The Gilmore Girls have become a staple in our house. I introduced the kids to the residents of Stars Hollow this year and both quickly fell in love with the fast-talking, coffee-crazed, Mother-Daughter team. It’s no surprise that when the revival was announced, my munchkins started counting down the days to the Netflix release. Sadly, we don’t get to watch it on said release date (tomorrow, November 25, 2016, in case you missed it). We will be watching it on Saturday when I get them back from their Dad. That means I have an extra day to prep for our viewing party but also that I have to avoid social media for twenty-four hours. Whatever will I do with that extra time??
Why, make a top five list of course. I’ve been working out my plan for our party for a while now, but that doesn’t mean you throw together a fantastic shindig before tomorrow….or Saturday. Everything I did for this was on a budget – I spent less than $75!
5. Gilmore Girls Gear
Admittedly, you could go nuts on this one if you wanted to. From t-shirts (dare we say, a Hep Alien tee?) to mugs, you could be fully decked out for your viewing party. I wasn’t about to let the kids go without some Gilmore Girls gear so they each will have special mugs. Autumn had one from her Gilmore Girls themed birthday, but I picked up a plain white mug for Maddox and decorated it with one-liners and names of places (using Sharpie Paint Markers). It’s a super easy process but if you are looking for step by step instructions, go here.
4. Make it feel like Stars Hollow
You probably can’t set up the town of Stars Hollow in your living room anymore than we can, but that doesn’t mean you can’t represent. With some posterboard and markers, I created representations of the big places in the series but there are loads of options out there- try here or here.
3. Savory Supper
I don’t know about you, but sitting through four, ninety minute episodes is going to be a challenge if I don’t take breaks and I’m not going to want to miss a second of the revival. I decided to break down our munching experience and serve dinner during Winter and Spring (the first two installments) with a short break in between to switch out for the other half of our gluttonous menu. To that end, here is the list of foods I choose from: Pizza, Burgers, Burritos, Pizza Rolls, Taquitos, Tater Tots, Hot Dogs, Chinese food, Indian food, Pancakes, and, of course, Macaroni and Cheese. I opted to order a pizza but I will also have pizza rolls, tater tots, hot dogs, and macaroni and cheese. I skipped the others simply because my kids are too picky and, let’s be real, it’s a lot of food.
2. Surplus of Sweets
Sweets? There’s loads of sugary junk food heaped on candy and paired with pie in a Gilmore Girl’s diet so don’t scrimp here! My list of sweets included Mallow Cremes (far harder to find than you would think so I nixed them), Kit Kats, Gobstoppers, Red Vines (we went with Twizzlers instead), Cookies, Danish, Pie, Cake, Pop Tarts, Dessert Sushi, and donuts. You can see here some of what I plan to use, but not all of it. And, against my make-from-scratch sensibilities, I tried to do as much of this Lorelai-style as I could.
Many thanks to Nothing Bundt Cakes for providing our cakes for this shindig. We so love their delicious treats – pretty much the only commercial cakes that make it into our house.
1. Coffee, coffee, coffee!!
Obviously my kids aren’t drinking coffee (I am!) but then again, Alexis Bleidel didn’t drink coffee on set (she drank soda). My munchkins will drink Coca-Cola while I enjoy a good deal of coffee that will make our house smell divine. They asked for Miss Patty’s Founders Day Punch and I found a number of recipes here, but I concocted my own kid-friendly version:
Whatever you do for the Gilmore Girls revival, enjoy it!