Back to the Future Party

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.”

Kelly and I

Kelly and I

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.”

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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.

Delorian License Plate

Delorian License Plate

The birthday Guys---Kelly and brother Dirk

The birthday Guys—Kelly and brother Dirk

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 in front of the dinner tables, loaded with fifties' memorabilia.

Kelly and husband Adam in front of the dinner tables, loaded with fifties’ memorabilia.

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!

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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