Stranger Things is one of the most popular TV shows today and it’s been a huge hit with kids (and adults) everywhere. And it’s easy to see why – the show’s mix of nostalgic ’80s references, sci-fi elements, and a young cast make it popular with people of all ages.
Whether you’re planning your own Stranger Things-themed celebration or just looking for some ideas for how to throw one, we’ve got you covered.
We have 30+ ideas for food, decor and entertainment that will help you pull off the perfect Stranger Things birthday party. These will be sure to make your event a hit that will leave people talking for days!
Let’s get down to it!
Key Elements of Stranger Things Birthday Party
It’s your birthday, and you want to celebrate with a Stranger Things-themed party! No need to fear the darkness!
The creators of the show have made it clear that they want fans to be able to celebrate the series however they want, and they’ve given us some great resources to work with. Whether you want an elaborate costume contest or just some fun decorating ideas, we’ve got something for everyone!
We know that can be tough – especially if you’re not an expert on the show. And we can’t all be Eleven, who seems to have a knack for everything from algebra to hacking into government databases. But fear not: with these tips, you’ll be able to throw the best birthday party in Hawkins, Indiana (or wherever else you decide to host it).
So, what are the key elements of a Stranger Things birthday party?
- Snacks – First off, make sure you have enough food for everyone at your party. Nothing is worse than running out of snacks and having hungry kids running around. Make sure everyone has plenty to eat!
- Decor – Next, make sure you decorate the party with accessories that match the theme of Stranger Things. You can find all kinds of decorations online or even just by going into any store and looking around. You’ll be amazed how much stuff there is!
- Entertainment – Finally, make sure you have fun activities planned! You can organize different games or even get a band playing at your party. Stranger Things themed music and games will make everyone dance and have a blast!
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Decoration Ideas for Stranger Things Birthday Party
If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to decorate your Stranger Things birthday party, look no further! We’ve got all kinds of ideas for how to make your party as amazing as the show:
- Balloon wall – Blow up balloons in red, orange, yellow and black colors (or whatever ones you think fit the theme best). Then, attach them to each other with string so they form a large balloon wall behind. This will make for a memorable photo drop background for your guests!
- String lights – Light up your party by hanging up string lights from the ceiling. These will give the room a magical feel and keep your guests happy as they dance around!
- Get your retro vibes on – Find old radios, vinyls and any other oldies but goodies to use as decorations around your home or venue. If you have an old record player, you can even put it on display and play some tunes while guests arrive!
- Make a bulletin board – Gather old photographs, magazine clippings and other memorabilia. Hang up a map of Hawkins, Indiana and mark the locations of where each character lives with thumbtacks. These will be quick to set the vibe!
- Set up a photo booth – A fun new way to get people talking at your next party is to set up an 80s-themed photo booth with neon lights, boomboxes, and disco balls. Then, hand out disposable cameras so that guests can take pictures of each other getting their groove on. You can even get creative with props like wigs and sunglasses if you want to really ramp up the excitement.
Food Ideas for Stranger Things Birthday Party
- Eggo waffles on a stick – This is one of the most iconic foods from the show and makes for an easy treat. Try dipping the waffle in melted chocolate or sprinkling with powdered sugar for some added sweetness. You could also serve them alongside drinks before dinner or during dessert time.
- Monster eyeball cake – This is one of our favorite spooky treats to make because it’s so simple (and delicious)! Just bake your favorite cake recipe, frost with blue icing, and draw on white eyes using food coloring pens. Then add some silver balls for pupils and there you go!
- Upside down chocolate cake – This one might take a little more work than our other suggestions, but it’s definitely worth it! You will need to make a chocolate cake that’s been flipped upside down, topped with chocolate ganache and marshmallow fluff. It comes with two whole slices of cake so there is plenty to share with your friends!
- Don’t forget about the drinks – Have iced coffee, tea and soft drinks on hand for guests who are still feeling shaken up from last night’s episode (or just want to get in the mood).
Entertainment Ideas for Stranger Things Birthday Party
Wondering how to entertain your friends during your Stranger Things party? We’ve got some great ideas to help you throw the perfect event. This list is sure to get your creative juices flowing!
- Play music from the show – No party is complete without your favorite tunes! Play 80s music in the background during the event so that everyone can sing along and let off some steam. And of course – make sure you have the Stranger Things soundtrack on hand for when it gets dark outside!
- Prepare games – We can’t forget about games! You can go a more nostalgic route and set up an arcade game station with old school games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. Dungeons & Dragons has been a staple in the show from the very beginning. Don’t forget to play it with guests in between eating and chatting. You can also play games like “Who Would You Rather Be?” where you ask your guests to choose between two characters and then explain why they chose that specific character.
- Dress up – To get fully immersed into the Stranger Things universe – have your guests dress up as their favorite characters from the show (Eleven is always a crowd favorite). You can scour your closet and throw on an easy outfit or go all out and DIY an intricate costume. Either way, it will be sure to set the vibe and you’ll get some great photos!
We’re sure your party was out of this world! While you wait for the new Stranger Things season to drop, be sure to get inspired with other awesome event ideas in our Parties section!