How to Throw a Baby Shower Kardashian Style!

The Kardashian’s have become well known for hosting extravagant parties, where the level of detail is astounding! Which is why I admire every single one of their baby showers. Love them or hate them, this family know how to throw a party!

We are going to go down memory lane and revisit each one of the Kardashian and Jenner baby showers. Brace yourselves as there’s ten to get through!

Kim Kardashian West

Kim has had four children with Kanye West. Here is a list of Kim’s past baby showers:

  • North (2013) – Bohemian Garden Shower
  • Saint (2015) – Troop Beverly Hills
  • Chicago (2018) – A Tea For Three
  • Psalm (2019) – CBD & Meditation Shower

1. Bohemian Garden Shower

Kim hosted her own baby shower at the fancy Azoff house in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles with approximately one hundred guests including family and of course some celebrity friends! Melanie Brown, Kelly Osbourne, Nicole Richie, Nene Leakes and Maria Menounos were all in attendance.

The most ever talked about baby shower invitation came from this shower! A charming music box complete with twirling ballerina dancing to a lullaby version of Kanye’s ‘Hey Mama’ tune. Not only is the invite playing the baby daddy’s tune, but the ballerina bares a striking resemblance to Kim herself.

Kim's-Bohemian-Garden-Shower
Image: Kim Kardashian / Instagram

The bohemian theme was set in the mansions beautiful garden where tables were laid out so guests could dine al fresco out in the sun. The tone was a nature loving, free spirited shower.

Highlights from the whimsical outdoor brunch included decor with lots of greenery and stunning white floral arrangements, calming lanterns, over-sized white pillows in the lounge areas, vine leaf napkin holders and up-cycled hanging decorations made from old paperback books. Traditional wooden baby blocks were spotted spelling out Kim’s name. 

Kim and her sisters were dressed as garden goddesses, wearing white flowing dresses and floral crowns made from gypsophila (baby’s breath) which complemented the theme.

Guests enjoyed a buffet of eggs, bacon, lox and bagels, pancakes and waffles, along with an omelette station and mimosas to drink. The dessert table was in keeping of the gender as there was plenty of pink cotton candy, pink lollipops and strawberry shortcake.

Kim knew she was having a girl; one of her party games had guests filling in the names of lead actresses based on movie titles. The name of the game? ‘Thank Heaven for Little Girls.’ Adorable!

2. Troop Beverly Hills

Kim hosted her own baby shower on a Sunday morning at the fancy Azoff house in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles surrounded by her family and some celebrity friends including Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid.

Kim is a known fan of the cult comedy classic ‘Troop Beverly Hills’ and paid homage to the 1989 film by creating a campsite with indoor tents gathered around a fireplace; similar to the sleepover scene where the Troop 332’s camping trip was rained out so they stayed at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Highlights included sipping on hot chocolate whilst sitting in teepee’s, snacking on thin mints and samosas, girl scout cookie party favours and an outdoor catered brunch including pancakes, waffles, eggs benedict and omelettes.

All guests wore pink or blue striped pyjamas to give a sleepover vibe for the relaxed baby shower.

3. A Tea For Three

Kim hosted her own baby shower at her Bel Air mansion in Los Angeles transforming it into a cherry blossom forest.

The baby shower was officially themed ‘a tea for three’ and the decor was simply magnificent. There was a magical indoor cherry blossom forest with over the top floral arrangements and trees decorated at the entrance of the mansion running through to the dining tables inside. The blossom forest was lit up with pink lighting during the evening.

Perfectly decorated rustic tables were set in front of a floor to ceiling window. The beautifully decorated wooden tables featured simple glassware and accessories allowing the pink forest to showcase the room.

A chef catered the event serving mini sandwiches, scones and various salads. The tea was complete with a champagne toast and drinks served with rose bud ice cubes.

North was seen wearing a lilac Oriental style dress.

Kim introduced her new fragrance for KKW Beauty by giving guests crystal themed bottles in perfectly wrapped shiny white boxes as party favours.

4. CBD & Meditation Shower

Kim hosted her own baby shower in the back garden of her Los Angeles mansion. She felt ridiculous having a fourth baby shower but when she started freaking out about having a fourth child she decided to create a laid back, Zen celebration for her family and friends.

The outdoor get together felt like the calm before the storm. The CBD and meditation theme focused on inner peace and self-care.  Guests could make their own CBD infused products; they mixed CBD with various nice smelling products to make oils and bath salts.

Guests also enjoyed a tea station and flower arranging.

