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Mad Men Fun

To close out our series on our Mad Men Premiere Party, we’re sharing our ideas for favors and activities to keep the party going!

Favors

Tara collected some pretty amazing favors including mini bottles of whiskey, candy cigarettes, and matches. When presented with a typed Thank You card, you’ve got a perfectly-themed party favor for your guests to take home.

Activities

We recommend keeping it simple. Vintage records like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Aretha Franklin will encourage some serious hip-shaking.

Vintage games will provide some nostalgic fun. Life, Mouse Trap, and Twister were all created in the 60s.

We guarantee your guests will get a kick out of perusing the ads in magazines from the era.

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And what would a Mad Men party be without some Madison Avenue advertising pitches? Give your guests a theme and let them create a vintage-style advertisement, perhaps using collage materials. Award points based on presentation, creativity, and authenticity (how dated does their copy sound?). Here’s our example:

If you’re throwing a Mad Men premiere party, be sure to let us know how it goes in the comments!

And if you’d like to throw another one-of-a-kind theme party, get in touch. Let us help you plan the perfect party!

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Mad Menu

We’re still going gaga over our Mad Men shindig!

Here’s a closer look at the inspired menu and highlights from the recipes. As you can see, they’re simple to make and fab to look at. Scroll towards the bottom for a complete list of ingredients.

Snacks
Popcorn, chips, pretzels, and peanuts. Neato!

Pimiento cheese spread on Ritz crackers
In a medium bowl, mash pimientos using a fork. Mix in cheese, onion, Worcestershire sauce, and mayonnaise. Season with garlic powder and black pepper. Chill until ready to spread over Ritz crackers.

Tuna salad-stuffed cherry tomatoes
Cut top off each tomato, scoop out seeds and pulp with a small spoon. Dry and drain over paper towels. Combine tuna, mayonnaise, black pepper, chopped celery, and minced onions. Fill tomatoes and garnish with parsley.

Pigs-in-a-blanket
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Separate crescent rolls and flatten into triangles measuring about 1 1/2 inches on each side. Wrap each sausage in a half slice of cheese and a triangle of dough. Place on lightly greased baking sheet and bake until golden. Serve warm and with some mustard dip.

Waldorf salad

Combine celery, apples, walnuts, and grapes in a medium bowl. Stir in mayonnaise and a cup of marshmallows for a touch of sweetness. Serve chilled.

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Jell-O fruit salad
Put Jell-O and soft cream cheese in a large bowl. Add 1/2 cup of boiling water and stir until dissolved.  Add remaining water and mix well with a mixer on low-speed. Put in fruit salad and pour into your choice of cake mold. After an hour (or when firm), frost with some cool whip. Serve chilled.

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For a print-ready list of ingredients, click here.

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Our Events: Mad Men Season 6 Premiere Party

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Mad Men, AMC’s award-winning period drama, will return on April 7 for a sixth season. We here at Everybody’s Invited! think that sounds like a reason to party!

We recently hosted a Mad Men pre-premiere party with some of our friends. We hope our 1960s shindig will inspire you to bust out your whiskey glasses and dust off your record player!

Mad Men Premiere Party Elements:

The Vibe: Imagine it’s 5pm on a Friday in the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce offices. Mr. Draper has just landed a big client, and everyone — the creative team, secretaries, sales guys — is celebrating this victory with a little post-work week happy hour in the office. Grab a cocktail, loosen your ties, and kick off your heels. Get ready to twist and shout!

Decor: Mid-century madness! We took our inspiration directly from the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce offices: Tapered-leg furniture, starburst clocks, whiskey decanters and vintage barware, a vintage typewriter, rotary phone, and Rolodex. Vintage advertisements (all found for free online, and mounted on cardstock) adorn the walls and inspire the employees (a.k.a. party guests) of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Vintage matchbooks, candy cigarettes, cocktail napkins, an issue of LIFE magazine from 1968, and 60s fashion books cover the coffee table.

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Styling: Dapper, Draper-style narrow-lapel suites and cardigan sweaters for the fellas. Pearls, pencil skirts, and false lashes for the ladies. Teased updos, winged eyeliner, bright coral-rose lipstick, form-fitting frocks, and high heels were also part of the working gal’s guise in the 1960s.

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Music: Drop the needle on vintage records! The Beatles, Beach Boys, Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and more 60s hits. If you’re feeling bold, Zou Bisou Bisou your way into the spotlight (most likely after you’ve had a few cocktails). We also recommend making a playlist on your computer or iPod for when you get sick of flipping records. (Vintage is cool and all, but modern technology wins when you’re busy hosting a bash!)

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Favors: Party favors include Mad Men “essentials”: mini whiskey bottle, candy cigarettes, and vintage matchbooks inside a whiskey glassMore information about favors coming later this week on the blog!

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Food: Simple, vintage-style appetizers, like pimento cheese spread on Ritz crackers, tuna salad-stuffed tomatoes, and Pigs in a Blanket. More details about our “Mad Men-u” coming later this week on the blog!

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Drinks: Cocktails, of course! Mix Don Draper’s favorite, Canadian Club whiskey, in a classic Old Fashioned. Top it with an orange slice and a cherry or two.More details about our cocktail menu coming later this week on the blog!

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Activities: Brainstorm your best ad copy for a mock sales pitch! More information about activities coming later this week on the blog!

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And it wouldn’t be a Mad Men party without secrets, lies…

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… and scandal!

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Are you attending a Mad Men season six premiere party? No? Well now you’ve got the tools and ideas to host your very own event! Tell your friends to be there or be square.

See more photos of our Mad Men Season 6 Premiere Party on the Everybody’s Invited! Events Facebook page.

Credits:

Event design, styling, and coordination by Everybody’s Invited! Events

Hair and makeup artistry by Wendy Wood 

Photos by Stefani Hanneman Photography

Special thanks to our retro-fied friends who let us doll them up like Joans and Dons – you’re the bee’s knees!

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