May 16th marks the 25th Anniversary of Top Gun. Like all silver anniversaries, I feel like this is a reason to throw a Patriotic Theme Party!
Here’s how you can party like it’s 1986 with a Top Gun twist -
I would make this a costume party because there are a variety of options for your guests. You can go in pilot gear, go as a "Russian", wear a leather jacket with aviators, fatigues, white officer uniforms, jump suits, or dress in your favorite 80s gear. If people come dressed as specific characters they will be required to say their lines on command. I expect to hear my fair share of: “Too close for missiles, I’m switching to guns,” “Requesting a fly by,” “Negative ghostrider, the pattern is full,” and of course, “I feel the need, the need for speed.” In fact, everyone should plan on trying their hand at these iconic lines.
I would suggest that everyone wear aviator sunglasses, regardless of their costume. They were such a staple of the movie that it would be a shame to not wear them.
Yes you need to have some decorations for your party, but it doesn't have to be over the top. Because Top Gun was all about America and the Cold War I'm going with a Patriotic theme for my decorations.
I'm going to hang Patriotic Crepe Paper around my house, especially the TV. I'm going to decorate my walls with a variety of Patriotic Cutouts. And because I admittedly have a soft spot for balloons, I'm going to have American Flag Balloons floating throughout the party zone.
I do plan on having the Top Gun soundtrack playing as the guests enter. (Danger Zone, Playing with the Boys, Take My Breath Away, and Great Balls of Fire are just some of the classics on this soundtrack.) But what else can we do to entertain the guests during this joyous occasion?
Volleyball: If it’s warm I’m playing volleyball. In a change from the movie though, no jeans allowed. Tell your guests if you plan on playing volleyball so they can come prepared with aviators and volleyball attire.
Karaoke: I would hold a competition for the best rendition of, “You’ve lost that loving feeling.” I really feel like everyone will get a hit out of this. I’m also going to allow people to sing multiple times, so they can continually go over the top.
Plane Flying: Do we have fighter jets? No. Can I set up a target or possibly an obstacle course and have my guests make paper airplanes? Yes, yes I can. I’m going to set up a target on the wall and give my guests three minutes to make their airplane and then see who can get the closest to the target. Like Top Gun there will be more than one challenge. For example, straight on, from behind a chair, on your back, one eye covered, blindfolded. Whoever wins the most challenges wins the best seat for the next activity.
Movie Viewing: You have to watch the movie. You have to. So sit back and relax.
If you want to spice up your movie viewing there are a few drinking games available. (Remember, safety first everyone.) There is a Tom Cruise drinking game with a little section on Top Gun. But we really like the Top Gun Drinking game. These are both sure to be a hit.
You can serve beer or other alcoholic beverages for the game, but for me I need something more. I'm going to serve the Jet Pilot. It's a blended rum drink, and I am excited to try it out.
Are you planning on having a Top Gun 25th Anniversary Party celebration? Let us know in the comments below.