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Party with the 'Mad Men' in 1960s Style

Party with the 'Mad Men' in 1960s Style

Countdown until Mad Men premieres: four days. You know you're dying to bust out the three-piece suits, pearls, waist-cinching pencil skirts, and (fake) cigarettes for the premiere, so throw a Mad Men party that needs no advertising (get it??).

Mary Giuliani, celebrity party planner and the go-to for retro-modern entertaining, shared her ideas and inspiration for a Mad Men themed party (she's hosting her own this Sunday). Giuliani says she feels the connection to the Mad Men characters and '60s-era women because of her two grandmothers, Mary and Lucille (her namesakes). "Mary was the Betty Draper," she says. "She cooked, she cleaned, she was a wonderful mother. Lucille was the Peggy; she was the modern businesswoman who owned hotels, which was unheard of in the '50s and '60s."

Giuliani says her inspiration for the party is a "mixed cocktail" of both of these women. "Our company, and our food, is a great reflection of that modern, retro interpretation of that style of entertaining."

To find your inner Betty Draper (Giuliani says everyone has "a little Betty in them"), check out her exclusive tips:

Update the Classics: The 1960s menu for a party included deviled eggs, pigs in a blanket, cheese puffs, mini meatloaf bites, and shrimp cocktails. Giuilani updates the classics with a modern twist. Instead of deviled eggs, she makes mini quail eggs with flavored sea salts; mini grilled cheeses instead of cheese puffs; and filet of beef on a potato crisp with ketchup instead of mini meatloaf. The one dish that should never be changed, she says? Pigs in a blanket — "It's always going to be good."

Buffet Ideas: Need an easy buffet-style option? Two trendy dishes of the time make easy solutions for a buffet. A Warhol Tomato Soup bar is simple: Customize soup cans by wrapipng them in printed paper, and serve shots of roasted tomato soup with mini grilled cheeses. For the cooking-challenged, consider the retro Trader Vic's Pu Pu Platter. "Trader Vic's was the kind of high-end place you'd take your clients to dinner," Giuliani says. The easiest way to recreate the experience is to grab some Chinese or Thai takeout (like spring rolls, spare rib tidbits, skewers, and sweet and sour sauce) and place them in mini bowls on a lazy Susan.

More Booze, Please: Perhaps the only thing more important than the food? The drinks, says Giuliani. For her own party, she says she'll be serving signature cocktails like the Side Car and Gin Fizz. For extra flair, serve on a white bar cart and stock up your home bar. Giuliani keeps clear liquors (gin, vodka, and tequila) on hand for her, and the traditional bourbon and whiskey for her husband. Bonus points for customized cocktail napkins, decanters, or old-school Coke bottles. For a nonalcholic option, try adding ginger to pomegranate juice for an extra kick, Giuliani says.

1960s Flair: The extras that add the finishing touch: colorful aprons (Giuliani's favorite is from Anthropologie), and the proper '60s attire. To truly impress partygoers, Giuliani is sending guests home with a "desktop mini bar" party favor. "We all know that Don Draper needed to have a drink at the office," she says. Giuliani found mini ice buckets, tongs, and rocks glasses from The Container Store and Fishs Eddy, and added mini shooters for a true mini bar. (She used bottles of Grey Goose, Makers Mark, Patrón, and gin.) The "rocks" on the bottom aren't ice, but clear rock candy for the same feel.

Now all that's left is to let Don, Betty, Peggy, and Joan recreate the magic.


‘MAD MEN’-Inspired Cocktail Party Theme – Swanky and chic!

Madly in love with the hit tv show, ‘MAD MEN’? Or maybe you’re just as fascinated with the fab mid-century time period as Miss Party? Well, if you’re feeling the pull to plan a swanky cocktail party yourself, Miss Party can help you get from here to there with style.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

If you’re just starting this time-traveling trip, pop over to Miss Party’s post, “Mad Men/Mid-Century” Theme-Storm”, to get hip to the time period. To get her ‘in the mood’, Miss Party chose the perfectly perfect hostesses, Betty and Don Draper, from ‘MAD MEN’, lined up her ‘P’s’ and ‘Q’s’ and created a list of essential items that no self-respecting, mid-century hostess would be without. The party pictured above was a Christmas party so you’ll notice a bit of Christmas decor here and there but, honestly, the ‘Mad Men’-inspired color scheme would have stayed the same no matter when the party was held. The party colors were a bold and graphic red, black and white, with bright silver and gold metallics thrown in just because there was such a rage for all things chrome and gold-plated or gold-leafed, that one could hardly have stayed away from it.

So, this party is exponentially more fun if guests come in attire inspired by the swanky 60s (no tie-dye allowed). Guests played along and many outfits were quite swanky! Miss Party and her fabulous hubby wore outfits ‘inspired by the 60s’ rather than vintage clothing (Miss Party wore a raspberry pink silk, ‘cupcake’-style dress), but Miss Party’s sparkly jewelry was her Grandma’s vintage pieces. Her big splurge was on ‘party hair’ done by her favorite hairdresser, Heather Perrone, at Jaie3 Salon. It was crazy cute!

Of course, food and drink play a big part in this party’s 60s vibe. Visit Miss Party’s post, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!”, for a peek at what she served and a list of cookbooks used to research recipes. It’ll get you going in the right direction. For heaven’s sake, pass the canapés and get those cocktails flowin’, honey!

Kromex tiered chrome canapé and tidbit tray(s) or other chrome serving pieces (Miss Party collected Kromex one tier, two tier, and three tier trays and a condiment set.)
Dorothy Thorpe silver ombre, roly poly-shaped barware, punch bowl or serving pieces (Miss Party was thrilled to find the most AWESOME Dorothy Thorpe tulip-shaped, silver ombre chip and dip set and a fabulous candy dish.)
Georges Briard barware, ice bucket, or serving pieces (Miss Party purchased a contemporary, bright red, Georges Briard ice bucket for just $7 on Etsy!)
-Vintage punch bowl with glasses in a modern, atomic shape (Miss Party snagged a gorgeous Krista atomic-shaped, hand-blown glass punch bowl set with a glass ladle and 12 punch glasses.)
-High ball and low ball glass barware that comes with a metal rack to hold the glasses together as a set was very popular in the day
Serv-Ware‘s chrome, ‘Penguin’ Ice Bucket (Miss Party’s family owned one of these and was the first thing she had to have. After losing multiple auctions on eBay, she finally won one that’s in almost mint condition. It’s adorable!)

-Chafing dish with candle warming holder (Grandma Party found a nice silver-plated one at an antiques market in Virginia.)
-Glass deviled egg platter (with deviled eggs) (Miss Party used her Grandma’s platter.)
Pyrex or Fire-King covered glass casserole dishes (Miss Party found a pretty Fire-King 2 qt. covered casserole dish with gold-plating at a local antiques store just before the party.)
-Vintage glass serving bowls and platters (Miss Party used several inherited pieces.)
-Fondue set (sadly, Miss Party never did get this one.)
-Coffee carafe with gold-plated warming stand (Miss Party purchased a fab, mint condition, Pyrex coffee carafe set with gold-plated pine branches. It was made as a promotional item for the Christmas season of 1961.)
-Cloth cocktail napkins and cloth tablecloths or runners (vintage or new-retro style) (On eBay, Miss Party purchased Pottery Barn cloth cocktail napkin sets, a table runner and a silver-plated place card holder set, all in the retro-style ‘Graphic Reindeer’ pattern.)

