Hey friends! A couple of weeks ago, we threw a 90s party in honor of my 25th birthday. If you know me well, you know that I’m always up for a good theme party. On top of that, I love celebrating my birthday. I thought this would be the perfect time to throw it back to the decade I was born in. This party was so fun to plan and has so many DIY ideas that are super easy to replicate! Check it out!
90s Party Decor
The decor really sets the tone for any party, especially if you’re trying to pull off a theme. I have to give a huge shoutout to my mom for coming in clutch in this area. I told her about my party idea and she raided her house and gave me a box full of 90s goodies from my childhood. From Toy Story figures to *original* Polly Pockets, she provided the authenticity for the party. I sprinkled her goodies all across my house for guests to find. I also found fuzzy slap bracelets at a wholesale store a block away from my house (what are the chances??). I set these out for favors and they were a big hit!My best friend Rachel helped me look up all sorts of fun facts from the year 1993. We made a poster for my photo ledge to celebrate the year I was born.My mom also supplied us with a box of multicolor floppy disks, which we used as the perfect set of coasters!
90s Party Activities
Although I don’t typically want my parties to feel super structured, I love coming up with a few activities for guests to enjoy while they’re hanging out. The biggest hit was our splatter paint photo backdrop that Graham and I made the night before the party. (Have I mentioned I’m a pretty bad procrastinator??) This was so easy to create, and it makes me want to have a photobooth at every party!
To create this backdrop, we folded a white, queen sized sheet in half. We bought several small bottles of neon paint from Michaels, and just squirted the paint straight from the bottle onto the sheet, the messier the better! This was the first craft Graham has actually enjoyed helping me with haha 🙂 Graham bought me a Polaroid camera for Christmas, so I had a bunch of fun breaking it in. I asked my friends to wear their best 90s inspired outfits, and tried my best to get pictures with everyone!
Another big hit was MASH! I found black card stock and neon gel pens (couldn’t believe they still made these!) at Michaels. We had a few kids at the party, and plenty of kids at heart, so I printed some 90s themed coloring sheets. My personal favorite was Belle with her flowers 🙂Finally, I couldn’t resist making a playlist of all my favorite 90s jams. If you have Spotify, you can give it a listen using the link below!
90s Party Food
No party is complete without snacks! Although I can’t say anything positive about the nutritional value of our spread, it was super tasty! (Sidenote: how did we survive on these snacks growing up? We were all in a sugar coma by the end of the night.)
I created a really simple table runner by buying a few sheets of brightly colored card stock and cutting it into various shapes. This was seriously so easy, I cut out the shapes while watching a movie with Graham a few days before the party. Then we sprinkled them onto the center of the table for a runner effect. We lined the center of the table with Polly Pockets as well. I’m seriously still in awe that my mom still had these. We spread the food around the table buffet style, and used VHS tapes as risers 🙂 Most of the snacks for this party were prepackaged goodies from the grocery store, but I did make a tray of Rice Krispie Treats complete with neon rainbow sprinkles. We also created a DIY Lunchables station (aka, an excuse for me to make a cheese platter). Finally, two of my super sweet coworkers surprised me with a 90s themed cake! It was so tasty and I couldn’t get enough of the Friends and Backstreet Boys toppers!
Thanks for reading! I hope this post brought back some memories, and gave you ideas for your own 90s party! What was your favorite detail from the night?