• Stephanie West

80's Dance Party- Kid Style

Updated: Jun 29, 2019

They may have been born too late to have actually enjoyed the 80's but it's never too late to get your munchkins to party 80's style while parents also get to indulge in the nostalgia of the totally radical era. #80sbirthdayparty #80skids #kidsdanceparties



Pick up some radical accessories at the local dollar store, party store or on eBay.

Go for neon sunglasses, colorful hair extensions,


Grab a colorful bedsheet or buy a few tinsel curtains at a party supply store. Add some balloons or 80's themed cardboard cut outs and you now will have a nice backdrop for a totally awesome photo shoot. *TIP* (Make sure your backdrop is wide and tall enough for adults to fit in the picture! Add neon glow sticks, wigs, hats and fun sunglasses for props.


Add a disco ball or some flashy multi-colored strobe action to create a festive dance floor. You can find inexpensive disco lights on amazon, Walmart or eBay. They cost about 15 dollars for a multicolor unit with a remote control. Lights will create a fun atmosphere for a minimal investment and who knows, you might just end up reusing those for your next event or impromptu private dance party!


Add some retro 80's food like Cool Ranch Doritos & Oscar Meyer Hot Dogs, A giant 6 foot sub sandwich, or a pizza. For healthier party options, try a giant sub sandwich, carrots and cucumbers with Hidden Valley Ranch dressing. Chex mix or dried fruit trail mix including raisins & nuts or fruit kabobs. For drinks try sparkling water with neon straws, Koolaid, Capri Sun or Sunny Delight. Toss in some old school candy too like bubble gum tape, gummy bears, fruit snacks, ring pops, Hershey's kisses and Reeses's Pieces.


An 80's parties wouldn't be complete without totally cool music! I have created a classic 80's song list- A kid friendly list that will get those tiny feet up and dancing in no time!

Devo- Whip It

Dexy's Midnight Runners- Come on Eileen

Start Wars theme

Men without Hats- Safety Dance

Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

Pour Some Sugar On Me- Def Leppard

Hungry Like the Wolf -Duran Duran (1982)

Billie Jean by Michael Jackson

I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)- Hall & Oates

Sweet Child O' Mine" - Guns N' Roses (1987)

Walk This Way" by Run DMC

You Shook Me All Night Long- AC/DC

Don't Stop Believing-Journey

How Will I Know- Whitney Houston

Walk Like an Egyptian-The Bangles

Jump by Van Halen

Need You Tonight" by INXS

Here I Go Again- Whitesnake

Jessie's Girl- Rick Springfield

Beat It - Michael Jackson (1982)

Girls Just Want to Have Fun- Cyndi Lauper

Take On Me - A-Ha

We got the beat - Go-Go's

Welcome to the Jungle-Guns N' Roses

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham! (1984)

Burning Down the House" by Talking Heads (1983)

Love is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar (1983)"

Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie (1981)

We will Rock You- Queen

Tainted Love" by Soft Cell (1981)

Every Rose Has It's Thorn by Poison

867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone (1981)

I Melt With You -Modern English

Love Shack" - The B-52's

Dr. Feelgood" - Mötley Crüe (1989)

We're Not Gonna Take It -Twisted Sister

Born in the U.S.A.- Bruce Springsteen

Fight For Your Right- Beastie Boys

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)-Eurythmics (1983)

Round and Round by Ratt (1984)"

You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" by Dead or Alive (1985)

White Wedding" by Billy Idol (1988)

Push It" by Salt-N-Pepa

I Ran (So Far Away)" by A Flock of Seagulls

Mickey" by Toni Basi

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me- Culture Club

Jack & Diane by John Mellencamp

Bust a Move - Young M.C.

Mr. Roboto" by Styx

Take My Breath Away" by Berlin (1986

Straight Up" by Paula Abdul

Just Can't Get Enough" by Depeche Mode

Keep On Loving You" by REO Speedwagon (1980)

It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M. (1980)

I Love Rock N' Roll" by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

One Thing Leads to Another" by The Fixx (1983)"99 Luftballons" by Nena (1983)

Faith by George Michael (1987)

She Blinded Me With Science" by Thomas Dolby (1982)

Candy Girl" by New Edition (1983)

Call Me" by Blondie (1980)

Don't You Want Me?" by Human League (1981)

IIt Takes Two" by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock (1988)

Word Up!" by Cameo (1986)

Tempted" by Squeeze (1981)

Kiss by Prince

All Night Long (All Night) by Lionel Richie

Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer

I Want Candy" by Bow Wow Wow

Rock Me Amadeus by Falco (1986)

Brass in Pocket" by The Pretenders

Wild Thing by Tone-Loc

Walking On Sunshine- by Katrina and the Waves

You Got It -The Right Stuff -the New Kids on the Block

Cars- by Gary Numan

Start Me Up-the Rolling Stones

What I Like About You" by The Romantics

My Perogative by Bobby Brown (1988)

Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Wang Chung (1986)

Working for the Weekend" by Loverboy (1981)