90s Themed Party Ideas for Adults

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Aw, here it goes! Let’s get jiggy with it and party like it’s the 90s! Here you will find the ultimate list of 90s themed party ideas for adults. So break out those Beanie Babies from storage and let’s get to it!

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We’re talking 90s food, 90s party decor, 90s printables (free!), 90s songs, and 90s fashion ideas. Everything you need to host the most totally rad 90s theme party.

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All That and a Bag of Chips 90s Party Food

Let’s start with the 90s party food as everyone knows parties need good food. From classic treats & their spin-offs, popular savory dishes from the decade, and drinks, you’ll find it here.

90s Party Desserts and Treats

This is a cookie blog after all, so let’s do cookies and other sweet treats first!

I have a few tutorials for 90s inspired cookies that would be a total hit at any 90s party. Fans of Furby, Polly Pocket, and Tomagotchi will love these decorated sugar cookies.

Source: buttercreamparties.com

Did you love Lisa Frank like I did? Here’s a tutorial for Lisa Frank inspired cookies that are prefect for a 90s theme party. I just love all the fun colors!

Lisa Frank Cookies for 30th Birthday Ideas, 90s theme party
Source: buttercreamparties.com

Okay next up are these thick, fudgy brownies smothered in silky smooth chocolate ganache and topped with M&M candies. These taste even better than the Cosmic brownies you ate as a kid.

Cosmic Brownies from Baking Beauty
Source: bakingbeauty.net

We all remember Dunkaroos right!? Dipping cookies into delicious colorful frosting was a highlight of birthday parties and after school snacks. Check out a wonderful recipe for Dunkaroo Dip here.

Dunkaroo Dip for 90s Party from OurWabiSabiLife
Source: ourwabisabilife.com

If you are vegan or have vegan guests, you don’t have to miss out on the nostalgic Dunkaroo dip. You can find both vegan funfetti frosting and vegan Dunkaroo cookie recipes here. Da bomb!

Vegan Dunkaroos by Vegan Dollhouse Blog
Source: vegandollhouse.com

I remember Toaster Strudels were all the rage in the 90s. They were amazing for breakfast or an after school snack, after all. Serve these flaky apple-filled toaster strudels at your 90s party to get everyone reminiscing on the good days.

Apple Pie Toaster Strudels by Oh Sweet Culture Shock
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I was all about the pop-tart back in the day. I had these for breakfast, snack, and sometimes packed in my cold lunch. The strawberry, smores, and brown sugar cinnamon were my favorites. Here’s how you can make flavorful brown sugar cinnamon pop-tarts at home!

90s party pop tarts by savorthespoonful
Source: savorthespoonful.com

This pie will have your party guests bursting through the walls to get a slice. Okay, maybe they will choose the door. But still, this is a super fun and yummy Kool-Aid pie using an actual Kool-Aid packet. So much nostalgia!

90s party Kool Aid Pie
Source: sulaandspice.com

90s Party Candy

Everyone loves a good candy bowl at a party. To really bring in the nostalgia for your 90s party theme for adults, why not bring back the candy we ate as kids?

The Original Vintage Candy Company makes candy boxes for decades and even specific years. To throw the best 90s party, make sure to order the 1990s box. It has over 67 candies!

Hubba Bubba tape, Push Pop, Pixie Sticks, War Heads, Fun Dip, Ring Pop, and Runts were my favorites from the box but there are many more goodies in there!

90s Party Appetizers & Entrees

If you are hosting a 90s birthday party or 90s dinner party, you’ll want something a bit more substantial than sugar. Here are some popular recipes from the decade.

When I was growing up in the 90s, I absolutely loved Bagel Bites. Well, now you can make your own delicious bagel bites at home. As a bonus, these are allergy-friendly so everyone at the party can enjoy the pizza goodness.

Bagel Bites from Strength and Sunshine
Source: strengthandsunshine.com

Do you remember when hot lunch was macaroni & cheese day and they served it with smokies? I will always have that memory when I see Pigs in a Blanket, another 90s childhood favorite. Here is a delicious Pigs in a Blanket recipe for your 90s party. Bonus, it is made in the air fryer! Word!

Pigs in a Blanket by On My Kids Plate
Source: onmykidsplate.com

Okay how fun are these adult lunchables? Instead of making a large charcuterie board, put together some adult lunchables to hold the meat, crackers, and cheese. Guests can either take a whole container as an entrée or they can pick and choose what they want from all the lunchables. So fun!

Adult Lunchable from Sugarspiceneverythingnice
Source: sugarspiceneverythingnice.com

You can always go with the classic Kraft Macaroni & Cheese as well. To kick up the flavor & creaminess, try making Kraft Mac & Cheese in the instant pot.

