We were not prepared for this kind of party.
It was clear on Sunday at Westside Storey as the frenzy of customers devoured all things local. When we got to the register, KC pride socks in hand, we were asked one question: “Where are you watching the game?”
Wait. I know I am wearing blue, but I hadn’t thought about the World Series watch party. Tuesday night we witness the first step of a series that’s worth the 29 years of waiting. But not everyone has time to go out or pull a Martha Stewart and make fabulous happen at home on a weeknight. But running over to Bloom Baking Co. at the City Market for some blue macarons? I can do that.
Or you can order Minsky’s Billy’s Base Stealin’ Bar-B-Q pizza (Zarda barbecue sauce, braised pulled pork, sliced pickles, provolone and Swiss cheese).
Here are a few other quick ideas to make Tuesday a hit at home:
A watch party, no matter big or small, is only as good as the snacks. Peanuts and Cracker Jack? Check. “Royals” by Lorde to play before and after the game? Check. Baseball cupcakes (Hy-Vee has them), blue drinks (My favorite: blue curacao, pineapple juice, vodka) — that’s all very doable.
But we need our chips and dip. Even in a time crunch, you can make it all look like a baseball field. Start with a square dish and fill it with your favorite guacamole recipe or store-bought version. Use sour cream to draw the base lines. A few chips can be the bases. If you want, make a baseball out of more sour cream and red food coloring. When in doubt, just ask Pinterest.
If you want to take it further than lucky socks or a postseason T-shirt, Birdies Panties introduces the Lucky Royals boyshorts. In stores Tuesday, the cotton underwear ($30) features a golden crown and “Take the Crown” across the rear. Birdies, 116 W. 18th St., is open noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. birdiespanties.com
KC wins? Make the call
Part of the fun in watching the big game is sharing it on social media, and Kansas City’s very own Red Dirt Shop, specializing in smartphone cases, opens its first brick-and-mortar store at 10 a.m. Tuesday at 415 Nichols Road on the Country Club Plaza.
The cases, designed by local artists, help fund clean water for impoverished communities. Naturally, there’s phone decor to celebrate our city: KC Love ($25) by Dan Padavic. The hard-shell snap-on case is powder blue and white with “KC Love” printed in coral. The store will be open through the holiday season. reddirtshop.com
At Christopher Elbow, cheer on the team with Venezuelan Dark chocolate ganache, decked out in royal blue. And if you want to eat the competition, you could always get the Spiced Orange, too. A four-piece box is $10. Christopher Elbow, 1819 McGee St., is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. elbowchocolates.com