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How To Throw A Friends Themed Party In 8 Easy Steps

If like me, you missed out on Friendsfest last year, you’ll be happy to know that it returns this summer for a 12 week tour of the UK; I’ve got my tickets already!

You can get your tickets here: FriendsFest

If you can’t wait until summer then you can always throw an amazing Friends themed party yourself. Get your gang together, get your mis-matching coffee mugs out and reminisce over all 236 episodes of one of the finest TV comedy shows!

Whether you are a super fan or hosting a birthday party… here you will find 8 easy steps on how to throw an amazing Friends themed party that Monica Geller would approve of.

We’re supposed to start having fun in 15 minutes! – Monica

Peephole
Image: Warner Bros

1. Dress Code

So you’ve sent out invites to your guests telling them where and when to arrive.  You could have some real fun and make sure there’s a strict dress code policy.  You have ten seasons of outfit choices to choose from; here are just a few examples:

  • School prom (Chandler, Monica, Rachel, Ross)
  • Wedding dresses (Monica, Phoebe, Rachel)
  • Pink bunny (Chandler)
  • In a box (Chandler)
  • Santa (Joey)
  • Superman (Joey)
  • Porsche owner (Joey)
  • Wearing all of Chandler’s clothes (Joey)
  • Leaving Barbados (Monica)
  • Catwoman (Monica)
  • 1950s Diner girl (Monica)
  • At the jewelry store (Phoebe)
  • Supergirl (Phoebe)
  • Pregnant with triplets (Phoebe)
  • Cheerleader (Rachel)
  • Princess Leia (Rachel)
  • Waitress with short apron (Rachel)
  • Newlyweds (Rachel and Ross in Vegas)
  • The Holiday Armadillo (Ross)
  • Leather trousers (Ross)
  • Fake tan (Ross)
  • Spud-nik (Ross)

Everyone will love the effort, plus you will get some amazing pictures!

Friends fancy dress
Image: Warner Bros

2. Decorations

This is the part I love… detail, detail, detail. The tiniest of detail will have a huge impact on your guests. Monica’s famous lavender apartment door with yellow framed spy hole should be the first thing your guests spot as they enter your party.

Friends door table
Image: The Rustic Willow

Your party decorations can include a large white ceramic dog, dinosaur bones and fossils, a Vegas chapel, New York memorabilia, a foosball table, Hugsy the stuffed penguin, a Science Boy comic book, Ugly Naked Guy chopsticks, Phoebe’s guitar, bottles of wine (special delivery from Paul the wine guy), The Shining book hidden in the freezer, a chick and duck… the options are endless!

Whatever you decide to choose to decorate your party with; please frame some well loved quotes from the show and arrange as table centre pieces.  This inexpensive detail will be worth it!

Friends framed quote
Image: Shamain K Photography

These quotes can be used to set the scene depending on the reason for your party. For example, if you are throwing a hen party, bridal shower or wedding then there are many romantic quotes to choose from. If it’s a baby shower then there were plenty of births throughout the show to come up with some interesting baby related quotes. If your party is just for fun then here’s your chance to get creative!

Romantic Quotes:

  • You and I both know we are perfect for each other – Ross
  • Every day with you is an adventure, and I can’t believe how lucky I am, and I can’t wait to share my life with you forever – Mike
  • It’s a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life. You can actually see old lobster couples walking around their tanks, holding claws – Phoebe
  • And now, here we are, with the future before us, and I only want to spend it with you, my prince, my soulmate, my friend – Monica

Baby Related Quotes:

  • We only ordered one – Monica
  • I don’t want my baby’s first words to be ‘how you doin’?’ – Rachel
  • Why is my boy playing with a Barbie? – Ross

Just For Fun Quotes:

  • Pivot
  • How you doin’?
  • They don’t know that we know they know we know
  • Oh…my…god
  • 7, 7, 7, 7, Seven
  • We were ON A BREAK
  • Well, I then guess I’m going to Yemen! I’m going to Yemen!

And my personal favourite :

You don’t own a TV? What’s all your furniture pointed at? – Joey

If you’re not sure about any of these decoration ideas then you can always organise a party like Phoebe and decorate the entire room with nothing but cups.  As for ice, bring a whole variety for everyone to enjoy; crushed, cubed and dry ice, together with snow cones.

