Saturday, December 29, 2012

Seinfeld Themed Birthday Party

I apologize for my unannounced holiday break.  I think that every year I underestimate just how busy this time of year is!  It seems like it's been pretty quiet in the blog world, so apparently I'm not alone.

But, I had a goal of telling you about my husband's birthday party (that did eventually happen, despite the setbacks!)  before the end of the year.  I have to apologize though, since I had to throw it together in a hurry, I didn't get as many pictures as I'd like.  If you aren't a Seinfeld fan, this will probably mean nothing to you, but if you have whole episodes memorized like the hubby, I think you'll like it!

First things first, the invitations:

Next, dinner.  I cooked for almost two days to get all this food done, but it was delicious!  Each thing had a card next to it with a quote about the food from the show.  Here's some (pretty terrible) photos of the meal:

Here's what we ate:

Crab Bisque: I had two quotes for this one, I just couldn't choose...
#1 is from 'The Yada Yada':
Elaine: I met this lawyer, we went out to dinner, I had the bisque, we went back to my place, yada yada yada, I never heard from him again.
Jerry: But you yada yada'd over the best part!
Elaine: I mentioned the bisque.
 #2 is from 'The Soup Nazi':
Elaine: So, essentially, you chose soup over a woman?
Jerry: It was a bisque!
Elaine: Your top priority is soup!?
Jerry: Have you tasted the soup?
Elaine: Yeah, all right, you made the right decision.
I used this recipe for the Crab Bisque, substituting apple juice for the wine.  It was incredibly delicious and I will most definitely be making this again!

From 'The Soup Nazi':
Kramer: Well, a bowl of mulligatawny would hit the spot.
Elaine: Mulligatawny?
Kramer: Yeah.  It's an Indian soup.  It's simmered to perfection by one of the great soup artisans of the modern era.
Elaine: Oh.  Who? The soup nazi?
Kramer: He's not a nazi! He just happens to be a little eccentric.  Most geniuses are.
I used this recipe for the Mulligatawny.  Honestly this is my new favorite soup.  It was absolutely incredible!  I will most definitely be making this one again soon.

Marble Rye:
"Uh, excuse me... I know this is gonna sound crazy but I have to have that rye!  It's a long story, but a person's whole future may depend on it!"
-Jerry, 'The Rye'
I bought my marble rye from the grocery store.  We love rye bread!  I could've made the rye into croutons for the salad, but ran out of time.

Big Salad:
"What I would like to know is, how does a person who has nothing to do with the big salad claim responsibility for said salad and accept the thank you under false pretenses? Huh? Huh? You know, when you buy a big salad for somebody it would be nice if they knew it!"
-George Costanza, 'The Big Salad'
My Big Salad was pretty basic, just lettuce and veggies, but it was big and got eaten as I had some vegetarians and gluten free attendees who couldn't eat the soups.  We thought about having poppy seed dressing, but opted for a non-Seinfeld-esqe Ranch and Bleu Cheese.

"Vile Weed!!"
-Newman, 'The Chicken Roaster'

"These pretzles are making me thirsty!"
-Kramer, 'The Alternate Side'

Chips and Dip: Two quotes here as well.
#1: "You double-dipped the chip! You dipped the chip, you took a bite, and you dipped again!  That's like putting your whole mouth right in the dip!  From now on, when you dip a chip, just take one dip and end it!" -Timmy, 'The Implant'
#2: "Hey, how come people don't have dip for dinner?  Why is it only a snack?  Why can't it be a meal, you know? I don't understand stuff like that." -David Puddy, 'The Face Painter'

Cinnamon Babka:
"Cinnamon takes a back seat to no babka!  People love cinnamon.  It should be on tables at restaurants along with salt and pepper.  Anytime anyone says, 'Oh this is so good, what's in it?' The answer invariable comes back, Cinnamon! Cinnamon! Lesser babka... I think not!" -Jerry, 'The Dinner Party'
I used this recipe for the cinnamon babka.  It was pretty good, but a lot of work to make.  Just because it was a lot of work, I probably won't make this again.  I'd just make cinnamon rolls if I wanted something similar.

Black & White Cookies:
"Oh look Elaine, the black and white cookies!  I love the black and white - two races of flavor living side by side.  It's a wonderful thing, isn't it?  The thing about eating the black and white cookie, Elaine, is you want to get some black and some white in each bite.  Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate, and yet somehow racial harmony eludes us.  If only people would look to the cookie all our problems would be solved.  Look to the cookie, Elaine, look to the cookie!" -Jerry, 'The Dinner Party'
I used this recipe for the black and white cookies.  It was delicious and pretty easy.  I would love to make more of these!

Muffin Tops:
Woman: I can't believe somebody pulled the top off of this muffin!
Elaine: That was me.  I'm sorry, I don't like the stumps.
Mr. Lippman: So you just eat the tops?
Elaine: Oh yeah.  It's the best part!  It's crunchy, it's explosive, its where the muffin breaks free of the pan and sort of does it's own thing.  I'll tell you, thats a million dollar idea right there!  Just sell the tops!

"Why do they cal it Ovaltine?  The mug is round, the jar is round, they should call it round-tine!  Thats gold Jerry!  Gold!" -Kenny Bania, 'The Fatigues'

Next on the agenda was the Airing of Grievances (telling funny or embarassing stories about the hubby) and the Feats of Strength (challenging him to some arm or leg wrestling).  Since I figured he's been through enough that weekend, we skipped it.  But we did have Pez dispensers for the winners.  We then played Seinfeld Scene-it.

Finally, we had favor sacks for the guests.  I won't bore you with more quotes (although I had them printed on a card in each sack), but we had Tic-Tacs, Twix, Jujy Fruit, and Junior Mints.  We also had a card for a donation to the Human Fund. :) 


  1. Wow! This is the best and most unique inspiration for a party that I have seen in a long time! You had me cracking up at all of the quotes. I bet it was a fun party.

  2. Thanks! It was pretty great, we even had a few Seinfeld lovers in the family who came in costume!

  3. Would love to do a Seinfeld theme party, can I ask where you got the Seinfeld invitations?

    1. Thank you!
      I could find Seinfeld invitations anywhere, so I ended up making them using Microsoft Publisher on Office 2012. I just got the photo off of the internet. It would have been a good idea for me to upload a downloadable file... but I think I've deleted it. :( Sorry I couldn't be more help.

  4. Thanks so much for the ideas! I totally used your invitation idea and everyone loved it!! Here's a link to it - Thanks again!!

  5. Nice! I really liked the food menu. I am also turning 25 next month. Although, I have shortlisted some amazing San Francisco venues there is a sad feeling about getting old. Never mind, I will celebrate it like this with my loved ones. Thanks for the idea and the menu.