90s party Kraft Mac & Cheese by Adventures of a Nurse
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A real winner at a 90s party would be Hot Pockets of course. Make your own Hot Pockets to impress your friends for a fun throwback appetizer.

Fans of Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT! program will love these personal pan pizzas.  By the way, this program still totally exists in case you didn’t know. I would so like to be a kid again.

90s party pizza hut pizza by thecozycook
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If your family resembled mine in any way, I am guessing you had Hamburger Helper from time to time. It was so easy and there was just something about prepacked dinners we loved in the 90s. To serve a healthier option that pleases the tastebuds, check out this cheeseburger macaroni from scratch.

90s party hamburger helper by the copper table
Source: thecoppertable.com

Da Bomb 90s Party Drinks

The 90s were all about Kool-Aid as a kid. It was so fun when my mom let me choose the flavors at the store and then mix them up in a pitcher once we got home.

You can totally bring back that 90s nostalgia with this amazingly delicious and refreshing party punch.

90s party kool aid punch by Fantabulosity
Source: fantabulosity.com

Okay this next drink takes us 90s kids back for sure. I’m talking about a drink inspired by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael. That’s right, these Ninja Turtle Shots are full of fun and flavor.

90s themed party ideas for adults ninja turtle shots
Source: recipe-diaries.com

Any Super Mario fans out there? My husband and I love to bring out the Nintendo 64 every once in a while and this next drink is fun for any Mario fans. This Super Mario Piranha Plant Cocktail by Glasgow Foodelicious features it’s own edible piranha plant for an extra fun drink.

90s party Super Mario Cocktail by Glasgow Foodelicious
Source: glasgowfoodelicious.com

Another popular drink at the time was orange soda. I like to think it was made famous by Kenan and Kel by that is probably a stretch. Although, it’s popularity in the 90s likely arose because of the two entertainers.

The 90s also brought lots of fun colors and fruity flavors. Snapple, Fruitopia, Clear Pepsi, SoBe (who has an abundance of cocktail ideas with SoBe as a mixer), Surge, Arizona Tea, and Kool-Aid Bursts come to my mind.

Unfortunately, a lot of 90s drinks have disappeared from the market. You can still find Kool-Aid Bursts, Snapple, and Arizona Tea.

Oh, and we can’t forget all of those got milk? advertisements! It may be fun to throw some cartons of milk into an ice bucket. Who knows, maybe someone will grab one!

Popular 90s Cocktails

If you are throwing a 90s theme party for adults, you may want to consider adding some alcoholic beverages that were popular at the time. Here are some popular drinks from the decade that will have you feeling like a professional bartender.

White Russian

white russian for 90s party theme for adults

Speaking of milk, the White Russian was a popular drink in the 90s. To make a simple White Russian, mix 2 ounces of vodka with one ounce of Kahlua and a splash of cream.

Appletini

appletini for 90s party theme for adults

Just as non-alcoholic fruity drinks were popular in the 90s, so were alcoholic drinks. The Appletini was commonly ordered at the bar during this time.

To make an Appletini, mix one ounce of vodka with one ounce of Sour Apple Schnapps, one ounce of Triple Sec, a half ounce of lemon juice, and a half ounce of simple syrup.

Lemon Drop

lemon drop for 90s party theme for adults

Another popular martini from the 90s was the lemon drop. To make a simple yet delicious Lemon Drop, start with lining the rim of your martini glass with lemon juice. Then, dip the glass into sugar.

For the cocktail, combine two ounces of vodka, 3/4 of an ounce of Triple Sec, one ounce lemon juice, and 3/4 of an ounce of simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain over the sugar rimmed martini glass.

Mint Mojito

mint mojito for 90s party theme for adults

The Mint Mojito was another popular choice in the 90s.

To make a Mint Mojito, combine 10 mint leaves and the  juice from half a lime into a cocktail mixer. Muddle the mint leaves into the lime juice to help bring out the mint flavor.

Then, add two tablespoons white sugar and 1.5 ounces of white rum into the cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake and then strain over a Collins glass and top with club soda. Garnish with some extra mint leaves.

Aiight 90s Party Decorations

To throw a phat 90s party, you’ll need a few decorations. I’ve included some free printable downloads to get you started.

You’ll find a welcome sign “Aw, here it goes” to print and place for your guests to see right away. You’ll also get a fun printable of 90s pop culture so you can properly experience the nostalgia.

Lastly, I’ve included popular songs from the country, rap/hip hop, rock, and pop music of the 90s. Set these out around the room/house/party venue and your guests will have lots of memories to share.

Grab your free full size 90s party printables here.

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Grab your free full size 90s party printables here.

