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Awesome 80s! Year End Banquet

Updated on August 31, 2017

Year End Banquet 2012

A few months before the year ended, I was approached by some good friends that they would like to plan an awesome party. The theme was the Awesome 80s! I couldn't have agreed more as I am an 80s child. I grew up in the 80s, watching the A-Team, Knight Rider, The Cosby Show and Growing Pains. Listening to groups or singers like Michael Jackson, Thompson Twins, Duran Duran, Wham, Nik Kershaw, Bananarama and Pet Shop Boys. Playing the Rubik's Cube, Pacman, Super Mario and Nintendo's Game & Watch games. The rise of the modern electronic devices such as Casio Keyboard, Hit Stix (drum set that does not need any drums), the heavy duty Motorola mobile phone and computer desktop.

Oh yes, what can I say? It is an awesome era to be part of.

Awesome 80s Banquet 2012 - It was a fun night!

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The stage props are all recycled from carton boxes and cardboards. Thanks to a team of ingenious friends. We managed to produce the entire "cityscape & the mini combo" over a spend of 3 weekends!Recognize any character? John Bon Jovi (in fact there 2 of them!), er...Rambo??, MJ (senior & junior)...there's a Ghostbuster too! Best Dress Male category.How about this? The Best Dress Female category. Someone from "Fame", Boy George?? Guess who won?This was how the full stage look like.
The stage props are all recycled from carton boxes and cardboards. Thanks to a team of ingenious friends. We managed to produce the entire "cityscape & the mini combo" over a spend of 3 weekends!
The stage props are all recycled from carton boxes and cardboards. Thanks to a team of ingenious friends. We managed to produce the entire "cityscape & the mini combo" over a spend of 3 weekends!
Recognize any character? John Bon Jovi (in fact there 2 of them!), er...Rambo??, MJ (senior & junior)...there's a Ghostbuster too! Best Dress Male category.
Recognize any character? John Bon Jovi (in fact there 2 of them!), er...Rambo??, MJ (senior & junior)...there's a Ghostbuster too! Best Dress Male category.
How about this? The Best Dress Female category. Someone from "Fame", Boy George?? Guess who won?
How about this? The Best Dress Female category. Someone from "Fame", Boy George?? Guess who won?
This was how the full stage look like.
This was how the full stage look like.
MJ costume
MJ costume

What to Wear?

Costume of the 80s

It was an awesome party to celebrate the year of 2012. We all had to dress as to what the theme suggested which relates to the 80s! We were searching and scratching our heads for some ideas of what to wear. Google the theme "80s costume" and a whole lot of images came out!

Some came as cartoon characters, some as movie stars, rock stars or pop singers, even computer game characters such as Super Mario brothers! Just to name a few, we saw Boy George, a few Michael Jacksons (adult's and kid's version), Jane Fonda, Ghostbusters, Punky Brewster, Jon Bon Jovi, God of Gambler (Cantonese movie) and many more.

Picture is from CostumesLuck.com

Electronic vs Rubik's Cube

Both have your fingers pretty worked out. Exercise your fingers!!! But I think Rubik's will have your brains exercise too!

Is Rubik's Cube better than Game & Watch?

Toys in the 80s - Down to Memory Lane

Do you remember these toys? I know I used to enjoyed playing with them before all the new techky stuff (iPad, iPhone and etc). No doubt it was the era where hand held electronic devices were emerging. There was the Rubik's cube craze at one time! Different types of Rubik's puzzle. Competition to solve Rubik's puzzle. To tell you the truth, I still have not master the skill of solving all the 6 sides! At most for me, is only 2 sides and it is by chance! See if you can solve it?

Collector's Item - Fingers Exercise!

I remembered our first Nintendo Game & Watch was "Popeye". The game describes Popeye saving goods that was thrown by Olive Oil. You have Brutus as the bully trying to punch Popeye into the water. As the game proceed, the pace will pick up! Gosh, my fingers have to work as twice as fast!

Then my dad bought us the second Game & Watch, which was "Turtle Bridge". The objective is to get the man from left to right across the turtle bridge carrying goods on his head to the other side and pass the goods to the receiving man. Then back again to left and reload the goods. Simple enough? The tricky part was the turtles would not stay long at the surface of the water. As the game proceed, (usually the case) it gets harder when things gets faster! You'll get picture.

It became such a hit with kids during the 80s. Whenever, we went to our cousins' house we will bring ours to ex-changed with each other to see who can score the highest points. There were many other versions, some came with 2 buttons game play, some with 4 buttons game play, classic screen , wide screen and even multi screens!

A List of Game & Watch

Just to name a few:

Ball, Flagman, Vermin, Popeye, Fire, Parachute, Octopus, Fire Attack, Donkey Kong, Dongkey Kong Jr., Turtle Bridge, Mario, Super Mario, Chef, Egg, Snoopy Tennis & many more. Take a look at the video.

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      mycanvas 4 years ago

      @CaztyBon: Yup! Awesome is it?

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      The 80's had it's own style and moments in history.

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      mycanvas 4 years ago

      @Katie Hazel: Yes, it was a lot of fun! Thanks for reading my lens.

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      Katie Hazel 4 years ago

      The 80s is an awesome choice for the pop culture challenge! I am so jealous, I wish I could have gone to your 80s themed party, it sound like a lot of fun :)

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      mycanvas 4 years ago

      @ConvenientCalendar: yes, it is! My favourites were Scooby Doo, Jem & the Holograms, Dungeons & Dragons & many more...

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great lens! The 80s were the best for cartoons!

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      mycanvas 4 years ago

      @iwrite100: awe...

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      Maribel Forayo 4 years ago from Philippines

      80's! I was in grade one in mid 80's.

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      mycanvas 4 years ago

      @JoshK47: we totally had a blast, even those youngsters born in the 90s and 2000s

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      mycanvas 4 years ago

      @aesta1: Yes, definitely a good reminder...

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great reminder of those years. I taught during those years.

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Definitely a fun party idea - I don't remember much of the 80's, but do enjoy the pop culture. :)

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      mycanvas 4 years ago

      @wilsonkht: Thanks...

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      wilsonkht 4 years ago

      Very nice lens. Interesting topic.