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Friday, 7 April 2017

Eye-catching 80s Party Invitations

Totally 80s Party Invitations x 8



Picture the scene. You've spent a lot of time and money on making your 80s party/event the best in town, but then you send out a bland, poorly designed invite to your guests. Worse still, you forget to send out any invitations at all!

You'd be amazed at the number of poor quality invites I've received over the years. From the off, they give a very bad impression of your party, and if you can't be bothered to send out a decent invite, then chances are that your guests just won't bother turning up.

In this post, I'm going to show you where to find eye-catching invites that your with really grab everyone's attention, ensuring that people will want to go to your party.

Quite possibly, the best online range of invites in a digital format can be found at Etsy, and they deliver worldwide - just change your currency at the bottom of their website. Most of these can be downloaded digitally. You can then print as many as you need using your own printer.

Above are just four examples of the hundreds of designs available. Whatever 80s style you're looking for, you're likely to find it at Etsy.

If you prefer a more traditional, ready-printed set of invites then try Amazon. However, the range of designs is very limited compared to Etsy. Firstly, here are the designs I discovered at Amazon.com (US). Some different designs are available at the UK site.

80s Party Invites at Amazon.com

80s Party Invites at Amazon.co.uk



I particularly like the "Let's Party" invites which certainly grab your attention! For quirkiness, the pink zebra stripes are a winner.

The biggest range of printed 80s invitations can be found at Zazzle. They are priced individually and have just about every design you can think of. Although more expensive than buying a multi-pack from Amazon, you receive a more unique design that you can really impress your guests with.

Below are just a few of my favourite designs available at zazzle.co.uk. However, you can order from across the globe by changing your currency on the site.

Well, I hope I have helped you find some decent sources for 80s party invites. May I wish you every success with your party.



Tuesday, 7 March 2017

80s Madonna Fancy Dress Costume

http://www.simplyeighties.com/madonna-costumes-us.php#.VSLDd-EcHIU

Like A Virgin outfit
80s Pop Star Costume for Ladies

I'm going to start with costumes based on Madonna's outfit from the film Desperately Seeking Susan.

Available in five sizes from 8 to 26, this fabulous Madonna style costume includes a jacket with leopard print detail, a matching black top, black tutu, black lace gloves, necklace and hairpin. I found three suppliers selling this outfit at Amazon.com (use the link above), but it is more widely available and cheaper at the UK store.

You can actually compare suppliers for this item at Amazon.co.uk using the comparison list you can also the customer ratings for each supplier.

For the very best value both in the UK and US, I highly recommend trying ebay where there are plenty of suppliers selling not only this costume, but many other Madonna costumes, too, and the prices are the best I've seen.

Below are all of the different items I found at Amazon UK. The first five are the best value and available at very low prices, and you may prefer the third and fourth outfits with the dungarees which actually is the most authentic choice in terms of looking like Madonna in the film. It's also useful if you're not comfortable with showing off your legs, of course.



However, there is no doubt that you may find even cheaper prices on ebay where many of the leading fancy dress suppliers all have their own stores. A price of around £13.99 is available for sizes up to 14, although for sizes above this you can expect to pay around £18.


Please note that the blonde, spiral perm wig is not included with any outfit.

View All Madonna Wigs at Amazon.co.uk.

The costume captures Madonna's Desperately Seeking Susan movie look (from 1985) perfectly, and it has also been a popular choice at my website - visit the Madonna fancy dress page at simplyeighties.com for more costume ideas.

Alternative Costumes


These outfits also borrow heavily from Madonna's style and are available at very decent prices. The first outfit includes the skirt, lace top, vest, leggings and belt and is for sizes 16-18. The second costume includes a tank top, lace over blouse, pants (with belt) and the skirt - it looks very 80s! Annoyingly, no size is given but I would suggest that it is a standard size (10-12).

Madonna Accessories


For an even more complete Madonna style, then you will definitely want to add a crucifix necklace;. Please note that some costumes come with a necklace and others do not, so check the details before ordering.


Although not an official Madonna fancy dress accessory, the first cross is great value and has been receiving good customer reviews. Although more expensive, the second cross also includes the beaded necklaces.

Compare Suppliers and Prices for the Monks Crucifix

You can read more about Madonna fashion and see many more outfit ideas at my website SimplyEighties.com.