While free printables are pretty rad, you’re going to want a bit more decor to spruce up your 90s party. Here are some fun ideas I found on Amazon for a 90s party theme for adults.

First up are these awesome hanging clip art decorations. I love the idea of putting them right at the entrance to the party so your guests are immediately thrown back to the 90s. Plus, there are some really fun quotes from popular TV back then and my favorite 90s clipart, the alien head.

I’m bringing Lisa Frank up again because it really was a core memory from the 90s. These dolphin balloons with the rainbow leopard table runner just need to be at any 90s party in my opinion.

Can we have a moment for these plates?! These paper plates will be a conversation starter for sure when guests are getting their 90s party food. Hey Arnold! Move it, Football Head!

If 90s cartoons aren’t your focus for the party, check out these floppy disc napkins and CD paper plates! Jiggy.

Don’t forget, if you still have VHS tapes or CDs you’ve held onto, bring those out for decoration as well! As I mentioned above, bring out those Beanie Babies, plastic heart covered tags & all!

100 Songs for Your Fly 90s Party Songs Playlist

Here’s a list of popular songs from the 90s to add to your playlist. If it were my party, I’d add all these songs and have a major 90s throwback across all genres.

90s Country Music Hits

  1. Boot Scootin’ Boogie by Brooks & Dunn
  2. Fancy by Reba McEntire
  3. Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson
  4. Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter
  5. That Don’t Impress Me Much by Shania Twain
  6. I Like it, I Love it by Tim McGraw
  7. Wide Open Spaces by The Chicks
  8. Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks
  9. Check Yes or No by George Strait
  10. This Kiss by Faith Hill
  11. T-R-O-U-B-L-E by Travis Tritt
  12. Indian Outlaw by Tim McGraw
  13. The Thunder Rolls by Garth Brooks
  14. Summer’s Comin’ by Clint Black
  15. If I Know Me by George Strait
  16. Should’ve Been a Cowboy by Toby Keith
  17. She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy by Kenny Chesney
  18. Gone Country by Alan Jackson
  19. Watermelon Crawl by Tracy Byrd
  20. How Do You Like Me Now?! by Toby Keith
  21. She’s in Love With The Boy by Trisha Yearwood
  22. Achy, Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus
  23. Any Man of Mine by Shania Twain
  24. My Maria by Brooks & Dunn
  25. How Do I Live by LeAnn Rimes

90s Rock Music Hits

  1. When I Come Around by Green Day
  2. Say it Ain’t So by Weezer
  3. Mr. Jones by Counting Crows
  4. Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  5. Hey Jealousy by Gin Blossoms
  6. Creep by Radiohead
  7. Glycerine by Bush
  8. Bulls on Parade by Rage Against the Machine
  9. Santeria by Sublime
  10. All the Small Things by Blink-182
  11. Song 2 by Blur
  12. Santa Monica by Everclear
  13. Two Princes by Spin Doctors
  14. Wonderwall by Oasis
  15. Push by Matchbox 20
  16. Today by Smashing Pumpkins
  17. Come as You Are by Nirvana
  18. Drive by Incubus
  19. Fly by Sugar Ray
  20. Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind
  21. Even Flow by Pearl Jam
  22. Rooster by Alice in Chains
  23. Slide by Goo Goo Dolls
  24. Champagne Supernova by Oasis
  25. Monkey Wrench by Foo Fighters

90s Pop Music Hits

  1. MMMBop by Hanson
  2. Wannabe by Spice Girls
  3. No Scrubs by TLC
  4. Torn by Natalie Imbruglia
  5. You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette
  6. I’ll Be There for You by The Rembrandts
  7. Baby One More Time by Britney Spears
  8. Everybody by Backstreet Boys
  9. Bidi Bidi Bom Bom by Selena
  10. Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
  11. Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
  12. Tearin’ Up My Heart by NSYNC
  13. Don’t Speak by No Doubt
  14. Genie in a Bottle by Christina Aguilera
  15. Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve
  16. Barbie Girl by Aqua
  17. Always Be My Baby by Mariah Carey
  18. C’est Le Vie by B*Witched
  19. Closing Time by Semisonic
  20. You Get What You Give by New Radicals
  21. What is Love by Haddaway
  22. Only Wanna Be With You by Hootie and The Blowfish
  23. Around The World by Daft Punk
  24. Believe by Cher
  25. What’s My Age Again by Blink-182

