The ‘90s are really trending, and there is no better way to welcome summer than by throwing a ‘90s-inspired backyard bash. Along with teen rom-coms, girl power anthems and body glitter, we’re gathering inspiration from Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio’s Limited Edition Designer Label, created by fashion icon Jeremy Scott. Not only does great wine never go out of style, but this bottle — which is available now for a limited time — makes a bold statement that honors the decade the brand was born. So gather your guestlist, put your favorite boy bands on repeat and keep reading for all the inspo you need to throw a ‘90s evening to remember this season.
Project the Right Mix of ’90s Classics
Start the party planning by putting together a nostalgic playlist of films and TV shows that will set the tone and instantly have partygoers quoting their favorite ’90s lines. Open with a few throwback sitcoms to set the mood while guests trickle in. There wasn’t a plotline from the decade that couldn’t be solved in 30 minutes, so even latecomers won't miss out. Then move into a full-length feature, perhaps a classic teen rom-com about an awkward girl turned into a princess, thanks to a jock with an unknowing heart.
Build Your Backyard Throwback Theater
Double down on the throwback vibe by hanging a sheet over your fence and using a projector to turn your backyard into a living ’90s museum.
Deck Out the Scene in Bold Patterns
Brighter is better, especially when it comes to ’90s style. Add a special glow to the evening with neon lights, whether you hang them above the bar or pass around glow-stick jewelry. If you want to push the envelope, find daring patterns and display them together. Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio’s Limited Edition Designer Label features Jeremy Scott’s ’90s pop culture aesthetic of merging bold shapes with neon colors, so it also makes a perfect centerpiece for your bar or dining table.
Design the Ultimate Drink Table
Oh how all the action used to happen by the punch bowl! While we certainly made good memories sipping on a fruity, bright red drink, our adult palates crave something more sophisticated. Go for a refreshing and crisp glass of Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio, which is perfect for summer evenings and an ideal match for a variety of foods.
Assemble the Flashback Wardrobe
Even if you don’t have decades-old relics in the back of your closet, you can still piece together an outfit from your existing wardrobe. For a casual ’90s look, nothing beats the baggy jeans, flannel shirt and beanie combo. Or perhaps go for combat trousers with a tube top and bucket hat. Then add a wild accessory — maybe a patterned scrunchie or a neon belt with a standout slogan. And don’t forget to spend time on a fabulous hairstyle, whether it’s with bold clips, crimped waves or high ponies. Every bit of the way, think big and bold. Jeremy Scott didn’t make his name in the ’90s by being subtle, and neither should you.
Whip Up Delicious Bites
Just because this is an homage to the era doesn't mean the quality of the food has to suffer. Give pizza bites a new twist by switching out the mini bagels for portobello mushrooms, or go for a full-size pie, exchanging the classic cheese and pepperoni for arugula and burrata. You could also transform cheese balls into pimento cheese puff pastries, frozen fish sticks into coconut-crusted haddock fingers and microwavable pocket meals into savory hand pies.
Break Out the Old School Moves
No ’90s party would be complete without a serious dance floor to end the night. Start with the essential boy band jams so everyone can bust out the music video moves ingrained in their dance repertoire. Then break it down with the decade’s rap hits to really get into the groove. End the night with a playlist of female empowerment anthems to close out the flashbacks on an ultimate feel-good note.