'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'

Tvpartywn30It's official: We're knee-deep into the holiday season. And while that means hectic schedules, shopping and fearing the onslaught of relatives invading your home, the best part of the season is sitting in front of the television and watching holiday classics such as Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, airing Monday on ABC. Never before had the voice of Boris Karloff made little children squeal in delight, and never before had a Christmas song been written allowing baritones and basses their shining moment. So if you like bizarre holidays -- and Who doesn't? -- call your friends; we're throwing a Grinch party!

Setting the scene:
First and foremost, you'll need to decorate for Christmas. And when we say "decorate," we mean "over-the-top, tree in the middle of the room, make Cindy Lou Who go into a sugar coma" kind of decorating. Get a ginormous artificial (or real) tree and cover it in tinsel and garland, then pile wrapped gift boxes as high as you deem appropriate for safety's sake. (We don't want an avalanche of boxes sending a partygoer to the emergency room.) Using cardboard or plywood, build a life-size gingerbread house at one side of the room, and surround it with white polyester fiberfill to simulate snow. In fact, fill the room with the fake snow. If there's a wall left, make a fake fireplace and have the bottom half of a Christmas tree shoved into it with ornaments falling off. Hang a "wanted" poster of the Grinch, available at www.grinchmusical.com in .pdf form.

Attire:
While someone will definitely be dressed as the Grinch, guests should be encouraged to come as their favorite Who -- Betty Lou Who, Lou Lou Who, the aforementioned Cindy Lou Who, Mayor Augustus Maywho, etc. Check out the Web for photos and ideas. Our favorite thing, however, is to buy antlers, cut them into smaller sections, then tie them to your head with red or green velvet just like Max. If you can find enough, use them as party favors.

On the menu:
Who-pudding (tapioca) and roast beast (which looks suspiciously like ham).

On the hi-fi:
Grab the special's soundtrack featuring such evergreens as You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch and Welcome Christmas.

The showstopper:
If you feel like touching the Grinch with a 39 1/2-foot pole, we suggest you move this party to Boston and buy tickets to Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, now running at Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center's Wang Theatre through Dec. 28.