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ideas for my '80s-themed 40th birthday party

I don't turn 40 until 2014, but it's never too early to begin planning the party!

Cassette Tape Pinata by SmashingFunCreations on Etsy, $50.00

hot glue records to martini glasses to create cake stands

Possible photo booth backdrop: one roll of black plastic table cloth material, thick blue painter's tape for the lines, and card stock for the dots, ghosts and Pac-Man.

Cabbage Patch Kids cake balls

Use vinegar and baking soda as an alternative to renting a helium machine.

'80s-themed signs for the bathroom doors at the party venue


cake idea (Bottom to top) White almond sour cream cake with almond buttercream filling, chocolate fudge cake with ganache filling, pink champagne cake with strawberry champagne buttercream filling. Covered in fondant, with fondant and gumpaste decos.

another photo booth backdrop idea

'80s party fortune teller garland - either make garland or just make a handful of guests to use

create a range of word bubbles, mount on foamcore, and attach a thin dowel--use as photo booth props

sign for "photo booth"

arcade sign for Atari-playing station

Soviet cupcakes

The Police Synchronicity 2007 Red Wine

Mini Neon Shuttle Pens for goody bags

nametags with '80s code names