I have some weird TV watching habits. I will watch, rewatch and then rewatch my favorite shows over and over. When I tell you I’ve seen The West Wing, Blue Bloods and How I Met Your Mother (do NOT get me started on that ending!) at least a dozen times, I don’t mean an episode. I mean the ENTIRE series. I put Netflix on in the background whenever I’m home, so half of my big words, puns and one-liners are probably something I watched on one of those shows.
Gilmore Girls was fascinating to me because I did NOT understand how your mom could be your best friend. Or, at least, I didn’t back when GG was airing. Momma Shelley and I didn’t have a bad relationship, per se, we just didn’t have an easy relationship when I was growing up. My mother saw in me so much more than I did, and she refused to allow me to waste it. Someone once told her how lucky she was that my brother and I were good kids, and she said, “Luck?! I don’t think so! I DID THAT!” True story.
Also, I was prone to be a bit DRAMATIC, which she did not appreciate. Understandably, my teenage years were not a joy for anyone involved.
*Side Note: In my thirties, the coolest thing happened. My mom became my best friend. We talk about just about everything, we travel together and if I ever get married I’m pretty sure she’s going to have to do double duty as Mother of the Bride and Matron of Honor.
But I digress… I loved the Gilmore Girls, Stars Hollow, town meetings and I’m 100% Team Logan. So when Netflix announced the long-awaited revival, I knew I was going to have to binge watch them all the day the came out.
As luck turns out, Mr. Big’s mom, sisters and nieces all loved GG too, so I invited them (and Robin, who is Big’s “practically sister” and one of my favorite people I don’t get to see a lot) to come to our house for an epic Gilmore Girls viewing party. I enlisted Big’s niece Darrigan to help me and kept everyone else in the dark about the plan.
Darrigan and I scoured Etsy, Groupon and pretty much any list that had GG “stuff.” I also enlisted the help of my Aunt Debbie to create handpainted Luke’s Diner mugs with everyone’s name on the back of theirs. She paints anything that holds still – check her out HERE!
So I put together goody bags with the mugs, t-shirts, coasters, stickers, pins and postcards with a map of Stars Hollow for everyone, and found Gilmore Girls coloring books, word searches and Bingo for each season. If you haven’t seen my obsessive personality in action, this is a perfect example.
So with all that fun stuff done, Darrigan and I got to work on the FOOD.
For the first season, Winter, I served snacks – all of the junk food you’d expect like red vines, mallomars, gummy worms, Butterfingers (for Isabella), Skittles and Reece’s Pieces (for Maddy). And a vegetable tray with tzatziki for me (4SP – there were a couple Reece’s). LOL
For Spring, Big’s sister Aimee brought Chinese – egg rolls and steamed dumplings. I skipped the egg rolls but went in on a dumpling (4SP).
For summer, I had everyone make their own individual pizza using individual naan bread from Stonefire Grill – and I made the toppings as healthy as I could with turkey pepperoni and chicken sausage. The bread was 5SP, the cheese was 3SP and the sausage was 1SP. No SP for the tomato sauce. I also had some salad with Marzetti’s Light Red Wine Viniagrette (1SP).
Last, an epic dessert! Dina brought fresh fruit as our healthy option, but… we had some serious ice cream! Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn ran a contest to create the perfect Gilmore Girls ice cream (coffee ice cream, chocolate pudding, snickerdoodle cookies and little pink poptart sprinkles) so clearly I had to have that shipped to us! Their ice cream, btw, was INSANELY good and I was super grateful Aimee gave me a half-cup portion because it really was amazing (8SP).
During the six hour marathon I also had 8oz of white wine (7SP) with Robin and… a gallon of water. Yup! I stayed hydrated, too!
It was so fun to see the girls’ reactions to each of the seasons and to the adult nature of the revival, and it was a special day for all of us to be together, just the girls. I loved it, and if there’s another revival you can bet I’ll be repeating this plan (and the ice cream – seriously it was so good!).
What do you think? Would you have done four courses or served different food? Tell me about your GG Viewing Party in the comments below!