Holy forking shirt, it’s over.
Send the series out in forking styleThe best kind of comedy doesn’t just give you great laughs; it also has a lot of heart and has the ability to make you feel all the feels. The Good Place took a clever look into what Heaven (the good place) and Hell (the bad place) could be. The show explored some existential realms even as much as it made you laugh. It showed how difficult it is to be human and to be good, but in the end, it’s worth it. It’s worth it to learn, to love, and to celebrate friendship.
We will miss the four humans as much as the reformed demon Michael and the always genius, “not a girl,” “not a robot” Janet. We will miss the puns, the pop culture references, and philosophy teachings. The Good Place ends this Thursday and while that may be extremely sad, let’s want to celebrate its greatness and give you some Good Place party tips.
You can throw it on Thursday or be like me and wait for your friends to catch up on the episodes first. Tahani Al-Jamil is usually the one throwing the parties, but this will be more of a Soul Squad party. It’s kind of like Chidi Anna Kendrick…I mean Anagonye’s chili—a little bit of everything.
Drinks must include Lonely Gal Margaritas, Foot Lagers, a Molotov cocktail cocktail, fancy champagne, energy drinks, and Stardust Milkshakes (make it sparkle with some edible glitter).
Frozen Yogurt. I mean as Michael says about us, “You humans take something wonderful and ruin it just a little bit so you can have more.” If you’re rich, you can buy all of your friends some froyo or if you’re like Kim Kardashian West and you already own a froyo machine, good for you. If you want to try something new, you can pick up some cups from your local froyo place and make some meringue cookies to put inside. Swirl the meringue to make it look like froyo and add some food coloring. OR you can make some colored mashed potatoes like Ted Danson said they actually eat on the show.
Eleanor Shellstrop’s Shrampies with all kinds of dips. Jumbo shrimp cocktail. Coconut shrimp. Look up some recipes! Make sure the shrimp is so good that your friends want to stuff their bras with some when they leave.
Jalapeño poppers and “Stupid Nick’s Wing Dump” wings, in honor of Jason Mendoza.
Chidi’s Chili, but Peeps and Peanut M&M’s on the side, not in the chili. We don’t want to get gross here.
Hawaiian Pizza. Some people love it and some people hate it. It’s from the Bad Place, so this one’s up to you. (I’m Italian and I love it. Shut up. Don’t judge me!)
Gen(aka The Judge)’s Burritos. Have Cholula on the side. The hot sauce is actually the concept of envy according to the Judge, so you can make your own label that says that.
Be sure to include any of these amazing food puns:
- We Crumb From A Land Down Under (this could be muffins or any crumby snack)
- Ziti of Stars
- You Do the Hokey Gnocchi and You Get Yourself Some Food
- The Pesto’s Yet to Come
- Lasagna Come Out Tomorrow
- Beignet and the Jets
Put a “Welcome! Everything is fine.” decal on your wall and hang up a framed photo of Doug Forcett.
In honor of Derek, decorate your bar area with one martini glass with a large lemon in it, another glass full of martini olives, one filled with cornichons (those tiny pickles!), and champagne glasses filled with rainbow sprinkles and scrabble letters.
A chalkboard with Chidi’s philosophy teachings.
Lots of bowls: One filled with Ring Pops with a sign next to it that says, “Fully Understand the Meaning of Twin Peaks.” One full of Smarties with a sign that says, “Energy You Had When You Were Twelve.” One full of Michael’s paper clips.
If the convo is lacking or you want a way to change the subject, fill up a bowl full of quotes and Tahani name drops from The Good Place. Some favorites:
- “All my life this money has been a weight around my neck, like the Heart of the Ocean necklace my friend James Cameron once gave me.”
- “Any place or thing in the universe can be up to 104% perfect. That’s how you got Beyoncé.”
- “I haven’t been this upset since my good friend Taylor was rudely upstaged by my other friend Kanye, who was defending my best friend, Beyoncé.”
- “I’m too young to die and too old to eat off the kids’ menu. What a stupid age I am.”
Decorate your doors. One sparkling green door that if you walk through, you get whatever you want in the Good Place. (This could be the door leading into the party!) If we were in the Good Place, some examples for us would be: you can walk through and surf with those two kooks Kalani Robb & Tyler Stanaland or maybe play soccer with the U.S. Women’s National team. Decorate other doors with all the people that talked about Tahani, like Blue Ivy Carter and North West.
Cacti (real or fake) everywhere, representing Eleanor’s files from Janet. #NotARobot
People can come dressed as their favorite characters. You could also create your own photo booth with props like a Best Person sash, a cheese head, a Brain-y Bunch sweatshirt, a Jacksonville Jaguars Blake Bortles jersey, Chidi’s philosophy books, a Bad Janet leather jacket, Disco Janet outfit, Good/Bad Place architect shirts, a Michael bowtie, an Eleanor plaid shirt, and more.
If your party is on Thursday, definitely throw on the finale. If it’s not, you can have your favorite episodes of the show playing in the background. You can also create a playlist with Lorde’s “Green Light” (the song that they all dance to), NSYNC’s “Digital Get Down” (Janet and Jason’s wedding song), Cher’s “Believe” (when the four humans are in Janet’s void and she burps up this song), Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” (when all hell breaks loose with flying shrimp), and more. You should also add a bunch of Beyoncé to it.
Please, for the love of the Soul Squad, do not put the Kars4Kids song on this playlist…unless you want it to be the Bad Place. We all know that song is really truly a demon song.
I definitely don’t have room for all of this in my small NYC apartment, but hey, pobody’s nerfect. Pick what you want and throw a forking cool Good Place party. Please don’t forget to raise your glasses and cheers to Mike Schur for creating this masterpiece show…and also just be good humans to each other. Would Eleanor say, “Ya basic!” to whoever throws this party? Maybe, but we’d love it. Jeremy Bearimy, baby.
Holy forking shirtballs! How could I forget?! Rip a sheet out of your notebook and write, “There is no “answer“ But Eleanor is the answer.” Hang it on your wall and keep it there forever.
Get ya best benches together and have the best forking Good Place party!