As I sit here today listening to the playlist created for the 2012 Halloween party, I've been inspired to get a recap of the party on the blog. It's been a whirlwind of work for the past 8 months at Creative RAM, and while we're busier than ever, the Mission to Mod party was far too epic to keep to myself.
They said the Carnivàle d’Abnormàle party couldn't be outdone, but anyone who attended Mission to Mod will tell you, it was out of this world (pun completely intended).
The Theme: 1960s outer space exploration
As with most of my parties, the theme was very specific. The goal was to create a minimalistic and futuristic scene with British mod influences. Invitations were mailed in silver vacuum envelopes and included a save-the-date magnet as well as a boarding pass.
Guests were also directed to the website, offering a costume inspiration gallery and other activities to get the ideas flowing.
Turning a residence into a spaceship is no small task. Construction began in early September, and never ceased up to the day of the party. When it came time to cover the walls, I recalled using sintra from my trade show and exhibit days. Sintra is a thin substrate made of compressed pvc. It's a cost-effective material that comes in a variety of thicknesses and colors. It can be wrapped around curved surfaces, and cut easily with an x-acto knife—truly, an outstanding material that's perfect for temporary construction.
Every inch of space was covered with sintra to give that mod spaceship feel. Once the flat sheets were attached to the walls, raised panels were drawn in Illustrator and cut with a water jet, then adhered with foam tape and wood block stand-offs.
At the center of attention was the command center. Framed from 2x4s and plywood, this area was also covered in sintra. A trip to the thrift store was the perfect solution for creating controls and gadgetry. A cartload of miscellaneous toys and housewares for $24 provided a variety of uses. Each piece was disassembled or repurposed in some way, then spray painted and glued to the command center. Gauges and flashing lights were added for more moody effects, as well as laptops and an iPad, which controlled the music for the evening. It was important to keep the minimal, spacey look while still providing plenty of seating. By building a replica of the existing bench on the opposite side of the living room, we maximized seating and created a feeling of symmetry.
A second command center was constructed in the garage as a backdrop for photo ops.
On the menu: Lunar noodles, tribble bits, milky way mash, protein cubes, micro harvest, moon rocks, jell-o shots, planet pops and a variety of space-themed cocktails in test tubes.
Games and Such:
When it came to creating activities, the goal was to provide non-stop energy and fun (as any party should)! A go go cage was the ideal solution that not only met the criteria, but also tied into the '60s vibe. Crafted completely from metal, this structure was built off-site, and assembled piece-by-piece in the corner of the living room. The "Gamm-A-Go-Go" featured color-changing LED lights, brushed steel floor and water-filled bubble bars. Yes, I said bubble bars. If there was a way to keep the go go cage in my living room year-round, believe me, I would. A glowing go go cage in the living room...unbelievable!
Another activity was created by using my 1950s bar. This is a prized piece of furniture, so I didn't want to move it if at all possible. Instead, I masked it with sintra, and created new shelves in the upper cabinet to create the Astro Blaster. Guests used ray guns to shoot rubber bands at asteroids crafted from ping pong balls and blacklight paint. Guests saved the world from impending doom and received prizes for their heroic efforts.
Also in the foyer was a 1960s candy vending machine. This incredible piece was a Craigslist find that I found in Santa Rosa. It had lived in the local Volkswagen dealership for years, so it was fitting that it ended up in my VW. I made the 2-hour trek and hauled it back to town, top down. It was a scary ride with the machine rattling the entire way, in fear that I may be crushed. I probably shaved a few years off my life just from the stress, but 100% worth it. I thoroughly restored the machine and fully stocked it with candy. I designed custom-themed wrappers for each bar (about 400 wrappers total). Some candies contained mystery prizes and gift cards, too!
Here's a look at the brilliant shots captured by Pacheco Photography.
What's in-store for 2013? Well, I've contemplated taking a year off after this monumental bash. However, as most people have already rolled their eyes at that statement, I have in fact began turning the gears. Time will tell.