Thursday, May 24, 2012

What's Your Decade?

Tomorrow our good friend Reed is turning 40.  In honor of his big day, his wife, Nikki, has planned for him an 80's themed birthday party tomorrow night.  You see, Reed considers the 80's "his decade."  During this decade, he was a big fan of Michael Jackson, so the party is a tribute to all things Michael.  All the party attendees are supposed to come with some sort of Michael Jackson costume reference.  I know there will be plenty of "generic 1980's girls" with side ponytails and blue eyeshadow and legwarmers (me probably being one of them).  But I also know some people are dressing up as Blanket, Macaulay Culkin, and a Thriller zombie.  I think the birthday boy might be dressed as Michael himself, glittery glove included.  There will be a moonwalking contest and kareoke and perhaps a "best costume" presentation.  I love the 80's so I am really looking forward to it!

This whole things got me thinking, what would I claim as "my decade"?  Would it be the decade of my childhood?  The era whose songs I innocently danced to in my bedroom?  The years where I tried to imitate whatever the cool teenage girls were wearing?  Where I giggled at slumber parties until the wee mornign hours?  Or is "my decade" the one in which I was a teenager and into my early twenties?  Those were really the years that I "grew up".  The years where I chose my own strange fashions and decided to rebel against whatever was "cool" or "normal".  The years where I blasted the music I loved in my car as loud as I wanted.  The years where I dated and got my heart broken and started making plans for my future?

If I go with my childhood years, I would have to choose the 80's.  
(Man, I love The Wedding Singer!)

 If I choose my teenage years, I would have to say the 90's were it.
(Hello, Grunge)

I guess I'll just take the easy way out and say both!  It's interesting to think now what this decade will mean to my kids who are in their own years of growing up and figuring out who they are.  What songs and styles and pop culture will they remember?

What about you?  What would you say is "your decade"?

PS-- I will definitely post pictures from our 80's party tomorrow night! They may not be up until Saturday, but I think they will be good!


Ashley said...

I can't wait to see the pictures from that party! What a great idea. Have fun!

Joe and Talsie said...

The 80's were the years of my infancy and toddlerhood. I was the age of my children in the 80's. The 90's were my big kid and teenage years right up until the turn of the century where I closed out high school and started college. My 20's have been the first decade and then some of this millenium. So where do I fit? I don't know but I wore too large flannel shirts, pure white canvas sketchers, American Eagle preppy, and eyeliner that was much too thick. My hair was messy chic, super straight and now is going to slightly fluffier and soccer momish. Don't we all just take on some of the decade in which we live. Embrace our own take on fashion and pop culture. Won't it be interesting to see what was "cool" and characterized this time in another 10 years.

Maria Rose said...

I got really into the 80s during the 90s so I don't know what that means for me...

Susan Struck said...

Most definitely the 70's! They weren't really my favorite years but likely some of my most formative years. I've no doubt my sense of style is kind of stuck in the 70's. Good grief! Perhaps it is time to move on.

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