Anholt Melamine ashtrays (Miss Party purchased several round and atomic-shaped Anholt ashtrays for tables.)
-Vintage ashtrays (As you’ll see in the pics, Miss Party made small vignettes on side tables that included: Vintage ashtrays filled with packets of Alka-Seltzer for hangovers, and Andes mints and peppermints to mask all that yucky cigarette breath. Next to each ashtray, she stacked boxes of candy cigarettes which can easily be purchased by the case online. In some cases the arrangements were set on top of or nearby vintage books or magazines.)
-Various Danish modern or contemporary 60s home decor from vases to candleholders, to bent glass trays (very popular) that evoke the time period (Miss Party purchased several Dan Baird bent glass travel series trays. They were ideal with the party’s color scheme. Also, found other silver-plated and pewter vases and candleholders made in a modern style.)
-Vintage magazines and books to lay out on cocktail and coffee tables (Borrowed vintage ‘Ideals’ Christmas books and Betty Crocker cookbooks purchased a great LIFE magazine from August, 1962 and a Betty Crocker ‘Hostess’ cookbook.)

A couple more party decor ideas:

If you still NEED more pictures, search Miss Party’s site for the party menu, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!” and other ‘Behind the Scenes’ posts of her ‘Jingle Mingle’ holiday party. You’ll see even more inspiration for this fab time period!


‘MAD MEN’-Inspired Cocktail Party Theme – Swanky and chic!

Madly in love with the hit tv show, ‘MAD MEN’? Or maybe you’re just as fascinated with the fab mid-century time period as Miss Party? Well, if you’re feeling the pull to plan a swanky cocktail party yourself, Miss Party can help you get from here to there with style.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

If you’re just starting this time-traveling trip, pop over to Miss Party’s post, “Mad Men/Mid-Century” Theme-Storm”, to get hip to the time period. To get her ‘in the mood’, Miss Party chose the perfectly perfect hostesses, Betty and Don Draper, from ‘MAD MEN’, lined up her ‘P’s’ and ‘Q’s’ and created a list of essential items that no self-respecting, mid-century hostess would be without. The party pictured above was a Christmas party so you’ll notice a bit of Christmas decor here and there but, honestly, the ‘Mad Men’-inspired color scheme would have stayed the same no matter when the party was held. The party colors were a bold and graphic red, black and white, with bright silver and gold metallics thrown in just because there was such a rage for all things chrome and gold-plated or gold-leafed, that one could hardly have stayed away from it.

So, this party is exponentially more fun if guests come in attire inspired by the swanky 60s (no tie-dye allowed). Guests played along and many outfits were quite swanky! Miss Party and her fabulous hubby wore outfits ‘inspired by the 60s’ rather than vintage clothing (Miss Party wore a raspberry pink silk, ‘cupcake’-style dress), but Miss Party’s sparkly jewelry was her Grandma’s vintage pieces. Her big splurge was on ‘party hair’ done by her favorite hairdresser, Heather Perrone, at Jaie3 Salon. It was crazy cute!

Of course, food and drink play a big part in this party’s 60s vibe. Visit Miss Party’s post, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!”, for a peek at what she served and a list of cookbooks used to research recipes. It’ll get you going in the right direction. For heaven’s sake, pass the canapés and get those cocktails flowin’, honey!

Kromex tiered chrome canapé and tidbit tray(s) or other chrome serving pieces (Miss Party collected Kromex one tier, two tier, and three tier trays and a condiment set.)
Dorothy Thorpe silver ombre, roly poly-shaped barware, punch bowl or serving pieces (Miss Party was thrilled to find the most AWESOME Dorothy Thorpe tulip-shaped, silver ombre chip and dip set and a fabulous candy dish.)
Georges Briard barware, ice bucket, or serving pieces (Miss Party purchased a contemporary, bright red, Georges Briard ice bucket for just $7 on Etsy!)
-Vintage punch bowl with glasses in a modern, atomic shape (Miss Party snagged a gorgeous Krista atomic-shaped, hand-blown glass punch bowl set with a glass ladle and 12 punch glasses.)
-High ball and low ball glass barware that comes with a metal rack to hold the glasses together as a set was very popular in the day
Serv-Ware‘s chrome, ‘Penguin’ Ice Bucket (Miss Party’s family owned one of these and was the first thing she had to have. After losing multiple auctions on eBay, she finally won one that’s in almost mint condition. It’s adorable!)

-Chafing dish with candle warming holder (Grandma Party found a nice silver-plated one at an antiques market in Virginia.)
-Glass deviled egg platter (with deviled eggs) (Miss Party used her Grandma’s platter.)
Pyrex or Fire-King covered glass casserole dishes (Miss Party found a pretty Fire-King 2 qt. covered casserole dish with gold-plating at a local antiques store just before the party.)
-Vintage glass serving bowls and platters (Miss Party used several inherited pieces.)
-Fondue set (sadly, Miss Party never did get this one.)
-Coffee carafe with gold-plated warming stand (Miss Party purchased a fab, mint condition, Pyrex coffee carafe set with gold-plated pine branches. It was made as a promotional item for the Christmas season of 1961.)
-Cloth cocktail napkins and cloth tablecloths or runners (vintage or new-retro style) (On eBay, Miss Party purchased Pottery Barn cloth cocktail napkin sets, a table runner and a silver-plated place card holder set, all in the retro-style ‘Graphic Reindeer’ pattern.)

Anholt Melamine ashtrays (Miss Party purchased several round and atomic-shaped Anholt ashtrays for tables.)
-Vintage ashtrays (As you’ll see in the pics, Miss Party made small vignettes on side tables that included: Vintage ashtrays filled with packets of Alka-Seltzer for hangovers, and Andes mints and peppermints to mask all that yucky cigarette breath. Next to each ashtray, she stacked boxes of candy cigarettes which can easily be purchased by the case online. In some cases the arrangements were set on top of or nearby vintage books or magazines.)
-Various Danish modern or contemporary 60s home decor from vases to candleholders, to bent glass trays (very popular) that evoke the time period (Miss Party purchased several Dan Baird bent glass travel series trays. They were ideal with the party’s color scheme. Also, found other silver-plated and pewter vases and candleholders made in a modern style.)
-Vintage magazines and books to lay out on cocktail and coffee tables (Borrowed vintage ‘Ideals’ Christmas books and Betty Crocker cookbooks purchased a great LIFE magazine from August, 1962 and a Betty Crocker ‘Hostess’ cookbook.)

A couple more party decor ideas:

If you still NEED more pictures, search Miss Party’s site for the party menu, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!” and other ‘Behind the Scenes’ posts of her ‘Jingle Mingle’ holiday party. You’ll see even more inspiration for this fab time period!


