How to Throw the Best Shondaland Viewing Party EVER

10/19/2015 at 10:40 PM ET


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Whether you’re getting a group together for three hours of Shondaland goodness on a Thursday night or organizing a weekend binge fest, you should celebrate properly.

That’s right: Watching any of Shonda Rhimes‘ acclaimed TV shows — whether Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder or Scandal — is a celebration, even if you’re wearing sweatpants and curled up in bed.

RELATED: How to Recreate the Look of Olivia Pope’s Chic Apartment

But why not heighten the experience with a few essential touches?

Get a group of Shonda devotees together, then gather the following items to get the party started:

1. Red wine. Lots of red wine. So much red wine.

We may never have the savvy or sex appeal or negotiating skills or monologue skills of Olivia Pope, but we can drink red wine. We can drink a lot of it.

(Red wine cocktails are also permitted.)

2. Popcorn is essential, too, if you want to go Full Pope.

Olivia loves popcorn. We can raise a kernel to that. (And we’ll season said kernel with Vermont cheddar, in honor of the place where Fitz and Olivia will one day start a life.)

3. Have vodka available for the slightly more intense guests.

If you, like Professor Annalise Keating, don’t like to mess around, just go straight vodka.

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4. Order in Chinese food, because high-powered people don’t have time for “cooking.”

Seriously. Who has time to cook meals when they’re solving murders and/or delivering babies and/or having affairs with high-powered politicians?

5. Give each guest a pillow.

To throw at the screen whenever a secondary character does something stupid that you know will get them killed.

6. Give each guest a mini, personalized fan.

To cool them down whenever Jake Ballard, né Scott Foley, is on the screen. (Or whenever Martin Henderson or Jesse Williams grace Grey’s.)

7. For a late-night, post-viewing snack, take the crew to McDonald’s, where you can eat some McNuggets in memory of McDreamy. RIP.

Never forget.

—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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