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Creative 90s Themed Birthday Party: Blast from the Past

The 90s was a vibrant and transformative era that left a lasting impact on culture, technology, and entertainment. It was a decade of iconic fashion, unforgettable movies, and lively music, which can be the inspiration for today’s birthday party. However, planning a 90s-themed birthday party can be difficult. How can you create the atmosphere even when you haven’t lived in that area yet? 

Scroll down to unlock a compilation of unique, imaginative birthday ideas and to get inspiration for your nostalgic party! 

1. 90s boy bands

90s boy bands

NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys conquered the globe in the past. Their harmonious vocals, synchronized dancing steps, fashionable bleached bowl haircuts, oversized shirts, and shining Reeboks were iconic then. 

What was your favorite boy band at that time? Pick one and let your friend come with you to cosplay this talented group at a birthday party and have a cover dance to their songs! 

2. Inflatable furniture

Inflatable furniture

The 90s embraced a space-age aesthetic in various design elements. Inflatable furniture, with its curvilinear shapes and shiny surfaces, perfectly aligned with the era’s vision of what modern and progressive living spaces should look like.

Using this inflatable furniture to decorate your birthday party is not a bad idea. Since your guests can sit down on the inflatable chair after their dancing, it is practical to buy them, not only for decor but also for their utility. 

3. Nintendo consoles

nintendo consoles

The late 1990s saw a surge in video gaming. With the emergence of mobile devices, gaming became portable and constant. So, as for a 90s-themed game birthday party, you can organize Nintendo games for the guests. Wearing comfy clothes, the host and the attendees can stay on the couch and play games together, which enhances their relationship. 

4. Pogs


Pogs have become a nostalgic symbol of the 90s for those who grew up during that era. Pogs were an integral part of schoolyard culture. This game is a good one for the playing night birthday party!

The game’s simple rules and the excitement of trading with friends made Pogs a favorite pastime during recess and lunch breaks. The party host and the guests can be brought back to the 90s era, which seems like they are still in secondary or high school, by this game. 

The guide: How to play Pogs 

5. Beanie babies

beanie babies famous 90s trends

These bean-stuffed small figures first appeared in 1993 and became one of the most famous “pets” of the ’90s. In 1997, Happy Meals introduced specific creatures, prompting children to push parents to visit all McDonald’s locations, collecting hundreds of little Beanies.

How about using these Beanies babies as a decoration at your kids’ birthday party? They are cute and come in various colors and sizes; your kids and their kiddo friends can play with these toys. 

6. The 90s “Rachel haircut” 

the 90s Rachel haircut

Jennifer Anniston’s haircut on the hit TV show Friends has become a big trend in the 90s era. Many ladies tried to imitate this wildly layered, straight fringe like her. It was the decade’s most imitated hairstyle!

This hairstyle is suitable for many types of faces, such as round faces, oval faces, etc,… Why not try it to go back to the 90s era, girls? It will be a big change for the 90s birthday party concept for sure! 

7. Fanny packs

fanny packs

In the 90s, a fanny pack – known as a belt pack, belly bag, and waist purse, evolved into fashionable accessories that combined utility with style. Whether paired with baggy jeans, oversized T-shirts, or athleisure wear, they became a staple in the wardrobes of fashion-conscious individuals.

Fanny packs can be used in outdoor birthday parties or parties linked with outdoor activities such as running, biking, etc. For a cycling competition party, the host and the guests can pack their important things while cycling. 

Funny 90s-Themed Birthday Party Ideas for Adults 

To create the perfect atmosphere for a 90s-themed birthday party, you should pay attention to decorations. Here are 8 popular 90s-themed party ideas for adults to blow your celebration up!

8. Sex and the City-themed party 

sex and the city-themed party

The Sex and the City-themed party might be exactly what you want. This concept has become an iconic 90s cultural reference, making it a theme that resonates with a wide audience. Guests can connect with the characters and storyline, enhancing the party experience. 

Where to get supplies: Sex and the City-themed party pack 

9. Karaoke bar

90s themed bar

At your 90s-themed birthday party, belt out some Britney Spears or JT! Karaoke cannot be missed out to include everyone in the celebration. However, ensuring the proper sound system and stage is critical to make the activity stand out. Neon lights, bold patterns, and iconic 90s symbols like smiley faces and peace signs adorn the walls. 

10. Aladdin themed party 

90s themed birthday party aladdin themed party

Animation movies in the 90s kicked off with Princess Jasmine as the first racially diverse Disney Princess (soon-to-be followed by Pochahantis and Mulan). At this party, the guests will dress like the characters in the Aladdin film, such as embroidered and Arabesque band-collar linen shirts, and eat a Turkish dish – Sultan’s delight, which is Jasmine’s favorite food. 

