How to Host a Radical 80s Celebration

Take a chill pill — hosting a totally tubular 80s party is easier than you think.

Whether you know an 80s baby with something to celebrate, or just want to introduce your younger friends to the era that redefined pop culture, these snacks, sips and treats will help you set the mood. Grab your slap bracelets, glow sticks and boombox and get ready to party.

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Lunchables Cheese Plate

Remember when your lunch was all conveniently air-sealed in a compartmentalized plastic box? It's time to relive the glory days with this adult remix featuring your favorite meats, cheeses, nuts and fruit. We promise it's never been easier (or more fun) to throw together a cheese plate. Get the recipe.
 

Sloppy Joes

These gourmet sloppy joes will conjure up images of lunch room shenanigans and remind you that childhood comfort food is impossible to beat. They're simple to make and boast a little extra flair with the addition of tangy pickles on top. Get the recipe.
 

Fruit Punch Pouches

Summer days spent outside were never quite complete without a Capri Sun close by. With a mixture of three different fruit juices and herbal tea, this drinkable pouch just might be the most-craveworthy party beverage ever. Get the recipe.
 

Cool Ranch Tri-Color Pasta Salad

Remember that pasta salad that was at every potluck growing up? Well, it's even better when loaded with cool ranch corn chips and fresh, crunchy veggies. Get the recipe.
 

Neon Snack Cake Push Pops

We all spent our warm afternoons eating one sherbet push pop after another, but these pastel cake pops have solved the issue of sticky hands and tie-dyed tongues. Take advantage of boxed cake mix to make them even simpler. Get the recipe.
 

Ring Pops

Edible jewelry had a real moment in the 80s, and these ring pops embrace that sense of nostalgia. They're only four ingredients, so it's easy to make a big batch and hand them out as party favors. We recommend wearing more than one — the more bling, the better. Get the recipe.
 

About Ricky Smith

Ricky is an ex-midwesterner with a taste for casseroles, carbs and anything made in a slow cooker. He's also an associate editor here at Genius Kitchen!