We're unashamed to admit we have a serious obsession with the '90s, especially when it comes to all the things that make us nostalgic about being a girl back in the decade of jellies, neon, and Lisa Frank. If you and your friends are anything like us, you'd die over a '90s-themed party. So with wedding season underway, we've come up with creative ideas for throwing the most bomb.com bachelorette party or bridal shower we could dream up, complete with the girlie trinkets, rad fashion, and phat pop culture icons of the 1990s. And a lot of these ideas would work for a birthday bash as well! Now get ready to party like it's 1999!
All hail girls of the '90s! There's a new book on the horizon that celebrates the decade of jellies and Tamagotchis: The Totally Sweet '90s by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont (out June 4). The paperback breaks down the hottest trends, toys, video games, songs, and boy bands of the decade with a status update and fun fact on each. Like whatever happened to The Oregon Trail? You'll have to check out the book when it's out for the answer to that one, but I pulled out some of the craziest fun facts on 12 of my faves from the '90s from Lisa Frank to Squeezits. Check 'em out now!
Lisa Frank School Supplies
"Yes, Lisa Frank is a real person, and to no one's surprise, she loves color. Her sons are named Hunter Green and Forrest Green, and she told the Daily in 2012 that 'my house really is purple. And yellow and hot pink and light green and orange.'"
"Slap bracelets were invented by Stuart Anders, a Wisconsin shop teacher who was experimenting with thin bands of metal."
Baby-Sitters Club Books
"In the updated books, mention of a cassette player was changed to 'headphones' and a perm became 'an expensive hairstyle.'"
"The first-ever Caboodle was pink, and was created in 1987. The idea was inspired by a 1986 People magazine photo of Vanna White using a tackle box to store her makeup."
Dream Phone Game
"The game's instructions warn you that the included instrument is 'not a real phone.'"
"According to the New York Observer, former singer Rommy Revson patented the scrunchie concept as the Scünci in 1986, naming it for her poodle."
"In 2011, the phrase 'cassette tape' was removed from the concise version of the Oxford English Dictionary. One of the words it made room for? 'Sexting.'"
"The virtual pet sparked its own psychological term: The Tamagotchi Effect supposedly describes when a human develops an emotional attachment to a machine."
"Pog stands for 'passion fruit, orange, guava,' and came from a Hawaiian drink whose bottle caps were reportedly first used to play the game."
The Olsen Twins
"In 2004, the sisters skipped their high school prom so they could host Saturday Night Live."
Oprah's Book Club
"The only real flops among Oprah's choices were her final two. Charles Dickens's Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities never moved above number 52 on USA Today's bestseller list. 'Dickens let me down,' Winfrey reportedly said."
"For a brief time, one Squeezit version came with tablets that you would drop in to change the juice's color."
Today's the 40th birthday of the mobile phone, as on this day in 1973 Motorola engineer Marty Cooper made the very first call from a "real handheld portable cell phone." Phones have evolved quite a bit since the days of brick phones, flip phones, and car phones, so we can't help but chuckle at those early versions of cellular technology. Using ads, GIFs, movie moments, and pictures from the '90s, we're taking a call down memory lane to explore what made mobile phones in that decade so rad. Check 'em out now — and call me, maybe?
Welcome to throwback Thursday! This week in '90s news,
boy man band 98 Degrees has released a new song called "Microphone," which may or may not be alluding to a certain part of the male anatomy. Also, Clarissa Explains It All is going to be a book, and we uncovered an adorable clip of Mouseketeers-turned-heartthrobs Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling.
We can't help but get nostalgic thinking about growing up in the 1990s. Remembering those days reminds us of the music, fashion, heartthrobs, toys, and TV shows that made the '90s totally rad. So let's take a trip down memory lane to our '90s girlhood, from Ring Pops, 90210, and Clueless to stick-on earrings, Devon Sawa, and Titanic! Check it out!
If anything could make the romantic holiday of chocolate, amour, and flowers better, it would be '90s nostalgia. We were on the hunt for witty valentines that expressed love and friendship sentiments with references to some of the songs, TV shows, fashion, and games we gushed over in the '90s. And when we couldn't find exactly what we were looking for, we decided to make them ourselves! If you, too, want to have a Valentine's Day that pays homage to the decade of the Spice Girls and Skip-It, check out our DIY '90s valentines! And if you want to share them, click on the links included for free printables.
Artwork: Tara Block and Laura Marie Meyers
Who knows what really launched '90s fandom into overdrive this year — besides possibly the return of TeenNick last Summer — but whatever it was, we were feeling the love for the decade of jellies, Lisa Frank, and N*SYNC in 2012. We saw the '90s influence in fashion trends, award shows, technology, entertainment, and products, and let's just say it was bomb.com. As we close out the year, we're looking back at the best '90s flashbacks of 2012. Check them out now, and weigh in on your favorite below!
Today, Katie Holmes turns 34. Happy birthday, Katie! While the actress has gone through a tough year with her split from husband Tom Cruise, we hope to see more of Katie in 2013. We'll keep our fingers crossed for a Dawson's Creek reunion (hey, she hasn't ruled it out!), but in the meantime, we're going back, way back — before Suri was even a glimmer in her mother's eye — to the days when Katie was known as Joey Potter. Katie starred on Dawson's Creek from 1998 to 2003, and the newbie actress spent those years starring in movies like Disturbing Behavior and Pieces of April, and attending red carpet events with her beau at the time, Chris Klein. Take a walk down memory lane with birthday girl Katie circa the late '90s and early '00s now!
For those of us women who grew up in the '90s, nothing beats reminiscing about all the fashion, music, books, games, and toys that made the decade so totally rad. But what happened to those lanyards we made at camp or those Lisa Frank stickers we traded at recess? Sadly, they've long since been lost, thrown out, or sold off at garage sales. So whether you have a girlfriend, sister, or significant other who's missing her '90s girlhood this holiday season, check out our nostalgic stocking stuffer guide — she's sure to be visited by the ghost of Christmas past!
We aren't ashamed to admit that we're obsessed with the '90s. After all, we're talking about a decade that gave us Tamagotchi and Clueless! And as we listen to classic holiday albums by *NSYNC and Mariah Carey heading into December, we're reminded yet again of what made Christmas in the '90s so rad. There were cheesy Christmas sweaters (worn nonironically), even cheesier pics of boy bands in Santa garb, holiday episodes of our favorite TV shows, and, of course, JTT in I'll Be Home For Christmas! See some of the most memorable toys, music, movies, and more from the holidays in the '90s!
After all the pizza was finished and the necessary prank calls were made, playing a girly board game was next on the agenda for an ultimate '90s slumber party. As we look back at the board games and their respective commercials, strap a scrunchie on that side pony, pop in your Ace of Base cassette, and get ready for a serious trip down memory lane. Did your favorite make the list?