by Allen J. Sheinman | April 01, 2010

At some point or another, about 95 percent of planners will organize an event around a theme (see M&C, Research, March). When it comes to such gatherings, some of today's hottest TV shows can provide a wealth of ideas. Case in point: Lost. Now in its sixth and final season on ABC, this top-rated drama is about what happens (some of it downright metaphysical) to a group of people left stranded on a tropical island when their plane crashes. So enamored of the show is Jon Griffith, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based distressed property expert and home foreclosure prevention specialist, he devotes part of his website ( to how to create the perfect Lost-themed event. Here are some of his tips. (Fans will get the more esoteric references.)

• Dress. Well-worn shipwrecked-style clothes, khakis, tank tops, sandals, toy guns.

• Props. Sand, seashells, luggage, backpacks, messages in bottles, stuffed polar bear, backgammon set, digital photo slideshow of tropical scenes, "and don't forget products labeled as 'Dharma' brand," notes Griffith.

• Food and beverage. Griffith recommends mango salsa and chips, sushi, tropical fruit and sorbets (pineapple, mango, papaya), Apollo chocolate bars, daiquiris, piña coladas and mai tais, served on airplane-style food trays.

• Music. Go here for season-by-season song lists:

Other top shows that lend themselves to theme events include American Idol (complete with a panel of judges), Rescue Me (a firehouse theme), Scrubs (medical) and Prison Break (both convict and guard garb).