Check out photos from my Mad Men party this past weekend! People came dressed to impress and the night was appropriately boozy, rowdy and full of gorgeous photo opps - with a Polaroid, of course. Thanks to my pal Jessi for taking some of the fun photos above!
Here's my must-have list for a Mad Men or retro-themed 1960's party.
- My bar was as stocked as its ever been. I bought all the necessities: Rye, Scotch, Gin, all the makings for Manhattans, Moscow Mules and Old Fashioneds. Luckily, a multi-talented colleague helped to make these classic cocktails for thirsty friends.
- Another fun idea: find an eight-year-old bartender to dress up in a tux and make Manhattans as they did back in the day (a la Sally Draper). I don't happen to have a spare kid with bartending skills lying around though, unfortch.
- Dangerously strong gin punch in a retro punch bowl set (found at a thrift store)
- Ambrosia salad
- Cheese Fondue (amazing recipe, it was the first thing gone!)
- Jell-o. An adult version with lots o' vodka from the visually drool-worthy Jelly Shot Test Kitchen. However, Jell-o and I are not friends.. I had serious problems getting the Jell-o out of the pan, but I don't think most normal people do.
- Finger sandwiches with pimento cheese (courtesy of Lauren)
- Pigs in a blanket!
- Cheese balls of all kinds. I found a great dessert cheese ball recipe from trust AllRecipes.com that tasted like cheesecake with chocolate grahams for dipping.
- Chex mix
- Old school Liptons soup dip mix
- Deviled eggs
Party Props & Details:
- Candy cigarettes in a cigarette box with custom matchbooks to remember the event (eBay)
- 1960's magazines from eBay (Ladies Home Journal, Playboy, TV Guide)
- Borrowed items from my parents' basement: record player, rotary phone, retro lamps, dishware
- Plenty of flowered toothpicks
- 1960's music
- As a dork/loser/completefreak, I used Keynote to mimic and personalize the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce office logo for my TV
- Polaroid camera
- Fun, dapper friends more than willing to dress up, drink copious amounts of booze and eat odd finger foods in a wee Chicago apartment!
- A Mad Men-inspired invitation (below designed by my colleague Kenny):