The 21 Pop Culture Parties You Most Wish You Could Attend

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | December 3, 2013 | Comments ()


The Outlaw Hoedown In Robin Hood
Because you can’t beat that soundtrack and I’ve always wondered what it would be like to get down with a genuine vixen like Maid Marian.

Huntington Hills High School Graduation Party In Can’t Hardly Wait
Because a band like Love Burger shouldn’t be missed. But don’t drink the beer. The beer has gone bad.
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The Best House Party Topeka Has Ever Seen Almost Famous
Because there’s acid in the red cups. But forget roof diving, I want to see that kid feed a mouse to his snake.

Hamilton University Frat Party In Teen Wolf Too
Because it’s not every day you see a werewolf in a shiny suit singing the hell out of a song by The Countours.

Bilbo Baggins’ 111th Birthday Party In Fellowship Of The Ring
Because, you Fool of a Took, Gandalf’s smoke rings are one thing, but his fireworks are a whole different story.
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Jules’ House Party From Superbad
Because even McLovin got some.

That Party In The Valley From Clueless
Because once, just once, I’d like to roll with the homies.

The Pemberly Press Holiday Party In Bridget Jones Diary
Because if your co-worker committed social karaoke suicide, you’d want to be there to see it.

The Enchantment Under The Sea Dance From Back To The Future
Because here’s that new sound you’ve been looking for.
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Ben And Leslie’s Reception From Parks And Recreation
Because Snake Juice night might have been more fun, but this party would feel like one long hug.

The Lee High School End Of Year Kegger From Dazed And Confused
Because you wish the people you went to high school looked like this. Alright, alright.

The Delta Tau Chi Toga Party From Animal House
Because John Belushi is the second sexiest thing in a toga. The first being…

The Party At Holly Golightly’s In Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Because have you ever seen anything more glamorous in your life?

The Party Below Deck In Titanic
Because sometimes you don’t want glamour. Sometimes you want Gaelic Storm and pints of beer.

The Magic Box Halloween Back From Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Because how exactly does one play “shiver me timbers?”

Party At Wyatt’s From Weird Science
Because any night that involves underwear on your head is a good one.

The Weekend Hunting Party At Sir William’s Gosford Park
Because, well, barring the murder part it looks like jolly good fun. Providing you’re upstairs and not downstairs. Also, you could say you got to see Maggie Smith do her Dowager Countess thing before it was cool.

Joan’s Going Away Party On Mad Men
Because at least you’d have a better time than that guy.

Julie Powers’ *&%!ing House Party From Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Because even the most devout Pilgrim hater would enjoy watching Scott get shut down here. The rest of us could hang out with Kim Pine and Wallace Wells.

Lindsey Weir’s First Kegger From Freaks And Geeks
Because the only thing more fun than watching everyone else pretend to be drunk is watching Bill Haverchuck actually get drunk.

Any Party At Nick And Nora’s From The Thin Man
Because it is guaranteed that you won’t be the drunkest person in the room.
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  • Some Guy

    A list about pop-culture parties and no mention of Bachelor Party with Tom Hanks? Hookers? Drugs? OD'ing donkeys? What's not to like?!

    What makes it the superior winner is the fact that it has the word "Party" in title.

    And Tom Hanks, hooker, drugs, and OD'ing donkeys.

  • BizzyBzz

    I just watched Gosford Park last night and am convinced I am upstairser reincarnate. My husband agrees. I just love social convention!

  • pthalio

    What about Kid N Play's HouseParty... or am I showing my age?

  • LoudVal

    Mrs Charles approves <3 (I know there's a GIF or image of this somewhere. I just can't recall where). I'd happily get plastered with Asta.

  • Bodhi

    I'm so happy you included that scene from Robin Hood. I wore out my VHS tape rewatching & choreographing my own dance numbers to that song

  • kirbyjay

    D & C kegger party was pretty much my every weekend in the 70's.

  • Col. Kickass


  • ellie

    Gatsby? What Gatsby?

  • Guest

    The masquerade in Labyrinth (obviously), there would be more hair jewelry and luxury fabrics than I could throw a chair at!

  • Elisabeth Forsythe

    What about the after-hours staff party from Dirty Dancing? I'll carry the watermelon! ;)

  • Stephen Wong

    Oldboy, pop cultures movies I wish there was a review of.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Also, you could say you got to see Maggie Smith do her Dowager Countess thing before it was cool.

    Dame Maggie has always been cool. It just took humanity some time to catch up with her.

  • grr arrgh

    I'm not sure it counts as a party but I would go to the Strawberry Social from To Wong Foo.

  • Debra Kessing

    me too :)

  • It was a party! It was a big ol' country party. Everyone dressed up and there was dancing and everything! (And if you look real close, you can see my daddy in the town shot. I think. I know he was there that day, anyway.)

