90s Dress Up Party Ideas

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As a decade, the 1990s had its fair share of memorable fads and makes a great theme for a costume party. Between 1990 and 1999, fashion, music, and technology trends came and went rather quickly. From costumes to music, there is a wide variety of 1990s topics that can be touched on for the big party.



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Make invitations that capture the theme. Use pictures of '90s icons like The Fresh Prince, Nirvana, the Spice Girls, or Seinfeld. References to Y2K, the Monica Lewinsky scandal or pogs are other classic additions. Be sure to tell guests that 1990s-style costumes are expected.

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Costume Ideas

The 1990s had an array of fashion fads: overalls worn with one or both straps unbuttoned; pants worn backwards like Kris Kross; backwards and sideways baseball caps; sagging jeans with boxer shorts underneath. Band t-shirts featuring Pearl Jam, Soundgarden or Nirvana were popular, as were bleached-blond hair and fanny packs. Teenage girls sported midriff-exposing shirts with bellybutton rings. If these ideas don't inspire you, consider dressing up like a famous 1990s celebrity such as Baby Spice, Kurt Cobain, Bill Clinton, Ross Perot, anyone from "Friends," the Fresh Prince or one of the Saved By the Bell characters.



Liven up the party with a classic 1990s play list. For hip hop, don't forget to include MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Pop music trendsetters like TLC, Backstreet Boys, Jewel and Alanis Morissette are also musts for a 1990s theme. Grunge hits and 90s rock from Nirvana, the Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Sublime, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, U2, Metallica and Limp Bizkit will bring nostalgic moments to the party.


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Have your guests bring classic photos of themselves from the '90s and set them up on a board or lay them out on a table. Bust out the old Nintendo 64 or Sega Genesis for the evening. And put on The Macarena by Los Del Rio to get everyone dancing.


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