Pretty Nerdy Party Planning: Community

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Just like that, we’re off hiatus!

This week, something near and dear to my heart returns- The Greendale Seven Six Four + Chang are back TOMORROW with a new season.  This little sitcom that could deserves to be brought in in style, and you know what that means?

VIEWING PARTY.

 

Drinks:
We’re going to take from the season two episode Mixology Certification

  • Seven and Seven (even if it’s a high school girls’ drink)
  • Screwdrivers (for Annie)
  • Root beer (again, for Annie)
  • Make a punch, and then serve it with this ice cube in the center

Food:

  • A tray from Subway- always appropriate
  • Chicken fingers, from season one’s excellent mafia episode.
  • Order pizza.  Try to figure out who should answer the door.

Desserts:

  • Colorful cake pops for all of your paintball needs
  • Shirley’s brownies, of course!
  • Try varying brownies for different characters.  No-pudge brownies for weight-conscious Jeff, vegan brownies for Britta, disgustingly rich brownies for Pierce, etc.
  • Cookies and Cream “Puppy Chow,” for Dean Pelton’s love of Dalmatians

Decor:

  • Turn your living room into the Greendale cafeteria with banners
  • Recreate posters from famous episodes
  • Make a flag out of Greendale’s famous logo.

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Dress:

  • Please don’t dress as a Human Being.  You will scare your guests.

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Alternately, throw this entire thing out and throw a Pulp Fiction themed party in honor of Abed.

 

Pretty Nerdy Party: Agent Carter

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Next week, we lose the Marvel limited run series Agent Carter for an entire year!  So let’s see her out in style with a true 1940s-themed party, like one post-war Peggy might have attended herself.  We’re going to fudge the timeline a little bit, because 1950s food, frankly, is not that appealing.  You don’t want to eat aspic, do you?

Food Notes:

  • Rationing was in full force around the time Captain America takes place, and some authentic 40s food does the trick nicely.
  • Additionally, cheese and butter were rationed, so this is the perfect menu to give your body a break from all of those Valentine’s Day treats. (Don’t worry, delightfully unhealthy food will be back next Friday)

 

Appetizers:

  • Bread is the staff of life, and its lack of rationed ingredients make it a great choice for your pre-meal fare.
  •  Victory gardens were very popular, so this would be the time for your veggie tray.
  • I won’t tell if the ranch dressing isn’t authentic, but peanut butter is probably more period-appropriate.

 

Dinner:

  • Hamburgers, Meat Loaf, and meatballs were popular in the 1940s, when beef was much less expensive than chicken.
  • Hot dogs were similarly popular, even though they were at that point called frankfurters.  This also creates a nice underlying theme of Americana, proving Steve is (at that time) gone, but certainly not forgotten

 

Dessert:

  • Go ahead and bake a cake from a box.  Convenience food was just being introduced owing to the rationing of sugar, butter, and eggs.  If someone gives you any guff, tell them you’re being authentic.
  • Frost it red, white, and blue, and serve with ice cream for Peggy’s frozen boyfriend.

 

Drinks:

  • “At the River Club in New York, as the bartender told me, the six most popular mixed drinks are: bacardi cocktails, daiquiris, dry martinis, manhattans, old-fashioned cocktails and whisky sours. Usually, and for even a fairly large party, dry martinis, with whiskey and soda highballs, sherry, iced fruit juice and milk for the many who are on diets but who like going to parties just the same, offer something for every taste.”—Entertaining is Fun! How to be a popular hostess/Dorothy Draper [Doubleday, Doran & Company:New York] 1941 (p. 67-70)
  • The above quote was super interesting.  The links are from me.

 

Decor:

  • Bowls of M&Ms and Tootsie Rolls can be placed strategically around the room for pre-meal snacking, since both were introduced as a way to heat proof chocolate for Allied soliders!
  • Propaganda posters like this one could be a nice touch.

Pretty Nerdy Party: The Princess Bride

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Twoooo love.

I know last week, we threw a little Valentine’s Day shindig, but let’s keep the love going and throw a pretty nerdy party for everyone’s favorite kissing book: The Princess Bride.   Some cocktails, some fun themed food, and a good movie: what else could you ask for on Galentine’s Day?

 

Drinks:

  • Buy some Kraken (Or comparable black rum) for the Dread Pirate Roberts and mix it with whatever you have on hand.
  • The Double Honey is sweet, beautiful, and golden, like our Buttercup- but with a little punch from the tequila to make it strong enough to stand up to Humperdinck.
  • The French Peach is also a good Buttercup cocktail if you’re not into honey or lavender.
  • Brandy for Inigo, obviously.’
  • Iocane powder is tasteless and dissolves instantly, but labeled powdered drink mixes could be a nice offering for guests hoping for something a little less alcoholic.

Appetizers:

  • Buy a few eel rolls at your local sushi place for the Screaming Eels
  • Serve chips and your favorite accompaniment in a deep bowl, with a sign marking it: THE DIPS OF INSANITY
  • Peanuts and Peanut butter, for Fezzik’s infamous line.
  • Meat skewers for some freshly stabbed Rodents of Unusual Size (but only if you think they exist)

Food:

  • When the Alamo Drafthouse did this, they actually made an MLT.  Mutton is a little expensive and hard to come by, but if you can pull this off, go for it.
  • Serve chicken fries in groups of six for Count Rugen’s six fingers
  • Serve cornish hens, so everyone can feel like Fezzik eating miniature food!
  • Chicken noodle soup for poor sick Fred Savage.

