How to Throw the Perfect ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Viewing PartykitDIY HomeLifestyle0 Comments 0 Season 4 of the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black premieres June 17, and we’ve got some excellent ideas on how to put together a kickass Orange viewing party as you binge on the first few episodes (or all 13 episodes if you wanted to turn the party into an all-nighter). First, let’s recap what happened with the folks at Litchfield penitentiary in Season 3: Caputo (Nick Sandow) is trying his best to keep Litchfield open as the new warden. He ends up having to work for a private company, MMR, who buys the prison and starts to make drastic cuts, especially to the full-time CO’s. Caputo has to find inexperienced part-time CO’s to cover the shifts, which doesn’t turn out well. After Caputo takes a promotion from MMR, the guards decide they’ve had enough and walk. Will they return? Alex (Laura Prepon) and Piper (Taylor Schilling) give it one more try after Alex returns to Litchfield, but Piper messes it up – again — with new inmate Stella (Ruby Rose) who, in turn, screws Piper out of money she made from her side prison panty business. Piper gets her back by planting contraband on her just before Stella is supposed to be released. Off to maximum security for her, as well as Nicky (Natasha Lyonne), who is sent there for heroin possession. Oh, and Alex’s paranoia that the drug kingpin she screwed over wants her dead is true. Last we see her cornered in the greenhouse by an “assassin.” Red (Kate Mulgrew) uses Healy’s (Michael Harney) infatuation with her to get back to running the kitchen, but it’s bad now with the budget cuts. The mute Norma (Annie Golden) becomes a mystical guru of sorts but her “followers” bully others, including Soso (Kimiko Glenn), who tries to kill herself. Meanwhile, Morello (Yael Stone) finally gets the husband she always wanted when she marries boyfriend Vince inside Litchfield. And Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) thinks she has an easy job driving the van – until one of the new part-time CO’s rapes her. Big Boo (Lea DeLaria) vows to help her seek revenge. Taystee (Danielle Brooks) realizes she’s the now the gentler, kinder “mother” of the crew; Poussey (Samira Wiley) falls into a depression but comes out of it stronger after she saves Soso and lets her into the African-American group; Black Cindy becomes Jewish; and Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” (Uzo Aduba) gains popularity when she writes serial sci-fi erotica but quits it when it gets too much and ends up with a real girlfriend. Daya (Dascha Polanco) struggles with her pregnancy, especially after Bennett (Matt McGorry) disappears, but she has the baby and ends up keeping it, despite Aleida’s (Elizabeth Rodriguez) attempts to sell the baby. But complications arise when Aleida’s boyfriend is arrested and the baby is taken into social services. Flaca (Jackie Cruz) butts heads with Mendoza (Selenis Leyva), and Mendoza nearly ruins Sophia (Laverne Cox). Then, in the last episode, a construction mishap allows all the prisoners to escape to a nearby beach and play in the lake, but as the prisoners are having a well-deserved break, construction crews convert the prison’s beds into two-tiered bunkbeds, doubling the prison’s capacity, and several busloads of new prisoners arrive at Litchfield. Uh-oh. Caught up? Good, now let’s talk about the party! DECOR www.etsy.com Okay, let’s face it. Decorating your house to look like a prison isn’t very 1) colorful because you are basically limited to orange, with maybe some black and grey or 2) exciting because you have to convey a very industrial feel. However, you can get creative in how you set things up. For example, move all the comfortable furniture out of the living room and just have cafeteria type chairs or even benches set up in front of the TV. If you do turn it into a slumber party of sorts, ask everyone to bring a sleeping bag (and if you have hardwood floors, even better). Or string up the “Trust No Bitch” wall hanging somewhere in the house (see above). There are also masks of the characters you can cut out (courtesy of Buzzfeed) and glue to sticks to hand out. www.buzzfeed.com You could set up a Mug Shot Photo Booth. Have your guests “booked” as they walk in, with a fingerprinting and mug shot set-up. You can pick up a mug-shot background to stick on the wall and the signs for your guests to hold. Just have a smart phone handy. Turn to the right! www.etsy.com Finally, if you are really into it, you could make a “shoe” – a corner of the room where you send someone to solitary confinement, perhaps as part of one of the drinking games, or if they are acting too unruly. FOOD & DRINK Now, one would think the menu choices for prison food would be limited, but there’s an actual cookbook for Orange