There ain't no party like a Stars Hollow party, because a Stars Hollow party is... fictional. Let's face it, when you're marathoning Gilmore Girls for the millionth time, you wish desperately you could join in on the episodes' festivities. That's because a Gilmore Girls event is always tinged with excitement, drama, and more than a heaping of absurdity.
OK, I'll cop to the fact that you'll get the occasional snooze-fest. Richard and Emily's get-togethers can get so yawn-inducing that most people would rather keel over than attend. But beyond their button-up (and still occasionally amusing) shindigs, Lorelai and Rory end up at plenty of great events. There are the seasonal Stars Hollow festivals, the bizarro weddings, the Yale costume parties, the holidays that get celebrated in multiples — the list goes on and on. It's seven seasons of quirky event after quirky event, and by the time you get to the end of the series, you may even start getting resentful that your invite got lost in the mail.
So, just because we'll never formally get to go to these festivities, I guess that doesn't mean we can't just revisit them another way. I've rounded up all the Gilmore Girls events you'll wish you could've gone to.
The impromptu memorial for the late, great Cinnamon definitely captures the essence of Stars Hollow's weirdness.
2Rory's 16th Birthday (Part 1)
Emily and Richard spared no expenses on Rory's (first) Sweet 16. They even got Chad Michael Murray! (Well, technically Tristan. But same thing.)
3Rory's 16th Birthday (Part 2)
She got an Apple computer. Where is Lorelai getting the money for an Apple computer?
4Rory's First Chilton Dance
Paris having her cousin as her escort was a fun reveal.
5Donna Reed Night
Not really a jamboree, but never forget Rory in pearls and full '50s garb.
6Lorelai & Max's Engagement Party
Look how unabashedly feminine everything is. Max seems thrilled.
7Lorelai's Drag Club Bachelorette Party
OK, you can book this bachelorette party easily in my area, but there's just something magical about Emily saying, "I ordered it from that nice fellow dressed as Joan Crawford."
8The DAR Fashion Show
You can also get awkward charity fashion shows anywhere, but where can you find a dude to play a horrible, rude, annoying frenchman?
9The Bracebridge Dinner
They really went heavy on that Olde English.
10Kirk's Movie Screening
Giving off serious David Lynch vibes. And is that the waitress from It's Always Sunny, or am I just losing my mind?
11The End Of Summer Madness Festival
Perfect for those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, and also for catching your crush playing tonsil hockey with some bimbo.
12The Annual Stars Hollow Picnic Basket Auction
Oh my god, I wish Jess Mariano would bid on my basket
13Stars Hollow Dance Marathon
Perfect for having your boyfriend break up with you in front of the whole town.
14The Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving
The other three Thanksgivings were cool too, but they didn't have tofurkey and Seth Cohen.
15That Droll Edgar Allen Poe Play
Didn't they double up on Poes?
16The Dorm Fast Food Party
Leave it to Lorelai to save Rory's first day at Yale.
17The Festival Of The Living Art
It at least looked pretty, for all its complications.
18Liz & T.J.'s Renaissance Wedding
Utterly ridiculous and romantic all at the same time.
19Jackson's Election Rally
And, of course, Hep Alien was hired to play. With Lane going full Hot Topic on stage, it would seem.
20The Life & Death Brigade Shindig
There are obscure games! 1930s formalwear! Life-threatening leaps off of scaffolding!
21Richard & Emily's "Alumni" Party
Literally it's Rory in a tiara getting sloshed and being paraded around to her grandparents' friend's grandsons. I love it.
22Emily & Richard's Vow Renewals
All fun and games until Christopher and Luke start brawling in the hallway.
23That Quentin Tarantino Party
Dude, Yale really goes hard with its theme nights.
24The World War II DAR Party
Rory's god-awful stab at vintage hair (it's more 1982 than 1942) is really something to behold.
25The Stars Hollow Annual Winter Carnival
With the Amazing Doggy Swami. How can you turn down a fortune-telling pup?
They all have something special to them, but I'm partial to the one with the White Stripes cake.
27Logan's England Going Away Party
Rory did a splendid job of Britian-ing the place up before Logan headed across the pond.
28The Old Muddy River Bridge Knitathon
Where did they even get those giant yarn balls, though?
29The 2002-Themed Birthday Party
I haven't seen that many Uggs at the same time since... well, 2002.
30The Spring Fling Festival
You have to check out the hay bale maze, it's great.
31Rory's Going Away Party
It's a hell of a way to say "Bon Voyage" to our girl (and the show)... despite Taylor's gross speech about birthing Rory out into the real world. That's worth fastfowarding.