5 Ideas For A Great “Arrested Development” Party

The Bluths are back! Want to celebrate with an Arrested Development party? Here are 5 ideas for a party the Bluths would be proud of.

1) Décor.

Set the mood with AD-style decor. Try a platter of wax fruit, HomeFill books and records, and rickety furniture from Goodwill that will fall apart the moment someone leans back.

Don’t forget a banner that is either awkwardly affectionate….

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or hilariously brutal.

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Naturally, a giant yellow banana stand would not be out of place.

2) Have plenty of food and drinks.

Must have: Frozen bananas (try this recipe). Must not have: Hot ham water and a dead dove (do not eat). Also consider fried cornbread a la the Cornballer, a Skip’s Scramble breakfast skillet, mayoneggs, and juice. Lots and lots of juice.

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3) Throw an AD party, costume-style.

Suggest these costumes to your guests:

– A magician who enters to Europe’s “Final Countdown”
– Someone with a hook. “I’m a monster!”
– A bald man in a bad wig and straw hat.
– Cut-offs. “There are literally dozens of us.”
– A leather daddy.
– An age-inappropriate mother-son duo in matching sailor suits.
– Inside-out clothes, crazy headwear, and a stuffed animal backpack.

4)    Have plenty to do.

15 episodes aren’t enough entertainment for you? Hire an incredibly inept magician or a politically-incorrect puppeteer. Reenact light saber fights from Star Wars. Karaoke (with or without “Afternoon Delight”). Have a chicken dance-off with prizes for accuracy.

Or simply play an AD drinking game. Suggested rules:

One drink
– “Come on!”
– “Marry me!”
– Anytime Tobias says something only Tobias would say.

Two drinks
– “I’ve made a huge mistake.”
– Any mention of hop-ons.
– “Her?”

Three drinks
– “No touching!”
– Hot Cops appear
– Chickens are imitated, however badly

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Feel free to add to the rules. Just be aware that more than 10 rules for 15 episodes is a LOT of drinking. Not that that’s always a bad thing. Bring on the dizzies!

5) Skip Bluth family party fouls.

Though there are many, a few stand out as big no-nos.

Do not:
– Invite your cousin’s entire address book and get her fired from her movie studio job.
– Yell “Surprise!” at your own party.
– Act like a Milford man. Be a good host; be social.
– Give a terrible speech.

It’s been seven years since we’ve gotten new episodes of Arrested Development. Make the most of it. “Say goodbye to these, because it’s the last time you’re gonna see them!”

Ah, who are we kidding. We’re going to watch them over and over and still not catch every joke.

 

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Character

Home in Phoenix's Willo DistrictLast night, my fiancé and I were driving around downtown Phoenix, late for a friend’s birthday dinner. We missed the restaurant and ended up circling through one of the historic downtown neighborhoods to find it.

I have long been in love with Phoenix’s historic neighborhoods, while my fiancé loves our Scottsdale neighborhood and has been adamant that our first home would be nearby. Recently, I’ve noticed some chinks in the armor, so I thought I’d take the chance last night to show him how gorgeous the downtown homes can be.

We drove slowly down the residential street, me pointing out what homes I thought were beautiful and him (finally) acknowledging that they were pretty cool.

Me: “I love these homes. Look at the front porches!”

Him: “Yeah. And some of them have nice courtyards on the side.”

Me: “Yeah! They all have… character.”

Him: “Yeah.”

(pause while I replayed the previous 15 seconds and clips from HGTV)

Me: “Did I just say a house has character?”

Him: “Yeah. You officially crossed the line into being an adult.”

Me: “Weird.”

Two minutes later we found the swanky wine bar. Ten of us sat around, drank too many sangrias, and played dirty Would You Rather, courtesy of someone’s iPhone. If this is being an adult, I’m ok with it.

 

Photo credit: Brandon Hunt