Grab your tortoise shell lenses and your hair chutney, the New Girl is back! There’s no judgment here if you’re just a tiny bit giddy over the show’s return on Tuesday, Sept. 17th (9 p.m. ET) — I’d live inside Jess’s frosting-coated, rainbow-print world if I could — which is why I mapped out a guide to
becoming Jessica Day err, hosting a so-geeky-it’s-fun watch party.
First, let’s dissect Zooey Deschanel’s style as Jess. Yes, there will be a test on this later. And yes, everybody at your party should come dressed as her. Or, okay, fine, one of the guys.
Second, here’s your shopping inspo (and yes, I am shortening “inspiration” in all instances to “inspo” like a Pinterest addict. If the shoe fits, well…):
Kirna Zabate full skirt in teal, Target; $39.99
Ivy League Readers, Fred Flare; $12
LC Lauren Conrad Pineapple & Strawberry stud earrings, Kohl’s; $10.50 (both)
Essential Striped Cowl Neck Top, Forever 21; $15.80
Cap-Toe Ballet Flats, Old Navy; $20
Third, set your menu:
Drinks: If over 21, rose and PBRs, since it’s hipster-chic, and as Jess once said, “pink wine makes me slutty.” It’s a subtle homage. If you’re under 21, add a splash of cranberry juice to Sprite or 7-Up for your own take on Jess’s devious drink.
Chili Cheese Dip — Nick & Winston would approve of this no-frills classic.
Garlic, Herb & Parmesan Popcorn — A gourmet touch elevates the party, so any Schmidts in attendance won’t dry heave over the food options.
Mango Chutney, Proscuitto & Paneer “Pizza” — Just because of the way Schmidt says “chutney.” Or you can just make the chutney and use it as a dip for chicken tenders or fries.
White Chocolate Peanut Butter Dip — Serve with pretzel sticks and sliced apples
Fourth, plan your preshow entertainment:
1. Play a few rounds of “True American,” or make up your own version.
2. Nail art. Jess would approve.
3. Craft rules for a drinking game during the show (like a sip for every time Jess breaks into song, or whenever Nick frowns and looks like a grumpy Muppet)