Yoga mats were placed outside for guests to experience a group meditation and sound bath – this involved a mediation leader immerse them in sound to help relieve stress.

As well as the relaxing vibe, glimpses of the colour blue was seen throughout with blue table coverings, seating and floral arrangements.

The colour also ran into the favours given to guests with blue cosy slides from Kanye West’s Yeezy line.  

Kylie Jenner

Kylie has had one child with Travis Scott. Details of her baby shower are below:

  • Stormi (2018) – Pretty Pink Pyjama Party

5. Pretty Pink Pyjama Party

Kylie hosted her own secret baby shower in the back garden of her Los Angeles mansion.

She hosted a relaxing pink themed pyjama party with all her family and close friends who wore matching silk pyjamas.

Highlights of the baby shower included a pink rose wall for all guests to take pretty selfies, a swimming pool filled with pink rose petals and a white teddy favour sat sweetly at each place setting.

Guests enjoyed adorable cups of pink latte featuring baby bottle art, chocolate fountain, and a craft table to design and decorate baby clothes.

Khloe Kardashian

Khloe has had one child with Tristan Thompson. Details of her baby shower are below:

  • True (2018) – Safari Animal Soiree

6. Safari Animal Soiree

Khloe’s baby shower was held in the ballroom at Hotel Bel Air, Los Angeles, surrounded by family and close friends.

The ballroom was covered in mountains of pink roses, a floor to ceiling pink rose wall and a stunning hanging floral tree set in the centre of the room. The all-pink safari animal theme looked like a gorgeous watering hole where guests dined at a circular table with oversized elephants and giraffe topiary displays amongst the seating.

The baby shower soiree included hundreds of pink balloons and pink lighting giving it a romantic feel. An adorable pink safari animal favour sat at each table setting.

A pink neon lit ‘Baby Thompson’ sign was made using Kris Jenner’s actual handwriting and was used as the backdrop for the family photos. Baby word scramble and name suggestions was played at the soiree.

Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney has had three children with Scott Disick. Here is a list of Kourtney’s past baby showers:

  • Mason (2009) – ‘It’s A Boy’ Baby Shower
  • Penelope (2012) – Hampton Chic
  • Reign (2014) – Breakfast At Tiffany’s

7. ‘It’s A Boy’ Baby Shower

Kourtney celebrated her baby shower at Kris Jenner’s Hidden Hills home in Los Angeles. Guests were sent baby blue angel wing invitations to invite them to the baby shower.

She celebrated an elegant baby blue themed pool side party with all her family and close friends.

Highlights of the baby shower included a blue toy train inspired cake, other desserts flown in from New York City, hand dipped chocolate covered strawberries, cotton candy, white chocolate covered pretzels, bite-sized burgers and mini pizzas. 

Each guest was generously given a thank you goodie bag. In the bag was a Le Sport Sac weekender bag filled with We Pilates shirts and scarves; a bottle of Essie nail polish in a limited edition colour called ‘Little Baby Dash’ – a nod to the Kardashian’s Dash stores; a hand-blown glass personal tea set from Primula; and an Alex & Ani expandable bracelet.

8. Hampton Chic

Kourtney celebrated her baby shower at Kris Jenner’s Hidden Hills home in Los Angeles. Guests were all asked to dress in the theme of ‘The Hamptons’ for the shower.

The theme was all pink and whites in honour of a baby girl arrival. The floral arrangements were blush pink and white peonies, pink Dutch hydrangeas, and fresh sweet peas in pink and fuchsia containers were displayed as floral centre pieces. Guests sat at tables set outside around the pool in the backyard of Kris’ home. The garden was decorated with pink flamingos and pink balloons.

Food was kept traditional where guests were served finger foods in the form of sushi, crab cakes, finger sandwiches, crisp squash blossoms and various desserts. Kourtney’s new craving was strawberry milkshakes so miniature shakes were also served. There was even a Dolly’s cotton candy stand where guests enjoyed freshly spun pink vanilla cotton candy.

She was presented with a four tier custom gift box cake made with chocolate chip filling – her favourite dessert.

A Burt’s Bees beauty bar was stationed at the poolside bash where each guest filled up a goodie bag with their products.

9. Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Kourtney celebrated her baby shower which was organised by sisters Kim and Khloe. The sisters threw her a ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ themed brunch in the Conservatory at Montage Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles.

Inspiration came from Kourtney’s all time favourite movie ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. The chic dining experience spared no detail where they captured the theme perfectly!

Highlights included stunning white floral arrangements and iconic robin egg blue colour boxes used as decor. The incredible cake was in the shape of stacked Tiffany & Co boxes the famed jeweller is known for.