Is the New Black – and it has recipes for many tasty treats and meals. www.amazon.com Remember, we have a once-successful Russian chef by the name of Red, who runs the kitchen with an iron fist but has a wonderful culinary sensibility. For instance, you could serve her Chicken Kiev or the ratatouille she made for her kitchen staff in Season 3… here’s a recipe: 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 large eggplant (1 pound), cut into 1-inch pieces Coarse salt and ground pepper 2 large yellow onions (1 pound total), diced large 1 head garlic, cloves smashed and peeled 2 bell peppers (any color), seeded and diced large 2 large zucchini (1 pound total), diced large 1 bay leaf 1 tablespoon fresh marjoram or oregano leaves 2 to 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place tomatoes and juices on a rimmed baking sheet and use your hands to break tomatoes into 3/4-inch pieces. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil and bake until thickened, 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a colander, toss eggplant with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Let sit 20 minutes, then squeeze out excess liquid. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat 4 tablespoons oil over medium. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until onions and garlic are soft, 5 minutes. Add peppers and cook, stirring, until crisp-tender, 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, bay leaf, and marjoram to pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover, and cook at a gentle simmer until vegetables are tender but not mushy, 15 minutes. Season to taste with vinegar, salt, and pepper. Remove bay leaf before serving. OTHER FOOD IDEAS Or you could make it Taco Night, with taco fixings rice, beans, chips, salsa – and maybe even taco-flavored popcorn. You could also go Southern-style with fried chicken, grits, corn on the cob – and fried dandelions, one of Crazy Eyes’ favorite flowers (see recipe). www.woodfiredkitchen.com As for desserts, mini pies of different flavors might be fun (referencing Crazy Eyes’ famous line “I threw my pie for you”) or flan, if you’re going Taco. You can also simply order orange and chocolate cupcakes and get OITNB toppers. And to serve, pick up industrial-style plates (with separate compartments) and plastic silverware. www.pinterest.com Now, for specialty drinks, the color orange is the key. Like an Orange White Russian, a twist on a classic White Russian (and another nod to Red). You’ll love the citrus touch from a fresh orange and Cointreau. Or how about a Blood Orange Sorbet Gin Float? This sounds yummy. www.cupcakesandcutlery.com Ingredients 1 – 1 1/2 oz or your favorite Gin .75 oz of Jack Rudy tonic One scoop of blood orange sorbet (or other flavor) Juice of 1/2 – 1 Meyer lemon One sprig of fresh rosemary Club Soda (to top off drink) Instructions: To a glass, add one scoop of your favorite sorbet. Add gin and tonic. Top off with soda water. Take rosemary sprig in your hand give it a clap to release some oils. Add rosemary sprig to glass and stir, as sorbet melts. Decorate the drinks off with all your favorite one-liners from the Litchfield gals as printable straw toppers, and you’ve got yourself a real OITNB party. GAMES edit.stage.hollyscoop.com You definitely need the guessing game for your viewing party. List the OITNB characters’ names on cards and attach them to the backs of your guests. They then have to go around asking only yes or no questions to find out who they are. For another guessing game – what crime did you commit? If you set up the “booking” station, as described under Decor, then assign your convict a crime and have them do the same thing, asking only yes or no questions. Try to be creative with your crimes, such as embezzlement or convenience store robbery. Also, those ladies of Litchfield do like to cut loose every chance they get, so you can teach everyone to do the Taystee Twist to get them in the mood to dance. www.facebook.com/OITNB How about a Make-Your-Panties table? Similar to making t-shirts or baby onesies, buy bundles of plain women’s underwear and have fabric paints and decorations so everyone can make their own. Piper would be proud. Do a lottery on whose either going to be released from prison or die. Our bet is on Alex or Piper. Yep, we said Piper because she is just getting too annoying. Finally, the drinking games. If you’ve got Poussey’s honey prison hooch, great. If not, any other type of alcohol will do. Drink when Piper self-destructs. Drink when Crazy Eyes says something profound. Drink when Red gets pissed off, or Mendoza, or Caputo, or just about anyone else. webewatchinstuff.blogspot.com This chart from Watchin’ Stuff is pretty great, but there are a lot of other drinking game diagrams out there for OITNB, so choose the best one for your party.