We all know I love a good theme party. And, really, who doesn’t love “Saved by the Bell”? So I thought, why not combine my two loves and have a delightful “SBTB”-themed party with my friends? And I did. I went as far to design and print my own sweatshirt, which read “I’m so excited… I’m so excited… I’m so SCARED!” on the front and “Bayside High Class of ’93” on the back. Classy, no? (Obviously I was going as Jessie Spano from the caffeine freakout episode, “Jessie’s Song.”) I forced each of my friends to come dressed as various characters, or at least in the “SBTB” style. I made an abundance of mix CDs of songs that were popular between 1989 and 1993, when “Saved by the Bell” was on the air.
I went all out… as usual. I even broke out my hair crimper! I’m sorry, okay? I’m a child of the 90s. Anyway, it ended up being one of my favorite parties of the year. My friends were great about dressing up and playing the part. I took a fillion pictures and even made makeshift opening credits starring us (too embarrassing to post to the public). So, in case you want to throw your own “Saved by the Bell” soiree, here are a few tips from me:
* Enforce the dress code! It’s way more fun (and provides far more photo opportunities) if your guests come dressed up. Don’t let anyone in the door who’s not fully decked! Key costume elements: neon anything, big hair, leggings, denim jackets, jelly shoes and jewelry, stripes and big floral patterns, headbands, HAMMER PANTS!
* Music is key. I used RockontheNet.com to find the most popular songs between 89-93 and put the best ones into a playlist to blast during the party. Here are a few of my selections:
* I own the “Saved by the Bell” board game from 1992. It’s pretty epic. If you have it too, you can get that out and ask each other trivia questions from the show as a party game. If you don’t have it and want it, check Amazon and eBay for fairly cheap used games.
* Get your DVDs ready! I put my “SBTB” DVDs on in the background and just muted them while the music was on. It adds that extra Bayside High atmosphere that everyone loves so much.
Have you had a “SBTB” party? Send me your pictures and tips at email@example.com!
My life is proof that you don’t always have to travel to “live the movies”… sometimes a movie or TV-themed staycation can be just as fun. Take, for instance, the “Office”-themed party my friends and I had over our Thanksgiving break.
I tend to go a little overboard on things like this, especially theme parties (ask any of my friends and they’ll agree). But I believe the key to throwing a great theme party is being really intense and forcing your guests to obey you. Luckily my friends are really great about that sort of thing.
To begin with, I designed my invitations in the style of a Dunder Mifflin memo. I paperclipped a nametag to each “memo” with a character’s name on it, so each of my friends knew who to come dressed as. (Not that it would’ve been too hard to guess — my friends are oddly well-cast as the “Office”-ers.) I instructed them all to wear said nametags to the party. Next, I created Dunder Mifflin badges for everyone. This is simple. I just copied and pasted the Dunder Mifflin logo from the “Office” website, pasted two columns’ worth into Microsoft Word, and then printed them on cardstock. From there I punched two adjacent holes at the top with a hole punch, and added a badge clip to each one. And voila! I had one waiting for each of my guests when they arrived. (I’m fully aware that I’m a giant nerd.) I didn’t stop there — I made a cake with “Dunder Mifflin” scrawled on it, and even slipped some keys into a jello mold as a gag. I put “Office” DVDs on in the background, and my friends and I traded off filming each other in silly “Office”-inspired scenes. At the end of the night, I pieced together a funny little “Office” episode, starring me and my friends. Pretty decent, if I do say so myself. We took a few liberties with plot points, but oh well. That’s why they don’t pay us the big bucks.