The table was littered with robin egg blue place settings and of course, diamonds! Mini tiara combs adorned place settings for each guest.

The dress code seemed to be black, white or tan and guests brunched on fresh croissants and mimosas.

Rob Kardashian

Rob has had one child with Blac Chyna. Details of their baby shower are below:

  • Dream (2016) – On Cloud Nine

10. On Cloud Nine

Rob planned most of the neutral themed baby shower for Blac Chyna himself, which was held at a family friend’s mansion in the Woodland Hills neighbourhood of Los Angeles. The Kardashian’s and Jenner’s were not invited. Scott Disick (Kourtney’s ex) did turn up however to celebrate with best friend Rob.

The cute cloud theme carried through from the party invitations to the floral arrangements to the cake display.

The pool side bash was decorated with hundreds of white balloons where a seven layer cake was suspended above the swimming pool appearing to be hanging over a bed of white clouds.

Guests sat down to an elegant table setting which was decorated with white and green floral arrangements and crystal candelabras. 

Highlights of the baby shower included a belly dancer, photo booth, an incredible doughnut wall and blinged up mini champagne bottle party favours.

So there you have it… all ten Kardashian and Jenner baby showers! Who’s shower was your favourite? I think my favourite is between Kim’s ‘A Tea For Three’ and Khloe’s ‘Safari Animal Soiree’. Both are beautiful and both are very PINK! Who do you think will become pregnant next? My vote is Khloe with baby number two!!

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How to Throw a Friends Themed Party in 8 Easy Steps

If like me, you missed Friendsfest this year because of lock-down, you’ll be happy to know that it returns next summer for a tour of the UK; I’ve got my tickets already!

If you can’t wait until 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 best comedy shows ever!

Whether you are hosting a baby shower, birthday party, wedding, bridal shower, hen party or just because… the theme CAN work! Here are 8 easy steps on how to throw a Friends themed party that Monica would approve of.

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

Monica geller

1. Dress Code

So you’ve invited your guests and told them where and when the party is. 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:

Chandler

  • Pink bunny
  • In a box
  • Santa Clause
  • College look – guitar top, blazer and hair horns

Joey

  • Porsche owner
  • Wearing Chandler’s clothes
  • Black leather jacket
  • Superman
  • Dr Drake Ramoray
  • Vegas Gladiator

Monica

  • Barbados (ping pong paddle, basketball cap, fuzzy hair)
  • 1950s diner girl
  • Catwoman
  • Red school prom dress (fat suit)

Phoebe

  • Supergirl
  • Boho style with guitar
  • Pregnant with triplets
  • Pink bicycle with flower basket, tassles and matching safety helmet
  • Bright orange furry coat

Rachel

  • Cheerleader
  • Princess Leia
  • Waitress with short skirt and apron
  • Blue school prom dress

Ross

  • Red jumper
  • Two name tags
  • The Holiday Armadillo
  • Frankie Says Relax t shirt
  • Leather trousers
  • Spud-Nik
  • College look – curly hair and moustache

A group of three friends can dress up in wedding dresses, or if you are looking for a couple outfit then Rachel and Ross as Vegas newlyweds is a worthy choice. You can even move away from the six main characters and dress as Estelle, Gunther or Janice.

I really like these ideas and think most people will ‘get’ them as most of the outfits are referred to as part of a story line. However, I do think there is something special about interpreting a subtle outfit that only a real fan would get!

I came across a blog called ‘AveWill’ and think she absolutely nailed Rachel’s everyday outfits! I would highly recommend visiting her blog post for some wardrobe inspiration.

If you want to pay attention to tiny details you can give everybody two name tags at your party; just like Dr Geller, sorry I mean Ross!

How about these for name tag ideas? Then, follow with your guest’s real name to help break the ice:

  • Crap Bag
  • Little Harmonica
  • Regina Phalange
  • Mr Heckles
  • LaPooh
  • Miss Chanandler Bong
  • Chloe the Copy-Girl
  • Princess Consuela Banana Hammock
  • Tag
  • Science Boy
  • Gladys / Glynnis
  • Ken Adams
  • Ugly Naked Guy
  • Mrs Whiskerson
  • Ursula

2. Decor

This is the part I love… detail, detail, detail. The time you spend on the tiny details is time well spent. Monica’s lavender apartment door with yellow framed spy hole should be the first thing your guests spot as they enter your party.

