Designs by Sean
of Dania, Fla., converts a hotel's underground parking garage into the truly underground club "'80s Reverb" for a corporate client. Silk-screen chair covers feature such 1980s icons as Boy George. Pat "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" Benatar is the star performer at the event. Photo by Inner Visions Photographic Services.
At the '80s party from Designs by Sean, 26 custom-painted celebrity portraits in black and white are backed by color video projections of the stars, giving the impression of moving wallpaper. Photo by Inner Visions Photographic Services.
The '80s party from Designs by Sean features a neon lounge; the menu offers "California" pizza, diet soda Tab, wine coolers, Nerds candies and other 1980s fads. Photo by Inner Visions Photographic Services.
The '80s party from Designs by Sean evokes 1980s mega-force MTV by placing 23 plasma screens around the room and topping tables with TV sets for a "video bar" effect. The screens aired the corporate client's presentation to some 600 guests. Photo by Inner Visions Photographic Services.
Miami-based A Joy Wallace Catering Production and Design Team
keys on 1980s hit TV show "Miami Vice" to create a combination birthday/Christmas holiday/murder mystery party. Acid green and pink stand in for traditional holiday red and green in floral arrangements.
To protect the fundraising efforts of her client, Alison Silcoff of Montreal-based Alison Silcoff Events
turns to a "cheap and cheerful" disco theme straight out of the 1970s. Strategies such as using a DJ (rather than hiring bands) and turning to local entertainers from the '70s rather than importing headliners keep costs in line.
Disco ball cloches dress tables at the '70s party from Alison Silcoff.
Alison Silcoff evokes legendary disco Studio 54 by bringing its "man in the moon with a spoon" logo to the dessert at her '70s party.
Flashing lights and disco balls bring the '70s back at the Alison Silcoff event for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Los Angeles-based Along Came Mary
salutes the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock musical festival by turning a cavernous hall in the Los Angeles Convention Center into a 1960s blast for the Grammy Awards after-party in 2009. Photo by Line 8 Photography.
Psychedelic vaudevillians from Lucent Dossier Experience
mingle with guests at Along Came Mary's '60s party. Also on hand: members of the Broadway cast of the revival of 1968 smash rock musical "Hair." Photo by Line 8 Photography.
Along Came Mary makes use of the gaping convention center space by installing oversize pieces such as a 20-foot-diameter "peace" symbol and a custom 40-by-50-foot LED ceiling, which changes images throughout the evening from an American flag to abstract psychedelia. Photo by Line 8 Photography.
For a woman who missed her own high school prom in 1964, Atlanta-based A Legendary Event
develops a 60th birthday party featuring a prom theme. The principal of the honoree's (second from left) high school arrives to name the birthday girl "prom queen." Guests don pastel dresses and bouffant hairdos.
At the '60s "prom," A Legendary Event transforms the event space into the "high school gym," offers period fare including Cheez Whiz sprayed directly from the can onto Ritz crackers, and books Little Richard ("Good Golly Miss Molly," "Long Tall Sally") himself to entertain.
The 1997 sleeper hit movie "Austin Powers" brings the love of 1960s style to a new generation. Los Angeles-based Randy Fuhrman Events
creates a "shagadelic" birthday party for an honoree born in 1969. Along with patent leather cocktail tables and go-go dancers, the event features loops of '60s movies including "The Party," "Barbarella" and "I Love You, Alice B. Toklas."
At Randy Fuhrman's '60s birthday bash, the menu offers vintage favorites including pigs in blankets, Swedish meatballs, Ding Dongs and deviled eggs.