Stars Hollow may have played host to many amazing town events, but if there's one tradition that will forever be held nearest and dearest to my heart, it's the weekly Gilmore Girls Friday night dinner. Of course, that's not to say that these family get togethers weren't often fraught with drama and verbal sparring. In fact, that's one of the main things I came to love so much about these evenings. However, underneath all of the bickering, these meals served as a constant reminder that these characters did, in fact, love and support each other through thick and thin. After all, Emily's maids may come and go, but family is forever.
That being said, the Gilmores don't necessarily have to be the only ones capable of enjoying such a beloved weekly tradition. We all should be able to partake in a Gilmore-worthy Friday night dinner if the mood strikes us. You just have to know how to go about doing so. And given all the numerous times we've watched this family entertain us with their mealtime witticisms, I'd say we have all the tools we need at our disposal to recreate these iconic gatherings. So for those interested (and really, why wouldn't you be interested), here is a step-by-step guideline to having a Gilmore-style Friday night dinner of your very own.
Step 1: Dress In Your Sunday Best (Yes, Even Though It's Friday)
There's no excuse for poor attire, no matter what day of the week it is.
Step 2: Start Drinking Immediately
Skipping cocktail hour is not safe and not an option.
Step 3: Discuss Pop Culture Topics
You'll be surprised to find out what your parents do (and do not) know about certain issues.
Step 4: Dodge Passive Aggressive Jabs At Your Poor Life Choices
The best thing to do here is just nod, smile, and let the moment pass.
Step 5: Invent A Fun New Catchphrase
Not only will this help the time fly by, but it will baffle your parents to no end, which is always a nice added bonus.
Step 6: Bring Snacks In Case You Don't Like All The Fancy Food
But do your best to be discreet, of course.
Step 7: Attempt To Answer Some Of Life's Biggest Mysteries
Seriously, where did they all go?!?!
Step 8: Indulge In Some Juicy Gossip
It'll help direct the conversation away from you and your love life (or lack thereof).
Step 9: Head Home To The Comfort Of Your Own Fridge & Netflix Subscription
Now the real fun can officially begin.
Congratulations, my friend. You may be emotionally drained, but you made it out in one piece. Consider yourself Gilmored.