Most people replicate Monica’s apartment door and attach a framed spy hole. You can put your own twist on this by decorating something else other than a door; like this cushion above. Or you can parcel up all of the gifts in a lavender and yellow theme – check this idea out here.

I adore this beautiful New Jersey venue Aqua Blue Kitchen that a fellow Friends fan found when hosting her sisters Bridal Shower. She came across this room with a stunning light fixture which appeared to resemble Monica’s lavender door. Just Wow!

I’m not suggesting you go to this extreme level with your decor, but you can easily incorporate the colours; for example by dressing the party table with a lavender table cloth, coordinated dishes and napkins, and place a framed spy hole keyring or decorated cookie on top as a party favour.

If you are on a budget you can make your own Friends spy hole frame to display at your party – there are plenty of videos online but I personally like the end result of ‘Its Renee’s’ DIY tutorial:

Your party decor will look great if you use accessories to your advantage and immerse your guests into the show. Here are some prop ideas to consider:

  • Dinosaur bones and fossils
  • Boarding passes to London, Paris or Vegas
  • Giant poking device made out of chopsticks
  • Vegas chapel sign
  • Pat the dog
  • TV Guide (with Days of Our Lives on the front cover)
  • Hugsy the stuffed penguin
  • Science Boy comic book
  • New York memorabilia
  • Big Brown Bag
  • Phoebe’s guitar
  • Ross’ ‘freebie list’ – laminated of course
  • Magic 8 ball
  • The Shining book hidden in the freezer
  • Toy taxi cab
  • Marcel with a remote control

I loved how this couple used props to decorate their Friends themed wedding party. Accessories relating to each character were aptly displayed as some amazing table centrepieces. Have a look at their wedding photos here.   

I have to mention the level of detail in this amazing slideshow from Melanie Baker. Melanie hosted a party at her home in Texas to celebrate her daughter’s 25th birthday which happened to coincide with Friends’ 25th Anniversary. Props have been cleverly placed around the home. For instance, the bathroom is full of references to the show; the tub has been filled up with bubbles, a toy ship can be seen floating and Enya can be heard playing in the background (video coming soon). They’ve labelled the guest towels and fancy towels and have even left lotion for y’know – those times when you need tto remove your leather trousers! Party goals!

However you decide to decorate your party; please frame some well-loved quotes from the show. This inexpensive detail will be worth it!

I recommend you tailor quotes according to your party theme. For example, if it’s a hen party, bridal shower or wedding then use romantic quotes. If it’s a festive gathering then use quotes from the Thanksgiving episodes. If your party is just for fun then here’s your chance to get creative!

Hen Party, Bridal Shower, Wedding Quotes

  • I have everything I’m ever going to need. You are my family (Phoebe)
  • It’s you and me, alright? This is it (Rachel)
  • He’s her lobster! (Phoebe)
  • I’ve never loved as much as I love you (Monica)
  • It’s a four (Chandler)
  • I’ll be there for you (The Rembrandts)
  • I never thought I would be so lucky as to fall in love with my best friend (Monica)
  • It’s always been you (Ross)

Baby Shower Quotes

  • We only ordered one (Monica)
  • I don’t want my child’s first words to be ‘how you doin’?’ (Rachel)
  • Why is my boy playing with a Barbie? (Ross)
  • If it’s a girl Phoebe, if it’s a boy Phoebo (Phoebe)
  • My boss wants to buy my baby (Rachel)
  • That’s a really pretty name for an industrial solvent (Ross)
  • You know, the baby can’t read Mike (Joey)

Dessert Table Quotes

  • I’m curvy and I like it (Joey)
  • That sandwich was the only good thing in my life (Ross)
  • Bagels and doughnuts. Round food for every mood (Chandler)
  • Joey doesn’t share food (Joey)
  • What’s not to like? Custard, good. Jam, good. Meat, good! (Joey)
  • Cheese. It’s milk that you chew (Chandler)
  • It tastes like feet! (Ross)
  • The fridge broke, so I had to eat everything (Joey)
  • A grape. Because who can get a water melon in your mouth? – (Chandler)
  • That’s a great story. Can I eat it? (Joey)
  • My sandwich! (Ross)

Thanksgiving, Christmas Quotes

  • Alright where’s that turkey (Joey)
  • Here’s to a lousy Christmas… (Ross)
  • …And a crappy New Year (Rachel)
  • Oh my God, you should see the size of his Christmas balls! (Phoebe)
  • I guess, what I’m trying to say is, I’m very thankful that all your Thanksgivings sucked (Chandler)
  • Don’t you put words in people’s mouths. You put turkey in people’s mouths (Joey)
  • But I didn’t get to shake my belly like a bowl full of jelly (Chandler)
  • It’s Thanksgiving. Not truth day (Ross)
  • Turkey makes me sleepy (Rachel)
  • Happy ‘Christmas Eve’ Eve (Phoebe)
  • These are my Thanksgiving pants (Joey)

