'Mr. Sunshine'

tvparty306.jpgSome of the best things on earth take place in arenas: the circus, monster truck jams, mass Unification Church weddings, etc. So it only makes sense that we should celebrate and appreciate arenas with a TV show such as Mr. Sunshine, airing Wednesdays on ABC. And not only do we get to enjoy the spectacles of arena life, we get to see one of our favorite Friends, Matthew Perry, on a weekly basis. So if your idea of a good time is sticky soda drying on concrete floors and lines for the bathroom, call your friends and neighbors because we're throwing a Mr. Sunshine party!

Setting the scene:
There's a really good chance your home is not the approximate 950,000 square feet of the Sunshine Center, so we might need to be creative once it's time for the indoor motocross event. Instead of knocking down walls and laying ice for the AHL game, let's focus on promoting the upcoming events. That means hiring a couple of clowns to walk around making balloon animals and having a motocross bike halfway up your staircase, some posters for the upcoming Black Eyed Peas concert, a couple of sheets of synthetic skating ice for the hockey game, a golf cart to shuttle guests from their cars to the arena, a sign that reads "Sunshine Center Parking," someone dressed as a team mascot, some extra arena seats, foam fingers, balloons and if possible, a monster truck. Invitations should be tickets with party info on them, and party favors can be DVDs of Almost Heroes or Friends.

Attire:
This deserves to be a costume party, so tell guests to come as clowns, mascots, athletes, vendors, union workers and roadies.

On the menu:
Vendor cuisine! Go with hot dogs wrapped in tinfoil, nachos in baskets, popcorn, cotton candy, peanuts and beer in plastic cups.

On the hi-fi:
The national anthem by Christina Aguilera, Rock and Roll Part 2 by Gary Glitter, Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne, Welcome to the Jungle by Gun N' Roses, Pump Up the Jam by Technotronic, Jump Around by House of Pain, We Will Rock You by Queen, The Final Countdown by Europe.

The showstopper:
Nothing says "Come to the arena!" like elephants. And if you don't already own one, we suggest renting. Leave it out front with a Sunshine Center banner elegantly draped over its back, and watch the party grow organically right before your eyes! If that is too much, make one out of papier-mache.