It was my Dad's 65th birthday this past weekend and to celebrate, we had a Mad Men Themed Cocktail Birthday party Extravaganza! Family, Friends, and Neighbors came to wish my Dad well and channel their inner Don, Roger, Betty, or Joan. Not everyone actually knew what Mad Men was - but we made sure to put "1960s cocktail attire" on the invitation so people got that it was a themed party. Google should have told them the rest.
Anywho.... here is my summary of the party - a mini guide to throwing your own Mad Men themed party!
We got our invitations from PaperStyle.com - This is actually where I got the great idea for this themed party. My dad was turning 65 and he loves the show... a match made in Heaven!
My Dad - don't you love those black-rimmed glasses? He used to wear those back in the day, these were just fake ones.
We tried to keep our menu 60's themed and very simple. Usually I would go "all out" on appetizers, but we wanted it to be authentic and a lot of these classic appetizers were - well - classic!
Pigs in a blanket
Cheeseball w/ crackers
Caprese Salad Skewers
Veggie tray w/ hummus
Rum French Toast bites
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
White Chocolate covered pretzel "Cigarettes"
Chocolate Cupcakes w/ double chocolate vodka cream inside
Surprisingly enough - I think the biggest hit was the cheeseball - and it was a lot easier to make than you'd think... Shade your eyes health nuts, this isn't healthy: 1 block softened cream cheese, 2 T sour cream, 1 C shredded muenster cheese, 1/2 lipton french onion soup packet - mix, form into ball, and roll in chopped pecans. I'll never look at cheeseballs the same again.
My mom cut out all the heads of the main Mad Men characters to put on display in the front hallway - don't recognize the one in the middle? That's my dad in his young age :)
I made a Man Men Playlist on grooveshark of all 60's and 70's music to play throughout the evening. This kept the mood light and was completely appropriate for the crowd.