Mad Men is BACK and we can't wait to find out the latest on Don Draper and gang! And what better way to celebrate the return of the hit series by throwing a 50s theme party that Betty Draper would approve of.
Celebrity event planner/caterer Mary Giuliani shares her fantastic ideas to have the best soiree this weekend ahead of Sunday's Season 6 premiere.
When thinking Mad Men the best way to go is Small Bites, Big Drinks! It is what Don would want, after all...
Did you know that hor d'oeuvres were served in the 50's so that people wouldn't get too drunk before the dinner started? Check out a play on retro appetizer favorites and give guests a bite of the old…and new.
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SERVE A PLATTER OF BITE-SIZED HOT HOR D'OUVRES, WITH A MODERN TWIST
Skinny Chicken Apple Pig
Pig in blanket - mustard
Mini Grilled Cheese with Truffle Honey
Mini Cheese Balls with Nuts
Steak on Toast Point with Horseradish cream & watercress
Bacon Maple cupcakes
If there ever is an acceptable time to Ritz Crackers and Chex Mix….it's now. Place them around the party in small bowls.
REINVENT TRADER VIC'S PUPU PLATTER
Find a Lazy Susan (Fish's Eddy has great ones)
Order some Chinese Take Out
Boneless Spare Ribs, Egg Rolls, Chicken Satay
Serve and Spin
WARHOL TOMATO SOUP BAR
Customize soup cans by wrapping them in custom canvas picturing WWD Soup Cans in a Warhol-esque style.
Serve shots of roasted tomato soup with a selection of Classic American, Cheddar, and Bacon & Truffle mini grilled cheeses.
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THE ROGER STERLING MARTINI BAR
Martini Setup –
Vermouth, shaker, long spoon for stirring
Stemless martini glasses for garnishes – lemon twist, olives, onions, blue cheese olives
EMBRACE THE PUNCH BOWL
Punch Bowls are a great way to pre-make your cocktails so your guests can help themselves and you don't have to play bartender all night long.
I love this cocktail:
Minted Bourbon Pink Grapefruit Punch – (make ahead of time, serve upon arrival)
· 1/3 cup water
· 1/3 cup sugar
· 15 fresh mint sprigs, divided
· 4 cups strained fresh pink grapefruit juice
· 2 1/2 cups bourbon
· 12 dashes angostura bitters
· 1 cup club soda
· 1 ice block (checking with Fruzen ice)
Glass Bowl, Mini Punch Glasses, Lad, Silver tray for underneath punch bowl
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If you are watching Mad Men live with your guest, you won’t have the luxury of zooming through commercials. To keep the party going during this lull period, invite your guests to play a round of charades based on the night’s episode. Not only will you learn who gives the best Sally Draper tantrum or the best smarmy Peter Campbell impersonation, but this is also a great way to recap the episode.
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Like a true housewife, you want to be sure to send your guests home with a little something extra…We suggest packing up the ingredients to your best muffin or cookie recipe in a jar and handing them out to guests as they leave. All they have to do when they get home is mix the ingredients together and bake to have a delicious treat straight from your home. This will keep all your "housewife" friends begging for that coveted recipe!