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Turning a TV Show into the Perfect Party

I started working at my alma mater last month as the social media specialist. I love being back on a university campus, especially one as beautiful as this. I’m not gonna lie; it’s also pretty awesome to be regularly mistaken for a student. 

The other day, I was helping my colleague shoot video of the renovated dining area, and while I was there I spotted a flyer for an upcoming party. One of the sororities was hosting a party based on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (since they are Delta something, it was “Delt-Air” on the poster), a ’90s-themed shindig. As someone who grew up with the show, I approved, then instantly felt sad when I realized that most of the students weren’t even born when it premiered in 1990.

I started thinking about what other awesome parties you could have based on programs from the time period, and now all I want to do is throw a Full House celebration, where everyone comes over and cleans my house (just like Danny Tanner would!) and says, “Have mercy!” and “You got it, dude!” to each other. If you wear an obnoxious outfit like Kimmy Gibler, you get extra points. Or, it could be Saved by the Bell-style, where you have to do your best “I’m so excited! I’m so excited! I’m”¦so”¦.scared!” impression while talking on a giant cell phone. I’m pretty sure Mr. Belding isn’t doing anything, so he can come and make a guest appearance.

All kidding aside, having a party tied into a television show sounds awesome. I know a lot of people do this with Mad Men, but the ’90s are just the perfect decade to embrace. The clothes were colorful, the music was all over the place (Backstreet Boys, Nirvana, 2Pac”¦mash them together!), and the pop culture events were the best. I think I know the theme for my next birthday party!

If you could have a party based on a television show, what would it be? What activities would you do, food would you serve, etc.?

By Catherine

Catherine is a Southern California based freelance writer, whose work has appeared in everything from the New York Times to Entertainment Weekly. The highlight of her life (so far) was being featured on MSNBC for a story she wrote on Hello Kitty wines...she knew one day her love of all things HK would come in handy.

6 replies on “Turning a TV Show into the Perfect Party”

First thing that popped into my head was Buffy. But that might not end well. So maybe Lost, have people look as bad as possible, add sand, exotic food and strange sounds in the attic for sufficient creeping out. Or Pushing Daisies, all the colours and pies everywhere and no touching without plastic foil involved. Or Sweet Valley High.

Buffy was my first thought too. The props and clothing could be wonderful, but the party would have to end with a fight that goes through walls, windows and breaks many pieces of furniture. It may be a better party to attend than throw. : )

I want to have a Doctor Who themed party, especially if it involves actual space/time travel and a visit from The Doctor. Mmm.

One of my friends had an 80s themed party in college. It was a blast, but I think people were a little disturbed that I managed to actual run to my parents house to pick up a pair of stonewashed jeans that I bought in junior high and the shirt from my 3rd grade softball team. (It was a hell of a lot tighter than it was when I was 8. Oh, college.) Also, I swiped my mom’s old crimping iron. I was kinda sad about how awesome my hair looked crimped, because outside of a theme party you just can’t get away with that anymore. I’d love to go to a 90s themed party. I’d wear ALL the flannel!

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