This party needs a bailout

18 Jan

The Big Three CEO's beg Congress for money for more party hats and onion dip.

The Big Three CEOs beg Congress for funds for more party hats and onion dip.

These are tough times, people. Tough times. The newly opened frozen yogurt shop in my neighborhood has a sandwich board out front reading, “Help Obama help the economy.” I guess the implication is that President (can’t we drop the “-elect” already?) Obama wants me to buy frozen yogurt. Obama must not be feeling the same windchill I’m feeling.

In the midst of these cold, dark, penny-pinching days, there’s nothing like a properly-themed party to lift people’s spirits. Here are a few timely themes you could try after the natural high of the inauguration celebration wears off:

  • Wall Street Villains (Guests can dress like Gordon Gekko, Martha Stewart, or even the failed CEO’s of Bear Stearns, AIG, etc. If you’re feeling bullish, serve Bull Shots. On the other hand, if you’re less optimistic, try this Russian Bear cocktail recipe.)
  • The 1930s All Over Again (Listen to big band music, play parlor games, and celebrate the end of prohibition with some moonshine.)
  • Canned Food Drive Party (If you’re feeling sorry for yourself, it’s probably best to put your energy into helping others. It’ll do wonders. Ask guests to bring non-perishables, and later drop them off at a local food bank.)

And a few tips for saving your cash while playing host:

  • Make it a potluck (duh)
  • Offer a signature cocktail instead of a full bar. Cheap beer or a full punch bowl work, too.
  • Borrow a dress and accessories so you’ll feel like a million bucks without spending a dime.
  • Make good use of the dollar store for décor supplies.
  • Make your own veggie tray. It’s cheaper than buying a pre-made platter.
  • And, of course, you can turn the thermostat down after guests arrive. No one will notice.
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