The 1980s were the decade of convenience and fads when it came to food. Diet food began to emerge everywhere and pre-made, ready-to-eat food was all the rage. If you are planning an ’80s themed party, using food that is “totally ’80s” is easy and can add a little extra fun to the party. Try separating food tables or areas into ’80s food trends/themes to give your guests a tasty trip back in time.
Set one area aside as the chip station. These snack foods were a mainstay in the 1980s with the emergence of Bugles, Doritos and Tostitos. Packed in many a school lunch, chips were a major food craze of the 1980s and were endorsed by celebrities, as well. Put out bowls of the most popular chips from this radical decade, including Pringles, and watch your guests delight in quoting catch-phrases and reliving school lunch nostalgia.
The Valley Girl Table
The Valley Girl is a classic 1980s kind of girl. Known for drinking diet soda, like Tab, and chewing gum, like Bubbalicious. Valley Girls also spent many a day at the mall where they would shop and eat pizza or nachos at the food court (another ’80s creation), the Valley Girl is quintessentially ’80s and would make a perfect table theme at a party. Decorate the table with all things neon and ’80s and put out decade classics like the aforementioned Tab soda, pizza and nachos.
The Yuppie Table
The “yuppie,” a slang term for an urban professional, was a certain kind of person in the 1980s who had a very lucrative job, usually in the financial realm, wore nice clothes, lived in a bustling city and ate “fancy” food, such as sushi.
Creating a table at your themed party for the yuppie can be a fun idea. Make or buy sushi from a local restaurant, grab gourmet foods like quiche and dips like pesto and be sure to add some sake and some espresso drinks.
The Snack Attack Table
The 1980s gave way to fast food, snack food and anything that was convenient and snack-size. To really achieve this food trend, fill a table with old favorites like Combos, candy like Skittles, microwave popcorn, fruit-rollups, Steak-umm sandwiches and any other microwaveable, quick-and-easy thing that revolutionized your house in the 1980s. Also, include beverages like wine coolers, white zinfandel and drinks like “fuzzy navels” and “sex on the beach.”
References and ResourcesIn the 80s: Food of the Eighties Index
Serious Eats: Top Ten Uniquely 80s Foods
Eighties Club: Yuppie Culture