A Last-Minute Guide to the Perfect Gilmore Girls Viewing Party

How to throw a Gilmore Girls viewing party

It’s really happening! After almost ten years, it’s finally time to go back to Stars Hollow and catch up with our favourite fast-talking, coffee-drinking mother-daughter duo and all of our beloved townies. 

I’ve watched Gilmore Girls from start to finish more times than I can count. Whenever I’m sick, or sad, or bored, or stressed out of my mind, an episode or two of Gilmore Girls always makes me feel a whole lot better. It’s warm, fuzzy and familiar, and it makes my own love of junk food and very real addiction to coffee seem…normal

The four-part revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, is coming out on Netflix this Friday (tomorrow!), but it’s not too late to send a quick Facebook event invite to all your friends and throw your own viewing party. Whether you want to marathon it as soon as it comes out (the Gilmore way) or take your time and watch it over the weekend, it’s a good excuse to get your girls (and boys!) together.

I put together this last-minute guide to help you throw an awesome Gilmore Girls viewing party. It’s a viewing party for super cool party people only, and it would make Lorelai proud. 


Swap the Friday night bar cart for a coffee cart. Seriously, is it even a Gilmore Girls viewing party if there’s no coffee? In the words of Lorelai herself: “Everything in my life has something to do with coffee. I believe in a former life, I was coffee”. 

Brew the coffee extra strong, and have some hocho with all the trimmings on hand for the amateurs who can’t handle it. 


Eat like a Gilmore! The girls are know for their excellent food choices, so you’ll need all the pizza, chips, pop tarts, donuts (with icing and sprinkles!), and sweets that you can get your hands on. Add some of the Devil’s starchy fingers, a.k.a. french fries, and you’ll have enough food to pretend you’re at a movie night at Rory and Lorelai’s house. 

The Gilmore Girls rules for movie night food shopping are:

“Make it fast, make it snappy, and if there’s any impulse buying, make it chocolate”.


Give your evening a friendly competitive edge by having your guests try to guess the famous last four words Amy Sherman-Palladino had planned for the original series, and have them fill out ballots with their answers as they arrive to the viewing party. 

Blow up balloons in three or four different colours and write “Team Dean”, “Team Jess”, “Team Logan”, and “Team Rory” (because she doesn’t need a man, kay?) on them, and ask your guests to pick one. It will be like the Great Blue Ribbon vs Pink Ribbon Divide of Stars Hollow, but IRL. 

You could also hunt down Gilmore Girls bingo cards on Pinterest or create your own, and have a couple of rounds of Gilmore Girls trivia during bathroom breaks. When the coffee runs out, invent your own Gilmore drinking game. 

Just make sure you have a Bop It on hand, in case things get tense. 


Recreate the ambience of Stars Hollow by hanging a Luke’s Diner sign near the coffee cart,  print out a replica of the iconic No Cell Phones sign (though you don’t want to enforce that rule, because people will want to tweet about your awesome party) and get yourself some print-at-home Gilmore Girls art with your favourite quotes from Rory, Lorelai, Emily, Lane or Paris. 

If you really want to go the extra mile, pay tribute to your favourite quirky Stars Hollow events by bringing your knitting along and pretending you’re taking part in the Old Muddy Bridge Knitathon, or by hiding raw eggs where nobody will find them in honour of the classic Easter Egg Hunt. 

And maybe bring tissues…It will be an emotional weekend. 

Here’s to hoping that Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is as charming, funny and memorable as the early seasons of the show!

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