In early February, Big Brother Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay’s celebrated their 16th Annual Big Night at the House of Blues Boston and it was all that and a bag o’ chips! The sold out fundraiser featured a bold color palette, throwback entertainment and 90s inspired decor.
To carry the 90s concept from start to finish, we transformed the HOB foyer into a black light wonderland. As guests arrived they were greeted by glowing balloons, floor decals and wall decorations. Neon tape directed guests to the registration desk and coat check and even spelled out the #BigNight2015 hashtag!
In the concert hall, servers decked out in vintage track jackets straight from the 90s passed pop rock rimmed signature cocktails while entertainers wearing what we’ve decided to call “Fresh Prince Chic” got jiggy with it. A custom, graffiti step and repeat was the perfect picture backdrop and made more than one appearance on Instagram that night!
Bright colors and 90s elements decorated every floor of the House of Blues. From spray painted boom boxes and VHS tapes to custom graffiti banners, the throwback theme was not lost on guests. A Saved By the Bell inspired vinyl wrapped the second floor balcony, creating a bright and fun visual in the space. After an intimate acoustic performance for VIP guests by Goo Goo Dolls lead singer, John Rzeznik, banners were removed and general admission guests arrived. With just under 1000 guests in attendance, by the time the program started the party was in full swing!
Big Night 16’s entertainment paired effortlessly with the 90s concept. Shaggy and the Goo Goo Dolls both rocketed to the top of the charts in the 1990s and although their music couldn’t be more different (reggae and rock) the two performances were the perfect addition to the throwback theme.
Shaggy’s set brought the heat! It might have been cold outside but as soon as his performance began it felt as if the entire party had been transported to Jamaica. Playing hits like “Angel” and “Wasn’t Me”, guests were on their feet dancing from start to finish. By the time Goo Goo Dolls took the stage the audience was all warmed up, singing along to fan favorites’ “Iris” and “Slide”. The night ended with the dance floor full and DJ Kupah spinning 90s hits!
We are happy to report Big Night raised over 1.8 million dollars to support Big Brother Big Sister’s programs. To find out more about the organization and how you can get involved be sure to check out the Big Brother Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay website!