‘MAD MEN’-Inspired Cocktail Party Theme – Swanky and chic!

Madly in love with the hit tv show, ‘MAD MEN’? Or maybe you’re just as fascinated with the fab mid-century time period as Miss Party? Well, if you’re feeling the pull to plan a swanky cocktail party yourself, Miss Party can help you get from here to there with style.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

If you’re just starting this time-traveling trip, pop over to Miss Party’s post, “Mad Men/Mid-Century” Theme-Storm”, to get hip to the time period. To get her ‘in the mood’, Miss Party chose the perfectly perfect hostesses, Betty and Don Draper, from ‘MAD MEN’, lined up her ‘P’s’ and ‘Q’s’ and created a list of essential items that no self-respecting, mid-century hostess would be without. The party pictured above was a Christmas party so you’ll notice a bit of Christmas decor here and there but, honestly, the ‘Mad Men’-inspired color scheme would have stayed the same no matter when the party was held. The party colors were a bold and graphic red, black and white, with bright silver and gold metallics thrown in just because there was such a rage for all things chrome and gold-plated or gold-leafed, that one could hardly have stayed away from it.

So, this party is exponentially more fun if guests come in attire inspired by the swanky 60s (no tie-dye allowed). Guests played along and many outfits were quite swanky! Miss Party and her fabulous hubby wore outfits ‘inspired by the 60s’ rather than vintage clothing (Miss Party wore a raspberry pink silk, ‘cupcake’-style dress), but Miss Party’s sparkly jewelry was her Grandma’s vintage pieces. Her big splurge was on ‘party hair’ done by her favorite hairdresser, Heather Perrone, at Jaie3 Salon. It was crazy cute!

Of course, food and drink play a big part in this party’s 60s vibe. Visit Miss Party’s post, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!”, for a peek at what she served and a list of cookbooks used to research recipes. It’ll get you going in the right direction. For heaven’s sake, pass the canapés and get those cocktails flowin’, honey!

Kromex tiered chrome canapé and tidbit tray(s) or other chrome serving pieces (Miss Party collected Kromex one tier, two tier, and three tier trays and a condiment set.)
Dorothy Thorpe silver ombre, roly poly-shaped barware, punch bowl or serving pieces (Miss Party was thrilled to find the most AWESOME Dorothy Thorpe tulip-shaped, silver ombre chip and dip set and a fabulous candy dish.)
Georges Briard barware, ice bucket, or serving pieces (Miss Party purchased a contemporary, bright red, Georges Briard ice bucket for just $7 on Etsy!)
-Vintage punch bowl with glasses in a modern, atomic shape (Miss Party snagged a gorgeous Krista atomic-shaped, hand-blown glass punch bowl set with a glass ladle and 12 punch glasses.)
-High ball and low ball glass barware that comes with a metal rack to hold the glasses together as a set was very popular in the day
Serv-Ware‘s chrome, ‘Penguin’ Ice Bucket (Miss Party’s family owned one of these and was the first thing she had to have. After losing multiple auctions on eBay, she finally won one that’s in almost mint condition. It’s adorable!)

-Chafing dish with candle warming holder (Grandma Party found a nice silver-plated one at an antiques market in Virginia.)
-Glass deviled egg platter (with deviled eggs) (Miss Party used her Grandma’s platter.)
Pyrex or Fire-King covered glass casserole dishes (Miss Party found a pretty Fire-King 2 qt. covered casserole dish with gold-plating at a local antiques store just before the party.)
-Vintage glass serving bowls and platters (Miss Party used several inherited pieces.)
-Fondue set (sadly, Miss Party never did get this one.)
-Coffee carafe with gold-plated warming stand (Miss Party purchased a fab, mint condition, Pyrex coffee carafe set with gold-plated pine branches. It was made as a promotional item for the Christmas season of 1961.)
-Cloth cocktail napkins and cloth tablecloths or runners (vintage or new-retro style) (On eBay, Miss Party purchased Pottery Barn cloth cocktail napkin sets, a table runner and a silver-plated place card holder set, all in the retro-style ‘Graphic Reindeer’ pattern.)

Anholt Melamine ashtrays (Miss Party purchased several round and atomic-shaped Anholt ashtrays for tables.)
-Vintage ashtrays (As you’ll see in the pics, Miss Party made small vignettes on side tables that included: Vintage ashtrays filled with packets of Alka-Seltzer for hangovers, and Andes mints and peppermints to mask all that yucky cigarette breath. Next to each ashtray, she stacked boxes of candy cigarettes which can easily be purchased by the case online. In some cases the arrangements were set on top of or nearby vintage books or magazines.)
-Various Danish modern or contemporary 60s home decor from vases to candleholders, to bent glass trays (very popular) that evoke the time period (Miss Party purchased several Dan Baird bent glass travel series trays. They were ideal with the party’s color scheme. Also, found other silver-plated and pewter vases and candleholders made in a modern style.)
-Vintage magazines and books to lay out on cocktail and coffee tables (Borrowed vintage ‘Ideals’ Christmas books and Betty Crocker cookbooks purchased a great LIFE magazine from August, 1962 and a Betty Crocker ‘Hostess’ cookbook.)

A couple more party decor ideas:

If you still NEED more pictures, search Miss Party’s site for the party menu, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!” and other ‘Behind the Scenes’ posts of her ‘Jingle Mingle’ holiday party. You’ll see even more inspiration for this fab time period!


‘MAD MEN’-Inspired Cocktail Party Theme – Swanky and chic!

Madly in love with the hit tv show, ‘MAD MEN’? Or maybe you’re just as fascinated with the fab mid-century time period as Miss Party? Well, if you’re feeling the pull to plan a swanky cocktail party yourself, Miss Party can help you get from here to there with style.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

If you’re just starting this time-traveling trip, pop over to Miss Party’s post, “Mad Men/Mid-Century” Theme-Storm”, to get hip to the time period. To get her ‘in the mood’, Miss Party chose the perfectly perfect hostesses, Betty and Don Draper, from ‘MAD MEN’, lined up her ‘P’s’ and ‘Q’s’ and created a list of essential items that no self-respecting, mid-century hostess would be without. The party pictured above was a Christmas party so you’ll notice a bit of Christmas decor here and there but, honestly, the ‘Mad Men’-inspired color scheme would have stayed the same no matter when the party was held. The party colors were a bold and graphic red, black and white, with bright silver and gold metallics thrown in just because there was such a rage for all things chrome and gold-plated or gold-leafed, that one could hardly have stayed away from it.

So, this party is exponentially more fun if guests come in attire inspired by the swanky 60s (no tie-dye allowed). Guests played along and many outfits were quite swanky! Miss Party and her fabulous hubby wore outfits ‘inspired by the 60s’ rather than vintage clothing (Miss Party wore a raspberry pink silk, ‘cupcake’-style dress), but Miss Party’s sparkly jewelry was her Grandma’s vintage pieces. Her big splurge was on ‘party hair’ done by her favorite hairdresser, Heather Perrone, at Jaie3 Salon. It was crazy cute!

