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Corporate Christmas Party – “80’s Theme”

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

So you’ve been given the task of organizing the Company Christmas Party, and you have chosen an 80’s theme. Here are some ideas and tips to make your party authentic, and a raging success.

MUSIC:

Obviously, music and a fantastic DJ is a big part of any party, but it is particularly important at a themed party for the music to match the theme. Below we have compiled a list of the most popular songs from the 1980’s, guaranteed to keep the dance floor rocking.

SONG

ARTIST

Celebration

Kool & The Gang

Love Shack

The B52’s

What I like about you

The Romantics

Rock the Casbah

The Clash

Girls just wanna have fun

Cyndi Lauper

Mickey

Toni Basil

Come on Eileen

Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Ice Ice Baby

Vanilla Ice

U can’t touch this

MC Hammer

I love rock and roll

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Tainted love

Soft Cell

Crazy little thing called love

Queen

Funkytown

Lipps Inc.

Call me

Blondie

Jessie’s girl

Rick Springfield

Eye of the tiger

Survivor

Hurt so good

John Cougar

Billie Jean

Michael Jackson

Beat it

Michael Jackson

Footloose

Kenny Loggins

Ghostbusters

Ray Parker Jnr.

All night long

Lionel Richie

Jump (for my love)

The Pointer Sisters

Let’s hear it for the boy

Deniece Williams

Dancing in the dark

Bruce Springsteen

Like a virgin

Madonna

Wake me up before you go-go

Wham!

Take on me

A-Ha

We built this city

Starship

Addicted to love

Robert Palmer

Walk like an Egyptian

The Bangles

I wanna dance with somebody

Whitney Houston

Livin’ on a prayer

Bon Jovi

La bamba

Los Lobos

Sweet child ‘o mine

Guns ‘N’ Roses

Heaven is a place on Earth

Belinda Carlisle

Simply Irresistible

Robert Palmer

Wild thing

Tone Loc

The Look

Roxette

Walk this way

Run DMC

Jump

Van Halen

Blue Monday

New Order

Flashdance (What a feeling)

Irene Cara

You shook me all night long

AC/DC

Into the groove

Madonna

Start me up

Rolling Stones

Centrefold

J Giles Band

Whip it

Devo

Down under

Men at Work

At the beginning of the function, or during dinner, you may need some slower and quieter music for your DJ in the background while your guests arrive and mingle. Here we have listed some popular 80’s tracks, suitable for this part of a function.

SONG

ARTIST

Every rose has it’s thorn

Poison

Patience

Guns ‘N’ Roses

Black Velvet

Alannah Myles

Rock with you

Michael Jackson

Escape (The Pina Colada song)

Rupert Holmes

Every breath you take

The Police

Little Jeannie

Elton John

The tide is high

Blondie

Rosanna

Toto

Total eclipse of the heart

Bonnie Tyler

Time after time

Cyndi Lauper

Careless whisper

George Michael

Everybody wants to rule the world

Tears for Fears

That’s what friends are for

Dionne Warwick

Say you, say me

Lionel Richie

Glory of love

Peter Catera

Greatest love of all

Whitney Houston

With or without you

U2

The way it is

Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Don’t dream it’s over

Crowded House

Lean on me

Club Nouveau

Wishing well

Terrence Trent D’Arby

Hungry Eyes

Eric Carmen

Father figure

George Michael

The flame

Cheap Trick

If you don’t know me by now

Simply red

What’s love got to do with it

Tina Turner

Purple rain

Prince

Fast car

Tracy Chapman

Note: Impression DJs have all of these listed songs, and many more in our collection.

LIGHTING & EFFECTS:

The 80’s was the era of bright ‘Fluorescent’ Colours. To take full advantage of this, you could use several ultraviolet or ‘Black’ lights, positioned around the room. They will make anything white or fluorescently coloured glow very brightly in a dimly lit room.

Mirror balls are also a must, as they were very popular during the 70’s and 80’s, and really give a retro disco flavour to the party. A mirror ball is only effective when used with a motor to turn it slowly, and pin spot lights. White or coloured lights work well, or a combination of both. Try to position the mirror ball high up in the centre of the room somewhere secure, and position the pin spot lights on the mirror ball from different angles. This will make the spots of light swirl around and overlap to create a fantastic effect.

