If there’s one thing I’m famous for amongst my friends, it’s wanting to dress up at the drop of a hat, and planning elaborate parties in order to justify some ridiculous outfit I’ve dreamed up. So I thought I’d share these photos from our ’80s party last year, which we organised as part of the joint 30th birthday celebration between me and my friends, who were all born within a couple of months of each other. What better way to celebrate a landmark birthday than with a throwback party to the decade when you were born?!
Of course, Ray-bans were the big thing during the ’80s (have they ever really gone out of fashion since?!), so the first job was grabbing a pair of replicas from eBay.
Next, comes the big hair…
Polka dots and bright accessories:
I was channeling a pre-blonde Madonna here, of course…
I actually had two outfits for the weekend, but first was the small matter of hair and makeup:
I thought I’d go subtle for the first day, so as not to scare people too badly…
This is an authentic ’80s jumpsuit, complete with amazing power shoulder pads. The honest truth is I loved wearing this – it was comfy as heck and I thought it looked fantastic. Sadly, I don’t think the world is ready for a real ’80s revival just yet… I also bought these great electric blue snakeskin heels from New Look to complete the outfit. Unfortunately, at times, there was something slightly Michael Jackson-ish about my appearance:
Day two was when I unleashed the full force of Madonna:
My husband wore a tracksuit – he loves it so much he’s worn it multiple times since then, because as all children of the ’80s, he feels the lure of the tracksuit like a Siren’s call.
I had on a tutu, but you can only really see it in this incredibly unflattering side view of me singing along to Blondie:
But wait! What about the catering? Well, of course, that was a major aspect of the fun! Where would an ’80s party be without a trifle?
And a pineapple and cheese hedgehog?
And a really awful photo of a Viennetta?!
(When I was a kid, you knew it was a serious and important landmark event if there was Viennetta on the table!)
There also had to be quiche and vol au vents:
And pink wafers, savoury mini eggs, and party rings!
And, because why not, jello shots in the shape of lemon wedges!
Sunday morning could only be cartoons and Pop Tarts time!
It was great fun to relive our childhood days from a slightly different perspective, but I have to say my Pop Tart sugar rush was pretty intense…! I still can’t decide which ’80s outfit I liked the best, but it was definitely fun to research them and put them together. The first time round for me, the ’80s were all knee high socks, flowery skirts, and matching cardigans!