Friends cups party
Image: Little Asian Sweatshop

3. Making a Statement

Every party should have a statement piece. It’s the thing that your guests will still talk about once its all over. Whether its a delicious cake, a stunning backdrop or an incredible dessert table.

Picture the famous fountain scene; an orange sofa, a lamp shade and red, yellow and blue umbrellas. This can be your Friends themed party statement!

I’ll be there for you (when the rain starts to pour) – The Rembrandts

Umbrellas

You can purchase an old sofa and vintage lamp shade from a charity shop, a second hand online site or even use your own furniture and put it outside in your garden.  Your guests will have so much fun re-enacting out the opening scene with the umbrellas!

Friends sofa
Image: OnceUponATry

4. Drinks

You can’t host a party without drinks… and if you are throwing an amazing Friends themed party then you should let your guests live out their coffee filled dreams. What better way than to re-create the famous Friends hangout? Re-create the Central Perk coffee shop complete with drinks station, authentic chalk board, and of course, giant mis-matching coffee mugs.

Central Perk coffee station
Image: The Rustic Willow

Friends chalk board

If you’re creative then it will be worth the effort to paint the Central Perk logo on a large glass frame to replicate the large front window of the coffee shop.

Friends Central Perk sign
Image: Jillian Kaye Art

5. Food

What with Monica being a chef and Joey’s genuine love there are so many references to food throughout; so it is easy to plan a menu that is fun and relevant to the show.

I have designed a menu for you guys to use at your party and best of all its FREE. Download Friends Party Menu Here

Friends party menu

The inspiration for this Friends party menu wasn’t difficult to come up with:

Starter:

Who can forget the episode ‘The One Where No One’s Ready’ where in fact, Phoebe arrives at Monica’s apartment fully dressed and ready! Unfortunately, during Joey and Chandler’s argument, Joey accidentally flings hummus onto Phoebe’s dress which she later covers up with a Christmas ribbon.

Hummus. I got the hummus – Phoebe

Hummus
Image: Betty Crocker

‘The One With The Ride Along’ is the episode where we learn how much love Joey has for food.  While on the ride-along, Joey gets ‘the best sandwich in the world’ made with meatballs, melted cheese, and marinara sauce.  During the ride the guys are startled by a car backfire (which they mistake for a gun shot).  Joey appears to dive to save Ross, which upsets Chandler… however Joey actually dives to save his meatball sub! Priorities!

Meatball sub
Image: Kraft Canada

For extra points, wrap up one of the subs in foil and add Ross’ sticky note to it: ‘Knock-knock. Who’s there? Ross Geller’s lunch. Ross Geller’s lunch, who? Ross Geller’s lunch, please don’t take me. Ok?

My sandwich? MY SANDWICH? – Ross

Dr Gellar's sandwich

Main:

Does anybody remember ‘The One With The Dozen Lasagnas’? After cooking a dozen lasagnas for her Aunt Sylvia, Monica is stuck with them as they were supposed to be vegetarian. Monica spends the whole episode desperately giving away a dozen lasagnas.

Lasagne cups
Image: The Petite Cook

There are a couple of episodes that reference Chandler’s fondness of mac and cheese. The main ones being in flashbacks where Ross brings Chandler, his college roommate home for Thanksgiving. Monica offers to make Chandler mac and cheese (as he doesn’t eat Thanksgiving dinner). Chandler loves the dish and suggests she become a chef which Monica excitedly replies ‘Ok!’. This is the dish that starts that journey!

Mac n cheese
Image: Taste and See

Dessert:

English trifle has to be included in any respected Friends themed party menu. Rachel’s trifle is the star of the most hilarious Thanksgiving episode! The iconic episode ‘The One Where Ross Got High’ focuses on Rachel creating the perfect Thanksgiving dessert; a traditional English trifle. However two cookbook pages are stuck together so the whole gang are forced to eat a combination of trifle and shepherd’s pie which tastes like feet!

