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Create an 80’s Theme Dance for Spirit Week

Posted by Stumps Spirit on June 23, 2009

Customers have requested 1980’s themed dance ideas. Here are our ideas for how to use Stumps Spirit dance decorations to create a really rad 80’s theme dance.

There’s one simple rule in creating an 80’s theme dance: Excess. You cannot decorate too much. Encourage students to dress in 80’s fashion for the dance and they’ll associate the era with big hair, tons of bangles, and DayGlo colors. Incorporate these notions into your decorations and you’ll end up with an 80’s themed dance that is sure to be a fun night for students!

Some of our Retro Theme Decorations work great for this theme. For example, the Disco Party Silhouettes and Disco Fever Arch (pictured at right) features bright colored swirls and dots that pop like DayGlo, making it a great entrance piece for your 80’s theme dance. This item is also fab for taking commemorative photos under!

Continue the colorful 80’s decorations by selecting a color scheme and coordinating your theme decorations to it. Red and silver were big in the 80’s as were neon colors like hot pink, hot orange, and lime green. You can also create a color scheme based of an 80’s pop culture icon. For example, red, gold, and green like in Culture Club’s “Karma Chameleon” or “Raspberry Beret” by Prince.  You could even use a rainbow of colors like Rainbow Brite or Punky Brewster.

Once you’ve selected a color scheme, use it for selecting matching plastic tableware, gossamer, and balloons!

Create balloon bunches of odd numbers (3, 5, 7…) and secure them around the room by attaching them with coordinating curling ribbon to balloon weights.

Create a stunning 80’s ceiling with gossamer! Alternating your 80’s theme colors, strips of gossamer of any length can be swagged across a room from one side to the other. If you cannot fasten the gossamer directly to the walls, attach wires along two opposite walls. Use screw eyes to hold the wires. A wire on each side of a room will allow you to create a single swag of gossamer from one side to another. An additional wire down the center of the room, parallel to the two side wires, will create a double swag. Three equally spaced wires will create four swags in the gossamer from one side of the room to the other.

60″ or 107″ wide gossamer make the most successful ceilings. At the outside wall, pleat or gather the gossamer to 1/2 its original width for the best appearance.
Strips of any width gossamer can also be attached to all four walls and woven in and out (basket-like) for an unusual ceiling treatment.

The 80’s was known for sparkles, sequins, and glitter. Get some shine into your decorations by using Metallic Corrugated Paper or shimmering Premium Metallic Foil Curtains to cover your walls. Suspend Holographic Shimmer Stars from the ceiling and loop Star Confetti Garland around doorways, table edges, and banisters. Holographic Streamers are another hot, shimmering item!

Use special lighting effects to make the most of your bright colors and shimmering decorations. String lights add a charming glow. What dance floor is complete without a Mirror Ball?

Remember all those 80’s music videos and the blankets of fog in them? Bring this special effect to your dance with a Fog Machine! We also have a Bubble Machine for a really fun alternative.

Finish your decorations by incorporating 80’s movie posters, and fun items like pet rocks, Chia Pets, My Little Pony, etc into your decorations.

Add a musical touch with our Black Foil Musical Notes and Musical Note Balloons. The Rock and Roll Record Centerpiece is perfect for your tables!

Check out all of our Disco Decorations and tell us about your 80’s themed school dance!


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Your Homecoming Dance will be a Blast from the Past with Retro Decorations

Posted by Stumps Spirit on September 12, 2007

Retro Romance Kit ComponentsGet ready to boogie with a Retro Homecoming theme! These groovy decorations will set the psychedelic tone instantly. Add more disco to your party with our retro tips below!


If you are looking for something different, consider attaching a computer generated or hand written tag with all the details to a butterfly mylar balloon. Use curling ribbon, satin ribbon, yarn or pipe cleaners to attach. Some slogan suggestions: “Feelin’ Groovy,” “Shake Your Groove Thing,” “Disco Nights,” “Flower Power,” or “Retro Flashback.”


Compilations of the best music from the 60’s and 70’s are plentiful and inexpensive. For a psychedelic sound, try a compilation CD with songs by the Mamas & The Papas, The Byrds, and The Lovin’ Spoonful. For a mellower sound, try some Earth, Wind and Fire, Carpenters, Bread, pre-adolescent Donny Osmond, Simon and Garfunkel or The Jackson Five. Just remember to crank up the tunes, and have fun shaking your groove thing!


To create an authentic psychedelic 60’s or disco 70’s mood, start with a few light fixtures. The most popular? A mirror ball is a Retro party “must have.” Black lights and a strobe light are next in demand, as they provide great color and atmosphere, and can be added as needed according to your room size. Good lighting for a Retro party takes care of a good portion of your decorating needs.


This is a great theme to have students dress for, and oh-so-easy. Halter-tops, tube tops, hip-hugging bell-bottoms, fringed suede vests, go-go boots, anything tie-dyed, anything crocheted, spandex, a-line mini skirts…you name it! Add some love beads, part your hair down the middle and brush it straight, or don an Afro wig, put on your platform shoes, and you’re ready to disco.


Here are a few extra tips for pulling your funky look together for the biggest impact.
• Divide your dance site into two areas. Have one designated as your “disco” area, and the other designated as your “food” area. The disco area should be dimly lit, and your food area can be well lit, for students wanting a break from the action.
• If you are decorating a large area, drape our orange, yellow or lavender gossamer across ceilings or walls. Twist two or three colors together for a spectacular look.
• Check out Retro decorating kits to get students into the groove! The kits are great for photo backdrops, entrances, and focal points.
• Use retro cut-outs for funky table placemats and wall accents.
• Don’t forget to sprinkle the retro confetti on any uncovered surface!
• For an original touch on your Retro table, use a fine line black paint pen (available at craft and art supply stores) to draw little random happy faces, or piece signs on the handles of plastic cutlery. Tie the plastic flatware together with floral or satin ribbon…big impact at a little price!
• Sprinkle sparkle powder on the dance floor (not recommended on carpets) for a dazzling effect.
• Inflate bright yellow, orange, purple, lime green, and hot pink balloons — the more the better. Tie a 5-8 foot piece of silver curling ribbon to the end of each one. Using scotch tape, masking tape, or straight pins, hang balloons down from the ceiling so they hang at different lengths. Curl the loose end of the ribbon with scissors.
• Purchase some black light posters, velvet flocked if available, and hang them at angles on the walls for a truly psychedelic effect.

Food Ideas

The field is wide open to serve foods that you WISH were served in the good old days.
• Serve pizza, loaded hoagie sandwiches, a Mexican taco bar, heavy appetizers…your options are unlimited.
• The only thing that wouldn’t be appropriate for a Retro theme would be a formal meal. No good china allowed here!


Rather than waiting until students are making their exit to give them a favor which will add color and fun!
• Think glow in the dark! Check out glow-in-the-dark bracelets and necklaces. A guaranteed hit, and an absolute must for a Retro event!
• Imprinted scented candles make an awesome favor for a Retro dance.
• Give favors that would have been all the rage back in the 60’s and 70’s: mood rings, Love’s Baby Soft™ Cologne, pet rocks (as close as your garden), squirt rings, or toy VW Bugs (vintage style).

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