This page is all about a Retro party theme. There are other fantastic party theme ideas.
There is a free printable invite, easy to do invite ideas, decoration ideas, food and drink ideas, games, party ideas and favors.
The style of invitations can be any of the great retro images:
Retro parties can be amazing. The invitations can set the scene.You can design the invitations with a great tie die background for example.
Come to the Peace camp (venue) for a graduation party at (time/date).
Wear peace loving clothing!
Come to the Rockin graduation party.
Mods and Rockers only!
Tie die night
Come and celebrate at the cool graduation party.
Wear long hair, tie die and beads
(Disco style tickets)
Admit One to the High School 1980's disco graduation party (venue).
Disco Kings and queens
Doors Open at (time/date)
Celebrate Graduation in 1960's style.
Cool 1960's cats only!
College (name) Hippie Graduation party is at (venue) on (time/date)
Put on your flower power clothes and come and make peace with the college.
Peace lovers only!
The Rolling Stones (graduates) are playing at the Graduation Party at (venue) on (time/date)
Hear the world's greatest rock n roll band live!
Retro gear only!
The invitations can be shaped as sunglasses, flowers, or even attached to smiley face balloons.
Clip art For Retro Party Ideas
The simplest way to complete retro party ideas invitations is to use clip art.
Here is a Retro example. Feel free to right-click your mouse over it and save it to a folder somewhere. You can then print as many as you need.
Lots more detailed instructions on my graduation clip art page..
Photo Retro Party Ideas Invitations
Of course you could also add a Retro photo to your Retro invitation. Simply arrange a good quality Retro photograph and scan it onto your computer. A photo of the graduate dressed as a Rocker, Mod, Hippie or Disco dancer.
You could use photo editing software to change the picture dimensions to the size you need. Simply print it onto paper with the invitation wording on the other side.
There are just so many retro costumes like the Halter Ruffle Top and the Hippie Kit , which you can make your self or easily buy. The party may just be retro or you may decide to make it 1960's, 1970's or 1980's. I prefer the idea of making it just one decade.
Some costume ideas are:
This massive retailer, Buycostumes, has lots of costumes.
You can create an awesome retro venue for any decade you choose. Each of the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's has distinctive styles. All of them can make a great party theme. Set up the party with a These Are the Times Kit.
The entrance to your party can set the scene in a thrilling way for guests. Build up a retro world at your home.
More Decorating Ideas
Decorating your guests is great fun!
Keep a box of guest decorations at the party entrance and hand them out liberally! Also have a make up artist transform guests into 80's icons.
Table Decorations include great centerpieces such as a tabletop mirror or flowers. Also retro confetti, disco balls and peace signs. Also:
The simplest way to cater for retro party ideas is to emulate diner and drive in food.
For the retro party drinks, lots of sodas, malts, milk shakes and of course Dr Peppers, Kool Aid, Tang and Coca Cola and lots of water to keep the party goers going.
The Graduation Cake page gives full details on the recipe, cooking tools, ingredients and cooking times for a great cake. Lots of tips and techniques on making cakes, cake decorating, cupcakes, cap cakes and lots, lots more.
Graduation Cake Decorating Idea
1) Cover the sides of the cake with white frosting.
2) Add some purple, yellow, black, white, and other color food coloring to the frosting and spread it smoothly onto the top of the cake. The color depends on your design.
3) Now you can make a flower, peace sign, peace beads, VW Bug, Peace Mobile, disco lights, go go boots, and perhaps a tie die t-shirt. Pipe a message on the top of the label – something like “Congrads (name of graduate)".
Original Electronic Games
Hire a video game system to play old games like Pac-Man, Frogger and Asteroids. They were brilliant at the time and still are fun.
The Pet Rock was one of the biggest pop culture fads of the '70s. Have guests create their own pet rocks. This fun activity requires a few colors of tempera paint, some paintbrushes and clean, smooth river rocks. Your guests can also decorate their rocks with familiar 70's icons like smiley faces, colorful flowers and ladybugs.
Twister is simple, cheap and still great fun.
Do The Hustle
DO THE HUSTLE – Divide the guests into two equal teams. Create two starting lines with masking tape, and secure two inflatable smileys in place about 10-15 yards away. Line teams up with a disco wardrobe at the starting line. At the signal to begin, the first player on each team quickly dresses up, runs the course, and then returns the wardrobe to the next player. First team to complete the course wins. An Afro wig, love beads, fringe vest, and hippie glasses will lead to some "hustling" to the finish line.
Spin The Bottle
Play Spin The Bottle. The old favorite had everyone sitting in a circle and when the bottles spins, whoever it is pointing to when it stops has to complete a forfeit.
Give everyone string and lots of beads ready to be threaded in, also in lots of very bright colors. Great to take home too!
Pin The Smiley Face
Pin the Smile on the Smiley Face. Use yellow paper to create a giant smiley face with eyes but no mouth. Cut smiles out of black construction paper. Blindfold each participant as his/her turn arrives, spin, point in the right direction, and watch your smiley get really happy! For older kids, try a game of Pin the Peace Sign on the Hippie.
Trivia games. This could be in the format of a simple quiz with lots of prizes. They can be all about the news at the time, TV, movies, general knowledge from a retro era or they could also be in the format of name that tune by playing a few bars of famous retro songs. You could also use TV show theme tunes and film soundtracks.
Also you could have a trivial pursuit contest based on your party era. One of the retro party games could successfully be a trivia contest.
For Quick Change, divide the guests into two equal teams. Create two starting lines with masking tape, and secure two giant smileys or peace signs in place about 10-15 yards away (Try our giant flower standee). Line the teams up with a disco wardrobe at the starting line. At the signal to begin, the first player on each team quickly dresses up in the retro attire, runs the course, and then returns the wardrobe to the next player. The first team to complete the course wins. Love beads, fringe vest, and hippie glasses will lead to some “hustling” to the finish line.
Have guests sing Karaoke retro themed songs asking them to put their heart and soul into it. Have an X-Factor judging panel to rate their performance.
Every era has its own dancing styles. You can set up a dancing contest and even theme the party on say Saturday Night Fever, for example. Dancers may dance with a partner. Like Dancing With The Stars you can have a judging panel to rate the performances.
Use tote bags or even bandannas to package the favors.
The most amazing music for each retro decade can be played at the party. Retro party music can be top selling songs, your favorites, soundtracks for TV or film or one of those compilation albums.
Also songs like Rock Me Amadeus By Falco, Rio by Duran Duran, Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi and Call Me by Blondie.
And of course lots of music by The Rolling Stones and The Who.
The 1990's offer great retro party ideas. You might want to consider this based on the year the graduate was born or just a great theme to thrill your guests. In terms of the general set up you can look at the main events of the 1990's.
Your guests will be able to choose just how they want to represent the 1990's. Their costume will be big part of the overall presentation at your graduation parties.
For your decorations, in conjunction with the graduation decorations you can display lots of 1990's photos, a calendar, movie posters, posters of the stars, Grunge clothing, and show 1990's TV shows on DVD. Games can be trivia based. The 1990's can give you excellent retro party ideas.
Some more great retro party ideas are:
If you would like to share your complete retro party with us send us your party story and photos and we will create your own retro party page and photo gallery hosted on our site. (Family and friends will be able to find inspiration from your party and comment on your retro party ideas.) If you share your complete retro party details you will be automatically entered into our next contest. This year we are having a bumper $100 prize fund. There will be an overall winner and runners up prizes. The winner will be the best overall graduation parties stories and photos.
Have fun with your Retro party ideas!