I mean whats not to like? Custard? Good. Jam? Good. Meat? Goooood – Joey

Trifle
Image: Salt Canary

‘The One With All The Cheesecakes’ is the episode where we see Rachel and Chandler develop a slight obsession for Mama’s Little Bakery cheesecake. Rachel and Chandler eat a cheesecake that was mistakenly delivered to the wrong apartment and it’s the best cheesecake they’ve ever tasted! Another cheesecake gets delivered and they try to resist temptation by delivering it to their neighbour, to the correct apartment. They later find the cheesecake untouched so they steal it. An argument breaks out which culminates in the stolen cheesecake being split in half. Rachel drops hers in the hallway, but as Chandler laughs at her misfortune she throws his to the floor resulting in both going as far as to eat it off the floor.

Oh! Yay! Look! There’s a piece that doesn’t have floor on it! – Rachel

Cheesecake
Image: Minimalist Baker

To complete the Friends themed party menu I have included a reference to those secret chocolate chip cookies in ‘The One With Phoebe’s Cookies’. Monica tries to figure out Phoebe’s grandmothers secret cookie recipe. After baking many batches of cookies, Monica realises that the secret recipe may not be such a secret after all! Phoebe says that her grandma got the recipe from her French friend ‘Nestle Toulouse’ realising that she probably got the recipe for Toll House cookies from the back of Nestles chocolate chip bag.

Joey doesn’t share food!!! – Joey

Cookies
Image: Food Channel

6. Music

If you have a friend who can play the guitar then ask them to play a selection of Phoebe’s memorable songs at your party. Here is a few of my personal favourites, along with lyrics which you can include:

No Power:

New York City has no power,

And the milk is getting sour.

But to me it is not scary,

‘Cause I stay away from dairy.

LA la, la LA la, LA la…

Phoebe
Image: Warner Bros

The Cow in the Meadow:

Oh, the cow in the meadow goes moo,

Oh, the cow in the meadow goes moo.

Then the farmer hits him on the head and grinds him up,

And that’s how we get hamburgers.

Now, chickens!

Smelly cat

Chandler:

The first time I met Chandler

I thought he was gay,

But here I am singing

On his wedding day.

You can put a twist on this feature by getting your guests involved! You can play ‘Phoebe Karaoke’ – all you need is some willing karaoke singers and the lyrics and this will provide some great entertainment!

Karaoke
Image: Dreamstime

If you are unable to find a folk guitarist then I would recommend using an acoustic guitar as a prop with a sign stating ‘back in 5 minutes’ as a nod to Phoebe’s iconic gigs at Central Perk.

Phoebe's guitar
Image: Shamain K Photography

If you would prefer to have music on in the background then I’ve listed a few songs you can include in your playlist:

  • I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandt’s
  • I Go Blind – Hootie & The Blowfish
  • Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  • Top Of The World – The Carpenters
  • Baby Got Back – Sir Mix A Lot
  • Roxanne – The Police
  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens
  • With Or Without You – U2
  • Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley
  • Space Oddity – David Bowie
  • Embryonic Journey – Jefferson Airplane
  • Trouble With Boys – Loreta (to ‘the routine’)
Friends the routine
Image: Junique

7. Games and Activities

Games are always popular but keep them simple and fun.

Whatever games and activities you decide upon, your guests should be competing for the Geller Cup. A slightly scary trophy that Monica and Ross compete for when they were younger.

How to make your very own Geller Cup:

  • Glue a 2 x 4 block of wood to half a coffee can
  • Nail a troll to the block of wood
  • Use a label maker to write names of the winners
  • Authenticate the look by dirtying a troll and wood with watered down acrylic paint (so it appears to have been rescued from a lake)
Geller cup
Image: Friends Wikia

I have included six games and activities that you can include to compete for the Geller Cup:

Cups:

This is a game featured in ‘The One On The Lastnight’. A game invented by Chandler, to give Joey money to pay his rent. The rules of the game are made up but not all of them are known. Cups rule card examples:

Friends cups game

You know what I think? I think: Beginners luck – very important in Cups! – Joey

Follow this link to find full instructions on how to play the Cups game to use at your party: Cups Friends Game

Photo Booth:

These days a photo booth is a must have. A party isn’t a party without one! You can have so much fun with the props and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Be sure to include stuffed lobsters and a monkey, a chef hat, mini chalkboards with the names ‘Crap Bag’, ‘Princess Consuela Banana-Hammock’ and ‘Regina Phalange’, a turkey hat with glasses, the rachel haircut wig, a clapperboard, colourful umbrellas, a wedding veil, leather trousers… you get the picture!

