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decorating your digs
Can’t stomach all that pastel? Another fun decorating idea is to get your hands on a pile of cheap white sheets or fabric, some paint and a few big paintbrushes. Go to town with slashes and tic-tac-toes. Then hang the fabric, use it for tablecloths or turn it into a Boy George inspired outfit.
As with the costume-hunting, thrift stores and your own basement/closet will prove your best sources for inspiration. Old record covers pinned to the walls are a fun way to invoke the 80s or, if you can get them, old movie posters. For a large party you could even do different rooms in different ‘80s themes – the ‘Pretty in Pink’ living room, the Goth bathroom, the Culture Club patio, ‘The Breakfast Club’ kitchen.
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Of course everyone remembers the ‘80s differently, depending on where you lived, how old you were at the time, and your willingness back then to throw yourself into the tackiness of the times. And one of the best things about hosting an 80s bash is that it gives you an excuse to wax nostalgic about your youth – to dig out those old 45s that have been gathering dust in your parents’ basement, to rent some of those movies you loved so much back in the day, to rifle through old pictures and laugh at how you used to look. Seems there’s nothing for it but to party like it’s 1989.
Kathryn O'Halloran fights the urge to strip wallpaper in her rented home in Melbourne, Australia. Her online life is lived at Jazzy Hands.