  • grr arrgh

    It looked like a lot of fun. Besides, drag queens. I would love to party with a bunch of badass drag queens. That is really cool. Does he have an interesting story about it or was it a typical movie extra experience e.g. lots of waiting around?

  • Forgive my GIF incompetence and apparent inability to delete.

    The point I meant to illustrate is, only Cusack, his friends, some 80's music, and a giant slutty bear could possibly get that eel out of my mind.

  • grr arrgh

    What about Cusack, Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp and a blow up doll? That sounds equally fun (and most likely amnesia-inducing)?


  • Guest

    It could be my love for 80's music talking, but after the "depressing" list and that shot of the eel, this is the biggest party I feel up for.

  • The house party from PCU, because if you're nice to men, they bring you things. Also, George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars sing Erotic City by Prince. Beat that, yo!

  • MGMcD

    Hey hey! Ho ho! This penis party's got to go!

  • PDamian

    As a teen in the late 70s, I went to a number of Dazed and Confused-style keggers. Believe me, they tend to pall after about half an hour. The ones I went to aren't even wonderful in restrospect.

  • jptaylorsg

    Harry Crane totally had his mouth open.

  • Some Guy

    Clearly many of you have never seen Caligula...

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Every party I've ever thrown has been an attempt to recreate Nick and Nora's cocktail parties.

  • sian8470

    I vote for the party at Jake Ryan's house in Sixteen Candles.

  • Bananapanda

    Yes this is the prototype.

    Also the parties in "Back to School". I want Rodney Dangerfield to host.

  • DarthCorleone

    Oh, and of course, the Ewok celebration at the end of Return of the Jedi.

  • DarthCorleone

    My choice is the Scrabble/nerdy dancing/we-just-made-a-lot-of-money-so-let's-discuss-ultimate-wish-fulfillment shindig from Sneakers celebrating the fact that they just successfully stole the mysterious black box from Donal Logue's mathematician's office.

  • e jerry powell

    I'd say the party at Madam Zenobia's (Uptown Saturday Night) but there was that whole robbery thing...

    Black people always make parties more fun. Everyone has more fun at my parties, certainly.

  • e jerry powell

    See? They were having fun until the robbers showed up.

  • Zen

    That party from All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Death wish much?

  • Zen

    I was originally going to say the party from Scream.

    I did mean the pool party, but your response still works.

  • TenaciousJP

    How is there no Weekend at Bernie's on this list?!?

  • AvaLehra

    Anyone? Anyone?

  • You know I'm there.

  • So there. Although I was going for the goblin hootenanny, so we could jump, magic jump.

  • PerpetualIntern

    "Goblin Hootenanny"
    Band name! Called it!

  • Anthony Hoffman

    Not surprised you didn't have the Project X party on here. That just looks...uncomfortable, sticky, smelly, douchey, rapey, STD-ridden.

  • BWeaves

    The Outlaw Hoedown In Robin Hood? What the fox say?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Hatee, hatee, hatee-ho?!

  • How did I not know that the publishing house in BJD was called Pemberly Press?! I guess that means that I haven't seen it nearly enough times and must watch it again. Oh darn.

  • BWeaves

    I want to go to Mr. Bingley's ball.

    Or one of Fezziwig's Christmas parties.

  • Quatermain

    I would totally crash Fezziwig's Christmas party. Either that or the dinner party Holmes had at the end of 'The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.'

  • Cree83

    My husband is forever disappointed every New Year's Eve when we don't end up at a party like the one in When Harry Met Sally (the one where Harry finds Sally at the end, when he declares his love.)

    Me, I'd be happy with the New Year's Eve "party" at the end of The Apartment. Just me and Jack Lemmon. Shut up and deal.

  • chanohack

    Harry and Sally go to a bunch of good ones!

    The wedding is super awkward, though.

  • NateMan

    I have never, ever, EVER had a good night out on New Year's Eve. Too expensive, too much alcohol-fueled drama. That holiday is a rip-off.

  • VonnegutSlut

    I always thought the impromptu campfire party that the gypsies threw in Ever After looked like fun...

  • Guest

    Does anyone else think the "Breakfast At Tiffany’s" photo looks like it should be from "The Shining"?

  • bastich

    Yes and yes.

    By the way, I'd also vote for the party from "The Shining", since the dogs were so friendly.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Not the Die Hard office Christmas party?

  • MichaelEhrgott

    Nuff said

  • bastich

    Awww yeah! Drunken Ewok make-out sessons FTW!

    Am I right?!? High-five? Anybody?

  • "No, it's cool. He's my brother."

  • NateMan

    Who hasn't wanted to nail an anthropomorphic teddy bear??

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Upvote for either insane hilarity or a really admirable (if frightening) honesty.

  • Maguita NYC

    A people of felt lover is just shock full of frightening honesty. :p

  • MichaelEhrgott

    Don't forget the awesome soundtrack! Everybody Yub-Nub!

