TV Party: 'Big Mac'
Setting the scene: McDonald's loves publicity, and throwing a party based on McDonald's will probably give your local Mickey D's reason enough to give you a few hundred paper bags with its logo plastered all over them. Use the bags as decoration – everyone who worked at a McDonald's as a teenager will have horrible flashbacks as soon as they walk through the door. Other decorating options include red and yellow streamers – the yellow in the form of the Golden Arches – and hiring college kids to wander around in french fry and milkshake outfits. Have a donation box set up for guests who might want to donate to the Ronald McDonald House charity in your area.
Attire: Visit www.way2be.com and find everything you need to outfit a chain full of McDonald's employees, including shirts, hats, visors, polos, aprons, mugs, key chains and T-shirts. And tell someone to come as Morgan Spurlock, just for giggles.
On the menu: Contact the manager of your favorite McDonald's and place a takeout order large enough to handle your guests. We're talking Happy Meals, McNuggets, Big Macs, Filet-O-Fishes, a few salads, fries and warm apple pies all served on plastic trays. With a large enough order they'll probably throw in plenty of beverage cups with the famous logo.
On the hi-fi: The soundtrack to Spurlock's documentary "Supersize Me" featuring "Fat Bottomed Girls" by Hayseed Dixie, "Rubber Biscuit" by the Chips, "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy" by 1910 Fruitgum Company and "Fat" by the Violent Femmes.
The showstopper: The next time you find yourself in Des Plaines, Ill., do yourself a favor and stop by the McDonald's Museum and Store No. 1 at 400 N. Lee St. It's a re-creation of the first restaurant opened by corporation founder Ray Kroc in 1955. It features the architectural golden arches, red and white tiles and the original "Speedee" road sign – the logo used when Ronald was just a glimmer in his parents' eyes.