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Born in the 80s Neon 30th Birthday Party

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Michael Jackson, the Brat Pack and a whole lot of sugary candies…we’re flashing back to the 80s! For her big 3-0 celebration, Stephanie Nestor put a whole lot of elbow grease into making this Born in the 80’s Neon 30th Birthday Party the perfect tribute to her favorite things from those totally rad years. I am digging that bright candy ‘cake’ which adds such a playful pop of color to the dessert table & would be a great alternative for someone who doesn’t like cake! With so many righteous details, I’m starting to wonder why these trends ever died in the first place!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Splattered neon photo booth backdrop with some awesomely 80s props (love that boombox)
  • Cassette tape framed photo board & VCR tape tissue paper decor + bright animal & bandana prints
  • Vinyl record drinks table backdrop + Kool-aid, Squeezit & neon colored straws
  • David Hasselhoff poster (with chest hair) + 80s slang words food labels & decor

80s kids candy 'cake'

neon birthday party drinks like squeezit and kool-aid

neon splatter backdrop for an 80s party photo booth

80s party neon drinks table

80s party slang word decorations

80s themed 30th birthday party dessert table

music cassette tape photo board decoration

80's party VCR tape decor

retro party decorations like troll dolls and cassette tapes


PARTY DETAILS as told by Stephanie

It’s the year of the big 3-0 for me and others born in 1984…so I wanted to take a trip down memory lane and host an 80’s themed party. I made sure to include some of my favorite items from my childhood, such as: slap bracelets, vending machine sticky hands in the acorn capsules, troll dolls, caboodle (which served as the utensil holder), assorted candies, crackets, pogs and much more.

I used a lot of pattern inspiration from the 80’s to make the event pop and tie each area together like the bandanas, zebra inlay on the mantel, framed geometric designs, neon laser effect on cabinets and backsplash at drink station (used paper tape) and paint splatter backdrops. I had fun decorating with Slinkys and trying not to get them tangled in a knot in the process.

Sadly, some of my favorite foods and drinks have been discontinued but I wanted my all time favorite drink, the Squeezit, to be represented. So I found some generic brand which resembled the Squeezit and than made a custom label. It was also fun to use VHS and cassette tapes throughout the design of the party. Overall, it was a RAD evening and the perfect end to my twenties!

Vendor Credit
  • Event Styling, Decor, Food & Photography: Stephanie


  1. Lyndsey Silva July 3, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Great idea! How did you make the candy cake?

  2. Lisa Reid July 6, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Who hooo!! Such nostalgia. The best music were in the 80’s. Such a clever theme. The retro candy takes me back. Lovely post.

  3. Kristin October 29, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    How did you make the giant paper fans? Or where did you find them?

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  5. Luvetta Jarmon January 27, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    That's so cool! 1980 baby!!!

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Vendor Credit
  • Event Styling, Decor, Food & Photography: Stephanie