  • AngelenoEwok

    Yub-nub to you too!

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I'm going to party like it's 1999 ABY!

  • Guest

    Yes to Mad Men and S.P. but I'd want to go to the Don's Birthday party / Battle of the Bands shows.

    Spaced - Amber's party in "Gatherings" / The rave in "Epiphanies".

    Plus the Golden Mile "End of the World Edition" from The World's End.

    IT Crowd - The club from "The Final Countdown".

    Plus any of Community's Dances, Paintball or Halloween parties.

  • Repo

    No one saw the movie (boo), but Chris Pratt throws a mean party in Take Me Home Tonight. Bonus: Topher Grace "rides the ball".

  • Maguita NYC

    I watched it just for the 80s music and hairdos, but was really surprised at how cute that movie was.

    Also, the Miami Vice blazers.

  • Repo

    Exactly. I thought it was pretty charming. It sends up the 80's but it's not a parody or anything. Like LPT said below, it's got conviction in it's setting.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    It's pretty badass. And I admire the weird balls it took to make an 80s movie in 2011.

  • jon29

    This one, obviously.

  • Mentalcase

    Word. Any party where your parting gift is matrimony to a young Christina Hendricks trumps everything.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I don't feel as if young would be a relevant qualifier here.

  • I prefer my parties with some kind of hot cheese.

  • I'd like to have gone to a certain debutante ball in Mystic Falls so I could watch Damon and Elena have eye sex (even though she's actually dating Stefan at the time).

  • stella

    To be fair, Mystic Falls has an awesome party like every weekend.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    The reason so many teens get vamped there is that if they didn't, the graduating class would be like one teetotaler, the kid with Asperger's and that dude who doesn't bathe ("People who don't get invited to parties") because literally everyone else would've been dead of liver failure.

    The freakiest part is that fully 3/4 of the parties are municipal events that the sheriff is definitely present at and yet underage drinking? Kind of encouraged.

  • Maguita NYC

    There is also Revenge where you have at least 2 parties, one brunch and one murder attempt per episode.

  • emmalita

    Were it not for the murder attempts, those dinner parties would be such a bore.

  • Maguita NYC

    To be fair, I'm always looking forward to those canapés walking by that no one seems to eat!

    Also, beach walks. You know what is about to happen if you leave the party and go skinny dipping.

  • emmalita

    skinny dipping = you brother accused of murder

    Stopped watching after season 1

  • Maguita NYC

    Me too! I still hear the same complaints though: Too many parties, and always an attempted murder.

  • NateMan

    But to be more fair, you've got like a 30% shot at making it out alive. And only a 5% shot at getting vamped out.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Only 5%? It seems so much higher sometimes.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Snake Juice? I think you mean SNORK JUICE AKJSAKSSDAHD

  • lowercase_ryan

    pfft, Eyes Wide Shut

  • Mario Gp


  • Pants_are_a_must

    Definitely Eyes Wide Shut. That was the best part of that movie.

  • Kristen Mc

    The party at Jake Ryan's house from Sixteen Candles forever.

  • Because sometimes you're broke and just need a haircut.

  • This. High school was a long time ago, but I could swear that I attended this very party back then.

  • NateMan

    The Asian club party at whatever school it was from Harold & Kumar.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    You know it's a good party when you don't even know where you were before you got there.

  • Maguita NYC

    Eurotrip, or any party really where Scotty doesn't know! (Matt Damon is just amazing in this)

  • axis2clusterB

    Any time I'm having a bad day, Scotty Doesn't Know is my go-to. It always works. In fact, I think I need it now!

  • Maguita NYC

    My go to pick-me upper is "I'm f*cking Matt Damon". It just makes me laugh with absolute delight.

  • axis2clusterB

    I love that one! I watch it a lot, too.

  • NateMan

    I'm always amazed by how normal Matt Damon looks all inked and pierced. That dude should have been front man for a thrash metal group. Or a skinhead. But hopefully not a skinhead.

  • BlackRabbit

    Skinhead doesn't always = bad guy, y'know. And somehow Kristen Kreuk just can't do sexy well, maybe it's me.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Not just you. She's very, very pretty, and arguably even hot, but she doesn't exactly bring the sexy.

    And word to the skinhead thing. Some of us just have really bad hair yet basically decent skulls. Also, the difference between shaved with a razor versus just with clippers? Much more significant than you'd think.

  • BlackRabbit

    True. I even tried the bald look for a time, and actually really liked it. Cold rain on my head and being told I look like an escaped convict, not so much.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I'm pretty cool with the rain part. Or rather, the lack of having to worry that your hair is getting messed up. Low maintenance.

  • BlackRabbit

    No rain! I could hear it on the inside of my head!

  • Maguita NYC

    The weirdest thing, not only his voice is not that bad, but he is always game and does not take his shit seriously!

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