Of course, food and drink play a big part in this party’s 60s vibe. Visit Miss Party’s post, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!”, for a peek at what she served and a list of cookbooks used to research recipes. It’ll get you going in the right direction. For heaven’s sake, pass the canapés and get those cocktails flowin’, honey!

Kromex tiered chrome canapé and tidbit tray(s) or other chrome serving pieces (Miss Party collected Kromex one tier, two tier, and three tier trays and a condiment set.)
Dorothy Thorpe silver ombre, roly poly-shaped barware, punch bowl or serving pieces (Miss Party was thrilled to find the most AWESOME Dorothy Thorpe tulip-shaped, silver ombre chip and dip set and a fabulous candy dish.)
Georges Briard barware, ice bucket, or serving pieces (Miss Party purchased a contemporary, bright red, Georges Briard ice bucket for just $7 on Etsy!)
-Vintage punch bowl with glasses in a modern, atomic shape (Miss Party snagged a gorgeous Krista atomic-shaped, hand-blown glass punch bowl set with a glass ladle and 12 punch glasses.)
-High ball and low ball glass barware that comes with a metal rack to hold the glasses together as a set was very popular in the day
Serv-Ware‘s chrome, ‘Penguin’ Ice Bucket (Miss Party’s family owned one of these and was the first thing she had to have. After losing multiple auctions on eBay, she finally won one that’s in almost mint condition. It’s adorable!)

-Chafing dish with candle warming holder (Grandma Party found a nice silver-plated one at an antiques market in Virginia.)
-Glass deviled egg platter (with deviled eggs) (Miss Party used her Grandma’s platter.)
Pyrex or Fire-King covered glass casserole dishes (Miss Party found a pretty Fire-King 2 qt. covered casserole dish with gold-plating at a local antiques store just before the party.)
-Vintage glass serving bowls and platters (Miss Party used several inherited pieces.)
-Fondue set (sadly, Miss Party never did get this one.)
-Coffee carafe with gold-plated warming stand (Miss Party purchased a fab, mint condition, Pyrex coffee carafe set with gold-plated pine branches. It was made as a promotional item for the Christmas season of 1961.)
-Cloth cocktail napkins and cloth tablecloths or runners (vintage or new-retro style) (On eBay, Miss Party purchased Pottery Barn cloth cocktail napkin sets, a table runner and a silver-plated place card holder set, all in the retro-style ‘Graphic Reindeer’ pattern.)

Anholt Melamine ashtrays (Miss Party purchased several round and atomic-shaped Anholt ashtrays for tables.)
-Vintage ashtrays (As you’ll see in the pics, Miss Party made small vignettes on side tables that included: Vintage ashtrays filled with packets of Alka-Seltzer for hangovers, and Andes mints and peppermints to mask all that yucky cigarette breath. Next to each ashtray, she stacked boxes of candy cigarettes which can easily be purchased by the case online. In some cases the arrangements were set on top of or nearby vintage books or magazines.)
-Various Danish modern or contemporary 60s home decor from vases to candleholders, to bent glass trays (very popular) that evoke the time period (Miss Party purchased several Dan Baird bent glass travel series trays. They were ideal with the party’s color scheme. Also, found other silver-plated and pewter vases and candleholders made in a modern style.)
-Vintage magazines and books to lay out on cocktail and coffee tables (Borrowed vintage ‘Ideals’ Christmas books and Betty Crocker cookbooks purchased a great LIFE magazine from August, 1962 and a Betty Crocker ‘Hostess’ cookbook.)

A couple more party decor ideas:

If you still NEED more pictures, search Miss Party’s site for the party menu, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!” and other ‘Behind the Scenes’ posts of her ‘Jingle Mingle’ holiday party. You’ll see even more inspiration for this fab time period!


‘MAD MEN’-Inspired Cocktail Party Theme – Swanky and chic!

Madly in love with the hit tv show, ‘MAD MEN’? Or maybe you’re just as fascinated with the fab mid-century time period as Miss Party? Well, if you’re feeling the pull to plan a swanky cocktail party yourself, Miss Party can help you get from here to there with style.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

If you’re just starting this time-traveling trip, pop over to Miss Party’s post, “Mad Men/Mid-Century” Theme-Storm”, to get hip to the time period. To get her ‘in the mood’, Miss Party chose the perfectly perfect hostesses, Betty and Don Draper, from ‘MAD MEN’, lined up her ‘P’s’ and ‘Q’s’ and created a list of essential items that no self-respecting, mid-century hostess would be without. The party pictured above was a Christmas party so you’ll notice a bit of Christmas decor here and there but, honestly, the ‘Mad Men’-inspired color scheme would have stayed the same no matter when the party was held. The party colors were a bold and graphic red, black and white, with bright silver and gold metallics thrown in just because there was such a rage for all things chrome and gold-plated or gold-leafed, that one could hardly have stayed away from it.

So, this party is exponentially more fun if guests come in attire inspired by the swanky 60s (no tie-dye allowed). Guests played along and many outfits were quite swanky! Miss Party and her fabulous hubby wore outfits ‘inspired by the 60s’ rather than vintage clothing (Miss Party wore a raspberry pink silk, ‘cupcake’-style dress), but Miss Party’s sparkly jewelry was her Grandma’s vintage pieces. Her big splurge was on ‘party hair’ done by her favorite hairdresser, Heather Perrone, at Jaie3 Salon. It was crazy cute!

Of course, food and drink play a big part in this party’s 60s vibe. Visit Miss Party’s post, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!”, for a peek at what she served and a list of cookbooks used to research recipes. It’ll get you going in the right direction. For heaven’s sake, pass the canapés and get those cocktails flowin’, honey!

Kromex tiered chrome canapé and tidbit tray(s) or other chrome serving pieces (Miss Party collected Kromex one tier, two tier, and three tier trays and a condiment set.)
Dorothy Thorpe silver ombre, roly poly-shaped barware, punch bowl or serving pieces (Miss Party was thrilled to find the most AWESOME Dorothy Thorpe tulip-shaped, silver ombre chip and dip set and a fabulous candy dish.)
Georges Briard barware, ice bucket, or serving pieces (Miss Party purchased a contemporary, bright red, Georges Briard ice bucket for just $7 on Etsy!)
-Vintage punch bowl with glasses in a modern, atomic shape (Miss Party snagged a gorgeous Krista atomic-shaped, hand-blown glass punch bowl set with a glass ladle and 12 punch glasses.)
-High ball and low ball glass barware that comes with a metal rack to hold the glasses together as a set was very popular in the day
Serv-Ware‘s chrome, ‘Penguin’ Ice Bucket (Miss Party’s family owned one of these and was the first thing she had to have. After losing multiple auctions on eBay, she finally won one that’s in almost mint condition. It’s adorable!)

