Hearts, Diamonds and Pigskin
Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day and Awards Show Ragers to Remember
ith the holidays and New Year’s Eve in the rearview mirror, you may be ready to settle in for a long winters nap. Don’t hang up your party hat just yet— Hollywood, the NFL and St. Valentine are throwing great party themes your way. From the red carpet to the red zone, we’ll help you get through the big chill, one party at a time.
On Sunday, February 6, sports fans and friends of sports fans will unite to observe football’s national holiday. There’s never a better excuse to get together, yell at the T.V. and eat everything that isn’t nailed down. At Plum Party, we think the only way to do a Super Sunday bash is to project a casual, come-as-you-are vibe. Think easy prep, easy clean up, and an atmosphere that makes guests feel like they’re watching the game from their own favorite chairs, only better!
The Game Plan
Choose invitations with as much selling power as a first TV time-out commercial. We love our 3-D Spitfire Girl football invitations, or cards that tempt guests through their tummies—pizza and BBQ-themed invitations are good bets. Kick off the festivities with a no-sports-knowledge-required betting grid, so even the clueless can get involved. Anything’s interesting when you’ve got money riding on it!
While we like to provide a little something for everyone, the big game is the main event—make sure viewing conditions are ideal. If your 27-incher just doesn’t cut it, splurge and rent a big screen TV. If your couches don’t offer ample seating, stack some comfy cushions on the floor or rent folding chairs and set them up in movie theater-style rows.
If your crowd has more than a few members who don’t know a touchdown from an interception, treat them to a Foot Ball in an adjoining room. Hire spa technicians to give foot massages and pedicures and screen football crowd-pleasers like Rudy, Wildcats and Remember the Titans. Trust us: true sports fans may appreciate keeping all of the unrelated gab confined to the luxury box.
Looks Like Team Spirit
Deck your living room out to rival the stands in Jacksonville. Bring in the team colors with banners, Fun Fringe and Creative Crepe. If you’re crowd is pretty neutral, can’t-miss colors include bold reds, oranges and yellows (the international colors of food that is bad for us—why else would all of those fast food restaurants share the same color palette?). Line every surface with an Astroturf runner and scatter football and beer trivia coasters on top.
The Food Court
For a couch potato spread that would make Homer Simpson drool, serve chips & dips, nachos & salsa, six-foot subs, ribs and pizza cafeteria-style. We’ve got the trays, sandwich baskets and no-fuss squeeze bottles to make it authentic. Use football-shaped cookie cutters to make mini PB&Js. The kicker? A hot dog bar with homemade chili and all the fixin’s. Have tons of plasticware and napkins (in our diner-style dispenser) on hand—the goal is to get through the clean-up without having to do a single dish. Keep football-shaped serving dishes filled with popcorn and candy dispensers with chocolate footballs close to the couch for mindless mid-quarter munching.
When guests ask, “What can I bring?,” tell them to pick up a sixer of their favorite beer. Present it on ice in colorful metal basins with our handy ‘etch it’ cups, so guests can keep tabs on their brewskis.
Are you ready for some football? (We think so.)
Whether you love Valentine’s Day or love to hate it, we’ve got entertaining ideas that will win your amour. Now back away from the Whitman’s sampler and check out our tips for a V-day so very un-Hallmark-y that you just might like it.
If You’ve Been Kissed By Cupid
Invite a mix of sweethearts and singles to your love nest for cocktails. Float a sexy Moroccan vibe with rose petals sprinkled in the driveway and a torrent of red bubble glass votives and beaded candleholders to cast alluring shadows. If you’re hosting a sit-down dinner, romance each guest with an ‘Art of Kissing’ book at each place setting. Red hot gummy bears in red flared bowls make lovely lovey dovey centerpieces. Our sophisticated glass spin-the-bottle toy keeps things interesting.
If You Think Cupid’s Stupid...