11. MTV birthday party 

90s-themed birthday party MTV

If you want to replicate the entire 90s-themed party, the MTV theme is a booming idea indeed! To recreate the MTV scene, a balloon backdrop with a 90s motif must include some of the decade’s favorite objects, such as cordless phones and bright boomboxes. 

This theme suits anyone who is a big fan of this famous television series. Wear an astronaut outfit and welcome your guest with the most unique greetings ever!

12. Paris Hilton-themed party

Paris Hilton-themed party

A 90s Paris Hilton-themed party is a fantastic choice for those who want to infuse their celebration with glamour, nostalgia, and a touch of celebrity-inspired fun. It’s an opportunity for guests to dress up, enjoy a luxurious atmosphere, and immerse themselves in the iconic style of a bygone era.

13. Hip-hop hooray birthday party

hip-hop hooray 90s themed birthday party

For a dance lover host, nothing is better than organizing a hip-hop hooray birthday party for her/him. This inclusive theme lets guests get creative with their outfits and dance moves. The host and the guests are free to wear anything they want so that the outfits are comfy enough to dance. 

Ideas for Creating a 90s Theme Party Playlist

To complete a 90s-themed birthday party, playing 90s music is a must, either through Pandora’s themed radio station or old CDs. 

If you don’t want to hire a live band, you may create an epic 90s playlist with the genres that defined the era. You’ll have complete control over the tone and atmosphere of your epic celebration. Among the most popular genres of the 1990s were:

  • Techno/Electronica: “Hey Boy Hey Girl” (The Chemical Brothers), “Right Here, Right Now” (Fatboy Slim), “Sandstorm” (Darude), “Be My Lover” (La Bouche)
  • Dance: “Vogue” (Madonna), “The Power” (Snap!), “Groove Is in the Heart” (Deee-Lite), “Rhythm of the Night” (Corona), “Move This” (Technotronic)
  • Britpop: “Wonderwall” (Oasis), “Song 2” (Blur), “Common People” (Pulp), “Alright” (Supergrass), “Bitter Sweet Symphony” (The Verve), “Just” (Radiohead) 
  • Grunge: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana), “Black Hole Sun” (Soundgarden), “Alive” (Pearl Jam), “Man in the Box” (Alice In Chains), “Plush” (Stone Temple Pilots)
  • Indie rock: “Fool’s Gold” (The Stone Roses), “Here Comes Your Man” (Pixies), “Girls & Boys” (Blur), “Cut Your Hair” (Pavement), “Feel the Pain” (Dinosaur Jr.)
  • Pop Disco: “I’m Every Woman” (Whitney Houston), “I Will Survive” (Gloria Gaynor), “Wannabe” (Spice Girls), “Vogue” (Madonna), “If You Had My Love” (Jennifer Lopez)
  • Pop Dance: “Baby One More Time” (Britney Spears), “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” (Backstreet Boys), “Wannabe” (Spice Girls), “Vogue” (Madonna), “The Sign” (Ace of Base)
  • Boy Band Hits: “Bye Bye Bye” (NSYNC), “Back for Good” (Take That), “Step by Step” (New Kids on the Block), “No Matter What” (Boyzone), “Swear It Again” (Westlife)
  • Girl Band Hits: “Say My Name” (Destiny’s Child), “No Scrubs” (TLC), “Never Ever” (All Saints), “Spice Up Your Life” (Spice Girls), “Free Your Mind” (En Vogue)

Suggestions for 90s Themed Party Food, Drinks, and Cake

Your visitors will have worked up an appetite after all of the fun and activities. Fortunately, offering some 90s delights won’t take long – most are heat and eat! 

pizza rolls 90s-themed birthday party

Pizza, in its numerous versions, was one of the most popular flavor trends of the 1990s. Pizza rolls or small pizza bagels would be perfect for a late-night snack. Lunchables, toaster strudel, and hot pockets are also excellent choices.

junk food

Furthermore, provides manufactured junk food such as Dunkaroos, Pringles, Cheez-Its, Cheetos, Fruit by the Foot, Dorito 3Ds, Bagel Bites, Bugles, Bubble Tape, Ring Pops, Flinstone Push-Up Pops, Pop-tarts. All snack flavors are nostalgic when we enjoy eating and chit-chat about the past, right?

fruity pebbles 90s themed birthday party

Candy and sweets were omnipresent in the 1990s. As a result, for your 90s-themed party, try putting up a candy bar where guests may fill their bags with their favorite goodies. Donuts topped in sweet serials such as Fruity Pebbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or Cocoa Puffs are additional options.

cocktail 90s-themed birthday party

The 1990s began the cocktail renaissance for drinks, with craft cocktails becoming popular. V-shaped glasses became popular, leading to cocktails combining fresh fruit and vodka. Hosting a 90s-themed birthday party with nostalgic beverages like Capri-sun, Fruitopia, or melted freezes is a great idea:

