've gotta have an AWESOME invitation. For those of you who know me, I am ALWAYS up for the challenge to come up with a great rhyme for an invitation. I really do love it! I think it just adds that little extra touch to an invitation and it makes people remember it. I struggled with this one as I wanted to tie in 80's music to get the mood set. We were on a bit of a time crunch with this party so we used Cocodot! For those of you not familiar with Cocodot, I DEFINITELY recommend checking it out! It's an online invitation site very similar to Evite but SUPER COOL! The invitations are beautiful and are so much fun! So, I found this new design and added my fun 80's rhyme! When the guests got their online invitation and opened it, it blasted, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!" Everyone loved it... And... everyone LOVED the little rhyme I came up with to get them excited! What do you think...
It really was a TOTALLY AWESOME party! The birthday girl had SUCH a great time! Everyone just kept saying what a great idea it was and how it really made them feel like they were back in their "glory days" again... See! You really do have to think outside the box to come up with something fun for everyone. Why not reach back into your past and think about those activities that you always had such a great time participating in... It is SURE to pay off! And... chances are you are not the only one who enjoyed it!
I am already on a mission to find the PERFECT SPOT to open a RETRO 80's Inspired Skating Rink here in Phoenix. I am thinking a great bar, great food, totally retro interiors, an arcade area of course and GREAT MUSIC!!! What do you think??? Wouldn't it be so much fun??? It would be the PERFECT location for all sorts of parties... Adult theme parties, kids parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, bachelorette parties... It could be SOOOO MUCH FUN!!!
Until next time...