TV Party: 'On The Lot'
Setting the scene: Lights, camera, action! Every aspect of this party should be filmed - from the sending of the invitations (which should include a script of that guest's part) to the rolling out of the red carpet. Contact a local college or high school to see if it has students willing to shoot your party. Make sure someone has a boom mic - the film crew will look stupid if no one is carrying a boom mic. Like "On the Lot," have guests film different genres of film for the production crew - noir, silent, Western, etc. - that can later be digitally edited and sent to all partygoers the next week. Have props, lighting and costumes at the ready. If you have a staircase, consider having everyone shoot the final scene from "Gone With the Wind."
Attire: Tell guests to come dressed as their favorite movie character - Rhett Butler, Princess Leia, or maybe the guy standing next to the kid playing Tom Cruise's son on the ferry in "War of the Worlds."
On the menu: Goobers, Fried Green Tomatoes, Chocolat, Soylent Green, lamb, American Pie, popcorn, Jujyfruits, Milk Duds and Raisinets, all sold at approximately four times market value.
On the hi-fi: "That's Entertainment" by Fred Astaire, "Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland, "Moon River" by Audrey Hepburn, "As Time Goes By" by Dooley Wilson and "Singin' in the Rain" by Gene Kelly.
The showstopper: Before you come to the conclusion that you can make better movies than anyone from "On the Lot," you might want to confirm Hollywood is all it's cracked up to be. Visit the very swanky Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood and share a minibar with rockers and movie stars.