-Chafing dish with candle warming holder (Grandma Party found a nice silver-plated one at an antiques market in Virginia.)
-Glass deviled egg platter (with deviled eggs) (Miss Party used her Grandma’s platter.)
Pyrex or Fire-King covered glass casserole dishes (Miss Party found a pretty Fire-King 2 qt. covered casserole dish with gold-plating at a local antiques store just before the party.)
-Vintage glass serving bowls and platters (Miss Party used several inherited pieces.)
-Fondue set (sadly, Miss Party never did get this one.)
-Coffee carafe with gold-plated warming stand (Miss Party purchased a fab, mint condition, Pyrex coffee carafe set with gold-plated pine branches. It was made as a promotional item for the Christmas season of 1961.)
-Cloth cocktail napkins and cloth tablecloths or runners (vintage or new-retro style) (On eBay, Miss Party purchased Pottery Barn cloth cocktail napkin sets, a table runner and a silver-plated place card holder set, all in the retro-style ‘Graphic Reindeer’ pattern.)

Anholt Melamine ashtrays (Miss Party purchased several round and atomic-shaped Anholt ashtrays for tables.)
-Vintage ashtrays (As you’ll see in the pics, Miss Party made small vignettes on side tables that included: Vintage ashtrays filled with packets of Alka-Seltzer for hangovers, and Andes mints and peppermints to mask all that yucky cigarette breath. Next to each ashtray, she stacked boxes of candy cigarettes which can easily be purchased by the case online. In some cases the arrangements were set on top of or nearby vintage books or magazines.)
-Various Danish modern or contemporary 60s home decor from vases to candleholders, to bent glass trays (very popular) that evoke the time period (Miss Party purchased several Dan Baird bent glass travel series trays. They were ideal with the party’s color scheme. Also, found other silver-plated and pewter vases and candleholders made in a modern style.)
-Vintage magazines and books to lay out on cocktail and coffee tables (Borrowed vintage ‘Ideals’ Christmas books and Betty Crocker cookbooks purchased a great LIFE magazine from August, 1962 and a Betty Crocker ‘Hostess’ cookbook.)

A couple more party decor ideas:

If you still NEED more pictures, search Miss Party’s site for the party menu, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!” and other ‘Behind the Scenes’ posts of her ‘Jingle Mingle’ holiday party. You’ll see even more inspiration for this fab time period!


‘MAD MEN’-Inspired Cocktail Party Theme – Swanky and chic!

Madly in love with the hit tv show, ‘MAD MEN’? Or maybe you’re just as fascinated with the fab mid-century time period as Miss Party? Well, if you’re feeling the pull to plan a swanky cocktail party yourself, Miss Party can help you get from here to there with style.

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If you’re just starting this time-traveling trip, pop over to Miss Party’s post, “Mad Men/Mid-Century” Theme-Storm”, to get hip to the time period. To get her ‘in the mood’, Miss Party chose the perfectly perfect hostesses, Betty and Don Draper, from ‘MAD MEN’, lined up her ‘P’s’ and ‘Q’s’ and created a list of essential items that no self-respecting, mid-century hostess would be without. The party pictured above was a Christmas party so you’ll notice a bit of Christmas decor here and there but, honestly, the ‘Mad Men’-inspired color scheme would have stayed the same no matter when the party was held. The party colors were a bold and graphic red, black and white, with bright silver and gold metallics thrown in just because there was such a rage for all things chrome and gold-plated or gold-leafed, that one could hardly have stayed away from it.

So, this party is exponentially more fun if guests come in attire inspired by the swanky 60s (no tie-dye allowed). Guests played along and many outfits were quite swanky! Miss Party and her fabulous hubby wore outfits ‘inspired by the 60s’ rather than vintage clothing (Miss Party wore a raspberry pink silk, ‘cupcake’-style dress), but Miss Party’s sparkly jewelry was her Grandma’s vintage pieces. Her big splurge was on ‘party hair’ done by her favorite hairdresser, Heather Perrone, at Jaie3 Salon. It was crazy cute!

Of course, food and drink play a big part in this party’s 60s vibe. Visit Miss Party’s post, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!”, for a peek at what she served and a list of cookbooks used to research recipes. It’ll get you going in the right direction. For heaven’s sake, pass the canapés and get those cocktails flowin’, honey!

Kromex tiered chrome canapé and tidbit tray(s) or other chrome serving pieces (Miss Party collected Kromex one tier, two tier, and three tier trays and a condiment set.)
Dorothy Thorpe silver ombre, roly poly-shaped barware, punch bowl or serving pieces (Miss Party was thrilled to find the most AWESOME Dorothy Thorpe tulip-shaped, silver ombre chip and dip set and a fabulous candy dish.)
Georges Briard barware, ice bucket, or serving pieces (Miss Party purchased a contemporary, bright red, Georges Briard ice bucket for just $7 on Etsy!)
-Vintage punch bowl with glasses in a modern, atomic shape (Miss Party snagged a gorgeous Krista atomic-shaped, hand-blown glass punch bowl set with a glass ladle and 12 punch glasses.)
-High ball and low ball glass barware that comes with a metal rack to hold the glasses together as a set was very popular in the day
Serv-Ware‘s chrome, ‘Penguin’ Ice Bucket (Miss Party’s family owned one of these and was the first thing she had to have. After losing multiple auctions on eBay, she finally won one that’s in almost mint condition. It’s adorable!)

-Chafing dish with candle warming holder (Grandma Party found a nice silver-plated one at an antiques market in Virginia.)
-Glass deviled egg platter (with deviled eggs) (Miss Party used her Grandma’s platter.)
Pyrex or Fire-King covered glass casserole dishes (Miss Party found a pretty Fire-King 2 qt. covered casserole dish with gold-plating at a local antiques store just before the party.)
-Vintage glass serving bowls and platters (Miss Party used several inherited pieces.)
-Fondue set (sadly, Miss Party never did get this one.)
-Coffee carafe with gold-plated warming stand (Miss Party purchased a fab, mint condition, Pyrex coffee carafe set with gold-plated pine branches. It was made as a promotional item for the Christmas season of 1961.)
-Cloth cocktail napkins and cloth tablecloths or runners (vintage or new-retro style) (On eBay, Miss Party purchased Pottery Barn cloth cocktail napkin sets, a table runner and a silver-plated place card holder set, all in the retro-style ‘Graphic Reindeer’ pattern.)

Anholt Melamine ashtrays (Miss Party purchased several round and atomic-shaped Anholt ashtrays for tables.)
-Vintage ashtrays (As you’ll see in the pics, Miss Party made small vignettes on side tables that included: Vintage ashtrays filled with packets of Alka-Seltzer for hangovers, and Andes mints and peppermints to mask all that yucky cigarette breath. Next to each ashtray, she stacked boxes of candy cigarettes which can easily be purchased by the case online. In some cases the arrangements were set on top of or nearby vintage books or magazines.)
-Various Danish modern or contemporary 60s home decor from vases to candleholders, to bent glass trays (very popular) that evoke the time period (Miss Party purchased several Dan Baird bent glass travel series trays. They were ideal with the party’s color scheme. Also, found other silver-plated and pewter vases and candleholders made in a modern style.)
-Vintage magazines and books to lay out on cocktail and coffee tables (Borrowed vintage ‘Ideals’ Christmas books and Betty Crocker cookbooks purchased a great LIFE magazine from August, 1962 and a Betty Crocker ‘Hostess’ cookbook.)

