If you're one of the millions of Americans who have been glued to the television for the last dozen Wednesdays watching the antics of 16 castaways as they compete for $1 million, then you are probably counting down the hours to this week's big "Survivor" finale. I've put together a party plan that will help you and your friends share in the adventure with Richard, Rudy, Kelly and Susan. You can decide whether to make this a down and dirty "Survivor" experience for your guests, or whether you want the party to include more of the luxury/reward experiences that a few of the survivors earned.
Setting the Scene
This will be the easiest party to dress for all year, perhaps all millennium. Bare feet are mandatory. Bathing suits, cut offs, and tee shirts are the dress code. I'd encourage my friends not to follow Richard's lead and arrive bare-butt considering all the flack he's received for his grossly revealing behavior (unless, of course, they have bodies worth viewing.) Shaving is optional, as is bathing.
If you are hosting this party at an outdoor location, decorate with sand, large potted palms, tribal masks, hammocks and lit Tiki torches. Indoors I would skip the sand and lighting the torches. Set up an area to do mud masks in your kitchen (to recreate the two scenes where the survivors frolicked in the mud.) You can also provide face paint for any guests who would like to make themselves up as tribal warriors.
Play either natural surf sounds or a jungle sound recording for background music.
Betting Pool - Begin the party with a betting pool to choose the final survivor.
Reward Challenges - Organize any or all of the following competitions for rewards such as candy bars, free babysitting, a bottle of wine or beer, or being taken out to dinner by the group.
- Set up a kid's fishing game (readily available for purchase at any mass merchandiser) for a fishing competition.
- Challenge your guests to a breath-holding competition in a bucket or barrel of water.
- Set up a 2'' by 4" plank on the ground for a balancing competition. To make it go faster than on "Survivor", encourage your guests to make each other laugh to lose balance (no touching allowed.)
- Hold a dart-throwing competition (instead of the blow-dart and archery contests held on the island.)
- Organize a scavenger hunt. Hide things like toy snakes, eels, rubber chickens and plastic knives.
What would a "Survivor" party be without an immunity challenge? Click here for a "Survivor" Trivia Contest to use as your Immunity Challenge.
The final vote will be to determine who will host the next "Survivor" party.
If you're a purist, or a sadistic host, only serve the first three items on the list below. If you're a bit more generous, you can select from any of the items and still be true to the food served at some point on the show. Luckily there have been enough food rewards to spare your party guests from eating a big bowl of squirming grubs and grilled rats.
- White Rice
- Grilled Fish
- Tapioca Pudding
- Scrambled Eggs
- Candy Bars
- Gummy or chocolate snakes and bugs (all right, it's not the real thing, but your friends will get the idea.)
- Real edible insects (if you have the stomach for it, you can find advice at Eatbug.com.)
Enjoy your party and may the least sleazy competitor win!