. It proves that sometimes pretending is just as good as actually being. So call everyone you know from high school and tell them you see an awesome party in their future.

Setting the scene:
Nobody has more fun with childhood flashbacks than Psych, and Shawn and Gus (James Roday, Dule Hill) spend about as much time in the 1980s as co-star Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law) did, so be sure to have visual clues to the decade of hair bands and Michael J. Fox movies: Stryper albums, Teen Wolf posters, a few Rubik’s Cubes and some testers of Drakkar Noir. Since Shawn and Gus solve crimes with their “abilities,” why not add a little suspense to the evening by working in a game of Clue during the party? Guests with superior powers of observation can win prizes from the official Psych store such as a The Psychic Is In mug and a Psych pineapple stress toy. You can also use the show’s Web site for game ideas — it’s loaded. If that doesn’t float your boat, consider The Dad Project. Everyone has to build a birdhouse for their dad. Have some laptops lying around with Pac-Man playing. Don’t forget to hang a sign over the front door that reads “Psych(ic) Fair” in the show’s font.

Can pastels be vibrant? Should they be? Though the boys are fairly well-dressed in that “first job out of college” way, encourage guests to go ’80s: Z.Cavaricci, acid-washed jeans and anything else that looks like it came from Merry Go-Round or Chess King.

On the menu:
Chinese food, pizza and nachos. Every guest gets his or her own pineapple. For every ’80s reference, drink a shot.

On the hi-fi:
Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, Hooked on a Feeling by B.J. Thomas, anything by Tears for Fears, Billy Ocean or the Smithereens.

The showstopper:
True fans want to get a little closer to the action, so move this shindig to where it all happens — Santa Barbara, Calif. Visit the courthouse, the Museum of Natural History and the Reagan Ranch Center. And then rest your head at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort.

Posted by:Michael Korb