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Throw the Ultimate 90s Theme Party and Relive the Glory Days

CEO Tinh Phung
Parachute pants, Fresh Prince, MTV, the Gin Blossoms—is there any decade better than the 90s? In the words of 90s icon Cher Horowitz: "As if!" If you're looking to host an epic 90s theme party,...

Parachute pants, Fresh Prince, MTV, the Gin Blossoms—is there any decade better than the 90s? In the words of 90s icon Cher Horowitz: "As if!" If you're looking to host an epic 90s theme party, we've got you covered. Whether it's a milestone birthday celebration or a post-pandemic bash, these 90s theme party ideas will transport you and your guests back to the glory days.

Blast from the Past: 90s Nostalgia

The 90s was an era filled with classic TV shows and movies like "Saved by the Bell," "Boy Meets World," "Clueless," and "Titanic." The possibilities for 90s theme party ideas are endless! Take a look around, and you'll see that the 90s continues to influence today's fashion, media, and event space. So why not throw a 90s party and ride the wave of trendiness?

90s Theme Party Image Credit: Shop Mr. Katin

Mad Libs 90s Theme Party Invitation

Inviting your friends to your 90s theme party should be as fun as the party itself! Use everyone's favorite fill-in-the-blank game, Mad Libs, to create a unique and entertaining invitation. Include party details like the venue, date and time, and RSVP information. You can even send the invites digitally and print out guests' responses to use as decor.

Mad Libs 90s Theme Party Invitation Image Credit: Shop Mr. Katin

Dress to Impress: 90s Theme Party Outfits

When it comes to 90s fashion, the choices are endless. Embrace the iconic styles of the decade, from plaid shirts and overalls to chokers and JNCO jeans. Depending on your preferred theme, you can go for grunge, modern preppy, punk, or hip-hop looks.

During the early 90s, crop tops, baby doll dresses, and classic Keds sneakers were popular for women, while bright t-shirts, overalls, and casual sneakers were the go-to for men. As the decade progressed, fitted skirts, pantsuits, bold prints, blazers, and even bell-bottom jeans made appearances. The late 90s brought back trends from the 70s, such as halter tops and business casual attire for women and men, respectively.

Pro Tip: Grab your favorite graphic t-shirt, baggy jeans, and sneakers, and you're ready to rock your 90s party outfit!

Bright and Bold: 90s Party Decorations

90s Party Decorations Image Credit: Pretty My Party

The 90s were all about vibrant colors, so make sure your party decorations reflect that. Incorporate neon lights, glowsticks, and graffiti-inspired elements throughout your party space. Think pink, teal, yellow, purple, and lime green when choosing your color palette.

Embrace iconic symbols of the era, such as tape decks, CDs, boy band posters, and classic arcade games, to enhance the nostalgic vibe. Set up a photo booth where guests can use polaroid cameras, write messages as if they were signing a yearbook, and take home fun party souvenirs.

Sweet Nostalgia: 90s-Inspired Desserts

90s Theme Party Cake

No party is complete without delicious treats, especially ones that pay homage to the 90s. Serve up some rad 90s-inspired sweets like Pop Rock cupcakes or donuts covered in classic cereals like Fruity Pebbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Cocoa Puffs.

For an extra touch of 90s nostalgia, set up a candy bar where guests can create their own bags filled with their favorite treats.

Pro Tip: Candy and sweets were everything in the 90s, so make sure to load up on all the classics!

Pump Up the Jams: 90s Party Songs

90s Theme Party Songs

What's a 90s party without the ultimate 90s playlist? Hire a 90s decades band or a cover band to rock the party, or have a DJ spin 90s hits all night long.

Include popular boy bands like Hanson, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys, and NSYNC. Don't forget to add hits from MC Hammer, the Spice Girls, Mariah Carey, and TLC. Get ready to dance the night away to the best tunes of the 90s!

Take Home the Fun: 90s Party Favors

Slime 90s Theme Party Favor

Make sure your guests leave with a piece of the 90s by offering nostalgic party favors. Slime, Gak, and Ooze were all the rage back then, so why not bring them back? Slap bracelets, dog tag necklaces, 90s-inspired koozies, or customized graffiti cups are also great options to consider.

Create Lasting Memories: 90s Theme Photo Booth

90s Theme Photobooth Image Credit: Etsy

Speaking of memories, set up a 90s theme photo booth where guests can capture the fun and take home a themed party photo. Provide props like cassette tapes, boy band CDs, neon sunglasses, and plastic boom boxes to enhance the nostalgic vibe. You can create a DIY photo booth with a splatter paint background using a white sheet and some paint, or hire a professional to provide a super cute backdrop and props.

Drink Up: 90s Theme Cocktails

90s Theme Cocktails

Quench your guests' thirst with cocktails inspired by the 90s. If you can get your hands on Surge, the beloved 90s soda, go for it! Alternatively, serve up cocktails or mocktails featuring nostalgic beverages like Capri Sun or Kool-Aid. Get creative with candy-inspired cocktails such as a Strawberry Gushers Sour, Fruit by the Foot Bahama Mama, or a Sour Punch Straws Unicorn Spritz.

Pro Tip: If mixing drinks isn't your thing, consider hiring a professional bartender to handle the crafting while you enjoy the party.

Game On: 90s Theme Party Games

90s Theme Party Games

The 90s were all about having fun, so don't forget to incorporate some classic party games into your event. Set up Twister, Jumanji, or Operation for a blast from the past. If you want to challenge your guests' knowledge of the 90s, create your own trivia game with questions about hit movies, songs, celebrities, sports, and more.

A Touch of Glam: Celebrity Appearances

90s Cher Impersonators Image Credit: Devon Cass

To truly capture the essence of the 90s, consider bringing in celebrity impersonators. Britney Spears, Cher, or even Bill Clinton could make an appearance at your 90s theme party. These iconic figures will add an extra wow factor to your event and take your guests back to the golden era.

With these 90s theme party ideas, your event will be all that and a bag of chips! So put on your favorite 90s outfit, crank up the music, and get ready to relive the glory days of the best decade ever.

You can find more party theme ideas from The Bash.