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Parks and Rec Party Recap: Treat Yo Self 2017

Three words for you: Treat Yo Self. I’m so excited to share this post with you all! The ideas for this party have “literally” been years in the making. Last weekend, Graham and I hosted a Treat Yo Self 2017 Parks and Rec party! Graham and I love this show so much. I’m pretty sure he has seen it all the way through at least eight times.

In case you aren’t familiar with Parks and Rec, the final season aired in 2015, but it was set in 2017. In Season 7, Episode 6 Donna and Tom revamp their favorite tradition that they call Treat Yo Self. We knew we had to throw a party before the end of 2017 to celebrate all things Parks and Rec. Read on to see a few of our favorite elements from the party!Parks and Rec Party Recap: Treat Yo Self 2017- Shelbie at Home

The Menu

When we were brainstorming potential menu items, several things came to mind. We thought of calzones, chicky-chicky-parm-parm, a burger cook-off, and more. In the end, we landed on breakfast for dinner, because in the words of Leslie Knope, “why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?”

We created a waffle bar in honor of JJ’s Diner, complete with several toppings to choose from. Sadly, the waffles got eaten up before I could take a photo 🙁

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We also cooked “all the bacon and eggs” we had. I’m talking three pounds of black pepper bacon. I feel like that has to make Ron Swanson proud.

For desserts, I took a cue from Season 7, Episode 9 and baked a couple of my favorite pies. Parks and Rec Party Recap: Treat Yo Self 2017- Shelbie at Home Parks and Rec Party Recap: Treat Yo Self 2017- Shelbie at Home Parks and Rec Party Recap: Treat Yo Self 2017- Shelbie at Home Parks and Rec Party Recap: Treat Yo Self 2017- Shelbie at Home Parks and Rec Party Recap: Treat Yo Self 2017- Shelbie at Home

A few extra food details:

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“I call it Andy’s Mouth Surprise. It’s nice because the flavor of the Starbursts really brings out a similar flavor in the Skittles” -Andy Dwyer
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My favorite detail of the whole night…and I forgot to take it out of the freezer. What a Jerry move.

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The Details

“Most people would say ‘the deets,’ but I say ‘the tails.’ Just another example of innovation.” -Tom Haverford and also me.

One of my favorite things about preparing for this party was dreaming up fun little details to scatter around our house. I painted a series of a few of my favorite quotes on small canvases. Parks and Rec Party Recap: Treat Yo Self 2017- Shelbie at Home Parks and Rec Party Recap: Treat Yo Self 2017- Shelbie at Home Parks and Rec Party Recap: Treat Yo Self 2017- Shelbie at Home

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Does anyone else feel like this could be their life motto?

I dressed up our dining room photo ledge with Parks and Rec themed items.

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To honor Leslie and Ben, we renamed a couple areas of our house.Parks and Rec Party Recap: Treat Yo Self 2017- Shelbie at Home Parks and Rec Party Recap: Treat Yo Self 2017- Shelbie at Home

The Activities

Whenever I host a party, I always like to think of a few interactive things for guests to do. In our living room, we (obviously) had episodes of Parks and Rec streaming on Netflix. I created themed bingo cards for guests to play as they watched using this generator.Parks and Rec Party Recap: Treat Yo Self 2017- Shelbie at Home Parks and Rec Party Recap: Treat Yo Self 2017- Shelbie at HomeI also found an amazing blog that created a Guess Who template for Parks and Rec characters!  This couple also has templates for Gilmore Girls, Harry Potter, and The Office, so you should definitely check them out!Parks and Rec Party Recap: Treat Yo Self 2017- Shelbie at Home

Note: I tried to convince Graham to let me rent a Lil’ Sebastian impersonator and turn our backyard into a replica Pawnee Harvest Festival. Sadly this did not happen.

The Costumes

Last but certainly not least, we encouraged our guests to wear costumes! I want to share a few of the characters that showed up.

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April and Andy from April and Andy’s Fancy Party, Season 3, Episode 9.
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Leslie Knope and Sad Ben Wyatt
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Would any Parks and Rec party be complete without Janet Snakehole and Burt Macklin?
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Animal Control Officer and one of Pawnee’s many Raccoons

If you’re as Parks and Rec crazy as we are, I hope you enjoyed this post! And don’t worry, my days of Parks and Rec themed parties aren’t over! One of these days I’m going to throw a killer Galentine’s Day! What is your favorite Parks and Rec moment?

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