It’s no secret that I love, no, LOVE theme parties. I’ve been wanting to have a 90s theme party for quite some time so when the opportunity arose I jumped on it.
My husband turned 30 this spring and decided he didn’t want a big party. We decided to just have a few college friends over to the house, and I threw out the idea of a MarioKart tournament on the old N64 we bust out once or twice a year. Then my brain immediately started thinking all things 90s.
(Truly, I can’t help it.)
90s Theme Party Food & Drink
90s theme food and drink was a throwback to some of our childhood favorites. You definitely won’t find any green juice or quinoa on this menu. I kept things simple, but if you were having a big gang over I’d add Pizza Rolls or homemade Hot Pockets! Unfortunately a lot of classic 90s food can be hard to find or discontinued (Squeez-its, Crystal Pepsi, Dunkaroos, etc).
- Bagel Bites
- Pigs in a Blanket
- “Lunchables” – cheese, pepperoni, and cracker platter
- Veggies and Sour Cream and Onion Dip
- Dunkaroo Dip
- Cool Ranch Doritos & Pringles
- Sweets: Gushers, Nerds, Reese’s Pieces, Sour Patch Kids
- Carvel Ice Cream Cake
For drinks we had YooHoo, CapriSun, and Vanilla Coke (which actually came out in 2002, oops). I also made a pitcher of Cosmos – the cocktail of the 90s thanks to Carrie Bradshaw, and added little Swedish Fish garnishes for added 90s flair. And then we had an assortment of beer.
I always like to make labels for the different food items. I made these with some old scrapbook sticker letters I had on hand. (Probably literally from the 90s. Use what ya got, right?)
90s Theme Party Decorations
The decorations were really fun and easy to put together. I like to create one or two “focus areas”, usually loading up decor on the mantle and around the food table. When decor is grouped together there is higher impact than scattered around the room.
For the mantle I took some white craft paper and splattered some craft paint by flicking my wrist while holding the paint bottle. (Kinda messy!) Next I grabbed a bunch of construction paper. I cut out the letters to say “30 is All That” and glued them to the craft paper after the paint dried. I used the remaining paper to make a bunch of cootie catchers.
I cut the scraps into squares and triangles. I sewed some fishing line through the paper to make a Saved By The Bell style bunting and scattered the rest on the table as oversized confetti.
Our printer is out of ink so I decided to take advantage of the amazing deal Staples has for an $8 30×48″ Engineer Print. I grabbed a ton of 90s inspired images and turned on the Stamp filter in Photoshop. Note – Staples says their engineering prints are only for line drawings. I put a few photos on mine and they came out pretty streaky. For my purposes it didn’t really matter, but just a warning!
All in all, I only ended up spending $15 on balloons, streamers, and the Staples print
The best part was displaying 90s paraphernalia that we happened to already have in our house. I went through both of our memory boxes and grabbed a few things. Everyone was laughing that I had all this random 90s stuff. Hoarder much? Some of these things included: Goosebumps and Babysitter’s Club books, a real Home Alone style TalkBoy (!), N64 cartridges, Matchbox cars, Lipsmackers chapstick, etc. The average person probably doesn’t have too many of these sitting around, but I would think a quick trip to Goodwill or Savers would help you score some sweet 90s loot. I was really wishing I could go through our old toybox in my moms basement.
As for the rest of the party? We had a great time battling it out in MarioKart, and I made an epically sized 90s trivia jeopardy which had everyone laughing. The 90s alternative Pandora station was crooning all night long, and at the end of the party I busted out our spectacularly 90s iTunes library – Dave Matthews band, Hootie & the Blowfish, the Wallflowers, Blues Traveler, Alanis Morissette… what’s not to love?
Everyone was sporting some hilarious 90s inspired attire. I, for one, had a little too much fun sporting my old mini backpack, body glitter and puka shells. While I was aiming for the Delia’s catalog look, others there channeled the grunge, Saved by the Bell, or the boy band looks.
We had a great time celebrating my husband’s birthday. Proof that all you need for a great party is a few good friends – especially if they’re willing to put up with your crazy ideas.
I’m outie! 😉