Something to Celebrate: The 25th Anniversary of "Home Alone"
Martha Stewart Living isn't the only 1990 sensation celebrating a silver anniversary this year. Toast the 25th birthday of the hit film "Home Alone" this weekend with a sensational shindig even wily and witty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister would love.
A Sundae Kind of Love
Kevin McCallister’s youthful indiscretions are the stuff of legend, but his fondness for chocolate-laced sundaes is truly an inspiraton for children of all ages. Whether you’re 2 or 102, a syrupy, sweet sundae will satiate the chocoholic in you.
A Lovely Cheese Pizza, Just for You
Please your party guests with pizza recipes so simple even a precocious 8-year old could make them. In lieu of the $11.80 Chicago deep dish Kevin orders from Little Nero’s, pile your pie high with ooey, gooey cheese, roasted tomatoes, and fresh seasonings.If you do succumb to the temptation of delivery, don’t forget to tip your driver well, sending him out the door with a hearty “Keep the change, ya filthy animal!”
Become a Knit Wit
Nearly as iconic as Kevin’s agonizing aftershave experience and penchant for pizza are his omnipresent knits -- most notably a festive Fair Isle reindeer cap adorned with a jaunty pom-pom. Knit your way to warmth with Martha’s beginner’s course. Hey, make enough for a crowd (or for holiday gifts?).
Light a Fire Under Your Dessert
Toasting a bandit’s topper with a fuel-burning flame may be par for the course in "Home Alone," but wielding a blowtorch to achieve a perfectly burnished creme brulee crust is a much more acceptable, adult way to use the device in real life -- and it produces sweeter results.
Leave the boxed macaroni and cheese to kids like Kevin who can only operate a microwave. Martha’s magnificent and mouthwatering mac-and-cheese recipes are deliciously decadent enough to satisfy all palates. This is one dish that may even prompt a guest or two to bow their heads in prayer a la Kevin, murmuring, "Bless this highly nutritious (non-) microwavable macaroni-and-cheese dinner and the people who made it. Amen."
Everything Is Illuminated
Create a light-filled extravaganza that would put the McCallisters' front lawn to shame as you welcome movie-viewing guests into your home. Who needs fireworks to kick things off with a bang?
Take a Trip Back in Time
The first issue of Martha Stewart Living also debuted 25 years ago in 1990 alongside this cult favorite film. Scroll through the publication’s two decades of Christmas covers with guests before diving into the film to ring in seasonal tidings of good cheer. It's on sale November 16!
Put All Your Eggs in One Basket (or Bowl)
Kevin’s Christmas-party guests may only be one-dimensional cardboard cutouts, but they certainly appear to have a swell time swilling eggnog and rocking around the Christmas tree. Whip up your own batch of indulgent eggnog to toast the film’s anniversary -- and to fortify your guests. In fact, impress guests with Martha's famous eggnog.
Trim the Tree
It’s never too early to begin thinking of your tree trimmings, especially those you can DIY now to enhance your "Home Alone" fete -- as long as they’re not strategically placed under the windowsill to dissuade crafty barefoot cat burglars. Give guests homemade ornaments as favors or hang them across your mantle before tricking out the tree like Kevin did.