Just For Fun Quotes

  • Welcome to the real world. It sucks – you’re gonna love it! (Monica)
  • Unagi (Ross)
  • Oh… my… god! (Janice)
  • Well, I guess I’m going to Yemen! I’m going to Yemen! (Chandler)
  • It’s a moo point (Joey)
  • Isn’t that just kick-you-in-the-crotch, spit-on-your-neck fantastic? (Rachel)
  • Smelly cat, smelly cat (Phoebe)
  • You don’t own a TV? What’s all your furniture pointed at? (Joey)
  • Pivot! (Ross)
  • I got off the plane (Rachel)
  • How you doin’? (Joey)
  • We were ON A BREAK!!! (Ross)
  • 7, 7, 7, 7, Seven (Monica)
  • They don’t know that we know they know we know (Phoebe)

If you don’t like any of these decor ideas then you can always organise a party like Phoebe and decorate the entire room with nothing but cups and ice. Cup hats, cup bunting, cup chandeliers. As for ice, bring a whole variety for everyone to enjoy; crushed, cubed and dry ice, as well as snow cones.

3. Focus Point

I have given some decoration ideas; by suggesting you add some well-placed props around your party. However, you should always have a focus point and it’s up to you what you want that to be.

You can create a big impact by focusing your design and styling efforts on just one space. It’s the thing that your guests will still talk about once it’s all over. Whether it’s a delicious dessert table, an incredible photo booth or a stunning backdrop – you want it to hold your guests attention.

Dessert table

You can have your cake and eat it too! A dessert table can add a sense of wow to even the simplest of cakes. You can add other desserts such as cookies, cake pops, cupcakes, macaroons, popcorn and sweets. Make your table interesting by using jars, cake stands and plates of different shapes and sizes and stand them at different heights.

I would suggest keeping your table symmetrical with the cake in the centre. Everything should visually flow with colour but your cake should most definitely be the focus.

As well as tasty desserts, you can decorate your table with umbrellas, flowers, balloons, and quotes from the show. Friends is all about the laughs so the primary colours are bright and bold, the font is fun and the props are silly. I would choose a subtle background that complements your theme; one that doesn’t distract the eye.  

If you are wanting a more grown up, classy look to your dessert table, for example for a wedding – then minimise the primary colours and use them on maybe one or two things such as the cake and maybe an accessory or two such as a framed yellow spy hole. Here is a beautiful set up that hasn’t gone too over board with the theme but looks stunning with some subtle details. 

Again, another subtle classy backdrop – but it gives off that essence of wow factor!

Photo booth

These days a photo booth is a must have. A party isn’t a party without one and can be a great focus point! You can have so much fun creating a set up and deciding on props.

The most recognisable photo booth for a Friends themed party is a sofa, lamp and a few umbrellas! This option isn’t for everyone as you may not have the outdoor space… or an orange sofa. I would recommend just using your own sofa if it’s a small gathering at your home – you can even purchase sofa slipcovers from Amazon!

However if it’s your wedding, I would go to more effort and search every charity shop and second hand online site until I found something that resembled the reserved sofa at Central Perk. You never know your luck, you may even get a freebie! Don’t forget the floor standing lamp and you can even add a coffee table if you have space. You can use this for props or to display a sign ‘the one where we got married’. Your guests will have a lot of fun re-enacting the opening credits!

If you are looking for a simpler photo booth then make your own backdrop and add selfie sticks and props.

I’ve had a quick brainstorm and all I can think of is the backdrop designs featured at Friendsfest, here’s a few examples, as well as a couple of my own:

  • NY city skyline
  • Central Perk logo with exposed brickwork
  • Vegas chapel
  • Prom: Class of 1988
  • Monica’s lavender and yellow door
  • Plain black background with Friends font

Be sure to include stuffed lobsters, the Rachel haircut wig, a chef hat, a TV show clapperboard, a wedding veil, leather trousers, a turkey hat with glasses, a plush monkey, colourful umbrellas, a cheerleader outfit, a Knicks basketball jersey and cap… you get the picture!

4. Drinks

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

If you’re the creative type, then you can paint the Central Perk logo onto a large glass frame to replicate the front window of the coffee shop. Sit it onto an easel and proudly display it.

