Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Channeling the '80s

We had an '80s party at our church last Sunday and it was really interesting. Sunday afternoons the different age-based departments gather together and fellowship with one another. Every last Sunday of the month all the departments unite to hold a little party for those who celebrated their birthday that month. The '80s themed party was actually my idea, but just for the 30-somethings. I didn't think the other age groups would have been able to relate, but our leader thought it should be a bigger activity including all the departments. Anyway, I printed out a "You Know You're a Kid of the '80s..." list and posted it on one of the bulletin boards along with pictures of ourselves from that decade (uh, yeah, we were seriously unattractive - that era has got to be the worst when it comes to style). We also had an exhibit (mostly my Dad's things) that included a Reader's Digest, a camera (something like this), a Sweet Valley Twins book and a Sweet Valley High book, a bus stub, my Dad's old AG ID (before we became our own group, we were under Assemblies of God), an old bag that had an authentic "Sigaw ng Bayan, LABAN" sticker from the 1986 presidential campaign (we were solidly for Cory Aquino then - if anybody's interested I'm supporting the Gordon-Bayani tandem this year. I'll leave it at that because I don't discuss politics here as a rule. If you want to know my reasons, email me.;-D), now-defunct paper bills and coins (my Dad has a HUGE collection - just one of his many other collections. I get my pack rat ways from him, lol), my Mom's Tatiana and Shalimar (for the event she also wore Diorella and almost got Chip and myself wheezing; it was so overpowering), etc. Btw, I won the best costume award. I let the frizz loose and then did that half-ponytail with the slight pompadour (something like this, and sported a super large sports shirt, denim pedal pushers, socks and sneakers, and seriously fugly make-up - in other words, I channeled my 12-year-old self, complete with the thicker eyebrows... Everybody said that was exactly how I looked back then. Gee, thanks. My sister Chip channeled Debbie Gibson, while Mom came as a (much) heavier Olivia Newton-John (and yes, she was singing "Let's Get Physical" the entire time she was getting ready). I didn't have '80s clothes for Marguerite, but I swept up her hair in a side ponytail. Gah, I'll update this with pics later - calling on Kaycee, can I have copies of the pics you took?
And then I facilitated two of the games. One had something to do with music. They were supposed to identify the product brand for commercial jingles, (ex. Coke's Future of the World) identify the TV show for the theme songs (ex. Perfect Strangers), and sing part of the song for the church songs (ex. Can You Reach My Friend). The other game was '80s Jeopardy. The categories were Gremlines, Un-Current Events, That's Entertainment, Germ's Special, and Inday Vote-Eh. Chip helped me with both games. In Jeopardy, she kept score and hummed the Jeopardy theme for us. Fun, fun day.

Updated with these pics (thanks to Kaycee):

9 comments:

Me-an said...

Who would forget the "Elizabeth and Jessica" the characters from Sweet Valley. The ever loving twins. I can still remember that I have to make sure that I buy the latest book of Sweet Valley...from teen edition up to Saga. (oohh..reminiscing the past makes me smile)

And it seems that your party is awesome. Who would say that we still need to wait for Christmas just to have an 80's party theme...

spinninglovelydays said...

Hi, Me-an. Certainly not us, lol. We'd grab any excuse to put on costumes. :)

Jade said...

Oh my gosh I am also an 80's kids...parang ang tanda na natin :)

spinninglovelydays said...

Hi, Jade. Di ba? Since when did the '80s get to be all retro? That was just a few minutes ago! lol

The Rooster Crows at 4am! said...

Sounds like you had a great party. Child of the 80's? You are so young!
I was born in the 50's so that makes me REALLY ancient!

chip said...

ate, you didn't have to wear the big shirt and the shorts because your hair was enough to beat the rest of us who came in costume...i was right about the candace cameron bit, wasn't i?:)

spinninglovelydays said...

@Dave: How relative age is, lol. The '50s would make a great party theme too. :)

@Chip: I know. The hair totally ruled! You got to see the pic? lol

Race said...

Wow what a journey back in time, hahaha i enjoyed it know why? i'm a kid/teener of the 80's and though we laugh at the old days' fashion we must admit we're happy then. i love the 80's music! it's quite exciting to reminisce the past and i love your post!

spinninglovelydays said...

Thanks, Race. Life was certainly simpler then and joys more shallow. :)