retro video game night



Back in the spring, Dave and I threw a retro video game party.  It’s something that we have been wanting to do for years, and it finally happened!

We have quite the collection of old games and consoles, so we set up different stations around the apartment (photos of our set-up are at the end of the post).


This wasn’t a costume party, but last minute I decided to pay homage to one of my favorite games from my childhood, Sonic the Hedgehog.

I dug through my closet and was thrilled that I already had the costume elements (except for white socks! I had to go to Kohl’s to buy a pair the day of the party, lol).

The hat was a pre-order bonus for Sonic Colors, and it has been in our closet for years!  I accessorized with gold hoop earrings, bangle bracelets, and a styrofoam ring that we painted.  I also did some Sonic-inspired eyeliner:



My favorite Puma sneakers were perfect – the swipe is reminiscent of the white stripe on Sonic’s kicks.



I topped it all off with a Sonic pin I bought from Etsy a few years ago.

Keep scrolling past outfit details for photos from the party!



Dress: Forever 21
Sonic Hat: Gamestop pre-order bonus for Sonic Colors game
: Puma Millennius SF Jr
Leggings: Forever 21
Bracelets: source unknown (gift from a friend)
BeltModern Millie Shop (brand unknown)
Earrings: Burlington Coat Factory (brand unknown)
Pin: ChinookCrafts Sonic Pin via Etsy

For decor, we started with some Mario Bros. decals…



…as well as these sweet stretched-canvas NES covers.  These are actually still hanging up, months later.  I love them!  (both from ThinkGeek).  We also had a Super Mario Bros. one hanging up, but I forgot to take a picture of it.


We hit up GameStop for these fun pixel coasters:


We have also been collecting Pixel Pals since they originally came out, from Best Buy and GameStop.  We had to get a lot of batteries to light them all up, but the effect was worth it!




Our little bar counter was a great place for a few Game Boy Colors and GBA SPs.


Our apartment isn’t very big, so we had to put both the Sega Genesis and the Super Nintendo on our dining table.  I was worried there wouldn’t be enough space, but we had 4 chairs in this area to comfortably accommodate two 2-player games. It actually worked out quite well!


(why yes, they ARE playing the Aladdin game!)

Our living room was home to Nintendo 64, which pretty much ended up running Super Smash Bros. all night.




We considered having some kind of tournament at the party, so we needed prizes.  We picked up some blind box arcade figures from Target (I can’t find a link, but here is the same thing at Barnes and Noble).  We ended up not doing any tournament gaming, so we just gave them out as people left.


It was a great party, and we hope to do it again soon!

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