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How to throw an 'Arrested Development' themed party for the series' return

Posted by Glenn Yoder  May 22, 2013 02:29 PM

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On May 26, "Arrested Development" season 4 premieres on Netflix, seven years after the series was canceled by FOX. The streaming service will release all 15 episodes simultaneously, which is perfect if you desire to throw an all-night viewing party with your fellow fans.

Didn't get an invite to the watch party hosted by "Arrested Development" cast member Justin Wade -- ahem, STEVE HOLT? Fear not. Here are some ideas for throwing your own Bluth-style viewing session. Just remember to get some balloons and to hang a banner for your guests.

Attire

If you wish to dress in-character, there are plenty of options. You could "blue" yourself and go as Tobias's Blue Man Group understudy.

You could even spend big and don an expensive suit a la Gob, demeaning those around you in less expensive clothing. C'mon!

Or you could grab a police uniform, roll up the sleeves, and go as a member of the Hot Cops. It even comes with a song.

Any potential host would be wise to dress as Mrs. Featherbottom, haphazardly attending to their guests' every need.

However, regardless of what you wear, one must wear cut-offs underneath.

Food and drink

Unless you can get your hands on a Cornballer (just beware: it's hot), there's always money in the banana stand. So serve up some chocolate-covered bananas with nuts. Ice-cream sandwiches were also a favorite of George Sr. when he was doing time. Your guests will have plenty of time to chow down.

Lucille wouldn't attend any party without alcohol. If your guest list is 21-plus, grab a few boxes of wine. Of course, you could always stock unlimited juice.

Entertainment

While Netflix is commercial-free, 15 episodes can be a lot in succession. If you feel like taking a break, there are plenty of themed ways to do so. Channel your inner Tony Wonder or Gob and start with a magic show. Sorry, illusion, not magic.

Sing a song with your old friend Franklin. Or just pass him around and let everyone have a turn giving him a voice.

Think you can out-nerd your friend? Challenge them to a lightsaber duel.

Or if that's not your method of competition, perhaps a giant version of rock-paper-scissors?

What did we miss? What will you do for an "Arrested Development" viewing party?

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