How To Succeed in Throwing a Tony Party Without Really Trying


Taylor Lockhart

Warning: Despite what the title says you are probably going to have to try somewhat during this process. Unless you’re the world best party planner than in that case, what are you here for? You probably know more about this than I do.

So, You want to host a grand gala, or maybe a party, or just a get together over drinks for the 72nd Annual Tony Awards! Well you have come to the right place. First of all, I assume you know what the Tony Awards are but I am legally required by my editor to tell you anyways. The Tony Awards are despite what The Olivier Awards twitter bio says, the singular biggest night in theatre all year. It’s the night we see Peggy Sawyers become Broadway stars and then get played off the stage by the unrelenting orchestra. All hosted in New York City at the Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10th 8/7 Central on CBS.

Ok, now that's out of the way. My name is Taylor Lockhart, and I’ll be leading you in this process of becoming the greatest host or hostess possible and what you need to throw the best and most likely only tony party on the block. Let’s get started.

The first thing you need to do is actively decide whether you’d rather just watch the Tony Awards alone on your couch and in your underwear instead of plan and cook and clean and talk to people for several hours. If you decide that this is what you want to do, now you have to convince people to abandon their plans of doing that and come to your house instead. If you plan on making food include that in the text or email. People are 65% more likely to come to a party where food is served and 100% guaranteed not to if you’re not at least serving chips, I mean you’re not a monster right? Oh and if you decide none of this is for you, please keep reading anyways. Most of these plans can be done solo as well.

Now as I mentioned, the singular most important thing to any party is the food. You can never go wrong with finger sandwiches and chips but if you’re feeling a bit more decorative Best Day Ever Toppers on Etsy is offering cupcake toppers with playbills based on this years nominees which would also work really well with sandwiches. Of course if you’re not willing to spend 10$ plus shipping for paper on sticks you could probably make your own with toothpicks and a printer. Once your ready for dessert hop over to Martha Stewart's for a sponge or in the case “sponge-bob” cake but if you want a more personalized cake or Tony themed cake. The Tony Awards site has got your back with a make your own Tony Cake. Be warned, this cake is not for those unskilled at cooking or following any directions at all. Shame, I really wanted a Tony cake.Of course themes can become unnecessary at times and you never can go wrong with a good old fashioned taco bar. Links to all of these items will be at the bottom of the article for you to check out.

Of course, I'm leaving out a HUGE part of food to serve at your party and that is, what do you serve before the food. Well for all of you of age out there, which I assume is at least 75% or higher, the answer is clear, Cocktails. No ordinary Margarita’s or Bloody Marys will do for the Tony Awards though. So here is my list for you of specialty cocktails for the 2018 72nd Tony Awards and how to make them and become the best makeshift bartender of any party you’re friends go to all year

Frozen Frostbite- Disney’s hit musical Frozen is full of icy surprises and snowy situations which may also be how’d you describe your night with this spin on a famous cocktail, inspired by the tony nomination for Best Musical.

What you’ll need: 1 ½ ounces of Tequila.  ½ ounce of white creme de cacao, 1½ ounce of blue curacao, and  ½ ounce of cream. For garnish use Maraschino Cherry

How to Make It: Pour the ingredient into a cocktail shaker with lots of ice (if you’re truly feeling frozen fever that is). Next Shake well and then strain using a slotted spoon or cocktail strainer into a cocktail glass, add your garnish of Cherry and enjoy a cocktail fit for a queen, or an ice queen that is.

On Wednesdays We Drink Pink- Feeling Mean, perhaps ready to spread gossip around about the other nominations if Mean Girls doesn’t win Best Musical. I believe you but before you do that why not try our selection inspired by the famous line from the movie, and I assume the musical. I haven’t seen it and the cast recording doesn’t come out until a day after you read this.

What you’ll need: 2 ounces of Vodka, 1 ounce cranberry juice cocktail, ¾ ounce fresh lime juice, ¾ ounce triple sec, garnish with an orange twist for serving

How To Make It: Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and add ice, shake thoroughly for about 30 seconds until the outside is very cold. Strain your cocktail through a slotted spoon or cocktail strainer into a martini glass and add your orange peel garnish. Now pretend you’re high school girls again despite the fact that you couldn’t drink in high school as you watch the Tonys!

Yellow Sponge: A spin on the classic Yellow Bird this yellow drink is sure to get you into the Bikini Bottom spirits as you shout I’m ready! For the Tony Awards that is.

What You’ll Need: ½ lime juice, 1 ¼ ounces orange juice, 1 ounce light rum, 1 ounce dark rum, ¼ ounce Galliano Liqueur, For garnish use a maraschino cherry and 1 sprig of mint, pineapple in this case is also heavily recommended as a garnish, any tropical fruit could be used.

How To Make It: Squeeze your lime juice into a cocktail shaker with ice, next add all of the other ingredients, Shake well, Strain into a collins glass with crushed ice, and garnish with a cherry and a sprig of mint, and/or tropical fruit of your choice, and enjoy. Don’t drink too much though or you’ll wind up looking like a Goofy Goober as Ethan Slater sings about The Best Day Ever live.

