My birthday was last week and happened to coincide with the premiere of Insecure season three. So, of course, I had to throw an Insecure watch party and 29th birthday party all in one. I’m a big fan of Insecure and have followed Issa Rae’s career since Awkward Black Girl on YouTube. I follow her and many of the Insecure HBO cast members (Why doesn’t Y’lan Noel have more eye candy online?!) on Instagram and have read her brilliantly-funny book The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. From dealing with micro-aggressions at work to navigating post-college life, to awkward dating encounters, to west African parents–my friends and I just find it all so relatable. Do you feel the same? Enough gushing. Let’s get into the details of how to throw an Insecure watch party.

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DIY insecure watch party photo booth

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Insecure Watch Party Decor

I thought of asking everybody to come in LA attire but didn’t want to overdo it. The venue was lovely already and we watched the show on a big screen projector so I restricted the decor efforts to a photo booth. This DIY photo booth is a combination of the ones from my Christmas party and my cousin’s bridal shower. I made it (full tutorial here) for about $20 with a frame from Michael’s, a simple backdrop and signs with famous quotes from the show. “Every black girl that went to college likes Drake.” is my favorite. I made the signs easily on Canva, which is my go-to for all kinds of party and blog graphic creation.

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gin & juice and red solo cups

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Insecure Watch Party Menu

I wanted to continue the Cali theme with the menu and what’s more iconic than gin & juice out of solo cups? I didn’t follow a recipe for it but, in case you’re wondering how to make gin and juice, I basically combined one part gin with one part pineapple juice and 2 parts orange juice then garnished with some fresh orange slices. Easy, potent, and on-theme. 🙂 Also on the list was chicken & waffles–complete with hot sauce and syrup, which I outsourced in order to get the whole Roscoe’s in LA vibe.

grazing board spread of pickles, popcorn, nuts, candy, and fresh fruit

I like to create eclectic snack or grazing boards at big gatherings like these because they’re easy to make and can include something for everyone. For this one, I laid everything out on butcher paper for easy cleanup. The grazing board components included, plantain chips, almonds, groundnut, pretzels, strawberries, apple slices, cheddar cheese, Monterrey cheese, M&Ms, mini pickles, and nut thins. If you have a smaller crowd or are just doing something more casual, you must have popcorn above all else! Everyone can bring their favorite bottle of wine to pair with the popcorn and call it a day.

birhday cake and grazing board

assorted snacks in bowls

birthday cake and chicken and waffles spread

acrylic beverage tubs filled with la croix and bottled water

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Insecure Watch Party Music

My Insecure watch party playlist was also Cali-themed with old and new hits from West Coast artists (think YG, Pac, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop) as well as popping songs we’ve heard (and hope to hear) on each Insecure soundtrack (like SZA, Cardi B, and GoldLink). You can get it on Apple Music here and on Spotify here! Note: There are a few birthday songs on there, too.

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red solo cup

If you aren’t an Insecure fan yet, there are some basic questions you’ll need answered before getting into the show (the first of which being Do you enjoy #blackgirlmagic?) When does Insecure air? Sundays 10:30 EST/9:30 CST. Where can I stream Insecure? HBO Now, HBOGo, and good ol’ HBO. Who stars in Insecure? Issa Rae (of course), Yvonne Orji, Y’lan Noel, Amanda Seales, Natasha Rothwell, Jay Ellis (although not in this season, apparently), Lisa Joyce, etc. I hope this inspires you to throw an Insecure watch party of your own. Insecure season 3 episode 2, Familiar-Like, just dropped last night. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it below. Thanks for reading!

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