  • Anejo Highball: Anejo Highball was a popular and pleasant rum, ginger spice, and orange mix. 
  • Sour Apple Martini: Everyone was talking about this drink in 1997. It has vodka, sour apple liqueur, simple syrup, Grand Marnier, and lime cordial.
  • Champagne Cocktail: It’s a cocktail from the early 1990s that you can make by covering a sugar cube with bitters, placing it with cold cognac, topping it with champagne, and presenting it in a flute glass.
  • Jasmine Cocktail: This cocktail combines the Rutte dry gin, Italian red bitter liqueur, lemon juice, and sugar syrup in a mixing glass. Then, the bartender needs to shake all the ingredients well with ice, strain them into a coupe glass, garnish with a touch of lemon zest, and serve.
  • Strawberry Daiquiri: Strawberry and rum are the main ingredients in two variations of the Strawberry Daiquiri. One variation is a simple blend made from pureed strawberries, rum, sugar cane, and lime juice. Another variation is an island-style strawberry-banana drink.

Interesting Games and Activities for 90s-Themed Party

Trivia challenge

Interesting Games and Activities for 90s-Themed Party

The birthday party host creates a 90s-themed trivia game with questions about music, movies, fashion, and pop culture from the decade. Then, the guests are formed into teams to see who can recall the most about this iconic era. 

Guess the 90s movies

Guess the 90s movies

“Guess the 90s Movie” is a fantastic and entertaining game that takes participants on a nostalgic journey through the iconic films of the 1990s. This activity creates an atmosphere of fun and friendly competition among guests.  

Color painting activities  

90s-themed birthday party color painting activities

You can take your guests to the vibrant world of the 1990s by arranging a paint-and-sip near you. Look for splatter and paint party ideas for adults that mimic the era’s vibrant colors and exciting patterns!

Hit the tunes 

90s themed guess the tune game

The host creates slideshows of legendary album covers with the titles and band names covered for music-themed 90s party games and challenges your guests to name both. Besides, including more hints by playing snatches of each band’s most well-known songs might be a good idea.

Blockbuster watching

blockbuster watching

Before Netflix, there was Blockbuster, a popular 90s icon with its own party game! Everyone is scratching their heads as they recollect the decade’s most iconic moves in this Blockbuster game. 

90s trivia board game

90s themed birthday party trivia board game

If you can find a board game from the 90s, such as Dream Phone or Mall Madness, set it up for guests to play. Whether you’re a dedicated 90s enthusiast or just looking for a fun and interactive experience, these nostalgic games can be a fun and interactive addition to the party.

Dance challenge

90s-themed birthday party dance challenge

You can recreate the finest dances from the 1990s by creating a dancing challenge. With a playlist of popular 90s dance tunes, you can easily host a dance-off competition. The guests can give prizes for the best dance moves or the most authentic 90s dance style.

Playful 90s Theme Party Fashion Ideas

playful 90’s theme party fashion ideas

No 90s party is complete without attendees dressed in the nineties. Here are some fun and nostalgic fashion ideas to help you channel the playful spirit of the 90s at your themed party: 

  • Grunge Glam: You can embrace the grunge trend with flannel shirts, distressed denim, and combat boots and add a classic touch of glam with bold red lipstick or metallic accessories.
  • Double Denim Delight: If you want to rock the iconic double denim look, a denim jacket paired with jeans or a denim skirt is for you. Another bonus point is adding patches or pins for that extra 90s flair.
  • Neon Nostalgia: Neon was all the rage in the 90s. The guests can opt for vibrant, eye-catching colors in their outfits and mix and match neon tops with bold bottoms for an electric ensemble.
  • Overalls Overload: Overalls were a staple of 90s fashion. Whether short or full-length, wearing them with one strap down can be a great choice for the quintessential 90s look.
  • Crop Top Chic: Showing off your midriff with crop tops, matching with high-waisted jeans or skirts is good. To have a better look at your 90s-themed party, try to find funky patterns and bold prints to capture the essence of 90s style.

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Final Thoughts

Hosting a 90s-themed birthday party can relive your memories. To make your guests feel contented, you should consider using vibrant colors, patterns, and costumes and making invites colorful. From there, choosing the perfect location and theme, decorating with balloons and posters, hiring a DJ or creating a playlist, and incorporating fun activities make the party perfect. Finally, remember to have fun, and let’s dance the night away with your loved ones! 

Benjamin Collins

I’m Benjamin Collins, a gift ideas creator at Loveable. We specialize in unique and personalized gifts for any occasion. With my honed skills, I recommend gifts tailored to the recipient’s personality and interests, whether it’s Halloween, Christmas, or any other celebration.

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