We have seen the future, and it is NOW.
In 1988, Spielberg released a classic movie, “Back to the Future” starring Michael J. Fox. Marty, from 1988, travels back in time in a Delorian time machine to the year 1955. I was a child of the fifties and enjoy the bittersweet reminder of those post-war days. I can sing the first verse of “Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.”
In “Back to the Future II,” Marty travels forward in time to the year 2015. Fans make the connection that although twenty-seven years into the future seemed a lifetime away at the time, we are there. No, we do not have hover boards, hover cars, or clothes that dry themselves and shrink to fit–but the huge flat-screen T.V. was spot on!
Our daughter Kelly came up with the idea of celebrating both her and her brother’s March birthdays with a Back to the Future party. We made posters with catch phrases such as “Save the Clock Tower, “Enchantment Under the Sea Dance,” and “Flux Capacitor–1.21 gigawatts.”
Kelly made this banner from internet posters she downloaded, just for the party. They were strung on heavy jute. We also baked a 9×13 chocolate cake decorated like the California license plate on the back of the Delorian.
Dirk’s favorite cake is chocolate. I baked “The Best Chocolate Cake” FROM “My Baking Addiction,” and it truly was outstanding with buttercream frosting.
Kelly and husband Adam pose in front of the table. We decorated with fifties’ candy and memorabilia. The Cracker Barrel Restaurants are a good source of vintage candies like Necco, Sugar Daddy, Turkish Taffy, Hershey Bars, and Cracker Jack. They also have 6-packs of bottled Coke. The menu was from the 1955 segment. Marty has an uncomfortable dinner with his teenage mother and young grandparents: “Well Marty, I hope you like meatloaf.” And mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and chocolate cake and ice cream of course. We watched the first movie together on Friday night to get in the mood.
My husband and I ordered Save the Clock Tower T-shirts for our birthday kids from SNORG. Too much fun!