Pull party inspiration from your favorite MTV music videos, ‘90s mixtapes, boomboxes and walkmans, and of course, the old school hip hop titans: Nas, Salt-N-Pepa, Wu-Tang Clan, Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Run-DMC and so many more. Choose a decade to help guide your throwback hip hop theme, and clue guests in to all the fun by giving the invitations a Fresh Prince-style spray paint treatment. Most importantly, encourage a dress code that matches the decade.
OCCASION: 40th Birthday
SIMILAR PARTY THEMES: ‘90s
Cocktail bars will likely have a lounge-type area, which is likely to provide a bit more square footage and comfortable seating. (Don’t forget about all the room you’ll need to dance!)
There’s no way to get around it: a playlist just won’t cut it for this party. A professional DJ with mobile turntables in tow not only complements the theme, but a pro can read the crowd and mix up the set list accordingly—let’s see an iPod do that.
Stock up on the sweets. Put together a dessert table stocked with classic candies from the ‘90s: Pixie Sticks, Pop Rocks, Now & Laters, Baby Bottle Pops, ICEE Squeeze and Sweetarts.
If gin and juice was the laid-back cocktail-of-choice for Snoop Dogg, it should do the trick.
Throw some ‘90s tabletop board games into the mix. They’ll double as a great way to break the ice and contribute to the nostalgia factor.