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Ka-Bob’s Burger Bash: How To Throw A Bob’s Burgers-Themed Cookout

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If you haven’t watched one episode of the seven-so-far-seasons of Bob’s Burgers, then we’re sad for you, but there’s still time! Season 7 is currently streaming on Hulu, and the final season is set to premiere late September 2017.

If you’re already a fan of the show, then you’re very familiar with the dysfunctional-yet-lovable Belcher family who owns and operates Bob’s Burgers. Between running a business and raising their three children -awkward Tina, precocious Louise, and light-hearted Gene — Bob and Linda have a bit more than burgers on their plates.

Most of the episodes display at least one “Burger Of The Day” whose ingredients always make for a great joke. When planning for a Bob’s Burger themed party, this is where the inspiration begins. I’ve aptly named this party “Ka-Bob’s Burgers Bash,” because the more food puns the better.

The Burger Bracket
Start with a burger bracket to determine which burger you will be serving. With over 150 Burgers of the Day to date, this may be a little tricky. I narrowed down the list to 16 burgers, and paired up the ones with similar names or ingredients. From there, I faced off each burger pair until I came down to my ultimate winner: A Leek Of Their Own (I have a weakness for Tom Hanks movies).

Decorations
Order/make burger themed decorations. A few things I ordered from Amazon for this party were cardboard food trays, a gingham tablecloth, and the best of all: inflatable burger drink holders. For DIY decorations, I taped tissue paper to yellow balloons to make them look like hamburgers, created my own “Burger of the Day” chalkboard, and wrote some of the best one-liners from the show on the burger wrappers. I think the one-liner idea would also lend well to burger bibs if you have messy friends.

Drinks
Come up with a Bob’s Burger-themed drink. In this case, I felt like Louise’s trouble making personality would lend well to a Bloody Mary. I whipped up some tomatillo-based bloody mary mix to match Louise’s green shirt, and then renamed this cocktail the Bloody Louise. The ingredients I used to top the drink also happened to be many of the same burger ingredients which allowed me to consolidate my grocery list and cut down on party costs. For other options, I thought a Mar-Tina, Marga-Tina, or a Gene and Tonic could be fun.

Side Dishes
Your guests will probably be asking if they can contribute. Let them. This can be a great way to get some side dishes in the mix. I always find it helpful to give your guests specific direction on what to bring because it cuts down on pre-party stress and errand running for you. In this case, I thought it would be fun to have each friend bring their own fries. This is such an easy item to bring because they can choose drive-thru or homemade, and it’s also a fun way to determine who makes the best fries in your city. For this party I chose In-and-Out, Arby’s, and Chick-fil-A (just remember that you can’t throw your party on a Sunday if you want fresh Chick-fil-A fries to be an option).

Dessert
This is where the “ka-bob” comes into play — a dessert kabob! I skewered my kabobs with strawberries, bananas, and homemade brownie bites as a fun way to end the night, but any fruit or cake square combo would work well here.

And that’s it! Now, start planning your Ka-Bob’s Burgers Bash, and when everyone fawns over what a fantastic hostess you are, just reply with Tina’s best quote: “I’m no hero. I put on my bra one boob at a time.”

photo credit: Kelly Boyles

Pitch Perfect: The Rise of Kylie Bunbury

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I can admit that the idea of a female Major League baseball player could be a tad farfetched, but if you’re familiar with the story of Mo’ne Davis, you might not be so skeptical. Even if you have trouble putting aside your doubts, the opening scene of Pitch will put your mind at ease; this girl came to play.

While I’m not a baseball fan per se, I am a huge Pitch fan. The writing was spectacular — and the acting certainly does it justice. Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s turn as Mike Lawson, aging future Hall of Fame catcher and bearded team leader, is nuanced and thoughtful. His chemistry with the ambitious take-no-shit-from-nobody agent Amelia Slater (Ali Larter) is somehow both steamy and adorable.

But its Mike Lawson’s relationship with rookie Ginny Baker that drives Gosselaar’s performance home. The two of them have a brother-sister banter and rapport that comes from his wisdom and her tenacity, and leaves you wishing they were in every scene together.

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