A couple more party decor ideas:

If you still NEED more pictures, search Miss Party’s site for the party menu, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!” and other ‘Behind the Scenes’ posts of her ‘Jingle Mingle’ holiday party. You’ll see even more inspiration for this fab time period!


‘MAD MEN’-Inspired Cocktail Party Theme – Swanky and chic!

Madly in love with the hit tv show, ‘MAD MEN’? Or maybe you’re just as fascinated with the fab mid-century time period as Miss Party? Well, if you’re feeling the pull to plan a swanky cocktail party yourself, Miss Party can help you get from here to there with style.

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If you’re just starting this time-traveling trip, pop over to Miss Party’s post, “Mad Men/Mid-Century” Theme-Storm”, to get hip to the time period. To get her ‘in the mood’, Miss Party chose the perfectly perfect hostesses, Betty and Don Draper, from ‘MAD MEN’, lined up her ‘P’s’ and ‘Q’s’ and created a list of essential items that no self-respecting, mid-century hostess would be without. The party pictured above was a Christmas party so you’ll notice a bit of Christmas decor here and there but, honestly, the ‘Mad Men’-inspired color scheme would have stayed the same no matter when the party was held. The party colors were a bold and graphic red, black and white, with bright silver and gold metallics thrown in just because there was such a rage for all things chrome and gold-plated or gold-leafed, that one could hardly have stayed away from it.

So, this party is exponentially more fun if guests come in attire inspired by the swanky 60s (no tie-dye allowed). Guests played along and many outfits were quite swanky! Miss Party and her fabulous hubby wore outfits ‘inspired by the 60s’ rather than vintage clothing (Miss Party wore a raspberry pink silk, ‘cupcake’-style dress), but Miss Party’s sparkly jewelry was her Grandma’s vintage pieces. Her big splurge was on ‘party hair’ done by her favorite hairdresser, Heather Perrone, at Jaie3 Salon. It was crazy cute!

Of course, food and drink play a big part in this party’s 60s vibe. Visit Miss Party’s post, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!”, for a peek at what she served and a list of cookbooks used to research recipes. It’ll get you going in the right direction. For heaven’s sake, pass the canapés and get those cocktails flowin’, honey!

Kromex tiered chrome canapé and tidbit tray(s) or other chrome serving pieces (Miss Party collected Kromex one tier, two tier, and three tier trays and a condiment set.)
Dorothy Thorpe silver ombre, roly poly-shaped barware, punch bowl or serving pieces (Miss Party was thrilled to find the most AWESOME Dorothy Thorpe tulip-shaped, silver ombre chip and dip set and a fabulous candy dish.)
Georges Briard barware, ice bucket, or serving pieces (Miss Party purchased a contemporary, bright red, Georges Briard ice bucket for just $7 on Etsy!)
-Vintage punch bowl with glasses in a modern, atomic shape (Miss Party snagged a gorgeous Krista atomic-shaped, hand-blown glass punch bowl set with a glass ladle and 12 punch glasses.)
-High ball and low ball glass barware that comes with a metal rack to hold the glasses together as a set was very popular in the day
Serv-Ware‘s chrome, ‘Penguin’ Ice Bucket (Miss Party’s family owned one of these and was the first thing she had to have. After losing multiple auctions on eBay, she finally won one that’s in almost mint condition. It’s adorable!)

-Chafing dish with candle warming holder (Grandma Party found a nice silver-plated one at an antiques market in Virginia.)
-Glass deviled egg platter (with deviled eggs) (Miss Party used her Grandma’s platter.)
Pyrex or Fire-King covered glass casserole dishes (Miss Party found a pretty Fire-King 2 qt. covered casserole dish with gold-plating at a local antiques store just before the party.)
-Vintage glass serving bowls and platters (Miss Party used several inherited pieces.)
-Fondue set (sadly, Miss Party never did get this one.)
-Coffee carafe with gold-plated warming stand (Miss Party purchased a fab, mint condition, Pyrex coffee carafe set with gold-plated pine branches. It was made as a promotional item for the Christmas season of 1961.)
-Cloth cocktail napkins and cloth tablecloths or runners (vintage or new-retro style) (On eBay, Miss Party purchased Pottery Barn cloth cocktail napkin sets, a table runner and a silver-plated place card holder set, all in the retro-style ‘Graphic Reindeer’ pattern.)

Anholt Melamine ashtrays (Miss Party purchased several round and atomic-shaped Anholt ashtrays for tables.)
-Vintage ashtrays (As you’ll see in the pics, Miss Party made small vignettes on side tables that included: Vintage ashtrays filled with packets of Alka-Seltzer for hangovers, and Andes mints and peppermints to mask all that yucky cigarette breath. Next to each ashtray, she stacked boxes of candy cigarettes which can easily be purchased by the case online. In some cases the arrangements were set on top of or nearby vintage books or magazines.)
-Various Danish modern or contemporary 60s home decor from vases to candleholders, to bent glass trays (very popular) that evoke the time period (Miss Party purchased several Dan Baird bent glass travel series trays. They were ideal with the party’s color scheme. Also, found other silver-plated and pewter vases and candleholders made in a modern style.)
-Vintage magazines and books to lay out on cocktail and coffee tables (Borrowed vintage ‘Ideals’ Christmas books and Betty Crocker cookbooks purchased a great LIFE magazine from August, 1962 and a Betty Crocker ‘Hostess’ cookbook.)

A couple more party decor ideas:

If you still NEED more pictures, search Miss Party’s site for the party menu, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!” and other ‘Behind the Scenes’ posts of her ‘Jingle Mingle’ holiday party. You’ll see even more inspiration for this fab time period!


‘MAD MEN’-Inspired Cocktail Party Theme – Swanky and chic!

Madly in love with the hit tv show, ‘MAD MEN’? Or maybe you’re just as fascinated with the fab mid-century time period as Miss Party? Well, if you’re feeling the pull to plan a swanky cocktail party yourself, Miss Party can help you get from here to there with style.

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If you’re just starting this time-traveling trip, pop over to Miss Party’s post, “Mad Men/Mid-Century” Theme-Storm”, to get hip to the time period. To get her ‘in the mood’, Miss Party chose the perfectly perfect hostesses, Betty and Don Draper, from ‘MAD MEN’, lined up her ‘P’s’ and ‘Q’s’ and created a list of essential items that no self-respecting, mid-century hostess would be without. The party pictured above was a Christmas party so you’ll notice a bit of Christmas decor here and there but, honestly, the ‘Mad Men’-inspired color scheme would have stayed the same no matter when the party was held. The party colors were a bold and graphic red, black and white, with bright silver and gold metallics thrown in just because there was such a rage for all things chrome and gold-plated or gold-leafed, that one could hardly have stayed away from it.

