Hosting a decades party can be a fantastic way to celebrate a specific era and have a nostalgic and fun-filled event. Or you can just have a general party and get the guests to dress up in their favourite decade, it will be fun guessing which decade they are from! Here’s a guide to help you organize a successful decades party:

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1. Choose a Decade:

  • Decide which decade you want the party to reflect. Whether it’s the Roaring Twenties, the dirty thirties, Fabulous Forties, Nifty 50’s, the Swinging Sixties, Super 70’s, Neon Eighties or the 90’s pick a theme that resonates with you and your guests.

2. Invitations:

  • Design invitations that capture the essence of the chosen decade. Use colors, fonts, and graphics typical of that time. Include dress code details if you want guests to come in themed costumes.

Dance the Decades

I found this one on Etsy, but there are loads of Decade party invites on the site.

You can’t go wrong with personalized ones from Zazzle, both print ones and digital invites.

Take a look at Amazon for some ready made budget ideas.

3. Venue Decoration:

  • Decorate the venue to transport guests back in time. Use era-specific decorations, such as posters, banners, and iconic symbols. Consider the color scheme and design elements characteristic of the chosen decade.

4. Music Selection:

  • Create a playlist featuring popular songs from the era. Playlists from different genres can cater to various tastes. If possible, hire a DJ or live band to perform hits from that time.

5. Costumes:

  • Encourage guests to dress up in outfits that represent the chosen decade. Provide ideas and inspiration in the invitation. Consider hosting a costume contest with prizes for the best-dressed guests.

Amazon has a great selection of fancy dress for ant decade! I love this flower power one!

6. Food and Drinks:

  • Plan a menu inspired by popular foods and drinks from the chosen era. Research signature cocktails, snacks, and dishes that were trendy during that time. You can also consider hiring a caterer who specializes in retro cuisine.

Don’t forget the plates!

7. Photo Booth:

  • Set up a photo booth with props and backgrounds that reflect the decade. This will give guests the opportunity to take memorable photos and enjoy the theme even more.

8. Games and Activities:

  • Plan games and activities that were popular during the chosen decade. This could include trivia, dance contests, or even classic board games that were popular at the time.

9. Party Favors:

  • Send guests home with party favors that tie into the theme. This could be small items like vintage candies, trinkets, or personalized items that reflect the decade.

10. Timeline Decor:

  • Create a timeline showcasing important events from the chosen decade. This can serve as both educational and entertaining for guests.

11. Dance Floor:

  • If space allows, set up a dance floor with music from the era. Consider dance styles that were popular during that time and encourage guests to join in.

12. Photography and Videography:

  • Hire a photographer or set up a designated photo area to capture the memories. Consider hiring a videographer to document the event, creating a lasting memento for everyone.