If your guests enjoy a tipple, then you can serve wine. Add a bit of detail by hanging labels off the bottles with a note ‘from Paul the wine guy’.

5. Food

What with Monica being a chef and Joey’s appetite there are so many references to food throughout the show; so it’s really easy to plan a menu that’s fun and relevant. I have come up with three choices for a starter, main and dessert to help inspire your party menu.

Starter

Phoebe’s Hummus with Pita Chips

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

Joey’s Mini Meatball Sandwiches

The episode The One With The Ride Along shows us how much Joey loves food. Whilst on a ride-along, Joey gets ‘the best sandwich in the world’ made with meatballs, melted cheese, and marinara sauce. During the ride the guys mistake a car backfire for a gunshot. Joey appears to dive saving Ross (which upsets Chandler) however he actually dives saving his meatball sandwich! Priorities!

For extra points, why not wrap up one of the sandwiches 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?

Monica’s Dirty Salad

Monica discovers a salad can be sexual in the episode The One With The Prom Video. Monica goes into an interview for a Chef’s job, but things quickly heat up when the restaurant owner tells her he likes his lettuce dirty.

Main

Monica’s Dozen Lasagnas

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.

Chandler’s Mac and Cheese

There are a couple of episodes that reference Chandler’s fondness for 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. And there her journey begins!

Joey’s Special

If you recall, Joey mentions this on the episode The One With Ross’ Wedding: Part 2 during a conversation with Phoebe as he’s in London feeling homesick. The Joey Special is referenced again in The One with Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E. when Chandler forgets to pass on an important message about an audition… so he comes home with a peace offering.

Joey doesn’t share food!!!

Joey tribbiani

Dessert

Rachel’s English Trifle

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. 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!

Chandler’s Stolen Cheesecake

The One With All The Cheesecakes is the episode where we see Chandler and Rachel develop a slight obsession for Mama’s Little Bakery cheesecake. They 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. They later find the cheesecake untouched so they steal it. An argument breaks out which sees 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 hallway carpet.

Phoebe’s Grandma’s Cookies

I can’t forget about those 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 ‘Neslé Toulousé’. Monica realises she probably got the recipe from a Nestlé Toll House cookie dough bag!

6. Music

Phoebe Karaoke

How about playing ‘Phoebe Karaoke’ at your party? Set up a mic, and print out Phoebe’s lyrics beforehand, click here for an in-depth list of her songs from the show. As well as Smelly Cat, here are three of my personal favourites:

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…

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!

Chandler

The first time I met Chandler

I thought he was gay,

But here I am singing

On his wedding day.

If you don’t think you can get willing karaoke singers then you can set the scene by placing an acoustic guitar as a prop with a hand written note ‘back in 5 minutes’ as a nod to Phoebe’s iconic gigs at Central Perk. You can play this video of all of Phoebe’s songs in the background.

Phoebe's guitar
Image: Shamain K Photography

Playlist

If you are looking for inspiration for some background music then I’ve listed 15 songs you can include on your playlist:

  1. The Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For You (The original theme song)
  2. Carpenters – Top Of The World S1 E7 (Joey, Monica and Phoebe sing during a blackout whilst Ross fights with a cat)
  3. The Tokens – The Lion Sleeps Tonight S1 E18 (The song played non-stop by Ross’ monkey Marcel)
  4. Hootie & the Blowfish – I Go Blind S2 E5 (At the concert)
  5. U2 – With or Without You S2 E7 (Rachel and Ross kiss at the coffee shop)
  6. Eric Carmen – All By Myself S2 E17 (Chandler and Joey in their apartments missing each other)
  7. Nelly – Ride With Me S5 E22 (The policeman stops Rachel)
  8. Donna Summer – Love to Love You Baby S5 E23 (Rachel dances naked)
  9. Elvis Presley – Viva Las Vegas S5 E23 (Chandler and Monica see Rachel and Ross coming out of a Vegas chapel, married!)
  10. Loreta – Trouble With Boys S6 E10 (Monica and Ross dance to ‘The Routine’)
  11. Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight S6 E25 (Chandler and Monica dance after their engagement)
  12. Semisonic – Closing Time S8 E5 (The song plays at the end of the series when Rachel walks into the coffee shop)
  13. The Police – Roxanne S8 E10 (Phoebe sings to Ross the song of Sting by making a change to the lyrics)
  14. Sir Mix-a-Lot – Baby Got Back S9 E7 (Rachel and Ross sing to Emma to make her laugh)
  15. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun S10 (Montage of Phoebe, Monica and Rachel’s moments together)

7. Games and Activities

Games are always popular but you need to keep them simple and fun.