So, this party is exponentially more fun if guests come in attire inspired by the swanky 60s (no tie-dye allowed). Guests played along and many outfits were quite swanky! Miss Party and her fabulous hubby wore outfits ‘inspired by the 60s’ rather than vintage clothing (Miss Party wore a raspberry pink silk, ‘cupcake’-style dress), but Miss Party’s sparkly jewelry was her Grandma’s vintage pieces. Her big splurge was on ‘party hair’ done by her favorite hairdresser, Heather Perrone, at Jaie3 Salon. It was crazy cute!

Of course, food and drink play a big part in this party’s 60s vibe. Visit Miss Party’s post, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!”, for a peek at what she served and a list of cookbooks used to research recipes. It’ll get you going in the right direction. For heaven’s sake, pass the canapés and get those cocktails flowin’, honey!

Kromex tiered chrome canapé and tidbit tray(s) or other chrome serving pieces (Miss Party collected Kromex one tier, two tier, and three tier trays and a condiment set.)
Dorothy Thorpe silver ombre, roly poly-shaped barware, punch bowl or serving pieces (Miss Party was thrilled to find the most AWESOME Dorothy Thorpe tulip-shaped, silver ombre chip and dip set and a fabulous candy dish.)
Georges Briard barware, ice bucket, or serving pieces (Miss Party purchased a contemporary, bright red, Georges Briard ice bucket for just $7 on Etsy!)
-Vintage punch bowl with glasses in a modern, atomic shape (Miss Party snagged a gorgeous Krista atomic-shaped, hand-blown glass punch bowl set with a glass ladle and 12 punch glasses.)
-High ball and low ball glass barware that comes with a metal rack to hold the glasses together as a set was very popular in the day
Serv-Ware‘s chrome, ‘Penguin’ Ice Bucket (Miss Party’s family owned one of these and was the first thing she had to have. After losing multiple auctions on eBay, she finally won one that’s in almost mint condition. It’s adorable!)

-Chafing dish with candle warming holder (Grandma Party found a nice silver-plated one at an antiques market in Virginia.)
-Glass deviled egg platter (with deviled eggs) (Miss Party used her Grandma’s platter.)
Pyrex or Fire-King covered glass casserole dishes (Miss Party found a pretty Fire-King 2 qt. covered casserole dish with gold-plating at a local antiques store just before the party.)
-Vintage glass serving bowls and platters (Miss Party used several inherited pieces.)
-Fondue set (sadly, Miss Party never did get this one.)
-Coffee carafe with gold-plated warming stand (Miss Party purchased a fab, mint condition, Pyrex coffee carafe set with gold-plated pine branches. It was made as a promotional item for the Christmas season of 1961.)
-Cloth cocktail napkins and cloth tablecloths or runners (vintage or new-retro style) (On eBay, Miss Party purchased Pottery Barn cloth cocktail napkin sets, a table runner and a silver-plated place card holder set, all in the retro-style ‘Graphic Reindeer’ pattern.)

Anholt Melamine ashtrays (Miss Party purchased several round and atomic-shaped Anholt ashtrays for tables.)
-Vintage ashtrays (As you’ll see in the pics, Miss Party made small vignettes on side tables that included: Vintage ashtrays filled with packets of Alka-Seltzer for hangovers, and Andes mints and peppermints to mask all that yucky cigarette breath. Next to each ashtray, she stacked boxes of candy cigarettes which can easily be purchased by the case online. In some cases the arrangements were set on top of or nearby vintage books or magazines.)
-Various Danish modern or contemporary 60s home decor from vases to candleholders, to bent glass trays (very popular) that evoke the time period (Miss Party purchased several Dan Baird bent glass travel series trays. They were ideal with the party’s color scheme. Also, found other silver-plated and pewter vases and candleholders made in a modern style.)
-Vintage magazines and books to lay out on cocktail and coffee tables (Borrowed vintage ‘Ideals’ Christmas books and Betty Crocker cookbooks purchased a great LIFE magazine from August, 1962 and a Betty Crocker ‘Hostess’ cookbook.)

A couple more party decor ideas:

If you still NEED more pictures, search Miss Party’s site for the party menu, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!” and other ‘Behind the Scenes’ posts of her ‘Jingle Mingle’ holiday party. You’ll see even more inspiration for this fab time period!


‘MAD MEN’-Inspired Cocktail Party Theme – Swanky and chic!

Madly in love with the hit tv show, ‘MAD MEN’? Or maybe you’re just as fascinated with the fab mid-century time period as Miss Party? Well, if you’re feeling the pull to plan a swanky cocktail party yourself, Miss Party can help you get from here to there with style.

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If you’re just starting this time-traveling trip, pop over to Miss Party’s post, “Mad Men/Mid-Century” Theme-Storm”, to get hip to the time period. To get her ‘in the mood’, Miss Party chose the perfectly perfect hostesses, Betty and Don Draper, from ‘MAD MEN’, lined up her ‘P’s’ and ‘Q’s’ and created a list of essential items that no self-respecting, mid-century hostess would be without. The party pictured above was a Christmas party so you’ll notice a bit of Christmas decor here and there but, honestly, the ‘Mad Men’-inspired color scheme would have stayed the same no matter when the party was held. The party colors were a bold and graphic red, black and white, with bright silver and gold metallics thrown in just because there was such a rage for all things chrome and gold-plated or gold-leafed, that one could hardly have stayed away from it.

So, this party is exponentially more fun if guests come in attire inspired by the swanky 60s (no tie-dye allowed). Guests played along and many outfits were quite swanky! Miss Party and her fabulous hubby wore outfits ‘inspired by the 60s’ rather than vintage clothing (Miss Party wore a raspberry pink silk, ‘cupcake’-style dress), but Miss Party’s sparkly jewelry was her Grandma’s vintage pieces. Her big splurge was on ‘party hair’ done by her favorite hairdresser, Heather Perrone, at Jaie3 Salon. It was crazy cute!

Of course, food and drink play a big part in this party’s 60s vibe. Visit Miss Party’s post, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!”, for a peek at what she served and a list of cookbooks used to research recipes. It’ll get you going in the right direction. For heaven’s sake, pass the canapés and get those cocktails flowin’, honey!

Kromex tiered chrome canapé and tidbit tray(s) or other chrome serving pieces (Miss Party collected Kromex one tier, two tier, and three tier trays and a condiment set.)
Dorothy Thorpe silver ombre, roly poly-shaped barware, punch bowl or serving pieces (Miss Party was thrilled to find the most AWESOME Dorothy Thorpe tulip-shaped, silver ombre chip and dip set and a fabulous candy dish.)
Georges Briard barware, ice bucket, or serving pieces (Miss Party purchased a contemporary, bright red, Georges Briard ice bucket for just $7 on Etsy!)
-Vintage punch bowl with glasses in a modern, atomic shape (Miss Party snagged a gorgeous Krista atomic-shaped, hand-blown glass punch bowl set with a glass ladle and 12 punch glasses.)
-High ball and low ball glass barware that comes with a metal rack to hold the glasses together as a set was very popular in the day
Serv-Ware‘s chrome, ‘Penguin’ Ice Bucket (Miss Party’s family owned one of these and was the first thing she had to have. After losing multiple auctions on eBay, she finally won one that’s in almost mint condition. It’s adorable!)

