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Friday, 28 June 2013

MoneySupermarket’s Big Night In! Gilmore Girl Style!

Gilmore Girls Big Night In

There ain't no party like a Gilmore girl's Party!

My sisters and I are huge Gilmore Girl fans.  Jo has every copy on DVD.  I have whole series recorded on my Sky Box.  Even though it stopped airing in 2006, I still love to watch the episodes when repeated on 5*.  It gives me a warm, cosy feeling to visit Stars Hollow.

We had all watched every single episode many , many times.  With one exception.

Jo and I had never watched the very last episode.  That would mean accepting that Gilmore Girls was over and we weren't ready to do that until now.

Gilmore Girls Big Night In
Big Night In

We thought we'd have a  Big Night In with MoneySupermarket.com, a fun Gilmore Girl's night, watch a couple of our favourite episodes ending with the last episode.

MoneySupermarket.com gave us £50 to buy the supplies for the night, so what do you need for your own Gilmore Girls Party?

The Supplies

  • Gilmore Girls DVD Season 7:  £8.99 (or £50.08 for the box set)
  • Tesco Vermouth Dry 1L:  £5.30
  • Tesco Dry London Gin 1L:  £15.30
  • Tesco Value Lemonade 2L:  £0.17
  • Cocktail Sticks:  £0.40
  • Olives £1.05
  • Beer:  £9.00
  • Fairtrade Ground Coffee:  £2.99
  • Chilli Rice Crackers £1.50
  • Wasabi Peanuts £1.50
  • Icecream £2
Total:  £48.20

Early Evening Entertaining the Kids


The kids are always very excited whenever anyone comes over in the evening, so I let them spend a little bit of time downstairs with their Aunties before going to bed.



Gilmore Girls Big Night In

Caitlyn entertained us with the xylophone.

  

 Danny organised a game of truth or dare. 


 

I dared him to wear a pair of (clean!) pants on his head.



He dared Ceri to hold ice for as long as she could.  She turned blue!  As you can see, Izzy fell asleep on the settee!


The Cocktail Hour


Gilmore Girls Big Night In

"Friday Night Dinner" at the Senior Gilmore's "Mansion" always begins with Cocktails!  Their usual choice is the Classic Martini.  If it's good enough for Richard and Emily, then it's good enough for us, so on with the Martini's!

Classic Martini Cocktail

Gilmore Girls Big Night In

Ingredients


2 1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz dry vermouth
 green olive's for garnish

Gilmore Girls Big Night In

To prepare

Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes.
Shake or Stir for 30 seconds.
Strain into a chilled glass.
Garnish with the olive.


Gilmore Girls Big Night In



Drink and enjoy!

I don't have a Cocktail Shaker so I used my Blender Containers.  We also had to replace cocktail glasses with wine glasses!  Classy!

Ceri doesn't like olives so she just left that part out.  We found the martini's quite strong, but they go down well with lemonade.

Snacks


Lorelai and Rory love their processed foods and snacks.  Usually I'd be happy with a pringle and a cheese puff but these Chilli Crackers and Wasabi Nuts caught my eye.

I think I took this photo once they'd all nearly gone!  They were lovely.Eating the first Wasabi nut was a bit of a shock though- look at our faces!


Danny loves hot food and snacks but even he wasn't expecting it!


After the initial hot shock, they really are delicious!


Beer




When Lorelai's not sipping cocktails or wine at "The Gilmores'", she loves a bottle of beer as much as the rest of us, so after the sophistication of our cocktails we decided to "keep it real" with a few bottles of beer.


Fun, Games and Decorations

We kept our Gilmore Girls Big Night In really simple.  For decorations, I made and printed off a few posters for the walls, such as "The Gilmore Girls" and "Starshollow" seen at the top of this post.

I also made this "No Cell Phones" one, similar to the sign at Luke's Diner.

 Gilmore Girls Big Night In
In typical Gilmore Girl style, we of course ignored the sign at first!  

 Gilmore Girls Big Night In

We also stuck some Gilmore Girl quotes up:

Gilmore Girls Big Night In

Coffee

Gilmore Girls Big Night In

The one thing that Lorelai Gilmore can not live without is coffee!

How else could both Lorelai and Rory talk so fast without all that caffeine they down every day.

"Oh I can't stop drinking the coffee. I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and walking and the words putting into sentence doing." - Lorelai Gilmore

Gilmore Girls Big Night In
I'm normally a Decaff Instant Coffee Girl, but for the Gilmores I made proper Ground Caffeine  Full coffee.  It smelt good!


Ceri doesn't like coffee so she had a hot chocolate instead.


More food and drink...

I also bought icecream as in the Gilmore Girl's lives icecream can usually melt the problems away.  However, we had so much food with the "Gilmore Girl Style Junk Takeaway Feast" that my sisters provided, that we were too stuffed for icecream.

They also bought over two ready made cocktails.  I have discovered that I love Mojitos and Woo Woos!

I wasn't so keen on these Creme Egg shots though- a bit strong for me!




But it was a great Gilmore Girls "Big night In".

You can do the same for favourite TV shows- we used to love Big Brother Final parties and Eurovision Parties are so camp that they can never be wrong.

Rocky Horror Show Christopher Biggins

Other DVD nights that we enjoy are Rocky Horror Nights" and any musical to be honest- stick the subtitles on and you have your own "Sing-a-Long at Home" night!  I couldn't find a photo of our Rocky Horror night in, so here we are on a "Rocky Horror" night out with Christopher Biggins.  He didn't come to our house.  Unfortunately.

The next "Big Nights In" that we are planning, are:
  • Tarantino night
  • Brat Pack night and 
  • Twilight:  Werewolves V Vampires...
I can't wait!  What big nights out do you like to enjoy?

Have fun!

Disclaimer: I was given £50 towards my Big Night In with MoneySupermarket.com.  For writing this Blog Post I will be entered into a Price Draw for £500 - what a "Big Night In" I could enjoy with that!













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