Whatever games and activities you decide upon, your guests should be competing for the Geller Cup. A trophy that Monica and Ross used to play for when they were children.

Here’s how you can make your very own Geller Cup:

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

If you aren’t the creative type then I have seen them being sold on Etsy.

I have made a list of SEVEN!!! games and activities that you can play at your party to get your guests competing for the Geller Cup!

Cups

Chandler makes a new game up on the spot called ‘Cups’ in the episode The One On The Last Night invented for the purpose of giving Joey money to pay off his debts. The game has no rules – but every move Joey makes results in him winning money. Joey believes he’s lucky at the game, so he later challenges Ross but loses all of his winnings!    

I found a blog online called Queen Of Theme Party Games who charge a very small fee for you to download some helpful Cups rule cards.

To play the game you will need a deck of regular cards, printable Cups rule cards (see link above), and play money. The dealer deals all players two playing cards. Next the dealer picks a Cups rule card off the top. Cups rule cards are in a stack facing down on the table. The dealer reads it aloud. The rule determines what hand wins. Here is an example of Cups rule cards:

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 don’t throw away two Jacks because they look unhappy! You can go all out and add other casino style games such as black jack and roulette as a nod to the Vegas episodes.

Turkey Head Obstacle Course

Another game found on the Queen of Theme Party Games blog! This game seems pretty fun but I would only use if it was in keeping with the style of the party. I don’t think it would suit a formal occasion such as a wedding but it would be great fun at a birthday party.

Challenge your friends to a themed obstacle course. Put on a Thanksgiving turkey head complete with hat and glasses – and make it through an obstacle course as fast as possible. You can put your course together however you like but I would probably keep it short, about three or four obstacles to one race. Here are some obstacle ideas:

  • Put on all of Chandler’s clothes 
  • Walk down the aisle
  • Make a poking device out of chopsticks
  • Pivot the couch
  • Line up stuffed animals by size (chick, duck, Pat the dog, Marcel the monkey, Hugsy the penguin, Smelly cat, lobster, Eddie’s goldfish)
  • Write down as many 50 states as you can in 3 minutes
  • Lobster crawl
  • Drink a gallon of milk in 10 seconds
  • Which cookie is a Nestlé Toll House chocolate chip cookie?
  • Throw a ball in the air and catch it a certain amount of times without dropping it
  • Wind-up toy race
  • Put nappies on the triplets
  • Don’t spill the coffee
  • Finalise the course with a last question – What is Chandler Bing’s job?

Who Am I?

A great guessing game where your guests use yes or no questions to guess the identity of the Friends character you have labelled them with. Questions can be based on the characters physical looks (e.g. do I have a moustache?), the characters personality traits (e.g. am I spoilt?) or the characters lifestyle (e.g. do I have a child?)

I would suggest avoiding the six main characters as it will make the game too easy. You can make it interesting if you use secondary characters such as Ross’ ex-wife Carol, Sandy the male nanny or Dr Richard Burke. Take a look at my list of name tag ideas at the beginning of this post (under dress code) for some more inspiration.

The Routine

Who can forget the episode The One With The Routine where Monica and Ross repeat their dance routine from middle school? Wouldn’t it be amazing if a bride and groom danced ‘the routine’ for their first dance?

Alternatively, you can challenge your guests to recreate it – give them this ten-step guide to wow on the dance floor! Just make sure you film, just for the bloopers! 😉

Foosball

Do you remember when Chandler and Joey’s kitchen table broke? Rather than replace it with another, they purchased a foosball table instead! A few story lines involve the foosball table including the time we see Monica’s competitive streak, and when 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 and will look great as themed décor too.

It’s All Relative Game

I love a quiz as much as the next person, so thought it would be a fun link to include the famous trivia quiz that forced Monica and Rachel to give up their apartment in The One with The Embryos.

The epic trivia battle can be replicated at your party. Split your guests into two teams; girls and guys and see who knows who better!

Each team takes it in turn to answer ten yes or no questions about the opposite team. Just like the TV show, use the four categories: Fears & Pet Peeves, Ancient History, Literature, and It’s All Relative.

The great thing about this game is there’s no need to prepare guests beforehand. Answers are submitted simultaneously by each team who reveal the correct answer by placing a yes or no card face down. 

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.

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.

Since writing this blog I have discovered that both Argos and Smyths Toys both stock Friends: The One with the Apartment Bet based on Ross’ actual game from the show! This is definitely going on my next shopping list.