See more Madonna Accessories (UK) at my website where you can create your own costume from head to toe!



Monday, 27 February 2017

Space Invaders T-shirts

It was 39 years ago when Space Invaders first hit the arcades, which makes me feel very old indeed! Do you remember the feeling you had when you played Space Invaders for the very first time?

I remember playing the arcade version at our local youth club. A whole group of kids would gather around to watch you wipe out the lines of invaders that were forever creeping towards you, and it was that simple but menacing "dum dum" sound of the aliens which increased in speed that really got to me.

In 1980, the game was released on the Atari 2600 and helped to quadruple sales of the console. The arcade version was still highly popular, with Taito having sold around 300,000 cabinets in Japan alone by 1980.

One of the best ways to publicly show your appreciation for this true video gaming classic is with a T-shirt. There are bucketloads of superb designs available, and in this post I'm going to show you where to find the best designs.

Space Invaders Cabinet Monster Black Gamer T-ShirtSpace Invaders Monster Baseball Tee -Unisex Sized Base Ball T Shirt T-Shirt - Mens Black and White, XX-Large XXLSpace Invaders Monster Baseball Tee -Unisex Sized Base Ball T Shirt T-Shirt - Womens Black and White, XX-Large XXL

I want to start by showing you some designs which feature the monster from the arcade cabinet. We all remember him don't we? Well, maybe you're not old enough, but he certainly made the cabinet more visually appealing.

Try as I might, I could not find the T-shirts above on the U.S. Amazon. However, you may also like to try ebay where the design is also being sold. The suppliers are UK based, but will ship to the U.S.

Space Invaders Monster Shirts at ebay (UK, US, Canada, Australia)

Space Invaders T-shirts at Redbubble.com

Redbubble have a very unique range of tees designed by independent artists. There are no official designs, but It's a great place to find a quirky design that is not being sold anywhere else and you'll also be supporting a cash-strapped individual artist. They ship worldwide and each design is available for men and women and can be printed on a wide range of tops.

See all Space Invaders Shirts at Redbubble

Here is an example of what's available...



I particularly like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles invaders design is printed on both the front and back of the tee. You can choose from 18 colours and sizes up to 3XL.

If you owned an Atari 2600, then you will probably also remember that artwork on the game box which is featured in the first tee above.

Space Invaders T-shirts at Amazon.com (United States)

As you would expect, there are plenty of suppliers selling tees at Amazon. Below is a selection of my favourite designs. It's just a tiny example of what's available, of course. Prices are competitive and you'll also find official designs here. Scroll down for the UK store.

View All Space Invaders Shirts at Amazon.com

Classic Retro Space Invaders Graphic Printed Unisex Men / Women T-shirt - Black - LargeMen's Space Invaders 80s T-Shirt, BlackXX-Large Charcoal Adult Space Invaders Retro Gaming Triblend T-ShirtSpace invaders Retro Raglan T-Shirt


Space Invaders T-shirts at Amazon UK

Here are my four picks from the British store. I particularly like the first design which has a distressed look and it will look like you've owned it for quite some time.
Space Invaders T-Shirt Mens Black Top Tee T Shirt LargeChristmas Space Invaders Men's T-ShirtSpace Invaders Men's Headphones Regular Fit Short Sleeve T-Shirt, Black, X-LargeLOGOSHIRT Men's Space Invaders-from Outer Space Casual Shirt, Black, Medium


Space Invaders T-shirts at Tostadora

Tostadora have a great range of very reasonably priced T-shirts. They ship to the UK and across Europe. Here are my top four picks.

See All Space Invaders T-shirts at Tostadora

Darth Vader Invaders Star Wars T-shirtMono Space Invaders T-shirt for MenSpace Invaders Red T-shirt1970s Space Invaders Logo T-shirt

The first design features the clever use of the word Vader, and if you're a fan of both Star Wars and the classic game then this is the perfect T-shirt!

I would like to leave you with the following two designs which are available at 8Ball T-shirts. They ship globally with free delivery available in the UK.



Well, I hope I have helped you to choose from a substantial range of tees.

You may also want to visit the following pages at my website;

Space Invaders T-shirts at Simplyeighties.com (UK)

Space Invaders Free Game at Simplyeighties.com


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