Tvpartyw524 Last season, we were so disappointed when

that loser Jason let the charming and special Jillian Harris go. Not because we

thought he was making a huge mistake but because we wanted Melissa for

ourselves. Luckily, it all worked out perfectly for everyone involved, and the

lovely Ms. Harris gets to turn the tables and choose from a gaggle of guys

while searching for Mr. Right in the fifth installment of The Bachelorette, airing Mondays on ABC. So if you’re as excited as we are to find this gal her

Prince Charming, call your single friends — it’s time to party!


Setting the scene:

One of the nicest things about this show is

its subtlety — you know, the enormous mansion with movie-set porticos and

never-ending vistas. So go uber-dramatic in one section of the room — we’ll

call it “the rose room” — with columns, ivy, velvet draping every third piece of

furniture, dozens of roses and dramatic

lighting. This area can also double as a dance floor, because you don’t want to

pick a mate without seeing his or her moves. In fact, that’s partially what

this party should be — a mixer for singles. Just to keep with the theme, try to

make each single girl feel like Jillian, replete with debatable-sized nose and

a Vancouver mailing address. The rest of the room should be decorated in an

homage to Vancouver: Canadian flags, issues of Conde Nast

Traveler — which voted it “Best City in the Americas” for

2004-06 — and Olympic rings, as it plays host to next year’s Winter Olympics. Add a flair for the dramatic and have a round of speed

dating for all available singles following the episode.



To quote ZZ Top, “Every girl’s crazy ’bout

a sharp-dressed man.” So if you want to impress, everyone needs to think

cocktail attire.


On the menu:

Unless you’re Mickey Rourke or Kim Basinger

in “9 1/2 Weeks,” no one wants to see anyone eat, so go with finger foods such

as brioche-crab melts, oven

frites, potato

halves with smoked salmon and dill,

and plenty of champagne.


On the hi-fi:

Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) by

Beyonce, Love Stinks by the J. Geils Band, I Want to Know What Love Is by

Foreigner, Fallin’ by Alicia Keys, The Look of Love by Dusty Springfield.


The showstopper:

It stands to reason that if Vancouver produced one Jillian, there might be more hiding

down by the water. Why not move this party to British Columbia and look for