Planning a nostalgic 90's Party

Updated: Dec 23, 2020



The 90's was a golden era - there were Tamagotchis, CD's, Tazos to collect, Spice Girls & Gameboys... it was also the last mobile phone-less generation. Scrunchies, boob tubes & overalls reigned supreme, along with crimped hair and punk rock. Life was so different - where did we find the extra time to rewind cassette tapes & VHS?

I was born in 1990... 30 years ago... sounds scary when you put it like that. So to celebrate this milestone, I had no other choice but to take it back to where it all began & party once more like it was 1999.


Here's how to plan a nostalgic 90's themed birthday party... there ain't no party like a S Club party!


Pick your colour scheme

The 90's was all about bold colours, geometric shapes, layered patterns and 90s icons! Pink, aqua, purple and yellow were popular - I decided to go with these as I knew I could easily source table cloths, plates, cups and other decor in these colours.


Design your invitations


Ask a graphic designer (like me) to design your invitations OR you can design them yourself on a design platform such as Canva! They have some great templates to get you started.

Stick with your above colour scheme and design an invitation that fits into your theme.


Buy your party supplies


Some Big W's have an amazing party section where all the decor is already separated into colours, this saves so much time & the prices are really reasonable!

Other great places you can look is Kmart, The Base Warehouse and your local $2 shops.

I found some really cool 90s serviettes from Discount Party Supplies that I used to base my entire theme on.



Organise your costume


I did lots of pinning on Pinterest of 90's fashion. There were many different fashion trends in the 90s - there was the Spice Girl aesthetic - platform boots & mini skirts, there was also a grunge aesthetic & chokers, hooped earrings & denim was definitely in.

I bought a white shirt from Kmart and wore a demin dress I bought 10 years ago. My platform shoes were from Nasty Gal.

Kmart were also selling Tamagotchis and bum bags!

Ebay is a great place for accessories (but don't leave it too late as delivery times can be up to a month) I bought a pack of 100 butterfly clips and a choker from there.


If you don't have any clothes at home you can wear, you can get some great costumes online from sites such as CostumeBox.




Create a photobooth

Adding a photobooth to your 90s party will add alot of fun & encourage guests to take photos.

You will need:

  • A neutral backdrop or wall

  • Props ( I printed some corflute frames on Vistaprint of a Tamagotchi & a Gameboy)

  • A tripod / camera holder

  • I included a balloon arch to mine to add some colour





Decorations


It's time to pull out all those toys you've had stored away! I'm talking Cabbage Patch Dolls, your Tazo collection, Pokemon cards, old CD's, Barbies, Smelly Bellys, Gameboy's & the orginal Playstation!


There are so many 90s decorations you can buy online! But