80’s Dance Party Guide for a 40th Birthday Bash!

Big hair, wild multi-colored outfits, huge hoop earrings and bangles, bouncy dance tunes with crazy lyrics. That’s the look and feel to go for to mark a 40th milestone birthday with an 80’s Dance Party! Get into the groove with these “far out” ideas for decorations, party props, cake, candies, and favors—all in the brightest hues and signature 1980s symbols and slogans. This will be one fab 40th birthday bash!

Totally Cool Ideas for that Retro 80’s Party Vibe

A Totally 80s birthday party theme

Set the Theme with Prints + Neons

Start with a cool 80’s party invitation in the hottest colors to get guests into the theme ”like totally”! Then, come party time, do a decoration throwback with elements like checkerboard patterns, zebra prints, and neon color combos of hot pink, orange, yellow, green and aqua.

80’s Throwback Elements

Go all out with recognizable 80’s icons filling your table settings, food buffet, sweets table, and favor display. Think cans of Tab soda, old school computer games like Pac Man, blue-haired troll dolls, candy dots as napkin rings, VHS tapes of 80’s movie classics, Rubik’s cubes, button pins with 80’s slogans and sayings, throwback comic books, and cassette tapes of those unforgettable disco tunes!

Multi-colored Confections

For party sweets and treats, a multi-colored birthday cake topped with a Rubik’s cube and mini disco ball couldn’t be more perfect—along with a display of retro candies like Twizzlers, pixie sticks, push pops and Swedish fish; plus any colored confection you can add even more sprinkles, sugar confetti and edible glitter to!

80’s Tunes + Photo Booth Props

Finally, you must have your fave 80’s tunes from bands like Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, A-ha, The Go-Gos, The Bangles, and Bananarama to name a few. Hold a sing-along contest to see who remembers those zany lyrics, followed by a disco dance-off to prove who’s still got the moves! And do capture all the craziness in pics using photo booth props in 80’s designs.

Credits:  1 – Printable Digi Designs, via Zazzle /  2 – Grey Grey Designs / 3 – Living Locurto / 4 – Re-Scape, via Pinterest (uploaded by user) / 5 – Bite More / 6 – Paper and Cake / 7 – Little Big Co. / 8 – Caldwell Couple

80’s Party Favor Ideas

Keep that 80’s groove going by giving guests favor bags of retro treats to take home!

80s party theme favors and decorations

Start off your favor fillers with these classic 80’s items we found.

1 – Aquanet Hair Spray Super Hold (Case of 12) – via Amazon

2 – Totally 80’s pins (in sets of 5) – from Windy City Novelties

3 – Cassette tape clings – from Windy City Novelties

4 – Oriental Trading Shutter Shading Glasses (12-Pair), Sold by Cool Glow and Fulfilled by Amazon.

5 – 80s party kit for 8 – from Windy City Novelties

6 – Rubik’s Cube Keychain by Winning Moves, via Amazon

So are you “on your feet to the disco beat” with these ideas for a 40th birthday party? Throw this 80’s Dance Party now!

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