Even though it feels like the end of the world in our new house full of moving boxes and chaos, the Mayans predicted the world won’t end for at least another two weeks.
And I think that’s just enough time to plan an awesome apocalypse party.
Depending on your general level of optimism, you can decide to throw either an “end of the world” party OR a “beginning of a new era” party. Since I tend to err on the practical side, I’m going total doomsday.
Mayan Apocalypse Celebration: Don’t go down without a party.
Make your dress code doomsday chic. Encourage guests to wear what they’d select if in fact, the world was ending. You know, just in case. Which end of the spectrum do you think your guests will end up on – protective or super fab?
For decor, play off the rich colors of mayan textiles, the square stacking patterns of their temples (I’m thinking square cupcake stands for serving platters), and the earthy tones of hand-woven baskets. If you’re having trouble getting inspired, don’t worry. Party city has you covered.
Create a balloon garland by stringing a needle through the tied end of each balloon. But, before blowing up the balloons, slip a “fate” into each one. Everyone gets to pop a balloon and find out their post-apocalyptic future!
Center your menu around traditional Mayan staples- corn, squash, beans, and chile. Make a fun taco bar using corn tortillas and creative ingredients and toppings. Or serve a hearty, mexican style chili with tortilla chips to keep your guests warm and well fed in case of emergency. (Tip: Make it in the crock-pot so you don’t spend your last few hours on earth stuck in the kitchen.)
For dessert, you’re in luck. The Mayans are believed to be the first people to have cultivated the cacao plant. Consider chocolate fondue served with pineapple and strawberries. If you’re feeling adventurous, whip up a chocolate volcano/lava cake. I absolutely adore this chocolate flood cake from duhlicious.com.
Be sure you keep your bar stocked with plenty of libations. This mexican coffee recipe will keep your guests celebrating well after midnight. Afterall, at least if the world ends you won’t wake up with a hangover.
And finally, what’s a doomsday celebration without depressing music. Emo and country music are obvious choices, along with REM’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” and Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” Be sure to mix in some fun mexican tunes to keep the mood up.
If you’re doing something special on the 21st, I’d love to hear about it! Leave me a comment below.