8. Party Favours

I would pay attention to your party favours, as they are the last thing to make an impression on your guests.

Phoebe’s Grandma’s Cookies

I know these have already been mentioned in the food menu section already. I do think it’s worth including them as an option for a party favour, just in case you decide you don’t want them as part of your dessert table… besides, I just love the way they look when wrapped up.

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 note thanking your guests for coming to your party.

Crap Bag

I’ve written a post on creating your very own ‘crap bag’ full of Friends themed goodies. You’ll be glad to learn that it’s a lot shorter than this one! I made a crap bag for my Fiancé’s birthday as he’s slightly obsessed with the show. You can read it here to steal some ideas.

I prefer the lavender coloured bag and yellow spy hole tag designs instead of going down the route of brown bags with ‘crap’ emoji’s as I think it looks unsightly – but this is totally your call.

Here are a list of budget friendly ideas you can include in your crap bag:

  • ‘We were on a break’ Kit Kat
  • Lottery ticket (from when the gang pitched in to buy lottery tickets)
  • Lobster keyring
  • Mini magna doodle – I’m pretty sure I’ve seen them in the pound shop
  • I love NY t shirt or badge
  • Recipe for Monica’s Mockolate
  • Faux massage voucher from your beauty therapist Phoebe
  • Toblerone
  • Toy dinosaur figures
  • Teeth whitener
  • Mentos (during an interview when Joey got confused with mentos and mentor)
  • Coffee sachet
  • London Union Jack fridge magnet or hat
  • Sneeze muffin
  • Magic 8 ball

If you are looking for a different option to a crap bag then I love the idea of guests taking home a ‘dino bag’ instead of a traditional ‘doggy bag’ and it has a fun link to Ross’ palaeontology career.

Coffee Mug

Both Friends merchandise coffee mugs, or custom made coffee mugs can make a perfect going home present. It depends on your budget and your preference to personalised party favours.

You can customise the mugs before the party with character names, short quotes from the show or even a personalised message such as ‘the one during lock-down’.

Or you can even create a craft station at your party where guests can personalise their own coffee mugs by leaving out some sharpie marker pens and stencils. Who knew coffee mugs were so versatile!

I think a gift relating to either coffee or Central Perk is an ideal way to end your party, considering in the finale the gang are heading for one last cup of coffee!

Here’s a little fun fact about the Season 10 finale. The set of Central Perk was actually torn down so that the crew could build the airport where Rachel and Ross say goodbye in the final episode. So, in the final scene, when Rachel asks if they want to get one last coffee, and Chandler asks ‘Where?’ this was actually sincere, since there was nowhere for them to go!

After all of this reading, you must be feeling ‘bamboozled’… I realise I headed this up as 8 easy steps but I believe no detail should be spared. Now ask yourself, could you BE anymore prepared?

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The Journey Begins

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin

Anthony Robbins

Hey guys… it’s finally here! I’ve always wanted to blog about party planning and events so I am happy that I have found the courage to begin my journey with you.

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I recently had a health scare and spent two whole weeks alone at home with Smudge; my calico cat, avoiding any sort of communication with the outside world. I removed myself from social media, avoided my phone and took some well needed time out from my day-to-day job.

Smudge
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This wasn’t and isn’t healthy. Although Smudgey appreciated the extra snuggles, I wouldn’t recommend spending that much time in solitude if you’re naturally a sociable person.

Amongst all the snuggles and overthinking I spent my time reflecting; what is my purpose? My passion?

Not easy questions I know, so with all of the free time I had, I practised mindfulness for the first time and observed what my mind would casually wander off to.

I noticed that in my empty mind space I was distracted by so many ideas for my home, for themed parties, and ideas for craft projects, it just excited me! The projects I wanted to undertake were too much sometimes! I would constantly be checking out Pinterest or visit my favourite party planner blog HWTM.

Yes! This is my passion! This is what makes me happy! Seeing someone’s vision come to life, seeing someone’s creativity and attention to detail come together to bring that magical end result. Just like a jigsaw puzzle (a stylish one of course – not one of those baked beans puzzles!) every little piece adds to the overall picture.

So my intention for this blog is to have a place where I can share ideas and inspiration for all special occasions from baby showers and themed parties to weddings. Please follow my blog Teacups and Glitter for party theme ideas, easy DIY craft projects and fun game and activities that you will want to try out at your party.

Finally; I am a list person! So you will notice my blog posts have lots and lots of lists 🙂

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