Sunday, February 26, 2012

Gilligan's Island Themed Castaway Party


The Foodbuzz 24x24 Food Event showcases 24 food blogger parties during a 24-hour period. I was thrilled to be featured this month!
Growing up one of my favorite shows to watch after school was Gilligan’s Island.  When my friends and I were talking about what we would eat if we were stuck on a tropical island, I thought back to all the fun food the 7 castaways ate on Gilligan’s Island.  Gilligan always enjoyed an array of banana cream pie, coconut cream pie, tropical drinks, seafood and salads.  So I thought it would make a fun evening to dine like castaways and have a tropical evening in the middle of winter.

To hear the theme song from Gilligan's Island Click  here.

Now here's my "cheesy" new lyrics to the theme song:
Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a castaway themed party.
We’ll eat a tropical food buffet,
It will be fun and the dinner hearty.
 
So join us here at this 24x24 my friends,
You're sure to get a smile,
From a party full of “pretend” castaways,
here on "Gilligan's Themed Isle."
here on "Gilligan's Themed Isle."



Our party included not only my cheesy theme song, a wonderful island style menu, but re-runs of the show to watch and Gilligan's Island Trivia . Everyone also had to answer the following question: What would you bring as your luxury item if you were stuck on a desert island?  Feel free to participate in the Trivia questions shown below. Also leave your luxury item answer in the comments.  My guests had fun with this question and we had  answers like: Ipods, coloring books with crayons, Kindles with 1000 books downloaded, crate of wine, a lot of matches, Tom Hanks to do his Castaway thing or at least some winners from Survivor, a fully stocked RV and the best one is a helicopter to get the heck off the island.  :)

 

Now onto the  Food, here is The Castaways Menu:
Gilligan's Isle Coconut Water
Sherwood Schwartz’s Spicy Pineapple Salsa
The Skipper’s Coconut Shrimp
Mrs. Lovey Howell's Fish in Banana Leaf
Ginger’s Spicy Plantain Mofongo
Mr. Howell’s Fruit Salad
Gilligan’s Banana Cream Pie
Mary Ann’s Coconut Cream Pie
The Professor’s Pina Colada Punch


These recipes are inspired by the 60's TV show.  Of course like the magic of TV, seasoning and some necessary items were used (I did want the food to taste good after all). :)
 Gilligan's Island Show Facts:
Dates Aired:  September 26, 1964 - September 4, 1967 
Cast:
Gilligan:  Bob Denver
The Skipper: Alan Hale Jr.
Thurston Howell:  Jim Bakus
Lovey Howell: Natalie Schafer
Ginger Grant: Tina Louise
The Professor: Russell Johnson
Mary Ann: Dawn Wells 
Created by: Sherwood Schwartz


 Gilligan's Island Plot:  
A two man crew (Gilligan and The Skipper) of a small charter boat called the S.S. Minnow set sail out of Hawaii with 5 passengers (A millionaire and his wife, a movie star, the Professor and Mary Ann) for a 3 hour cruise.  They hit a tropical storm and end up shipwrecked on a desert island.  Three seasons of escapades ensue with Gilligan and his fellow castaways trying to live on the island and trying very hard to get off the remote island.  The show represents the 1960's comedy at it's best and silliest. The show has highly syndicated during the 1970's and 1980's and followed by several reunion TV movies.  Even modern day shows have done their own spins and "dream sequences" in reference to this show. Today Gilligan's Island is considered to be iconic pop culture TV.

Gilligan's Island Trivia
1. What is Gilligan's first name on the show?
2. What was "The Skipper's" first and last name on the show?
3. What was "The professor's" first and last name on the show?
4. What was Mary Ann's last name on the show?
5. True or False? The original theme song listed all the castaways.
6. What state was Mary Ann from on the mainland?
7. True or False?  Raquel Welch auditioned for the part of Mary Ann.
8. What was "The Professors" real job on the mainland?
9. What is the name of the big game hunter who tried to hunt Gilligan?
10. Who made sure the theme song of the show got changed so Mary Ann and "The Professor" were added?
11. True or False?  Kurt Russell guest starred on the show.
12. True or False?  The show originally taped in black and white and then later in color.
13. Who was more popular, Mary Ann or Ginger by audiences?  
14. Who was the only castaway actor to earn residuals (and made millions) once the show became syndicated?
15. Which actress won the Miss Nevada Beauty Pageant?
16. Who is the only castaway that had his own hut on the show? 
17. Who wrote the theme song of the show?
18. What did the castaways use as cups?
19. What was "Loveys" (Mrs. Howell) real name on the show?

Now scroll down for the answers and remember to answer what your luxury item would if you were on a desert island in the comments?

