New DVD releases, the end of a television series, anticipated movies coming out, awards shows – each occasion is often a great excuse for a party. I myself hosted a fun dinner when the cartoon Family Guy returned to the air – I served up a variety of martinis to honor Brian, the martini-soaked dog.
It’s always more fun to match your food and drinks to the show, and bonus points if you can turn your meals into a groaner of a pun! Here’s a list of recent movies and television events, and themed recipes for each.
Avatar DVD Release Party
With James Cameron’s epic fantasy Avatar now on video, it’s only appropriate to invite your friends over for dinner and watch the movie on your big screen television (The 3-D version of the movie won’t be out until near Christmas – I myself will be waiting for that.) Avatar party supplies are available now too – if you wish to have a themed birthday party.
For your meal and drinks, everything has to be blue, of course! Here’s a dinner and drink suggestion:
Main Course: Blue Cheese Burgers
- 1 pound lean organic ground beef (why organic? Because Avatar carries an environmental message!)
- 1 tbsp barbecue sauce
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
Gently mix with your hands, divide into 4 sections. Shape each into patties. Cook on your barbecue.
Drink: Na’vi Bi’kini Mar’tini
- 2 ounces gin
- 2 ounces blue curacao
- a splash of peach schnapps
Serve with a slice of lemon – for extra effect, add a glow stick!
Final Episode of Lost Party
With all the plot twists, mind bends and multiple story arcs in different places, different times and different dimensions, you’ll need your own brainwashing room to clear your head! Nevertheless, the show has been a fantastic series, and I for one will miss it deeply. Will we find out what happens on that island? Or will the Dharma Initiative be lost in time?
Main Course: Mango braised bbq pork ribs
In the first season, John Locke hunted wild boar. That would be a little hard (and dangerous) to do in your neighborhood, so the next best thing is hunting for some ribs at your local grocer. To keep with the tropical island motif, mix a mango sauce for your ribs.
I tried this recipe before, and it’s delicious! I substituted a can of green chillis for the chipotles. You can view and print the recipe here.
Drink: Dharma Initiative beer
Take your favorite beer, and stick on the appropriate beer labels. Due to copyright issues, you can’t find a complete beer label online. But you can find high-quality Dharma logos here. Use the Swan one. If you know somebody with Photoshop skills, they can easily print “BEER” below the logo. Print out on sticker paper and wrap around your beer bottles. Note: Do not use 30-year old beer from a VW van – you do not have to be that authentic!
Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
The new movie with Johnny Depp revived interest in tea parties that never really went away, as Alice has been a perennial favorite since it was first written in the 19th century. An Alice in Wonderland theme party is a lot of fun to create – with the wild and wacky decor, terrible puns and elaborate setups of high tea, there’s probably no other theme that’s as fun to do! Heck, with un-birthday parties, you have an occassion to celebrate 364 days of the year (365 if it’s a leap year!)
Pop in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland or prepare for Tim Burton’s 3-D DVD release with these foods as part of your party:
Main Course: Mock Turtle Soup
A famous scene in the book has the queen looking for the mock turtle, which is what mock turtle soup is made from. About.com has a thick, comforting soup that is filling enough to be a main course.
If you’re really creative, you can make bread in the shape of a turtle to dip in the soup. Using your favorite dough recipe, divide into one large ball and five smaller balls – the large one will be the turtle’s body, and the other five will be the legs and head. Use a knife to score lines in the body to make the turtle’s “shell”, and pinch the head in to form the resemblance of the eyes and mouth. Arrange and stick together on a pizza stone and bake.
Drink: Earl Grey Tea Tea, of course. Any English tea will do. Don’t forget to put “Drink Me” labels on each cup. Serve tea at 6:00, with bread and your best butter. Dress in a top hat and have yourself a mad party!
By Chris Molnar, editor of Themeaparty.com. Click here for more movie theme party ideas for your DVD release or special television event (farewell, Lost!)