TV Party: 'General Hospital'
Setting the scene: The Quartermaines are having a party, so decorate as such. Floral arrangements in every corner of the room scream "soap," as do glamour photos of this shindig's hosts. We recommend taking one of those pictures, Photoshopping (visit www.adobe.com) it into a watercolor, blowing it up to sofa-painting size and hanging it over the fireplace. There always seems to be a painting of a family member over the mantel in these shows. Greek pedestals (for the flowers), a baby grand piano, a bronze bust of Beethoven, at least one Victorian chair and an off-duty police officer should round out the necessary props.
Attire: Men should be shirtless and in jeans or in business attire with power ties -- there's really no other option. Women have a lot more styles to choose from: bikinis, ball gowns, cocktail attire, nurses uniforms or negligees that are playfully falling off their shoulders work beautifully for any possible catastrophe. If none of that works for you head to the "General Hospital" store and buy a "Luke & Laura" T-shirt.
On the menu: Bonbons and shrimp cocktails served out of a "Luke & Laura" lunchbox (also available at the "GH" store). And since it's daytime, don't forget the bloody marys.
On the hi-fi: A Frisco Jones (Jack Wagner) retrospective -- play "All I Need" over and over. Then switch gears and try some Dr. Noah Drake (Rick Springfield) -- play "Jessie's Girl" over and over. Just when you think the guests can't take any more, turn on "Rock On" from Michael Damian -- OK, Damian was on "The Young and the Restless," but who doesn't love "Rock On"?
The showstopper: Well, this is lucky. Just when we thought we couldn't listen to "Jessie's Girl" one more time, it turns out that there were still seats available at this writing to the Sept. 15 "Working Class Tour" stopover at Ruth Eckerd Hall -- Tampa Bay's favorite performing arts center. Springfield -- along with Eddie Money and John Waite -- will be performing! Is there a doctor in the house?