6 Steps to Throw the Best-Ever Breakup Party

Mac and cheese, chocolate and cocktails included.

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Unfortunately, Hollywood heartbreak seems all too common recently. Breakups are sad — there’s just no way around it. We wanted to bring a little dose of happy to the land of the breakup blues, so we’re showing you how to throw your BFF the best breakup party ever.

1: Plan an Uplifting Group Craft

Upcyled old Painting

Upcyled old Painting

Learn how to customize a discarded painting from HGTV Magazine

Photo by: Lara Robby/Studio D

Lara Robby/Studio D

Upcycle unwanted paintings into chic artwork that will give the heartbreakee a reason to smile. Get the instructions from HGTV Magazine >>

2: Play Games

Living Room Entertaining: Adult Game Night

Living Room Entertaining: Adult Game Night

Keep the conversation casual and intimate by hosting game night for family and friends at the coffee table. Lay out an assortment of cards and creative games and serve chips, dip and crackers in simple vessels. For an artisanal touch, try serving beer in clear glass vessels and keep glasses within arm’s reach to make self-serving easy.

Photo by: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Rustic White Photography, LLC

Set out several board games to keep guests entertained.

3: Watch a Movie

DIY Outdoor Movie Screen

DIY Outdoor Movie Screen

Make this DIY outdoor movie screen in less than an hour and turn your next outdoor get-together into a neighborhood movie night.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Make this DIY outdoor movie screen, and serve up some comic relief with a funny movie.

4: Make (Plenty of) Indulgent Foods and Desserts

Sometimes carbs are the best medicine.

Tiffany Brooks' Bacon Mac and Cheese

Tiffany Brooks' Bacon Mac and Cheese

Get the recipe for Tiffany Brooks' Bacon Mac and Cheese from the pages of HGTV Magazine

Photo by: Lucy Hewett (food styling by Michael Deuson, prop styling by Dean Renaud)

Lucy Hewett (food styling by Michael Deuson, prop styling by Dean Renaud)

Chicken & Waffle Sliders

Chicken & Waffle Sliders

Crispy fried chicken and fresh-baked waffles come together to create a sweet and savory brunch dish. Gather the following ingredients: your favorite waffle batter mix (like buttermilk, sweet potato or apple cinnamon), 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, 1 cup plain flour, 1 tablespoon water, 2 eggs, salt and pepper and oil for frying.

Chocolate-Caramel Kettle Chips

Chocolate-Caramel Kettle Chips

Super-crunchy, salty, kettle-fried potato chips are the perfect canvas for the addition of sweetness and chocolate. A thin layer of caramel and chopped nuts makes this chip satisfy all your cravings at once. Get the recipe.

Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream

Serve rich, creamy peanut butter cookie ice cream at your next outdoor party.

From: Chrissy Barua

Blueberry Merlot Sorbet

Blueberry Merlot Sorbet

This sorbet recipe is a lovely balance of jammy flavors from seasonal blueberries and a light, fruity Merlot. It’s a perfect pair that is full of flavor and refreshing.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Chocolate Brownie Pudding

Chocolate Brownie Pudding

If it's hard to satisfy your sweet tooth, this chocolate brownie is sure to do the trick. A molten lava cake and brownie hybrid, this chocolatey treat is even more tasty topped with vanilla ice cream. Get the recipe.

5: Don’t Forget the Cocktails

Because, well, duh!

Frozen Hurricane Cocktail

Frozen Hurricane Cocktail

Get ready to be wowed after sampling this crowd pleaser, from the Big Easy.

Whiskey Sour Cocktails

Whiskey Sour Cocktails

Make It: Whiskey Sour

Cocoa Freeze Cocktail

Cocoa Freeze Cocktail

Craving hot chocolate but the temperature outside is 100 degrees in the shade? Consider cooling your guests off with this chilly Cocoa Freeze cocktail.

Tropical Margarita

Tropical Margarita

Mix up this classic lime margarita with a tropical twist to enjoy a summery sip any time of the year.

Photo by: H. Camille Smith

H. Camille Smith

Ginger and Carrot Cocktail

Ginger and Carrot Cocktail

The healing properties of ginger and carrot juice combine with vodka for a cocktail that's just what the doctor ordered.

Naked Punch Cocktail

Naked Punch Cocktail

This beer punch will make your party guests cheer.

Photo by: STEPHEN MURELLO

STEPHEN MURELLO

6: If All Else Fails, Wine + Junk Food 

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Check out some of our favorite wine and junk food duos.

These pairings were created for breakups. I’m convinced of it.

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