Friends photo booth
Image: Southern Blue Bird Day

Poker:

This is a reference to the episode ‘The One With All The Poker’ where the girls take on the guys in a game of poker. You can set up a simple poker table at your party, just make sure you don’t tell everyone what you need or throw away two jacks because they don’t look happy!

Friends poker

You guys, you know what I just realised? ‘Joker’ is ‘poker’ with a ‘J’. Coincidence? – Phoebe

Foosball:

We all remember when Joey and Chandler’s kitchen table broke right? Rather than replace it with another, they instead purchased a foosball table. A few storylines involve the guys foosball table including the first time we see Monica’s competitive streak, and the time the chick and duck get stuck inside!

You can have a foosball tournament and bring some friendly competition to your party. It’s one of the easier games on this list for a newbie to learn to play.

Foosball table
Image: Annabel Claire Chasing Waterfalls

Ms Pac Man:

Keeping to the retro style games, you can buy a miniature version of the Ms Pac Man arcade game for under £20.00. Your guests will love revisiting their youth!

Sorry, I couldn’t hear you over all the winning – Phoebe

The reason why it makes the list is because Phoebe gives Chandler and Monica the video game as a late wedding present in the episode ‘The One Where Joey Dates Rachel’. Chandler plays the game all day, so much so that his hand freezes and appears to seize into a claw shape. Let’s hope your guests won’t leave obscene initials if they hit a high score.

Chandler claw hand
Image: Warner Bros

Friends Trivia:

If you decide not to play any of the listed games above at your party; then please don’t miss this next one out!

The quiz that resulted in Monica and Rachel losing their apartment in ‘The One With The Embryo’s’ …the epic trivia battle can be replicated at your party.

Friends trivia game
Image: Warner Bros

It all started when Monica and Rachel bet that they knew Chandler and Joey better than Chandler and Joey knew them. Divide your guests into girls and guys and see who knows who better! Best of all this game can be played by all of your guests as it doesn’t require any knowledge of the TV show itself.

Rachel: Oh-oh-oh, he’s a transponce – transpondster!

Monica: That’s not even a word!!!

Friends trivia game
Image: ultimatebridesmaid.com

Rules:

  1. Split into two teams – divide between girls and guys
  2. Each team takes it in turn to answer 10 yes/no questions about the opposite team in one of four categories: Fears & Pet Peeves, Ancient History, Literature, and It’s All Relative (this is done by submitting yes/no cards face down for simultaneous reveal of the correct answer)
  3. The goal is to answer the most questions correctly about the opposite team and have the highest points total at the end of the game
  4. There is a lightning round where supposedly the gender divide matters. This round is designed so that the guys are asking the girls questions that are supposedly hard for the girls to answer but that the guys themselves should easily know the answer to, and vice versa (the lightning round has a time limit of 30 seconds)
Friends trivia game
Image: Southern Blue Bird Day

8. Party Favors

If you decide to give out party favors, give your guests something they’ll love and remember. I have two favourite ideas:

Gran’s Nestle Toulouse Chocolate Chip Cookies:

I know these have already been mentioned in the food menu section already. I think it’s worth including them as an option for a party favor just in case you decide you don’t include them in your main party food for your guests.

You can wrap up the cookies in a brown paper bag, sealed with a Central Perk logo sticker. Inside the bag you can include the secret recipe with a line thanking your guests for coming to your party.

Cookie favours
Image: Jillian Kaye Art

Coffee Mug:

Custom made coffee mugs are a perfect going home present to finalise your amazing Friends themed party. This keepsake can either be customised before the party with character names / aliases or with short quotes from the show (e.g. she’s his lobster, unagi etc). Or you can allow guests to personalise their own coffee mugs by leaving out some sharpie marker pens and stencils.

Coffee mug

This is an ideal way to end your party considering the finale shows the gang leaving their apartments for the final time and going to Central Perk for one last cup of coffee.

Rachel: Do you guys have to go to the new house right away or do you have some time?

Monica: We’ve got some time

Rachel: Ok, should we get some coffee?

Chandler: Sure. Where?

So there you have it: how to throw an amazing Friends themed party in 8 easy steps! Could you BE anymore prepared?

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Have you ever thrown a Friends themed party? What was your favourite part? Will you be going to Friendsfest this summer? I’d love to hear from you…

 

 

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