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Bring back the German 80s!

Hi guys! It was “someones” birthday this weekend. And as this “someone” was born in the 80s, she decided to organize an German 80s revival party. So today, I would like to use this post to give you some advise for your own German (!)  80s revival party – and if you’ve never thought of planning one, these pictures will convince you that life without it is just not worth living… 😉

1.) Fashion

Many different styles existed. You could come as a punk or a popper, you could dress like Madonna or Nena (the girl from 99 red balloons) or you could just look horrible by wearing this:

fashion in the 80s

Let’s talk about the details quickly: You want to look sporty, so you use comfy trousers as Moritz does. Especially beautiful is a mix of all colours that exist. You can also show your sporty attitude by wearing a wide sweater, a headband or sweat band. Again, the more colourful the better! Then denim is always a good choice – of course in light blue and washed optic. When it comes to jewelry, you pick everything that’s made out of plastic and that is pink. But most important is, of course, the hair! Here, the mullet is a MUST. In German it’s called “Vokuhila” which is short for “Vorne kurz, hinten lang” (short in the front, long in the back). And as Moritz demonstrates here very nicely, it just suits everybody! 😉

2.)  Decoration

You need some original posters from the 80s. If you don’t have some in your basement, you’ll find heaps of them on eBay. Just pick some celebrities, everybody loves, like Kylie Minogue…

Kylie Minogue in the 80s

…or David Hasselhoff.

A poster of David Hasselhoff on an German 80s revival party

What do you mean by saying, nobody loves him? Didn’t I mention it’s a GERMAN 80s revival party?! 😛

You could also organize some original magazines from the 80s. It’s fun reading them and your guests can compare the dresses of each other with the pictures of celebrities. A famous magazine for teenagers in Germany is and was Bravo. Again, you’ll find Bravos of all decades on eBay.

Original Bravo from the 80s

Last but not least, you can buy some fun 80s decoration, like napkins, tablecloths, balloons and so on in online shops.

80s napkins

3.) Food and Drinks

Bowle (punch) was famous in the German 80s. One of the most loved ones was “Schlammbowle” (“mud punch”). And after having tried it, I can only confirm that it tastes really nice!

80s famous Schlammbowle

Here’s how it’s done:

You need:

1 bottle of Vodka

2 bottles of passion fruit juice

1 glass of cherries

1 small pack of vanilla ice cream

One night before the party, you put the cherries into the vodka. On the day of the big event, you simply mix the vodka and cherries with the passion fruit juice and put the ice cream on top of it. When the ice melts into the Bowle, it starts to look muddy. But believe me, it tastes delicious.

It’s also a good idea, to provide a non-alcoholic Bowle for everybody who has to drive. Here’s what “someone” offered to her guests:

80s non-alcoholic juice "Bowle"

It’s a juice Bowle which is very easy to do, too.

You need:

1 honeydew melon

1 glass of litchies without stones (you can use fresh ones too, of course)

1 glass of peaches (again, fresh one are great, too)

1 bottle of orange juice

1 bottle of pineapple juice

Simply cut the melon into small pieces, mix the other fruits and pour the juices over it. Et voilà, you’ve just created a very tasty non-alcoholic Bowle! 🙂

If you want to present some typical food for the 80s, just prepare a “Käseigel” (cheese hedgehog). You need a polystyrene ball, toothpicks, little cubes of cheese and some olives and grapes.

80s Käseigel

4.) Music

In Germany, the 80s were the time of the “Neue Deutsche Welle”, the German version of punk and new wave. Famous artists and songs were:

That’s how you can bring back the German 80s for one night 🙂

And by the way, this “someone” who came up with the crazy idea of asking her friends to dress up horribly and who served all this strange kind of food and drinks was actually -you would NEVER guess it 😉 – me.  😀


Hello and welcome to "living in Stuttgart". I am Mel and I love this beautiful city. There are so many things to explore, I can't wait sharing them with you. So come along and let me show you Stuttgart the way I see it.

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