As some of you know, and as others don’t, my husband and I are planning an Indiana Jones themed party for when the next movie comes out, and we’re in the pre-planning/brainstorming stage.
We had a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ party this past May for the opening of ‘At World’s End’ and we had such a good time, why not do it for a film series we TRULY LOVE?!? We plan to dress up, make themed props/grub and take the whole gang out to see the movie together. (For ‘POTC’ we had a party of 23 people all dressed as pirates go to see the movie together.)
Here are some of the ideas so far:
--Grail Diary: c’mon, like it isn’t one of the first things people think of! I started doing internet research on the prop and stumbled across www.indygear.com. And I just have to say, “WHOH.” (Seriously, check it out if you haven’t already.) So it looks like that’s already a “must.”
--Ark of the Covenant: we made a “Cursed Aztec Treasure Chest” cooler for the ‘POTC’ party, so I think this translates . . .
Having a little trouble here. All I’ve got so far is monkey’s brains (custard/ice cream/sherbet/what have you) and “bad” dates. Haha!
--Indy: most likely the character my husband will dress as, but there are so many variations! Personally, I like ‘airline travel’ Indy—the suit coupled with the fedora. But we’ll see what happens. We’re most likely going to wear these costumes 3 times maximum (midnight show, party, possible Halloween 2008), so we’re not SUPER concerned with screen-accuracy. I can tell this particular board really stresses that from what I’ve read in the “Indy Gear” forum.
--Elsa: I’ve pretty much decided on Elsa’s Canyon of the Crescent Moon outfit for myself. I love the hat and the goggles combo! It should be pretty easy to put together. I’ve seen the WWII German Field Caps on sale on eBay, though most of them seem to be made of wool. I have boots that will pass and the pants should be easy—they seem pretty generic. The only thing I think will be a headache is the jacket. It’s WEIRD. My fallback will probably be Marion’s Cairo Marketplace outfit or Willie’s Indian Princess dress.
A chum of mine makes a baked sandwich for his Halloween parties that when done he decorates to look like a big snake. Pretty suitable for an Indy Party, I think.
Mmmm. I'm intrigued. What does said sandwich contain? And if it isn't a big bother do you have access to the recipe?
"What's the surprise?"
Sorry, couldn't resist.
We went to the local Spirit Halloween store to scout out possible props etc. We were planning to buy stuff once it goes on sale the day after Halloween. I was really disappointed to see nothing that I could use really. Aside from some rubber rats they had lying around!
I also need to go to MGM Studios soon and check out their Indy shop. I haven't been in awhile and my sister works at Disney so we'll use her discount to get anything we find at that location. From what I remember they have much higher quality rubber snakes than we saw at the Halloween store. Though, man oh man, do they smell bad!
This sounds like a lot of fun! As far as food goes, a cake shaped like a fedora would be cool. Have a circular bottom, then place a smaller size cake on top of that, with the front ends sort of cut to make it look more like a fedora. As far as actual entrees, go, I'm not really sure what I would use. I love the ark idea though! That's quite creative.
You could do a "world tour of food" depending on your cooking abilities/how easy it is to find some of this stuff near you-
China- fortune cookies
India- your favorite Indian food- Bombay potatoes or something
Germany- sauerkraut and brats
South America- mate tea (if you can find it) or something with tortillas
Nepal- sorry, I have no idea what traditional Nepalese food is like.
Egypt- same thing as above
Middle East- hummus, tabouli, etc.
United States- your favorite American food
So, it's like what? Pizza or bread dough that you roll out, put stuff in the middle and then roll it into a snake shape and then bake? I guess I don't know what a "baked sandwich" is. Never knew such a thing existed. When I first read it I imagined a "toasted" sandwich. It seems like I was waaaaay off. Sounds like I'll have to experiment.
It would be cool if I could add some texture or color to the dough to make it more "snakelike." Maybe roll the dough in some dark seeds or nuts to make them look "scaly." Or maybe even experiment with some food dye to make the dough green!
Great suggestion! And although it is tempting to title the dish "Snake Surprise," I think I may go for "Snakes, why did it have to be snakes?" Or "Asps: very dangerous."
I can't believe I'm planning for a party that is 8 months away....
....I'm such a nerd.
I'm finding a lot of WWII German Field Cap replicas (Elsa's Canyon of the Crescent Moon costume) on eBay; however, all of the ones with buttons like hers are made of wool! Is her hat made of wool? Is it inaccurate? Who would wear wool in the desert? Does anyone have some insight on this subject? The only ones that are not wool either have no buttons or are camouflaged.
Hers clearly has buttons, and I really doubt it is wool--it's not logical. But everyone knows that movies aren't perfect. So maybe it is made of wool?
I think I might just get one that has no buttons, like I linked to. It makes more sense to me than getting a wool one and there seems to be no such thing as a non-wool field cap with the button/flap thingie.
Yeah... it's not the same though. The buttons actually serve a function on her hat whereas on mine they would be purely decorative. I suppose no one but myself will care. I'll be lucky if anyone at the theater recognizes the character. It's just that I had such high hopes for the hat because I thought it would be one of the few things I could match 100%. *shrug*
They do keep sheep and goats in the Middle East...I would assume some of that wool would have been worn in the past. Lightweight wool isn't too bad in the summer...all those Civil War reenactors wear it!
If you really want the real wool hat, I say go for it. Otherwise, sewing silver buttons on another hat will probably look fine too.
Actually you helped bring to mind one of the original ideas we had when we starting considering this project... what if I could make some stones out of plastic or clay or something and rig a light inside...? Then they would "glow"!