90s Rap & Hip Hop Music Hits

  1. Hypnotize by Notorious B.I.G.
  2. Doo-Wop by Lauryn Hill
  3. Pony by Ginuwine
  4. Changes by 2Pac
  5. Gittin’ Jiggy Wit It by Will Smith
  6. No Diggity by Blackstreet
  7. Regulate by Warren G
  8. The Boy is Mine by Brandy & Monica
  9. It Was a Good Day by Ice Cube
  10. Butterfly by Crazy Town
  11. Thong Song by Sisqo
  12. Shoop by Salt-N-Pepa
  13. Return of The Mack by Mark Morrison
  14. Ghetto Supastar by Pras
  15. Love Like This by Faith Evans
  16. Creep by TLC
  17. Freak Like Me by Adina Howard
  18. Get It On Tonite by Montell Jordan
  19. Too Close by Next
  20. Real Love by Mary J. Blige
  21. Are You That Somebody by Aliyah
  22. Gin and Juice by Snoop Dogg
  23. Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang by Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg
  24. My Name Is by Eminem
  25. Big Pimpin’ by Jay Z

90s Party Games Bada Bing Bada Boom

Let’s start off with some DIY games and activities. After all, in the 90s, things were simpler.

We all remember Tetris and the adrenaline rush we’d get wondering if we’d be able to fit our piece in time. Well this fun activity involves making your own Tetris game pieces. I’m envisioning these placed onto the fridge and having party guests play as they mill around the kitchen.

90s party tetris magnets from moms and crafters
Source: momsandcrafters.com

Some more options: take out some paper and pens & have everyone play MASH. Play a game of Truth or Dare, not forgetting to double-dog-dare, of course.

You could also ask guests to bring their favorite games from the 90s. Here are some ideas:

  1. Twister
  2. Operation
  3. Guess Who?
  4. Yahtzee
  5. The Settlers of Catan
  6. Dream Phone
  7. Girl Talk
  8. Mouse Trap
  9. Sorry!
  10. Hungry Hungry Hippos
  11. The Game of Life
  12. Candy Land
  13. Chutes and Ladders
  14. Jumanji
  15. Cranium
  16. Taboo
  17. Jenga
  18. Battleship
  19. Connect Four
  20. Bop It

If you want some fresher options, we can look no further than Amazon.

For instance, did you know you can buy a Tamagotchi? I definitely thought those things were extinct. I don’t suggest buying everyone at the party their own Tamagotchi but it would be so fun to have one out for a bit of nostalgia.

For the ultimate 90s trivia game, check out Hella 90s. You will not be disappointed! Some of this trivia is super difficult so even the biggest 90s buffs need to be up for the challenge. Trivia is always a good idea at parties to get everyone into the spirit.

If you are a fan of Cards Against Humanity, you should know that they have a 90s card pack edition. I can say from experience that this one is a lot of fun.

Now to throw it back to the actual 90s, remember Cat’s Cradle? This is a great activity to have out on a coffee table or just someplace where people may be chatting. I’ll bet someone will pick it up and show off their skills!

This game I will admit I have not played. HOWEVER, it has amazing reviews and sounds like a fun time for the adult crowd so I had to include it. The description states it is a 17+ game so let’s make sure the kiddos are in bed or at home with a babysitter.

If you are anything like my family, you may have some Nintendo gaming consoles laying around in a basement or garage. I love to bring out the Nintendo 64 and some Mario Kart or Diddy Kong when I have people over for a party, 90s or not.

I will warn you, there may be some bragging rights for the winner until the next party. Booyah!

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Majorly Fun 90s Party Fashion Finds

The 90s bring me back to overalls, fun colors and wacky prints, JNCO jeans, daisy flowers, fanny packs, smiley faces, and let’s not forget, friendship bracelets.

Prepare for your 90s party by making some 90s friendship bracelets to share with everyone. Alternatively, have a friendship bracelet making station set up at the party.

Friendship Bracelets for a 90s Party Provided by SarahMaker
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Remember butterfly clips? Of course you do. We don’t want to leave those out so make sure to pick some of those up for guests to spruce up their hair at the party.

While we’re at it, let’s not forget to add the iconic choker necklaces.

For some reason it was all about the gold chains back in the 90s, too.

Our 90s party ensemble would be incomplete without our D.A.R.E. fanny pack!

For the main outfit, try rummaging through your childhood bedroom storage. If you can’t find your old windbreaker, D.A.R.E. shirt, JNCOs, overalls, tie-dye, sports jerseys, or wacky patterned clothes, I’ve found some fun options on Amazon.

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5 Comments

  1. Oh, the ’90s were the best time of my youth! You reminded me of songs and made me travel in time. Thank you for this great post!

  2. Oh my gosh, I love all of these ideas!! I need to make some of these ASAP.

  3. Emily Flint says:

    I love this post and now I want to have a 90’s party! Thanks for putting together an awesome list of things to make and do for a 90’s get-to-gether!

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