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Party Like a Mad Man

9 January 2011 5,399 views 30 Comments

The invitation set the tone. Sent over e-mail, it featured an illustration of a woman dressed up in a cocktail dress, black gloves, with a beehive hairstyle, pearls, and a glass of champagne. This would be a Mad Men New Years party. The invitation read:

“Help us ring in 2011 with a throwback to the swingin’ 60s and  a tribute to the stylish debauchery of Mad Men. Dress to impress — early 60s attire encouraged.”

I decided to go all out. My costume included a rented dress and from Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds ($45), a ridiculous up-do from Raven at Baldwin Beauty School on S. Lamar ($25 with tip), turquoise earrings and faux pearl necklace inherited from my paternal grandmother, and a pearl bracelet that was a bat mitzvah present.

Before the party, Adam took lots of pictures of me pretending I was a 1960s housewife around our 1950s-era home. You can check out the lot of them on Flickr. This cooking scene was my favorite:

housewife

Also, if you are planning on hosting a Mad Men party, you MUST have cigarettes to make it believable. I loved these puff cigarettes from Lucy in Disguise at $0.50 each. They even had some powder at the end so if you blew on them, it looked like you were actually smoking!

The hosts went to a candy store to purchase packs of gum and candy cigarettes to offer throughout the house. They got theirs from Big Top Candy Shop on S. Congress but you could probably get ‘em cheaper online.

puff cigarettes

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I asked the hosts what kind of research and preparation they had done in advance of the party — because they really created quite an authentic scene. They told me that people had told them in the past that their house looked very “Mad Men,” and that, along with their love for the show, is what inspired them to choose this theme.

They googled “Mad Men party” and found several blogs with decoration tips, recipes, and even music suggestions. Here are the blog posts they found most helpful.

Coffee Table Display

Notice the dish filled with “cigarettes” and the Time magazine’s from the 1960′s. The magazines were found at local vintage store Room Service for just $1 each. Along with Time, they picked up Life and Better Homes & Gardens. I’m told that Better Homes & Gardens had the best ad selection, including I’m almost sure, this one:

pink ad

The ad is for Lustre-Creme Shampoo and the copy says:

PINK IS FOR GIRLS

That’s why Lustre-Creme is pink. Because it’s made just for girls. Lustre-Creme has gentleness guys just wouldn’t understand. It’s so gentle, you can shampoo every day and still have soft, touchable hair. Hair that whispers of Lustre-Creme’s delightful “pink” fragrance too. Pink, creamy, Lustre-Creme. It’s the one shampoo made just for girls.  Because pink is just for girls. You’re a girl, aren’t you?

Astounding copy, isn’t it?! I vote they bring back the three martini lunch so we can continue to see more impressive work of this caliber from the advertising industry.

Speaking of spirits, our hosts provided some fun, boozy drinks to get everyone in the New Years mood. These included a Vodka Gimlet with Rose’s lime juice and sliced apple, and a Gingertini, four cups gin infused with fresh sliced ginger for 48 hours, one cup vermouth, sliced cucumber, one bottle sparkling water, lots of ice, garnished with candied ginger. This couple look like they enjoy “something a little stronger” from time to time, don’t they?

Mad Men Couple

And the perfect 60′s hostess always offers an array of hors d’oeuvres to sate guests that aren’t satisfied with a meal of hard alcohol and cigarettes alone. Ours provided these ultimate 1960′s snacks:

  • celery sticks with cream cheese/smoked salmon spread and pimento olive garnish
  • ants on a log (celery sticks slathered with peanut butter and topped with raisins)
  • mixed olives and cornichons
  • a cheeseball with crackers
  • chips and onion dip
  • pimento roasted chickpeas and salted peanuts
  • pigs in a blanket

And of course, lots of toothpicks for spearing bites without getting stains on the ladies gloves!

pigs in blanket

One of the guests who is an amazingly talented home baker brought these delicious martini- and olive-shaped cakeballs made with red velvet cake.

cake ball olives and martini

They were the perfect end to a sweet New Years celebration!

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  • Jordan Bucher

    Looking good, Jodi Bart!!

  • Jordan Bucher

    Looking good, Jodi Bart!!

  • http://www.dininginaustinblog.com/ Laura

    Looks like a fun time. You are styling with that mixer!

  • http://www.dininginaustinblog.com/ Laura

    Looks like a fun time. You are styling with that mixer!

  • http://shefskitchen.wordpress.com/ shef

    So great, so awesome! Any tips on planning a Lady Gaga party?

  • Bgoldinbecker

    Jodi – you should definitely rock that look more often! Love the post; great pics and fun times. Couldn't think of a better way to ring in 2011! xoxo, your Beehive Partner In Crime

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  • http://shefskitchen.wordpress.com/ shef

    So great, so awesome! Any tips on planning a Lady Gaga party?

  • Bgoldinbecker

    Jodi – you should definitely rock that look more often! Love the post; great pics and fun times. Couldn't think of a better way to ring in 2011! xoxo, your Beehive Partner In Crime

  • jodibart

    Thank you, Jordan Bucher!

  • jodibart

    I'm not sure which was more fun, the photo shoot, or the actual party!

  • jodibart

    Hey Shef – I know very little about Lady Gaga but I do have a friend who dressed her tiny dog up as Gaga for Halloween ;-)

  • jodibart

    You looked amazing and I loved your Breakfast at Tiffany's/Mad Men mash-up. And what would we have done without Raven at Baldwin Beauty School?!

  • jodibart

    I've seen photos of you and my mom during your college years. I think you ladies really owned the times!

  • linda

    LOVE you as a 60's housewife…truly awesome!

  • jodibart

    Thank you, Jordan Bucher!

  • jodibart

    I'm not sure which was more fun, the photo shoot, or the actual party!

  • jodibart

    Hey Shef – I know very little about Lady Gaga but I do have a friend who dressed her tiny dog up as Gaga for Halloween ;-)

  • jodibart

    You looked amazing and I loved your Breakfast at Tiffany's/Mad Men mash-up. And what would we have done without Raven at Baldwin Beauty School?!

  • jodibart

    I've seen photos of you and my mom during your college years. I think you ladies really owned the times!

  • http://www.dininginaustinblog.com/ Laura

    Looks like a fun time. You are styling with that mixer!

  • http://shefskitchen.wordpress.com/ shef

    So great, so awesome! Any tips on planning a Lady Gaga party?

  • Bgoldinbecker

    Jodi – you should definitely rock that look more often! Love the post; great pics and fun times. Couldn't think of a better way to ring in 2011! xoxo, your Beehive Partner In Crime

  • linda

    LOVE you as a 60's housewife…truly awesome!

  • jodibart

    Thank you, Jordan Bucher!

  • jodibart

    I'm not sure which was more fun, the photo shoot, or the actual party!

  • jodibart

    Hey Shef – I know very little about Lady Gaga but I do have a friend who dressed her tiny dog up as Gaga for Halloween ;-)

  • jodibart

    You looked amazing and I loved your Breakfast at Tiffany's/Mad Men mash-up. And what would we have done without Raven at Baldwin Beauty School?!

  • jodibart

    I've seen photos of you and my mom during your college years. I think you ladies really owned the times!

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