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Mad Men theme party will make for a fun time

Date Created: 05/14/2012

Mad men theme party will make for a fun time Since its 2007 premiere on AMC, the melodrama Mad Men has captivated audiences worldwide and garnered a slew of prestigious awards. The show, which is the brainchild of Sopranos producer Matthew Weiner, the extravagant and risque lives of those in the advertisement industry during '60s. You can capitalize on the popularity of the program, which is now airing its fifth season, by throwing a Mad Men theme party.

Send out black and white party invitations to your guests with images of Don, Peggy and Roger faded in the background telling your guests the time, place and persona of the get together. Your invitations should be elegant, but not gaudy - a smooth self awareness that complements the slicked back hairstyles of the male characters.

Tell everyone to wear suits or nice cocktail dresses. Fifty years ago, the business world - especially the Madison Ave. crowd - didn't know the concept of business casual or dress down Fridays. Every work day was an occasion to look your best. So follow suit and bring out your best and pressed clothes and cufflinks.

Hang up streamers and balloons, but have them be the stark and contrasting colors of white, black and red as a tribute to the show's opening sequence. Your party tableware can also go along with this scheme.

You can play music from artists from all years of the decade, due to the fact that the show's timeline runs from early to late '60s. Start the night off with bebop jazz that beatniks used to dig. As people get more lively, veer the selection to rock 'n' roll - be sure to include those artists whose infamy was established during the British invasion, such as the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.

For beverages, include the normal juice, soda and beer, but make a special area for the liquor and mixed drinks that were once commonplace in the high rise corporate offices. This will include the standards like gin and tonic and scotch and soda. Feel free to educate your guests on the more complicated concoctions that the modern day crowd might not be as familiar with. A good example of this is an Old Fashioned, which Don was so fond of in the beginning seasons. This is a mixture between bourbon, sugar, bitters and a citrus fruit. Write the directions down on corrugated paper and make sure you leave out plenty of ice.



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