Last night, I spent the evening living life like a geek stereotype: I hosted a birthday party based on a science fiction book first published in 1979. That’s right, kids – I celebrated my 42nd birthday at a party themed after the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Here’s some of the elements we used to make the event happen:
- Everyone was encouraged to wear bathrobes and bring towels – and over 75% of the party attendees did so. It was awesome.
- Bowls of Swedish “Babel Fish” were set up at each table.
- Dolphin balloons. Lots of ’em.
- On the wall, we projected (without sound) the 1981 BBC production of The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.
- Instead of listening to the show being projected on the wall, a mix of songs from science fiction movies and TV played all night (including Flash Gordon by Queen and Meco’s Star Wars).
- Cake? Who wants cake when you can have cookies! We did three giant cookies each labelled “Life,” “The Universe,” and “Everything”. By complete luck, we also scored party plates, napkins, and table clothes featuring DOLPHINS.
- We made buttons for everyone to wear featuring phrases and images from The Guide. (One even said “Hoopy Frood”.)
- I personally made sure to keep is real as possible – and tracked down all the Arthur Dent elements found on this handy dandy list: carboncostume.com/arthur-dent/
- Each attendee that entered the party was handed a brand new, unopened pack of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trading cards from 1994 to open. Allegedly the twenty year old set had random chase cards signed by Douglas Adams – but no one found one (that I know of).
- BONUS: While not a “theme” element, we did set up an Atari 2600 to an old TV with a bunch of games out for folks to play – because, you know, old people stuff.
To all the amazing humans, Betelgeusians, paranoid androids, and Ameglian Major Cows that found the time to come out and share in the festivities – THANK YOU. You made an old man feel very special.