Sources:
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilligan%27s_Island
http://timstvshowcase.com/gilligan.html
http://www.fiftiesweb.com/tv/gilligans-island.htm
http://www.fanpop.com/spots/classic-television-revisited/images/3727586/title/gilligans-island-gilligan-photo 
www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/television/...d-g/gilligans_island.html
 www.funtrivia.com/en/Television/Gilligans-Island-2274.html

Answers to the Trivia:
1. What is Gilligan's first name on the show? Willy
2. What was "The Skipper's" real name on the show? Jonas Grumby
3.  What was "The professor's" real name on the show? Roy Hinkley
4.  What was Mary Ann's last name on the show? Summers
5. True or False? The original theme song listed all the castaways. False
6.What state was MaryAnn from on the mainland? Kansas
7.  True or False?  Raquel Welch auditioned for the part of Mary Ann. True
8.  What was "The Professors" real job on the mainland? High School Science Teacher
9 What is the name of the big game hunter who tried to hunt Gilligan? Jonathan Kincaid
10.  Who made sure the theme song of the show got changed so Mary Ann and "The Professor" were added? Bob Denver-Gilligan
11.  True or False?  Kurt Russell guest starred on the show.  True
12. True or False?  The show originally taped in black and white and then later in color.  True
13.  Who was more popular, Mary Ann or Ginger by audiences?   Mary Ann 
14.  Who was the only castaway actor to earn residuals once the show became syndicated?  Mary Ann- Dawn Wells
15. Which actress won the Miss Nevada Beauty Pageant?  Dawn Wells 
16.  Who is the only castaway that has his own hut? The Professor
17. Who wrote the theme song of the show? Sherwood Schwartz 
18. What did the castaways use as cups?  coconuts  
19. What was "Loveys" (Mrs. Howell) real name on the show? Eunice


Hope you had a great time at our Gilligan's Island Theme Party.  :)

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21 comments:

  1. That's a real fun idea for a party!

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  2. Congratulation to be in the foodbuzz 24X24 this month,I just join with FP this month,great idea and fun party,everyting looks delicious as always :)
    Ridwan

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  3. This is very creative Ramona, congratulations on being chosen and for your creativity. I love all the props, the menu, and the pictures OMG!! Take a bow, pat yourself on the back and smile. You nailed this one!!!

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  4. What a fabulous 24 x 24, Ramona!! I grew up watching Gilligan's Island...and you'd think I'd do better with that trivia! I need to have more caffeine before I figure out a luxury item...I was going to say my PC, but I doubt I'd be able to pick up a wireless signal :/

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  5. Ok, you've caught me red-handed. I own the entire series on DVD. I LOVE that show. I've been showing episodes to Dudette lately and since she loves slapstick, it's right up her alley.

    Congrats on the 24x24 thing (I know nothing about it). Your themed party looks like so much fun and all the dishes delicious. I wish I could have been there to join in the festivities.

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  6. Wow, Ramona! This is quite the party!! Congrats on being chosen for 24x24! This was such a fun and creative party and seriously everything looks SO good! I'd love to get stuck on an island with all of that deliciousness!

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  7. Hehe, so clever! I definitely want to try out that coconut pie. It is right up my alley. I love that the kids were involved too. I bet there are plenty of young folks around that don't know Gilligan's Island.

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  8. I love this show! Great idea, and the menu looks delicious! Awesome post Ramona!

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  9. Oooh what an awesome idea, Ramona!! :) Love it! And since I have a feeling that 95% of everything contains coconut, I would just about polish off the menu! You must have had so much fun with this party.

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  10. wonderful menu for a rocking party!

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  11. Congrats on this party! I bet that is/was/would be fun! Yummy food, too!

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  12. What a fun post! I would watch Gilligan's Island after school as well! How fun! Your food selections are perfect and your trivia questions were quite a challenge. I've lost a few brain cells since then, but I was able to get a few right. Fun party!

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  14. What a great theme idea in the middle of Winter! If I were deserted on an Island I would have to make sure that I have plenty of music. You did a wonderful job! Congrats on the 24 x 24!

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  15. Great job with this dish! I love how you chopped everything up and just added it in.

    In Puerto Rico we have a famous restaurant that is called "The Mofongo Kings"

    Mofongo is a latin carribean signature dish originated from The Dominican Republic.

    The dominant flavors is JUST the plantain. You can customize it to your liking. The Bacon is something we do not normally use. What we use is a roasted leg of lamb with the skin on and cracking. Then we make a stewed chicken or shrimp in creole sauce or chunks of the roasted pork. You can really mix things up when it comes to mofongo. I myself make about 20 plus different versions.

    I love how you mixed everything in. The only thing missing here is some Mojo and SOFRITO!

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  16. This is a great idea! I am not going to lie...as soon as I read this post a few days ago, I got out my box sets of Gilligans Island and watched a few episodes!

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  17. This is so awesome! What a throwback haha I remember watching Gilligan's Island before school when I was a kid. What a fun idea, and I'm sure it's nice to see the younger kids learning about what us "old" people used to watch on tv! :)

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  18. Hysterical! Bravo! Loved watching that show back in the 60's. Faaaaaaabulous idea for a party.
    LL

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  19. OMG, I was just looking at the 24X24 and saw this, how did I not see it before. This is so clever and very creative. That must have been such a fun time. Congratulations I am so sorry that I didn't know you had done one of these 24x24. That is so cool. Hoping you have a wonderful relaxing weekend.

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  20. I just saw the 24x24 and came across your party. What a great themed party!! I loved this show (in syndication--I wasn't even born when it aired) but love it. This would be a great summertime party theme. Thank you for all of your hard work putting this post together!!

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