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Five Decades of Fun

Walk Down Memory Lane

Five Decades of Fun! After 50 years of operation, the client for this event (a private country club) had a lot of history to share. But many of its members weren’t born when the club opened. Giving them a walk down memory lane, without it turning into a boring history lesson, was the goal for this fiftieth anniversary celebration.

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Our challenge was finding a fun, novel way to take guests on a trip through the years. With an eye towards the younger guests, we came up with plenty of hands-on activities, and an entertaining and tasty way to ensure they would want to participate. Two words: Free Candy!

As guests arrived they spun the Wheel of Time, to determine where they would start their trip through the past five decades. It was a great way of dividing up the approximately 3,000 guests into small groups, so that any one event activity wasn’t overcrowded.

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We hired a live band which was spectacular!  They changed outfits every hour to resemble the corresponding time frame and performed the classic songs from each decade. They really got into the rhythm of our theme.

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1960 – Groovy Baby

For those who landed on the first decade of the club’s existence, it was time to take a trip to the Swinging 60s.

Décor featured key symbols of the decade –peace signs, lava lamps, and beaded curtains.

 

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Disco Rock – 1970

For those who landed on the first decade of the club’s existence, it was time to take a trip to the Swinging 60s.

Décor featured key symbols of the decade –peace signs, lava lamps, and beaded curtains.

 

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Neon Nights – 1980’s

Big Hair, Neon colours, and shoulder pads worthy of an NFL linebacker. It can only mean one thing. The 80s have arrived.

At this station, guests had a blast decorating headbands, leg warmers, and revelling in the ‘more is more’ attitude of the decade.

 

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Computer Crazy – 1990

Next, the Nineties… and a world crazy for computers.

The high-tech theme ran throughout the decor, with silver metal, computer parts, silver satin and electronic devices providing a perfect snapshot of a decade where computers became a part of everyday life.

 

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Y2K Goes Green – 2000

Finally, we say good bye to the twentieth century & embrace the green, earth-friendly Twenty-First.

Recycled burlap made for an appropriate backdrop, with trendy lounge furniture, accompanied by palm trees highlighting this decade’s love of both high-tech style & natural materials.

And the Fun Continues!

Three other activities rounded out the event. The Euro Bungee was a big hit that had young and old lining up for their turn. A climbing wall and Diablo the mechanical bull offered athletic challenges – a fitting accompaniment considering the club’s many sports programs.

Another unique challenge with this event, how to provide music for five different decades? To solve the problem, the DJ loaded five separate iPods with the appropriate playlists and each stop on the trip through time had its own soundtrack.

50th Anniversary Celebration

Some people might think history can be boring. But as we demonstrated with this event, creative event design and an imaginative approach to the concept can make a 50th Anniversary Celebration a delightful way to honor the past and welcome the future. Call us today to make your next Business Anniversary Celebration memorable!

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