Theme Party: The 90’s

Theme parties are always fun and with Halloween around the corner you might find yourself planning one. I am here to help you make your party a huge success. Your party’s success is less about what you do and more about what you don’t do. Don’t pick the wrong theme and the worst theme out there is an 1980’s party. An 80’s theme party has been done more times than Jenna Jamison and like the her it needs to be retired and forgotten about.

Instead, set your watch ahead 10 years and throw a 90’s party! Those 10 years provide a plethora of style and options to choose from. Here is everything you’ll need for your epic 90’s bash.

Music:

90’s R&B                                Grunge
Brandy                                      Pearl Jam
SWV                                        Sound Garden
Boys II Men                              Blind Melon
En Vogue                                  Nirvana
KC and JoJo                            Green Day
Montell Jordan                          The Cranberries
Tony Toni Tone                         Stone Temple Pilots   
(Early) Mariah Carey                Alice in Chains
Bell Biv Devoe                          Hole
Arrested Development              Fiona Apple

Style

Grunge– Grunge style has its roots in Punk and it easy to master. Girls: look for plaid shirts, army boots, over sized sweaters, baby doll dresses, chokers and dark lipstick. Remember this was long before bronzer and spray tans so pale skin and dark hair complete the look. Guys: Shearling jackets, baggy painter jeans, cargo pants, plaid flannel shirts, Doc Martin’s, and ratty/warn cardigans. Everything is oversized and slouchy. Grunge Style Icons: Kennedy (MTV VJ), Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, the cast of entire Reality Bites, and the little girl bumble bee from the Blind Melon video.

Early Hip Hop– This was the decade where saggy pants began and backward clothes were immortalized by Kris Kross. Large basketball jerseys over white t-shirts, bright colored denim, tight velveteen shirts, cliche African tribal prints and multi-color leather jackets are all staples. Gold jewelry with your name on it was also huge, both in popularity and actual size. Hip Hop Style Icons: DJ Jazzie Jeff and the Fresh Prince, TLC, Coolio, 2Pac, and In Living Color.

Costume Ideas

Couple/Group
The cast of Friends
Nancy Karrigan and Tonya Harding
Titanic Movie cast
TLC w/ condom eyeglasses 
Night at the Roxbury guys
Bill and Ted
Jay and Silent Bob
The Mighty Ducks
Thelma and Louise
The cast of Rent.

Singles
Blossom                          Keri Strug
Monica Lewinsky            Smelly Cat (from Phoebe’s song)
Amy Fisher                      the Uni-bomber
OJ Simpson                    Drugged out Courtney Love
Kerri Strug                      Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Edward Scissor Hands   Fran Drescher aka the Nanny

Extra details to add that 90’s flavor: Serve Zima shot specials, Give away free slap bracelets, Decorate with Troll Dolls and accessorize with Swatch Watches.

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