Opt for a “Crazy in Love” theme and have guests dress as notoriously bad couples, famous stalkers…you get the idea. Or, host an Ex-orcism. Use our little black book invitations to celebrate your friends’ freedom from those losers. Have everyone bring pictures of their most dastardly exes and let the ex-games begin! When guests arrive, give them each a conversation heart cookie on which to write an embarrassing tidbit of ex-trivia, from “He didn’t kiss a girl until junior year of college” to “She snores like a linebacker with a deviated septum.” Have guests guess which juicy morsel goes with which ex. Accessorize with Scandle Candles, naughty tattoos and Virgin/Slut soap. Check out our “Break-Up” theme party for more ideas.
If you’re pro-V, serve smoked salmon finger sandwiches, accompanied by mixed greens with goat cheese, toasted almonds and strawberries in our red gingham take-out containers. Use cookie cutters to shape ice cream sandwiches into hearts, and roll the edges in red sprinkles. Pour Cosmos into elegant acrylic martini glasses, and accent water with heart-shaped pink lemonade ice cubes. Keep plenty of bubbly chilled in metallic red wine bottle coolers. Around midnight, sweet talk guests with S’mores and gourmet hot chocolate.
If you’re a V-day cynic, well then, do you fondue? Serve a bubbling blend of Gruyere and Parmesan cheeses with veggies and cubes of crusty bread—it’s your “Cheesy Valentine’s Day” spread! Pair the fondue with your favorite garlicky, saucy side dishes…anything that it’s impossible to look sexy while eating. Chocolate and gummy shot glasses take the soiree to a whole new level. Line up bottles of your favorite spirits and label them “Love Potions Numbers 1-8,” and you may make some love connections yet.
The glitz. The glamour. The stuff she must have been smoking when she agreed to wear that dress! It’s awards show season—the Super Bowl of fashion, the Olympics of egos, the paparazzi prom—and we can’t get enough of it. Year after year, we gossip, we air kiss, we live vicariously, while at the same time, tearing it all to shreds. Trusts us, dah-lings, we’ve got the secret to awards show night bashes that would have A-listers clamoring for invitations.
Red Carpet 101
Make Joan and Melissa proud with a superstar red carpet welcome. Tempt guests to step their perfectly manicured toesies out of their limos with movie camera invitations or, if it suits your artistic vision, party details scrawled on yellow movie film in a tin canister. Set up a red carpet (ours is plastic…shh…don’t tell), complete with a glamourpuss star bar chock full of sunglasses, feather boas, beauty marks, cigarette holders and baseball-sized baubles, so guests can accessorize on the spot. Snap Polaroids of pals mugging and give an award for “Best Picture.”
Distribute ballots with lists of nominees so guests can vote and play along. Add some of your own categories, like a “Worst Fake Bake Offender” award, or a “Should’ve Stuck to the Tux” (the award for the most brazen risk taken in the male formalwear category). Make sure to have plenty of prizes on hand. We recommend our starlet kit, Movie Awards Drink Charms, ‘You’re A Star’ Bath Confetti, Zagat Movie Guides and DVDs, of course. Tuck Hollywood Stress Mints or clapboard key rings into gold drawstring bags, so no one goes home empty handed…honestly, it was an honor just to be invited.
Set the stage with statuettes (both chocolate and metal), glittering star garlands, ‘Martini Spoken Here’ napkins and ‘Total Bitch’ soap in the powder room. Layer on the sparkle with star coasters, and gold & silver trays and table covers. Cut out unflattering pics of celebs from US Magazine, In Touch and Star, color copy and voila – celebfetti!
Wolfgang Puck has been trying to put some meat on those scrawny celebrity bones post-awards-show for years. Fire up a bunch of his frozen pizzas and serve on our exclusive ‘Hollywood Glam’ platter for bona fide star bites. Throw in some caviar and champagne if you’re going for big budget blockbuster, or opt for nachos and soft drinks, if your funds are more of the ‘indie’ variety. Keep gold star containers piled high with chocolate film rolls and tickets. If you serve a surprise second course of buttered popcorn in retro plastic popcorn containers and boxes of movie candy piled on trays (our set features nine classic faves), we guarantee your guests will like you. They’ll really, really like you.