 

Dessert:

  • Chocolates or chocolate cake pops, whether homemade or store-bought, can be made into serviceable resurrection pills
  • Pixie Sticks for makeshift iocane powder

 

Dress:

  • All in black, obviously.  And wear a mask- they’re terribly comfortable, and everyone will be wearing them in the future

Pretty Nerdy Party Planning: Disney World!

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If you’re anything like me, you’re either just getting back from Disney World, getting ready to go to Disney World, or wishing you were in Disney World.  In the coldest part of the Winter, have a delightful shindig to remind you there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow!

As always, take a look at our Pinterest for more ideas!

Food:

For some EPCOT flair, try a little something from around the world.

  • Crepes for France
  • Spring rolls for Japan
  • Make a batch of Orange chicken as hors d’oeuvres.
  • Lazy option: Have Chipotle cater in honor of Mexico
  • If you’re particularly inclined, you can make the famous smoked turkey legs for which Disney is so well known.

Dessert:

Go classic Disney food.   The kind of food you always find yourself blowing your snack credits on.

  • Churros.
  • Waffles and ice cream (though you should use this to make the waffles.)
  • Popcorn
  • Mickey Ice Cream Bars (Here for the recipe)

If you’re feeling ambitious, Allears.net posts recipes to YOUR favorite Disney World dish!

Drinks:

Music:

Youtube has all sorts of great audio from all over the parks- if you’re looking for something specific, it’s probably there.  If you’re not, here are my favorites:

Decor:

  • You know all those souvenirs your parents told you not to buy?  Break them out and display them!
  • Hang leftover maps on the walls, or print them out from various web sites 🙂
  • Pin any Disney pins you might have everywhere- if it’s Disney, put it out!

 

Dress Code:

  • Encourage guests to Disneybound.  Dress up in the colors and style of your favorite Disney girl, boy, or animal!

Enjoy your Disney party, and we’ll see you real soon!

Pretty Nerdy Party Planning: Parks and Recreation

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Parks and Recreation’s final season opens this week, and we think you should Treat Yo-Self to a fun Pawnee themed party to see out one of the sweetest, funniest, warmest shows on television.

Decor:

  • Throw together simple typography prints of your favorite lines.

Suggestions:

  • “I love you and I like you.”
  • “You had me at meat tornado.”
  • “It says you might have network connectivity problems.”
  • “Treat Yo’Self.”
  • The Pawnee Goddess pledge.
  • ‘Slowing down is not really my jam.”
  • “Friends. Waffles.  Work.”

 

  • Be sure to post the Entertainment 720 logo around.  Include a VIP section no one is important enough to sit in.
  • Arrange some stuffed Mini Horses to be both Li’l Sebastian and Imposter.

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Apps:

Let’s take our cue from Tom Haverford for the “Apps”-

  • Chicky Chicky Parm Parm- Bake up some chicken nuggets and cover with sauce and cheese.  Stick a toothpick in each nugget.
  • Without the sauce and cheese, call it “Chicky Chicky Fry Fry.”  Lazy option: use this as the entree and buy premade fried chicken.  We’re not Martha Stewart here at PNT.  We’re not judging you.
  • Mini Calzones, because i love Ben Wyatt and so can you.

 

Tray-Trays:

There are two more routes you can take here, or you can combine them.

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THE RON:

Meat.  Meat everywhere.  All of your eggs. and all of your bacon.  Hamburgers with just meat (you can put ketchup if you want to- I don’t care.)

THE LESLIE:

Waffles.  Waffles everywhere.

RON AND LESLIE:

Waffles and Bacon.

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Zerts:  

If you went the Ron route with the food, try the Leslie route for cake, by layering waffles with whipped cream or icing to create a beautiful layer cake.

 

If you went Leslie with the food, go with a breakfast dessert that is not waffles.   If it’s made with dough or batter, you can put it in a waffle maker.  Cinnamon rolls?  Cake?  Cookies?  The world is yours, my friend.

If you went both, buy or make a cake, stick a sign in front of it that says  “Big Ol’Cookie”  and you’re set.  Write “Treat Yo’Self” on the cake.

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Drinks:

  • Use Whiskey as replacement “Snake Juice.”  Please be careful.  Do not die.
  • Find the biggest cups you have.  Put soda in them.
  • Be sure to serve Tom Haverford’s favorite: Magic Water (root beer.)
  • Some strong coffee would probably be a good idea.

 

Favors:

Plush Mini Horses!  Let your guests take them home.  What are you going to do with ten of them anyhow?

 

Music:

Easy One.   Mouse Rat is real.

Dress:

If a dress made out of newspaper clippings of your personal successes is not feasible, and you didn’t buy a Batsuit during your last Treat Yo’Self day, just dress in the spirit of your favorite character.  Be neat and cute like Chris or Ann, professional like Leslie or Ben, or thrown together like April and Andy.  Or do as Donna and Tom would do: wear whatever you want.

 

As always, check out Pinterest for more on this Party!

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