Once On This Island Breeze: I won’t lie, I know nothing about Once On This Island but I saw there was a cocktail named Island Breeze and I leaped at the pun opportunity, so make up your own witty description for this one.

What You’ll Need: 1 ½ ounces light rum, 4 ounces pineapple juice, 1 ounce cranberry juice, 2 dashes Angostura Bitters, and a lemon wedge or cherry to garnish

How To Make It: Fill a highball cocktail glass with ice, pour in your ingredients and add lemon wedge or cherry for garnish and drink till you turn into a tree. That’s it, That is the one thing I know about this musical someone turns into a tree. I’m sorry ok.

My Fair Lady: Originally the drink of choice was going to be a Mimosa for its classy Champagne contents and the pun of course would be, My Fair Mimosa, but then while looking up cocktails I scared just about everybody around me with a high pitched scream as I saw...There is a cocktail named My Fair Lady after the show and it would be a disservice to tell you to make anything other than that.

What You’ll Need: 1 ounce Gin, 1 ounce Lemon Juice, 1 ounce Orange Juice, 1 ounce Strawberry Syrup, and 1 dash of Egg White

How To Make It: Pour the ingredients and ice into a cocktail shaker and shake thoroughly and then strain into a cocktail glass and whether your a cockney mess who can’t english that good or a convincing crown jewel capable of fooling anyone into believing you must be a queen. Enjoy your cocktail fit for a rainy day in Spain or at the Ascot Races or just on the street where you live. As you can see unlike the last entry, I have two many My Fair Lady puns I can make and I’m going to stop now or I never will. Just remember not to drink too much or you might find yourself dancing all night. Alright Sorry, my bad now I’m done.

Now you’re ready to serve drinks to your guest to enjoy while watching the Tony Awards, and as always remember to drink responsibly avoid drinking games like “Take a shot every time the orchestra plays because someone's speech is too long” because you will almost certainly die. If you don’t like any of these choices you can simply find whatever cocktail you would like to serve and title it the, “Insert Show Here- Special” and that’s boring and uncreative but if that’s what you want, You do you. I won’t stop you.

Once you have finished eating and drinking it’s probably about time for the announcer to open you into Radio City Music Hall the same way he does every year and time for you to start keeping track of the show even closer than you already would have with my homemade 2018 Tony Awards Bingo. You know the rules, try to get five in a row and trust me you totally can.



And if you’re looking to get more competitive, try your shot at predicting the winners before the show starts with my homemade 2018 Tony Awards ballot sheet

You are also going to want to give out some reward for whoever can guess the most correct answers and unsurprisingly you can’t buy a replica or plastic Tony Award. But you can head over to Crown Awards which has very nice theatre awards for cheap that someone could actually display and it adds to the room rather than being a cheap piece of plastic garbage no one can do anything with. If you want one that looks like a tony award in shape but for legal reasons contains not many other similarities, The Toni Award might be for you. Yea, I know real subtle. Perhaps you’d rather ditch the idea of trophies and award someone something they can actually use like any of the many officially licensed Tony Awards shirts, hats, mugs, or bags. You could also award them a Tony Awards Playbill commemorating the event. Or finally the thing I would recommend the most, A paperback book by Isabella Stevenson and Roy A Somlyo, containing all of the nominees and winners...up to the year 2001. A perfect coffee table book as long as you stop guests from trying to find Hamilton. Again links to all of the these are at the bottom of the article.

So you have done it, or at least planned to do it which is half the battle you know. With food, drinks, ballots and bingo and prizes to be won your party is bound to be a surefire success.

Of course you don’t have to do any of that. There’s nothing wrong in going all out with themes and decorations and food but a few sandwiches and soda from your fridge surrounded by a few friends to laugh, chat, and overall enjoy the biggest night in theatre all year is really all you need. A party doesn’t need to be anything else than 2 or 3 friends and the most important part is that you enjoy it because it only happens once every 365 days and if to you that’s done in a nonchalant way more power to you, but if you think the best way to celebrate the 72 year old super show is to go all out and make a big and elaborate splash, you’re my kind of person and I hope you learned something that will help you with the future of your Tony Awards party.

So happy Tony Awards everyone and I’ll see you in 3 weeks when we go a bit more in depth at what 72 years really means and how this whole phenomenon all got started with The 2nd installment of The History Of Broadway And The Musical That Call It Home: Tony Awards Special. Until then I hope you have a fantastic thursday and once again be sure to tune into the Tony Awards Sunday June 10th at 8/7 Central. You are not going to want to be anywhere else but in front of your tv when it all goes down live. Also be sure to check back to the blog every Monday and Thursday for Tony related content leading up to to the big day. Well, If that is all I’ve been Taylor and You’ve been you and I will see you later, Goodbye.

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