Freaks and Geeks
We’ve said it once,and we’ll say it again — Freaks and Geeks would make a great theme party. Everyone has to dress like a “freak” or a “geek,” by the show’s early-’80s standards. Get a keg full of nonalcoholic beer and tell everyone it’s alcoholic, or vice versa, and blast “Jesus Is Just Alright” at least ten times. Better yet — hold a karaoke contest. The winner gets to be Millie.
Your friends won’t see this one coming. A Baywatch party could be a “beach party” where everyone wears red clothes and/or swimsuits and cracks David Hasselhoff jokes. Serve cocktails with tiny umbrellas, fill your house with beach balls, string a banner across the room that says “Don’t Hassle the Hoff,” and invest in these jams.
My So-Called Life
Oversize flannels, boots, hair dye from a box — this party should be soundtracked by Buffalo Tom, naturally, with a little 30 Seconds to Mars sprinkled in so you can lament how far Jordan Catalano has fallen. Provide cheap alcohol — it is a ’90s high school party, after all.
A Seinfeld party could go in so many directions, but we’ll take the Frank Costanza route. Regardless of the time of year, throw a Festivus party and fill your night with a “feats of strength” and an “airing of grievances.” Provide soup “catered” by the Soup Nazi. Pick one person and refuse her to give him/her soup.
A Twin Peaks party should involve lots of cherry pie, spiked coffee, donuts, and a “Miss Twin Peaks” contest. You know how Mardi Gras king cakes have tiny plastic babies inside of them? And whoever finds one gets to be “king,” or whatever? Well — for the Twin Peaks party, put a tiny plastic girl (Laura Palmer) in the cherry pie. Whoever finds her gets to be… Pete Martell?
Saved by the Bell
A Saved by the Bell party would be your generic ’90s party — everyone on the show had different ’90s styles, so tell your friends to come wearing anything from crop-tops to mullets. Play games that involve a timer, or a “bell” — like, hot potato with an old cellphone. Loser has to take a shot.
Doogie Howser, M.D.
For a Doogie Howser party, everyone has to dress like a ’90s kid, a doctor, or a ’90s kid doctor. Serve drinks in tiny Dixie cups and provide Jell-o, pudding, and other hospital-style snacks for your guests.
Kenan & Kel
Serve drinks mixed with orange soda and [Good]burgers. What else do you need for a successful party, really? Feel free to throw this party on a Saturday night, turn on SNL, and discuss the fact that Kenan apparently wants nothing to do with Kel.