Are you a person that enjoys a birthday with a twist.

Hey! My friend and I hosted a FRIENDS themed dinner party and decided to share it with you guys. This was super exciting for us since we basically grew up with this show, and so we put a lot of effort into all the little details. Everything about it was according to the theme, starting from the decor and costumes to the food and even the music. It took us about a week of brainstorming to really put all our ideas together. We didn't quite find anything similar to our ideas on the internet and really tried to incorporate jokes throughout all the seasons whichever way we could. The pictures aren't that amazing because of the coffee house ambience we tried to create ( + it slipped our minds in the midst of the excitement) but thanks to a friend, we have some to show you guys.

Details:

The decor was mostly handmade and dollar store things (We're just two students on a budget :(). We put up some twinkle lights to create the homey coffee house feel. The guitar was left out for our talented friends to strum to. We had even more ideas on our notebooks that we couldn't bring to life :(

We put together a playlist of songs that were featured on the show. Playlist:

  • I'll be there for you
  • With or Without You
  • Roxanne
  • Baby Got Back
  • Smelly Cat
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • Delta Dawn
  • My Endless Love
  • Copacabana
  • Celebation
  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight
  • All My Myself
  • Only Wanna Be With You
  • Angel of the Morning
  • It's Raining Men

Menu:

Appetizers:

  • Hot Mocholate
  • Finger food: Joey's bits (s07e19 ;))
  • Walrus tusks (breadsticks) and hummus
  • Mocholate chip cookies

Main course:

  • Gloria Tribiani's homemade lasagna
  • Ross' sandwich(es)
  • Joey's favourite: pizzas
  • Mashed potatoes, done three ways
  • Meatballs
  • Cous cous (Vegetarian option for Phoebe)

Desserts:

  • Cheesecake from Mama's Little Bakery
  • Rachel's special trifle

For games we played good ol' FRIENDS trivia and other party games. Team names (decided by our guests) were KEN ADAMS and REGINA PHALANGE.

We even packed a goody bag for our guests which included Monica's jam, Monica's homemade candy, a personalized VD poster and a thank you card that read "Here's to a lousy Christmas and a Crappy New Year!". At our entrance, we left out a bowl of FRIENDS life advice (direct quotes from the show) for our guests to pick up.

Things that unfortunately didn't get pictured:

  • The desserts
  • the contents of the goodie bags
  • the appetizers
  • a bowl filled with lottery tickets
  • Overall, our party was a huge success! We had a great time with our friends and they loved the little easter eggs of FRIENDS references around the house. Their costumes were on point as well!! Some guests' stellar costumes:

    • Janice
    • Monica just returned from Barbados
    • Phoebe in the jewellery store
    • Joey wearing all of Chandler's clothes
    • David the Scientist Guy
    • Carl (Joey's twin)
    • Gary the Cop

    We had a lot more ideas come to us but just didn't have the time or budget to make it a reality but nonetheless, we are still very proud of what we pulled through with within just a week.

    But you could always add some adventure to the theme as well.

    I would have adventure themed food. Like, maybe cookies shaped like shields and swords. Bows and arrows. Fire. Or dice! And alliterations on "skill-check" finger foods like "charismatic cheetos"... "streetwise sandwiches"... "bluffing beer".... "initiative ice"... might be lame but it came to mind.

    Maybe encourage your friends to come dressed as their characters from the campaign, or any action/fantasy character they are fond of.

    As far as activities go: that's a tough one. I don't know how old your group is, but mine always winds up sitting around playing drinking games and smoking. Drinking games are always fun. Perhaps watch the old, super cheesy dungeons and dragons movie and get a good laugh out of it.