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Costumes for an Adult Backwards Party
When you invite your guests to your backwards party, send them pics of you – you little trendsetter – wearing your clothes backwards to inspire them.
Ask them all to wear their clothes backwards to the party – let them know that there will be a prize for the best backwards outfit.
Pump Up the Fun with a Backwards Fashion Show
Now that everyone is dressed up, show it off with a Backwards Fashion Show!
1. Create a runway.
This can be as simple as unrolling solid red wrapping paper for a red carpet and setting chairs along each side.
2. Add a box of props.
Look through your cupboards and drawers for interesting props – like the pipe my son is holding in the photo above. Include feather boas, glasses, sunglasses, hats, fake weapons, jewelry. Raid your Halloween costumes!
3. Did someone show up not in backwards costume? Their punishment is to be the emcee of the fashion show!
Or . . . who in you group loves to talk or is a budding comedian? They’ll probably do a fantastic job introducing each “model” and describing their outfits. (Or maybe everyone wants a turn.)
4. Now the “models” walk down the runway – backwards!
Of course they have to walk backwards – their clothing is facing that way; it makes it more difficult, and therefore funnier too. (If your runway is paper, they should really take their shoes off so it lasts for all the models – and it makes it safer to walk backwards, too.)
5. Tell everyone to get their cameras out.
This gives them the full effect of being a supermodel as they walk down the runway. If you have a friend who takes amazing photos, ask them to be the official photographer for the event. (Of course you’ll want everyone to post their photos on Facebook or Instagram so the whole world knows what an awesome time they’re having at your amazing Backwards Party.)
6. Give awards.
Offer a prize to the best backward-dressed person, the backwards superstar who rocked the runway, and the best paparazzi who took photos of all the crazy looks. The emcee should get a special award for their job, too. Your local dollar store or party supply store usually carry little Oscar-style statuettes that are perfect for your award.
Adult Backwards Party Games
Walk & Talk Backwards
- Give your guests each a “Hello My Name Is” name tag with their names spelled backwards. Everyone calls each other by their new name all day.
- Greet everyone with a hearty “Goodbye” instead of hello and even talk backwards if you can.
- Walk backwards everywhere you go.
- Write with your opposite hand all day.
- Have a prize for the person who walks & talks backwards the best or the most during the party.
Chaotic Fun: Opposite Charades
Tape a word or phrase on a person’s back for them to guess within a specified time limit.
Everyone else – yes everyone at the same time – acts out the clues to help him guess the answer. It’s utter chaos – and so much fun!
Narrow it down for them with Food, Person, Movie Title, Movie Character, Place, Object, etc.
Want to make it even more challenging? Use the Minute to Win It timer for a more dramatic countdown – and only 60 seconds to guess the answer!
Crazy Fun: Limbo
For an adult backwards party you have to limbo!
Or you can make it even crazier with the String Thing limbo game.
This machine shoots a blacklight responsive string 3 feet across the room. (Blacklight included in the machine.)
Works as a desk top or handheld limbo game.
And if you’re limbo-ing (is that a word?), you just have to have Chubby Checker’s Limbo Rock playing in the background. (Sorry, couldn’t find one of him singing backwards.)
Play Replace the Flag which is the opposite to Capture the Flag.
Divide group into two teams. Tie a colored ribbon on their arm to represent their team with a different color for each team.
Then divide your playing area into halves, one for each team. The best play area has places to hide with a large area to run – such as outdoors.
Their goal is to put the team’s flag (same color as their armband) on the flag pole hidden by the opposing team in their own territory within a time limit.
Tagged people must go to jail in the opposing team’s area but can be rescued when teammates tag them.
(If you’re playing outdoor games, you may want to ask your guests to bring a change of clothes from their backwards costumes if you choose to do both.)
Adult Backwards Movies
Here are some great adult movies with a backwards theme. What movie genre would your group prefer to see?
Dramatic: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is the story of man who lives his life aging backwards.
Brad Pitt is Benjamin Button, who begins life as a tiny elderly man, blossoms into middle age and finally becomes young.
He lives in New Orleans where he meets the girl of his dreams (played by Cate Blanchett) with whom he shares a few blissful years until aging differently sends them in opposite directions.
This movie is interesting in its use of makeup artists, special-effects wizards and body doubles to make Benjamin Button age in reverse.
Memento is a movie where the story begins at the end and jumps backward in time in 10-minute segments.
The suspense lies not in discovering what happens but in finding out why it happened.
Memento achieves edge-of-your-seat excitement as it moves backwards, and it keeps your brain hopping as cause and effect are pieced together to a mind blowing twist at the end.
Directed by Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Batman Begins, Insomnia) with Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential), Carrie Ann Moss and Joe Pantoliano (both from The Matrix).
Pearce plays Leonard Shelby as man obsessed with hunting down whoever raped and murdered his wife. The problem is that the incident affects his ability to make new memories. Unable to retain a location, a face, or a new clue on his own, Leonard continues his search with the help of notes, Polaroids, and even homemade tattoos for vital information.
Adult Backwards Party Decorations
Try one or all of these Backwards party decorations to get everyone feeling . . . backwards.
This video has some fun ideas – the first one is an upside down Christmas tree, but don’t let that stop you from watching the rest.
TP the Party Room!
Toilet paper is the opposite of pretty streamers . . .
When the guest arrive give them a roll of toilet paper and let them go at it.
It makes for an unforgettable experience – and usually ends up being the favorite part of the party. Go figure!
We removed all the chairs and ran a string across the room above each side of the table to give the paper something extra to catch on. (But no one clotheslined because of table.)
1. Litter the floor with balloons instead of them hugging the ceiling
Yes, adults love balloons too – especially kicking them around.
2. Hang balloons upside down from the ceiling
Attach the ribbons or strings on air-filled balloons (not helium-filled) to the ceiling and let them hang down so they look upside down.
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