To really maximise the effects of a mirror ball you should consider using a smoke machine or hazer so all the individual beams of reflected light from the mirror ball are illuminated. You don’t need very much smoke or haze to create an amazing effect.

NOTE: Some venues may not allow you to use smoke machines or hazers, so it is best to check first. If the party is held at a private residence, we suggest you disable any smoke detectors during its use. (Don’t forget to turn it on again afterwards!)

You could also use multiple mirror balls of varying sizes. For best results, try to hang them close together, and rotating in different directions.

Impression DJs have all of these lights, mirror balls, smoke machines and hazers available for your event.

DECORATIONS & PROPS:

As mentioned in the section on lighting, fluorescent colours were big in the 80’s, so include lots of those. If you are using black lights, white works really well too.

Posters of 80’s hit movies, or 80’s bands are a cool edition to the decor, and will remind your guests of the culture of the era. Below is a list of some of the most iconic 80’s movies.

  • The Empire Strikes Back – 1980

  • The Blues Brothers – 1980

  • Caddy Shack – 1980

  • The Shining – 1980

  • Raiders Of The Lost Ark – 1981

  • Blade Runner – 1982

  • Poltergeist – 1982

  • Tootsie – 1982

  • E.T. – 1982

  • Scarface – 1983

  • Return Of The Jedi – 1983

  • Flashdance – 1983

  • Footloose – 1984

  • Ghost Busters – 1984

  • The Karate Kid – 1984

  • Gremlins – 1984

  • A Nightmare On Elm Street – 1984

  • The Terminator – 1984

  • Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom – 1984

  • Back To The Future – 1985

  • The Breakfast Club – 1985

  • The Goonies – 1985

  • Ferris Buellers Day Off – 1986

  • Labyrinth – 1986

  • Top Gun – 1986

  • Platoon – 1986

  • Fatal Attraction – 1987

  • The Lost Boys – 1987

  • Robocop – 1987

  • Dirty Dancing – 1987

  • Predator – 1987

  • Full Metal Jacket – 1987

  • Lethal Weapon – 1987

  • Die Hard – 1988

  • Beetlejuice – 1988

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit – 1988

  • Back To The Future (Part II) – 1989

  • Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure – 1989

  • Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade – 1989

Props are also a great Idea for promoting a theme at a party. Here are some ideas for props that typify the 1980’s –

  • Rubik’s Cubes

  • Star Wars Action Figures

  • Cabbage Patch Dolls, & My Little Pony figures

  • 80’s lollies e.g. – Pop Rocks and Chupa Chups

  • Audio tape cassettes and portable stereo’s (Boom Box)

  • Retro games e.g. - Pac Mac, Donkey Kong

  • Retro telephones, with the dial

  • Retro furniture e.g. – Old Televisions, game consoles, etc

COSTUMES

The 1980’s in an awesome era for dress-ups, with the fashion of the day being quite radical. As mentioned in the lighting section, fluorescent colours were in, and we saw some trends like leg warmers, and big hair dos. TV, movie and music celebrities of the 80’s can be a great source of ideas for costumes. Check out the list of popular 80’s movies in the section on ‘Decorations’, and the Music section for some inspiration. Below are some iconic characters from the 1980’s that were known for their ‘look’, and make for great 80’s costumes. If you hire a DJ they could come dressed in an 80’s outfit to fit into the theme, here are some ideas below;

  • Madonna (lots of costume jewellery, fluoro colours and big hair)

  • George Michael from the ‘Wham’ days (remember the ‘Choose Life’ T-Shirts?)

  • Ghostbusters Movie (lots of costume ideas there)

  • Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones Movies)

  • Jake & Elwood from the ‘Blues Brothers’ Movie

  • Anything from the Star Wars Movies works

  • MC Hammer (we all remember those pants…and the dance moves!)

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • The Karate Kid

  • Michael Jackson

  • Glam Rock bands such as ‘Kiss’

  • Billy Idol – 80’s Punk look

  • Characters from ‘The A Team’ TV series

  • Tom Selleck as ‘Magnum P.I.’

  • Hulk Hogan - WWF Wrestler

  • Freddy Krugger from the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ movies

  • Boy George

  • The Smurfs



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