You’re Invited: A ‘Home Alone’ themed Christmas Party!

Cheers! I mentioned earlier that the staff here at The Bitter Lemon (so, me and Blanche) would be celebrating the holidays properly with a Christmas party and the time is now.

As the Founder and CEO, I feel it is my responsibility to throw the party, obviously, and my only real option is to go with a ‘Home Alone’ -themed evening, complete with a movie-viewing experience and a full-blown menu to go with it.

Come along with us, ya filthy animal!


The South Bend Shovel Slayer. Look out! You’re going to need a stiff cocktail while you pack your suitcase (with toilet paper and water) for Paris and dodge the window to avoid the South Bend Shovel Slayer. Mix this up before he turns you into a mummy:

  • 1 ounce orange vodka (I like Three Olives or Stolichnaya)
  • 1.5 ounces of cranberry juice
  • Serve over ice
  • Top with soda water
  • Garnish with an orange twist

The Uncle Frank. Between that awful wakeup call and forgetting his reading glasses, Uncle Frank needs a first-class cocktail.

  • A glass of authentic champagne
  • Pour into crystal champagne flute, to the rim (“Fill it up! Please!”)
  • Serve with shrimp cocktail

The Wet Bandit. It wouldn’t be right if we left out the Wet Bandits, and this mocktail is perfect for those who keep leaving the faucets on everywhere they go.

  • 1/2 c Health-Ade Jalapeno Kiwi Cucumber Kombucha
  • Top with soda water
  • Squeeze of lime wedge
  • Agave nectar, to taste
  • Shake and serve over ice

Main Bites

“This is my house” Mac n Cheese. We’re going to need sustenance to protect the McAllister mansion from the Wet Bandits all night — good thing we ventured to the grocery with coupons for the frozen mac n cheese… Okay, so we’re making it from scratch using this recipe, only I’m going for swirly noodles over the shells.

A Cheese Pizza “Just for me”. It’s annoying that out of 10 pizzas, there was only ONE plain cheese pizza, and well, Buzz ate it and “If you want any, somebody’s gonna have to barf it all up.” No, Buzz, we will order our own damn pizza from Little Nero’s. Ok, but really, I found a recipe for the Little Nero’s cheese pizza.


The Filthy Animal Sundae. “One scoop? Make it two, I’m not driving.” Kevin loves a decadent sundae, and well, so does Blanche. Feel free to go all out with this one while you watch “Angels With Filthy Souls”.

  • 2 scoops (or more) of your favorite ice cream. I go for Trader Joe’s Jingle Jangle and Joe-Joe’s Neapolitan; 1 scoop of each
  • Top with hot fudge and whipped cream
  • Pile on any other toppings of your choice (I’m slapping a few Christmas cookies on mine)

“Guys, I’m eating junk and watching rubbish! You better come out and stop me!”

And, well, there you have it! I came up with this idea during a yoga class and ran out to my car afterward to write it all down. I’ve shared it with blog students over the last few months because I think it’s so festive and funny, and when I shared it with my Blogging Boot Camp participants, my friend and business owner Sarah Joy, knew we had to watch “Home Alone” that night!

We did and found so many other ideas for menu items, including Srgt. Ballzak donuts and The Sticky Bandit, a s’mores martini topped with a flambéed marshmallow. Sarah Joy owns and operates a bakery in Baton Rouge, so if you’re in the area, go grab some of her delicious cinnamon rolls! If you don’t live in the area, visit her blog — she just started a series on home-baking.

Now, go make yourself an ice-cold South Bend Shovel Slayer!

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