80's Party Plan by Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

She Bop

So what did Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, The Breakfast Club and I have in common this past weekend?

We all celebrated my niece’s 14th birthday at my house- 80’s style.

With my husband and kids away for the weekend in Utah, I had promised my gorgeous niece, Mira that she could have a sleepover at my house for her birthday present.

What I learned from this experience of having very little time to plan and make party preparations  (thanks to a more-than-usual hectic week) is that a little imagination can go a long way.

With the party seriously just hours away, I had to think- and think quick- about how to make her 80’s Party come to life.

 

How To Throw An “80’s” Party

80's Party Plan by Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

The Cupcakes

Mira’s only request was that there be neon-colored cupcakes- a request I thought would be no problem thanks to all the recent blitz about cupcakes… thank you Cupcake Wars.  Unfortunately, none of my local cupcake boutiques were offering up neon, and it was too late for a special-order request.

With a can-do attitude and a handful of ideas, I headed off to Michael’s Friday night and purchased two black poster boards for $.59 each, a box of Duff neon food coloring, some bright feathers, candy and gift trinkets.  And, after swinging by my grocery store for some cake mix and powdered sugar, I was set.

neon cupcakes

Duff neon food coloring found at Michael’s

80's Party Plan by Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

watch out Cupcake Wars!

80's Party Plan by Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

 

The Decorations

Next, I printed out different images from the 80’s- album covers, movie posters, etc.  It wasn’t difficult for me to find these images since I’m a child of the 80’s, my brain was able to remember names easily.  I cut out the images, glued them to the poster board and splashed neon paint on it.

80's Party Plan by Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

bringing back memories

 

Every party needs a party table.  Starting with a base, I built from there.

80's Party Plan by Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

setting up

 

80's Party Plan by Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

just about done- the party is just minutes away!

 

The Food

Along with some pizzas, tater-tots and chicken wings (they are, after all, 14-year old girls), I made some neon-colored spaghetti to serve with either alfredo or marinera sauces. The girls loved it.

80's Party Plan by Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

neon-colored spaghetti

 

80's Party Plan by Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

We are ready! Let the 80’s party begin!

 

80's Party Plan by Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

Happy Birthday Mira!

Party Time

I assumed the girls had a great time, or as I gathered from the laughing- no shrieking- coming from downstairs all night.  It sounded like Justin Beiber just walked into my house about every 20 minutes… until about five in the morning.  They played Just Dance, called boys on the phone, made random trips outside to the trampoline.. and ate every last cupcake.  Oh, to be 14 again.

As I locked myself in my room away from the noise with a glass of wine and my laptop, I watched this video that made me want to shriek myself- thank you, Chromeo and today’s youth for embracing just how fabulous and fun the 80’s were.  I’m trying not to feel old, but my niece is throwing an 80’s-themed party the way I would have thrown a 50’s-themed sock hop in my younger days.

Ouch.  I feel another glass of wine coming on.

See if you can identify dances from different 80’s movies in this super-fabulous video by Chromeo:

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7 Responses to She Bop

  1. Geri's Super Saving Tips January 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    Feels like yesterday I was playing all those albums, wow how time (decades) fly!

    That is one of the coolest ideas I have ever seen. I hope that one day I can be as cool of a mom as you are an aunt. Makes me want to go out and get the neon food coloring right now and practice being that cool (or is that “like totally rad man”).

  2. Lala Sams January 20, 2012 at 2:23 am #

    And this is why I know you’ll be hired for my twins birthday…you can bill me right :-)

  3. Desiree January 29, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    Oh my goodness…you get the best aunt ever award!!! The spaghetti noodles were the most creative part! Nice!

  4. Dimayra April 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    Hi, I love the neon spaghetti’s!! I am planning to celebrate my 40’s bday in June and I am looking for ideas…how did you made the neon spaghettis?

  5. Dimayra April 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Hi, I love the neon spaghetti’s!! I am planning to celebrate my 40’s bday in June and I am looking for ideas…how did you made the neon spaghettis?

    can you email me.

    thank you in advance

    • Toni April 9, 2012 at 11:23 am #

      Hi Dimayra; Happy 40th birthday! An 80’s party is the perfect theme to celebrate. To make the pasta, simply boil water with a few drops of food coloring in the water. Add the pasta to the boiling colored water and cook until tender, then drain. You must boil each batch of pasta separately in each color. For food coloring, I used Duff’s neon coloring found at Walmart or Michaels, or Wilton. Have a great party and feel free to share photos with us on http://facebook.com/organizedcook we would love to see them! Toni

  6. Renee December 8, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    What a PERFECT idea for teenage girls!!! I found your blog by searching Pinterest for a “chandelier cupcake holder”….I am in LOVE with the one in your pictures!!! Would you mind telling me where you found yours? Thank you!

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