Way back in the olden days of Grade 7 or 8 we read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. This book quickly became one of my favorite books. Add to this the amazing movie with all stars such as Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio and Emilio Estevez and it’s hard to not fall in love.
My client is equally obsessed with this movie, so when it came around to finding a theme for her birthday, naturally, it was a no-brainer. The only issue…there’s no decor out there for The Outsiders. I accepted the challenge.
My client was very specific about what she wanted. She wanted logo and signs of the specific locations in the book. The only problem was some of these locations didn’t really exist in real life and the movie only showed basic random buildings.
The DX sign was actually the easiest sign because it actually exists. This is the gas station where one of the boys worked so I simply took the logo and turned it into a decor piece.
The movie came in handy for this next piece. The Nightly Double was the drive in theater the boys used to go to. I took a still from the movie and added a general “drive in” feel logo to the top.
The next signs were a bit trickier. In the book Buck’s Bar is actually not a bar at all but just Buck’s home. In the book it states that there is a neon sign in the bar so that’s where I took my inspiration from.
While The Dingo (the diner) is mentioned in the book, no actual picture of the outside of the diner shows up in the movie. You only see the building part where the cars park. So I used my imagination and came up with a sign that I thought a diner would have in the 60s. Why did I put est. 1967? That’s the year the book was written.
Finally, no party is complete without a cake topper. Of course the cake topper had to be a picture of all the boys and the famous line, Stay Gold. It’s a hard world out there and things change before you even notice. Take time to look at the sunrise and the sunset because “nothing golden can stay.”
Honestly, this was probably one of my favorite orders. I got to use my imagination and come up with customized decor you couldn’t find anywhere else. This put my creative juices to the test and I loved every minute of it!