During some of the unboxings for the ATS Autumn box, a few people said they got retro and 80s vibes from it. It was 70s inspired, fwiw, but close enough. That put a bug in our ears about actually doing an 80s themed box.
During our quarterly meeting at Chili's, where we finally decided to stop getting real food and just fill up the entire table with apps and zerts, we were developing the idea of a holiday gala at a wealthy Slytherin's manor. The theme sounded cool enough. Dark green ball gowns, Death Eater masks, crisp tuxedos with tails and snakeskin bow ties, a live band heavy on the cello. I'd go to this party in a heartbeat, even if it was all a ploy to collect donations for some needless charity outreach to Durmstrang. The problem with the theme, though, was that it wasn't lending itself to any actual items that we'd need for the box. They wouldn't be drinking tea, they'd be serving red wine that had been fermented in the hollowed out corpse of a basilisk for 1000 years, or absinthe enchanted so that it glowed from cup, to consumption, and all the way to toilet. The idea was also too similar to our Holiday on the Hogwarts Express, and we didn't want to step on our own toes. Who even has the proper footwear for that?