The timeless style of party themes that never seems to fall from popularity are the vintage and retro party themes. These nostalgic classics always go down a treat and truly do make for a wonderful party. Everybody loves either getting dressed up in fancy clothes or quirky costumes or simply immersing themselves in the wonderful vintage-themed decorations and styling.
It doesn’t matter what the event is, vintage and retro-themed parties can easily make an event an instant hit, whether it be for a birthday, an anniversary, or even a corporate event. Whatever the case, in this article we are going to take you through some awesome vintage and retro-themed ideas, including some retro decoration options as well.
Hopefully, this will give you some inspiration to throw an awesome vintage or retro party of your own!
Retro party ideas
Retro theme parties are immensely popular and again, this is because of the wonderful nostalgic feelings that they can give us.
Retro Gamer (Party Idea)
Take the Retro Gamer party as an example! For someone who has grown up and witnessed the evolution of computer games first-hand, a Retro Gamer party can feature classics like Pac-Man and Sonic the Hedgehog just to remind them of how old they are!
Similarly, for younger gamers, a Retro Gamer-themed party could be a wonderful way of honouring their favourite hobby and celebrating their special day.
Route 66 (Retro Party Theme)
Another awesome retro birthday theme is Route 66 / Classic American Diner. Serve up some sliders with plenty of retro memorabilia for a fun and adventurous vibe!
Disco Inferno (Retro Party Idea)
No list of retro theme party ideas would be complete without the Retro disco vibe! What could be more exciting than getting some excessively sparkly disco balls and some 60’s funk to dance the night away to?
Retro party ideas for adults
Whilst any of the above retro party ideas would apply, here are some more (in)appropriate retro party ideas for adults.
Summer of love (retro party idea for adults)
It was the summer of 69! Ah, the good old days. Relive the wonder years by throwing an awesome retro summer of love party. Get all dressed up in your groovy gear, paint your faces, and let loose! Drink like you’re 18 again and let your troubles and woes fade out as the Jimi Hendrix fades in.
Classic Hip Hop (retro party idea for adults)
I said a hip, hop, the hippie, the hippie to the hip hip hop-a a you don’t stop the rock it to the bang-bang boogie, say up jump the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat!
If the honouree has a particular soft spot for retro Hip Hop, this could be a golden oldie opportunity to funk it out with some of the greatest Hip Hop legends.
Vintage circus theme
The vintage circus party is a risky one if you have anyone attending who is particularly afraid of clowns (and who can blame them). That said, you don’t have to feature any freaky red-nosed nutters if you don’t want to. Unless that’s what you’re in to of course!
For the corporate party, you could hire suspended hoop dancers to really give the vintage circus vibe some real authenticity. Otherwise, the vintage circus theme can be complete with plenty of props like hula hoops and juggling balls! Perhaps leave the sword swallowing for another night.
When it comes to hiring entertainment for a corporate gig, you should check out an established events company to assist you. There is so much amazing talent available in Australia and the right act can turn an average event into a momentous occasion indeed!
Fairground style (vintage circus party theme idea)
Another great variation of the vintage circus theme is a fairground-style party. You can have a cotton candy stall with plenty of silly mini-games for people to enjoy as they mingle and compete for the big pink, fluffy teddy bear!
Classic car themed party
The classic car themed party is perfect for anyone who has a taste for the nostalgic charm of classic cars. Or perhaps they consider themselves a bit of a smooth sailor like Bond. In any case, there is much that you can do to throw an awesome classic car themed party. To make it extra special, you could make it a surprise, and have the honouree drive a classic car to the venue!
Vintage theme birthday party
The vintage theme birthday party works for both young and old people, whether they are celebrating the good old days, or wishing they were born in another era! In any case, here are some great vintage-themed party ideas:
Vintage mad hatter (vintage themed party)
The vintage Mad Hatter style tea party is perfect for a birthday. You can lay out plenty of delicious cupcakes with pots of tea…or cocktails! Whichever you deem more suitable.
Vintage ball (vintage theme birthday)
A vintage ball is a snazzy way to get all dressed up in your best and dance the night away in style.
Vintage Paris (stylish vintage party vibe)
The Vintage Paris is a wonderful excuse to let your inner romantic shine. A themed party that is reminiscent of the city of love in a vintage noir style is an absolute winner every time!
Retro theme party decoration ideas
Retro party decorations are easy enough, depending on the theme that you are going for. Opt for colourful balloons, neon lights, and a duke-box style music set-up. You can even get some old vinyl and hang them from the ceiling for some extra flair!
Other great retro party decorations are glitter balls, cassette tapes, and funky flowers! Other than that, you should be creative with your retro theme party decoration ideas and have some fun with it!
Vintage decorations for party
Vintage decorations for a party simply need to be classic and lavish. Again, it all really depends on the theme in question. Are you having a classic ball? Is it a vintage Parisian tea party? Plenty of soft pastel colours, decorative floral designs, and old luggage filled with party favours! Use your imagination and go wild.
If you find yourself at a loss and you need some professional assistance with the styling for your event, then contact your local events management company for even further inspiration! In any case, whether it be vintage or retro, we hope you have an absolutely wonderful time!