Wednesday, May 11, 2011

the one with the "friends" party

A few weeks ago, my friend Brittney hosted an awesome Friends (the TV show) party. I love the show and actually felt a little sheepish that I never hosted a Friends party before! Unfortunately there ended up being a huge snowstorm that evening, so I think we missed a few people who couldn't make it that far in the storm (yes it was the end of April, in case you were wondering). But, we had a great time with those that came.

Of course the inside of the front door had to have one of these awesome, iconic frames. Great touch!
So, Brittney asked each of us to bring a Friends inspired treat to share. Once I started thinking about it, I came up with about a gazillion ideas, and had a hard time deciding what to bring. Here are some of my ideas:
~G. Stephanopoulos' pizza
~ the Joey special-two pizzas
~sandwiches (especially meatball subs)
~cheesecake that had been dropped on the floor
~a lasagna with a blue fingernail in it
~ruined potatoes
~mac & cheese
~bowl of cold cucumber mush
~ a side salad-"what would you like that on the side of?" "Why don't you just put it right here next to my water."

I'm sure I had some other ideas, but this is all I can remember now a few weeks later. I was planning on bring a "plate of fries for the table" or the buffer fries, but because of the snowstorm, I wasn't going to make any extra stops.

Once I thought of this next idea (actually to be fair, I think Bart came up with this one, along with several of the above ideas), I knew it was going to be THE one. Okay so remember the episode where Rachel decides she is going to make dessert for Thanksgiving? She ends up making a "traditional English trifle." Or so she thinks.This is what she says as she describes how she made it:
"It's got all of these layers: First there's a layer of ladyfingers, then a layer of jam, then custard-which I made from scratch-raspberries, more ladyfingers, then beef sauteed with peas and onions, more custard, and then bananas, and then I just put some whipped cream on top!"

I loved this scene and so I decided to replicate it as closely as I could.

Doesn't it look yummy? Even with the beef and peas? It was delicious!*

Brittney made flan. Remember the birthday flan? Ha ha! She also made some yummy bread sticks with "squeezed tomato" dipping sauce. Get it?

I also brought Yoohoo and funny straws in Chandler's honor. (As a side-note: I don't think I've ever had a Yoohoo, and I don't think they taste very good).

There were also the yummiest cake balls! Delish!

We chatted, we played a Friends trivia game, which was poorly designed and the instructions made no sense, but the questions were fun, and Brittney and I tied for first! I'm such a geek!

We ended the evening watching my all-time favorite episode: The One With All the Wedding Dresses. I think almost every scene is my "favorite scene," and I just can't stop laughing.

Thanks so much for the fun night Brittney!

* Oh, and please don't be worried. I didn't really put beef or peas in the trifle. The "beef" was Cocoa Krispies and mini chocolate chips, and the "peas" were little Sweetart balls. But they sure looked realistic, at least from a distance.


Clay and Katy said...

Hilarious! All of it! I am a Friends nerd too and knew everything you were talking about :) Love your trifle!!!!!

Whats not to love...custard, good. Fruit, good. Meat, gooood.

Jessica said...

Love the triffle! It's one of my favorite scenes (not that you can choose just one).

The Murray Family said...

I am a Friends FANATIC and this party sounds like SOOOO much fun!! I am temped to throw my own now.