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Travel back in time with these Epic 90s Theme Party Ideas

If you're feeling nostalgic for the '90s - the iconic music, fashion trends, and carefree vibes - you're not alone. But you don't have to let the best of that not-so-long-ago decade stay in the...

If you're feeling nostalgic for the '90s - the iconic music, fashion trends, and carefree vibes - you're not alone. But you don't have to let the best of that not-so-long-ago decade stay in the past. A '90s themed party is the perfect way to relive the good times and celebrate a milestone birthday or bachelorette party. And the best part? It's easy to pull off, no matter your budget.

What to Wear to a '90s Party

If you still have a box of '90s gear tucked away in your closet, now's the time to dig it out. And if not, don't worry. It's not hard to put together an outfit that feels authentic. Here are some suggestions that will earn you extra points:

  • Denim on denim: Embrace the Canadian tuxedo effect with mom jeans, cutoff shorts, or a baggy pair of JNCOs. Layer with a denim shirt, jean jacket, or baseball cap for maximum impact.
  • Grungewear: Pull on ripped jeans, oversized flannel, and combat boots. Apply some edgy eyeliner and dark lipstick, and don't even think about washing your hair.
  • Preppy: Channel your inner Cher from "Clueless" with a mini skirt, matching blazer, and T-strap heels. Finish the look with sparkly lip gloss and a fluffy pen.
  • Bold and bright: Lace up your chunky sneakers and find the brightest, loudest windbreaker. Bold patterns, contrasting colors, and matching sets are the way to go. Top it off with a cool pair of '90s-inspired sunglasses.

For extra inspiration, pop in a VHS copy of your favorite '90s movie or log on to your preferred streaming service. From Winona Ryder to Freddie Prinze Jr., the decade's biggest pop culture icons will serve as great style inspirations.

Customize Your '90s Party with Epic Decorations and Themes

If the word "nineties" instantly transports you back to a specific place and time, you're not alone. But if you need a little inspiration to make your '90s party extra special, we've got you covered. Here are some theme and decoration ideas to help you and your guests reminisce in style:

  • Neon throwback: Dim the lights and deck out the room with black lights and glow-in-the-dark party decorations. Hand out glow sticks and bracelets and encourage guests to wear their most vibrant neon '90s fashion.
  • Summer camp celebration: Give your '90s party a summer camp twist. Hang colorful banners to welcome your fellow campers, set up a tie-dye station, roast marshmallows, and make friendship bracelets.
  • Now That's What I Call Music: Pay tribute to the music hits of the decade with this theme. Create a DJ station or host '90s karaoke to set the vibe. Encourage guests to dress up as their favorite '90s artists and show off their knowledge of throwback hits.
  • Backyard barbecue bonanza: Liven up your classic cookout with some '90s flair. Decorate the yard with bold balloons in bright colors and set out a boombox to play '90s tunes. Bring out all your favorite '90s yard party games for entertainment.

Activities to Make Your '90s Party Unforgettable

Your awesome decor and '90s outfit are already enough to guarantee a great time, but why not take things up a notch? Planning fun '90s-specific activities will keep you and your guests feelin' fly. Here are some ideas:

Challenge your friends to a video game showdown: Hook up your N64 or power up your Gameboy and challenge your friends to a video game gauntlet. Play classics like "Super Mario," "Pokemon Blue," or "Sonic the Hedgehog" for some healthy competition. Offer prizes like temporary tattoos and '90s-inspired candy to the video game champs.

Host a watch party: Kick back and relax with your friends or play a friendly drinking game while watching '90s classics that truly captured the culture. Take your pick from movies like "Jurassic Park," "Clueless," "Pulp Fiction," or TV shows like "Seinfeld" and "Friends."

Plan a '90s trivia game: Turn your love for the '90s into a trivia night. Test your guests' knowledge of music videos, TV shows, toys and games, '90s slang, and fashion. Award the winners for their top-notch memory.

Make memories with a photo booth: Capture every crazy moment with a '90s-themed photo booth. Use disposable cameras or Polaroids for that authentic touch. Provide props like silly sunglasses, bucket hats, and fanny packs for guests to use during the photo shoot.

Serve Up '90s Style Snacks

No '90s party is complete without some throwback snacks and drinks. Here are some snack ideas that will transport your guests back in time:

  • Bagel Bites
  • Stuffed Crust Pizza
  • Pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes
  • Crab cakes
  • Doritos casserole
  • Baked brie
  • Rachel Green's trifle
  • Molten Lava Cake
  • Jello cake
  • Freeze pops

To wash down these delicious treats, offer your guests a selection of retro drinks like Capri Sun, Fanta, Mello Yello, Nesquik, SunnyD, and Snapple. And if you're looking for a more adult beverage, channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw with a classic Cosmopolitan.

Create the Perfect '90s Playlist

Music was a major part of the '90s, and a killer playlist is essential to set the right vibe. Include songs from a variety of genres to cater to everyone's taste. Here are some classic '90s artists to get your guests dancing:

  • Spice Girls
  • TLC
  • Mariah Carey
  • Gin Blossoms
  • Britney Spears
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • Alanis Morrisette
  • Nirvana
  • R.E.M.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Beastie Boys
  • Tupac
  • U2
  • NSYNC
  • Boyz II Men
  • Salt-N-Pepa

With this epic playlist, your guests will be transported back to the '90s in no time.

Pick the Perfect '90s Party Invite

Now that you've got everything sorted, it's time to make sure your guests are ready to party. Choose the perfect '90s invitation to set the tone and get everyone excited. Here are a few Paperless Post invites that capture the essence of a classic '90s birthday bash:

  • Just Add Swag: A card that oozes cool, retro flair.
  • Neon Cheetah: A bold invite that screams '90s fun.
  • Get Your Kicks: Dust off those vintage Skechers and jelly shoes and watch your guests race to RSVP.

If formal invitations aren't your style, opt for a Flyer instead. Customize it and send it via text message to track RSVPs instantly. Here are a couple of '90s-inspired Flyers to choose from:

  • This Babe
  • Pink Sheepskin

Party Like It's 1999 with Paperless Post

The '90s were all about letting loose and having a great time, and your party should be no different. But that doesn't mean your invitations have to be dated. With Paperless Post's online invitations, you can embrace the future while celebrating the past. Send out customizable '90s theme party invitations instantly and receive responses in seconds. Leave the invitations to us, so you can focus on living that '90s dream.

90s Party Invitations

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