Back to the Future 21st Birthday

A father celebrating his 50th birthday, his daughter celebrating her 21st, a joint love of the film Back to the Future – we knew we could have lots of fun creating an amazing theme and unforgettable party for our clients and their guests.

The client’s home in Tonbridge, Kent, negated any need for a venue search. A large and beautiful garden provided the ideal space for a marquee, the perfect blank canvas on which our design team would set to work on bringing the crazy world of Marty McFly to life for a totally immersive experience.

The Solution

It was an experience that began from the moment guests arrived. Having parked in a nearby field, guests were then transferred to the marquee in a mint condition 1957 Chevrolet. Oudoor wash lighting and festoon lights transformed the garden and flashing strobe pods at the marquee entrance created a sense of excitement and anticipation. Entering the marquee guests were in no doubt as to the era in which they found themselves.

We had partitioned the marquee into several areas. Food was served in our American diner, which couldn’t have looked any more authentic. We installed a huge counter from which the bar and catering staff, all dressed to match the theme, served drinks, bowl food, ice-cream sundaes and milkshakes. We sourced banquette seating and tables, designed large wall menus and other graphics that evoked the era, and made sure we had all the details covered – from brewing coffee pots to a fully functioning juke box. A chequerboard dance floor made a perfect diner floor.

In keeping with the film, the dance area recreated Marty’s high school dance. We used netting and props to give our school hall the ‘under the sea’ look and built a stage on which The Bluejays, one of the UK’s very best 50s rock’n’roll bands performed. In between sets, a DJ continued with the rocking sounds of the 50s. With guests dressed for the occasion, the result was stunning – and if anyone wanted to add a little extra to their outfits, there was a secret room in which guests found clothing and wigs to use.

We also used five roaming actors for whom we created characters for each actor to play. They interacted with guests throughout the evening and gave the whole event an extra special dimension that drew everyone more deeply into the experience and added plenty of fun.


Client Testimonials

What a party, your staff were amazing Hettie was first class her organising skills and people skills and attention to detail is excellent, and we hit it off with Matt from day one. Neil was so professional and reassuring he achieved everything we wanted to happen. Josh just created a fantastic atmosphere throughout the party. The entertainment was absolutely fantastic the food and catering was amazing.

Mr M Lyons

After observing the attention to detail during the week-long build-up and the courtesy and professionalism of all the MGN Team, it swiftly became apparent that value for money was not in question. I’ve spent similar sums on other luxuries over the years and the memory is a blur, however thanks to MGN I shall never forget the fun had by all, in particular my Son, Daughter and Wife whom I’ve never seen more happier…

Mr D Crompton

That was such an amazing party & Jack and all his friends had the time of their lives.. So many people said it was the best 18th they’ve been to & will take some beating..I just wanted to personally thank you for all that you done to organise such a great party. Plus all your help leading up to the night & on the night..You enabled me to relax & have fun celebrating Jack’s 18th.

Mrs J Taylor

This is a huge massive thank you for the best night of our lives! I seriously can’t thank you enough for all the amazing hard work and preparation you guys did to make our birthday night one a of kind.
I honestly couldn’t believe the transformation when I walked in, so thank you to all the MGN team. I need to make sure everybody knows about MGN because there is no other events planners like you guys.

The Akpan Family

A HUGE ‘thank you’ for helping us host an AMAZING birthday party! We have had so many text messages to say thanks for a great evening from all who came to the party. You were considerate of my worries about hosting a party at home for over 100 teenagers from day 1 and I must say all my fears were unfounded due to your reassurances and of course, the top quality professional service you provided from start to finish. Great team all round.

Mrs M Babatunde

Just want to say a massive THANK YOU for Jade’s party. It was amazing and all the kids had a wonderful time.
We really appreciated all your hard work and hope that you defrosted sometime in Sunday. Thank you for everything.

Mrs J Collins

Thanks hugely to you and all the team at MGN. You did a great job and achieved that difficult task of completely exceeding our expectations. The attention to detail by any standards was just outstanding, especially the dressing and lighting of the garden.

Mr P Dickson

I would like to say a huge thank you to you and all of the MGN team that helped with Grainne’s spectacular birthday this weekend. From our very first meeting to the party you were amazing and it was a pleasure to work with you. I will spread the word about MGN and look forward to our next fantastic event with you guys.

Mr J Wells

The whole process with MGN has been excellent. You have delivered everything you said you would and all done in a professional and friendly manner. Hettie, you have been super organised and kept all on track and I have very much enjoyed dealing with you. We will definitely recommend you in future (and hopefully have the chance to use you again ourselves!!)

Mrs H Wollen

I just wanted to say thank you for providing such a wonderful service, the end result being a fabulous party for Luke’s Birthday. It was really well thought through, you delivered on the vision and added more to make it better than we could have hoped for. Everyone had a great evening, the food was good, the DJ brilliant, please pass our thanks on to him, and the whole look was just perfect.

Mrs N Hussey

A great big enormous THANK YOU to MGN Events ! Mike assured us that MGN Events leave no stone unturned or any eventualities uncovered. and the result was an extremely successful, fun, WOW, show stopping ( my daughter’s friends’ words, not mine ) Arabian Night themed Birthday Party in our own garden.

All too quickly, it was all over….would we do it again ??? Oh yes we would !!

Mr D Couling

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