Sunday, March 8, 2009

Oh Yes, It's '80s night....

Our very wonderful friends, Jay and Lucie, organized an "'80s Night" party. Because this party was family-friendly, the kids were all in attendance, too - it was dinner and a selection of movies made in the 1980s. (I am fairly confident that part of Jay's heart lies in the 1980s for some reason, as he talks about it a lot... Keep in mind that Jay was born in 1971, just like me, so he was a kid/teen in the 1980s.)

Well, there were 4 families in attendance, and the females from these families decided that it would be fun to "dress the part". My 3 girls totally got into it, but, since they weren't alive in the '80s, all they really had for a frame of reference is what they've seen on TV - i.e. Full House and Family Matters. They really tried, but some of the fashions they chose were actually more appropriate for the '70s - tie-dye and peace sign necklaces. Alissa and Alex did rock the 80s costume jewelry that I used to wear (and still hang onto, for some crazy reason...)

I did my hair the way I would have in the '80s, I guess. I didn't dress up, per se, but when our friend Nicole came through the door, I almost peed my pants!! She totally looked the part. She had on a short sleeve t-shirt with the sleeves rolled, and jeans with the legs pegged. (Those of you that are around my age, don't even try to tell me that you didn't wear your jeans that way!!)

She also rocked the hairdo. She has naturally curly, curly hair, but she curled down her bangs in a roll like my sister Shari used to do. (I remember that one section of Shari's hair literally took HOURS for her to get perfect.) Then she spritzed up the top section of her head into a little poof. I really felt like we were looking at what could have been her freshman yearbook photo! She really took the dressing-up to the next level. It was perfection!

I think Alissa has a picture on her phone, I'll see if I can get her to send it to me. This one is the only one that we took with our camera, and it doesn't do Nicole's outfit justice at all:

(Clockwise: me, Nicole, Tania, Lucie, Alex and Abby...)

We watched "SpaceCamp". Now, anyone who knew me back in the day knows that I went through a genuine phase where I felt I was destined to be an astronaut and go up in space with the space shuttle. This movie was in my top 5 for many, many years. It was a huge kick to see it again after a few years. Yes, it's a campy movie, and that would never really happen - a group of kids accidentally getting sent into space. My kids didn't seem to love the movie like I remember loving it. But, the grownups did. (Jay and Lucie had NEVER seen it before?? I still can't figure that one out...)

Then, the little ones went home with a parent or grandparents, and Alissa took my girls home for a Disney movie. Jon and I stayed with Nicole and Jay and Lucie and watched The Goonies. My Jon loves this movie. I am not such a fan, but I watched in the spirit of '80s Night, and I actually found myself laughing out loud a couple of times.

Thank you friends, what a "totally" fun night! Who's planning the next theme party?


Krysti said...

Go Big Hair! :)
Gotta Love the 80's Parachute Jackets and pants! Mine were purple! :) Surprise, Surprise!

We still tucked our shirts into our pants with the waist of the pants at your waist which COVERS your belly button & your behind!

The movies Stripes, Top Gun, Ghostbusters, and the "Rocky" series.

Great music too! Journey, Styx, Bob Segar, Def Leppard, 38 Special, Foreigner

TV Shows--Family Ties, Cheers, The Cosby Show

YOU GO Jay and Lucie!!! GREAT IDEA!!!

Lots of fun! Lots of great times! Lots of memories! Lots of history! Topped off by the falling of the Berlin wall in 1989!

I REMEMBER!!! Okay! Now that all of you are laughing at me....

It couldn't possibly be 25 years since I graduated....but it is... I haven't gotten any older... but I think I've got wiser, I've gained responsibility and a mini-van...who would have thought!

Trust me! It was not my mom! :)

I'm going back to a Mustang after this minivan... I hope... :)

Love, Jackie (aka; your sister)

Can't wait to meet the fabulous neighborhood of friends! :) See you in June

Carrol said...

Glad you and Tiffany both had a great time at the 80's party.
Jon, just a thought about your sister's comment on what "Mom thought" - I was still wondering in the 80's if either one of you would EVER grow up or just keep bickering! Remember that comment about "I hope you have kids just like you!" ? I was glad to SURVIVE the 80's. So it's nice to know you all have good memories of the 80's. (How many times did we see that movie with the calderon of green eyes? What was that name - Conan the Barbarian?

Personally, I'd rather do a 50's party. I'm not that old am I? LOL

Love, Mom

RangersGirl said...

That sounds like fun! I had a *gasp* mullet my freshman year - - and perms -- oh my gosh! Still my hair would never get big. So depressing. Pegged jeans! I think those are making a come back. No one was wearing the polos with the collars up. I about fell over down at UVA all these guys walked by wearing two polo shirts with both collars up - - The theme was not 80s frat boy prep either, that is just how they dress.

Maybe I'll talk my friends into having an 80s party that would be a blast.