Ah, the open road. Nothing says summer like the wind-in-your-face, bugs-in-your-teeth freedom that comes from straddling an iron horse custom designed by the boys from Orange County Choppers. (Actually, now that we think of it, baseball says "summer" a little bit more, but we're not pitching that party until the playoffs.) So let's all rev up to a party based on "American Chopper."
Setting the scene:
Motor vehicle-related themes can often seem overwhelming, but when you're talking motorcycles your best bet is to merely scour friends and family who ride and then "borrow" a few motorcycles for decoration. Most cycles can drive right through your sliding glass doors and gleam quietly in your living room. And salsa and melted cheese usually wipe right off the fenders. Another important touch is to fill the room with T-shirts, hats and mugs bearing the OCC logo. Don't forget the helmets! That way, it'll look like you are partying in their showroom. Give those items to partygoers as parting gifts. Feel free to add the occasional oil stain on the floor for effect.
If you plan on throwing this party real soon, that probably doesn't give you enough gym time to emulate Paul Teutul Sr.'s impressive biceps dangling from a wife beater, so concentrate on everything else: wraparound sunglasses, OCC T-shirts ("Mikey for President"), motorcycle boots and - we promise you won't look like dorks - motorcycle helmets. It's better to be safe than sorry. Anyone who walks around in a helmet holding handlebars gets "King of the Road" status.
On the menu:
These are tailgaters at heart - even for holiday dinners with family. If you can grill it or dip it or fry it, these guys would eat it. And theme or no theme, keep the roadkill off the hibachi. Sausage and peppers, cheese-steak sandwiches, and burgers and dogs with steak fries will do the trick.
On the hi-fi:
Duh! "Born to be Wild" by Steppenwolf. When it plays for the 100th straight time and you think you see Jack Nicholson in a football helmet, the party's over.
Get your hands on a re-created piece of OCC history. Paul Sr. has replicated the bike that started it all - the 1974 Sunshine Bike. Starting at $31,995, this throwback sounds as good as it looks and will draw the attention of passers-by and the ire of the neighbors. Totally worth it. Did we mention he signs it? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.