# It's Hip to Make Bad Puns

November 20, 2009 8:27 PM Subscribe

I'm turning 25 in a few weeks and the party theme I've decided on is "Hip to be Square". 'Cause 25 is 5^2, get it? GET IT? Yeah, I know, I'm a dork. Looking for suggestions of how to incorporate that theme into a party.

I'm looking for ways to expand on the "square" theme. All definitions of square welcomed - mathematical, geometrical, cultural. And I'm open to any ideas - songs, foods, activities, costume suggestions for guests.

Let's hear it, HiveMind.

I'm looking for ways to expand on the "square" theme. All definitions of square welcomed - mathematical, geometrical, cultural. And I'm open to any ideas - songs, foods, activities, costume suggestions for guests.

Let's hear it, HiveMind.

Finger sandwiches cut into perfect squares instead of the usual triangles.

posted by radioamy at 8:40 PM on November 20, 2009

posted by radioamy at 8:40 PM on November 20, 2009

A game of 4-square.

A square pizza, cut into squares.

Dress like an unfashionable and boring person from the '50s.

posted by idiopath at 8:46 PM on November 20, 2009

A square pizza, cut into squares.

Dress like an unfashionable and boring person from the '50s.

posted by idiopath at 8:46 PM on November 20, 2009

Instead of invitations saying "Be there or be square," yours should say "Be there AND be square!"

posted by amyms at 8:47 PM on November 20, 2009 [3 favorites]

posted by amyms at 8:47 PM on November 20, 2009 [3 favorites]

"Square root beer"

A game of four-square

Pocket protectors as party favors

You could have people dress up as Newton (for Newton's method of finding square roots) or Pythagoras (a^2 + b^2 = c^2 for a right triangle) or other famous mathematicians who may have squared anything at some point in their careers.

I think I'm dorky enough to be invited to your party :)

posted by Salvor Hardin at 8:49 PM on November 20, 2009

A game of four-square

Pocket protectors as party favors

You could have people dress up as Newton (for Newton's method of finding square roots) or Pythagoras (a^2 + b^2 = c^2 for a right triangle) or other famous mathematicians who may have squared anything at some point in their careers.

I think I'm dorky enough to be invited to your party :)

posted by Salvor Hardin at 8:49 PM on November 20, 2009

Cut a square poster into 25 pieces and have 2 teams race to put it together. (back the poster by gluing to thin cardboard) winners get a Sponge Bob Square Pants trinket.

Wear a Mortarboard hat

Cakewalk on square tiles with the prize being a square cake (of course)

Rubik's cube races (nice!)

Hopscotch at the front door must be completed to gain entry.

posted by Acacia at 11:15 PM on November 20, 2009

Wear a Mortarboard hat

Cakewalk on square tiles with the prize being a square cake (of course)

Rubik's cube races (nice!)

Hopscotch at the front door must be completed to gain entry.

posted by Acacia at 11:15 PM on November 20, 2009

Hollywood squares game.

With answers like Madison Square Garden, Square Pegs sitcom, square feet in an acre, etc

posted by Acacia at 11:18 PM on November 20, 2009

With answers like Madison Square Garden, Square Pegs sitcom, square feet in an acre, etc

posted by Acacia at 11:18 PM on November 20, 2009

Chex Mix in bowls, heavy on the chex...or something like Cheez-its...

Smores for dessert, or Rice Crispie Squares.

If you play Hip to Be Square, make sure to also play Sesame Street's classic Hip to Be A Square. Other songs could include "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square."

You could watch episodes of Square One, or Cube.

For a side dish, you could dice root vegetables...

posted by ilana at 1:58 AM on November 21, 2009

Smores for dessert, or Rice Crispie Squares.

If you play Hip to Be Square, make sure to also play Sesame Street's classic Hip to Be A Square. Other songs could include "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square."

You could watch episodes of Square One, or Cube.

For a side dish, you could dice root vegetables...

posted by ilana at 1:58 AM on November 21, 2009

*For a side dish, you could dice root vegetables...*

That's adorable.

Checkerboard-patterned stuff? Tablecloth, napkins, maybe even an actual game of checkers.

Your guests could come in checkerboard or grid-patterned clothing. Sometimes my friends will wear white button-down shirts with a light-blue grid pattern and it looks like fabric made out of graph paper. This could also work well with the "square" image.

Play board games with square-shaped boards, like Monopoly. (Also, culturally square!)

Cheese cubes and square-shaped slices of fruit for snacks?

And ice cubes to go in drinks.

posted by cobwebberies at 2:50 AM on November 21, 2009

Ooh, the ice cubes could go in the square root beer!

posted by cobwebberies at 2:51 AM on November 21, 2009 [1 favorite]

posted by cobwebberies at 2:51 AM on November 21, 2009 [1 favorite]

Square jello shots, if this is a drinking party.

That's a pain in the behind to put together - make them in a pan, cut them, find a 'sanitary' way to serve them. But I had to suggest it in case someone can come up with a reasonable way to execute this.

posted by bilabial at 5:15 AM on November 21, 2009

That's a pain in the behind to put together - make them in a pan, cut them, find a 'sanitary' way to serve them. But I had to suggest it in case someone can come up with a reasonable way to execute this.

posted by bilabial at 5:15 AM on November 21, 2009

Something must be made in a square pan (brownies or cornbread) and cut into 3x3 or 4x4 servings.

Add to your playlist some music by Square.

Hang a poster of V-Jay day in Times Square.

posted by knile at 5:31 AM on November 21, 2009

Add to your playlist some music by Square.

Hang a poster of V-Jay day in Times Square.

posted by knile at 5:31 AM on November 21, 2009

Play music from the Buck 65 album Square.

ps. in a couple months I WILL be stealing this idea.

posted by Midnight Rambler at 6:28 AM on November 21, 2009

ps. in a couple months I WILL be stealing this idea.

posted by Midnight Rambler at 6:28 AM on November 21, 2009

Play the soundtrack from the movie Times Square, which is totally awesome (the music, not the movie). It doesn't get any better than Suzi Quatro!!!

posted by SuperSquirrel at 7:32 AM on November 21, 2009

posted by SuperSquirrel at 7:32 AM on November 21, 2009

*That's a pain in the behind to put together - make them in a pan, cut them, find a 'sanitary' way to serve them. But I had to suggest it in case someone can come up with a reasonable way to execute this.*

Make them in ice cube trays?

posted by Solon and Thanks at 8:04 AM on November 21, 2009

This sounds like the perfect occasion for Battenberg cake. And perhaps some square ravioli as well.

posted by eykal at 6:03 PM on November 21, 2009

posted by eykal at 6:03 PM on November 21, 2009

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posted by No New Diamonds Please at 8:33 PM on November 20, 2009