-Chafing dish with candle warming holder (Grandma Party found a nice silver-plated one at an antiques market in Virginia.)
-Glass deviled egg platter (with deviled eggs) (Miss Party used her Grandma’s platter.)
Pyrex or Fire-King covered glass casserole dishes (Miss Party found a pretty Fire-King 2 qt. covered casserole dish with gold-plating at a local antiques store just before the party.)
-Vintage glass serving bowls and platters (Miss Party used several inherited pieces.)
-Fondue set (sadly, Miss Party never did get this one.)
-Coffee carafe with gold-plated warming stand (Miss Party purchased a fab, mint condition, Pyrex coffee carafe set with gold-plated pine branches. It was made as a promotional item for the Christmas season of 1961.)
-Cloth cocktail napkins and cloth tablecloths or runners (vintage or new-retro style) (On eBay, Miss Party purchased Pottery Barn cloth cocktail napkin sets, a table runner and a silver-plated place card holder set, all in the retro-style ‘Graphic Reindeer’ pattern.)

Anholt Melamine ashtrays (Miss Party purchased several round and atomic-shaped Anholt ashtrays for tables.)
-Vintage ashtrays (As you’ll see in the pics, Miss Party made small vignettes on side tables that included: Vintage ashtrays filled with packets of Alka-Seltzer for hangovers, and Andes mints and peppermints to mask all that yucky cigarette breath. Next to each ashtray, she stacked boxes of candy cigarettes which can easily be purchased by the case online. In some cases the arrangements were set on top of or nearby vintage books or magazines.)
-Various Danish modern or contemporary 60s home decor from vases to candleholders, to bent glass trays (very popular) that evoke the time period (Miss Party purchased several Dan Baird bent glass travel series trays. They were ideal with the party’s color scheme. Also, found other silver-plated and pewter vases and candleholders made in a modern style.)
-Vintage magazines and books to lay out on cocktail and coffee tables (Borrowed vintage ‘Ideals’ Christmas books and Betty Crocker cookbooks purchased a great LIFE magazine from August, 1962 and a Betty Crocker ‘Hostess’ cookbook.)

A couple more party decor ideas:

If you still NEED more pictures, search Miss Party’s site for the party menu, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!” and other ‘Behind the Scenes’ posts of her ‘Jingle Mingle’ holiday party. You’ll see even more inspiration for this fab time period!


‘MAD MEN’-Inspired Cocktail Party Theme – Swanky and chic!

Madly in love with the hit tv show, ‘MAD MEN’? Or maybe you’re just as fascinated with the fab mid-century time period as Miss Party? Well, if you’re feeling the pull to plan a swanky cocktail party yourself, Miss Party can help you get from here to there with style.

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If you’re just starting this time-traveling trip, pop over to Miss Party’s post, “Mad Men/Mid-Century” Theme-Storm”, to get hip to the time period. To get her ‘in the mood’, Miss Party chose the perfectly perfect hostesses, Betty and Don Draper, from ‘MAD MEN’, lined up her ‘P’s’ and ‘Q’s’ and created a list of essential items that no self-respecting, mid-century hostess would be without. The party pictured above was a Christmas party so you’ll notice a bit of Christmas decor here and there but, honestly, the ‘Mad Men’-inspired color scheme would have stayed the same no matter when the party was held. The party colors were a bold and graphic red, black and white, with bright silver and gold metallics thrown in just because there was such a rage for all things chrome and gold-plated or gold-leafed, that one could hardly have stayed away from it.

So, this party is exponentially more fun if guests come in attire inspired by the swanky 60s (no tie-dye allowed). Guests played along and many outfits were quite swanky! Miss Party and her fabulous hubby wore outfits ‘inspired by the 60s’ rather than vintage clothing (Miss Party wore a raspberry pink silk, ‘cupcake’-style dress), but Miss Party’s sparkly jewelry was her Grandma’s vintage pieces. Her big splurge was on ‘party hair’ done by her favorite hairdresser, Heather Perrone, at Jaie3 Salon. It was crazy cute!

Of course, food and drink play a big part in this party’s 60s vibe. Visit Miss Party’s post, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!”, for a peek at what she served and a list of cookbooks used to research recipes. It’ll get you going in the right direction. For heaven’s sake, pass the canapés and get those cocktails flowin’, honey!

Kromex tiered chrome canapé and tidbit tray(s) or other chrome serving pieces (Miss Party collected Kromex one tier, two tier, and three tier trays and a condiment set.)
Dorothy Thorpe silver ombre, roly poly-shaped barware, punch bowl or serving pieces (Miss Party was thrilled to find the most AWESOME Dorothy Thorpe tulip-shaped, silver ombre chip and dip set and a fabulous candy dish.)
Georges Briard barware, ice bucket, or serving pieces (Miss Party purchased a contemporary, bright red, Georges Briard ice bucket for just $7 on Etsy!)
-Vintage punch bowl with glasses in a modern, atomic shape (Miss Party snagged a gorgeous Krista atomic-shaped, hand-blown glass punch bowl set with a glass ladle and 12 punch glasses.)
-High ball and low ball glass barware that comes with a metal rack to hold the glasses together as a set was very popular in the day
Serv-Ware‘s chrome, ‘Penguin’ Ice Bucket (Miss Party’s family owned one of these and was the first thing she had to have. After losing multiple auctions on eBay, she finally won one that’s in almost mint condition. It’s adorable!)

-Chafing dish with candle warming holder (Grandma Party found a nice silver-plated one at an antiques market in Virginia.)
-Glass deviled egg platter (with deviled eggs) (Miss Party used her Grandma’s platter.)
Pyrex or Fire-King covered glass casserole dishes (Miss Party found a pretty Fire-King 2 qt. covered casserole dish with gold-plating at a local antiques store just before the party.)
-Vintage glass serving bowls and platters (Miss Party used several inherited pieces.)
-Fondue set (sadly, Miss Party never did get this one.)
-Coffee carafe with gold-plated warming stand (Miss Party purchased a fab, mint condition, Pyrex coffee carafe set with gold-plated pine branches. It was made as a promotional item for the Christmas season of 1961.)
-Cloth cocktail napkins and cloth tablecloths or runners (vintage or new-retro style) (On eBay, Miss Party purchased Pottery Barn cloth cocktail napkin sets, a table runner and a silver-plated place card holder set, all in the retro-style ‘Graphic Reindeer’ pattern.)

Anholt Melamine ashtrays (Miss Party purchased several round and atomic-shaped Anholt ashtrays for tables.)
-Vintage ashtrays (As you’ll see in the pics, Miss Party made small vignettes on side tables that included: Vintage ashtrays filled with packets of Alka-Seltzer for hangovers, and Andes mints and peppermints to mask all that yucky cigarette breath. Next to each ashtray, she stacked boxes of candy cigarettes which can easily be purchased by the case online. In some cases the arrangements were set on top of or nearby vintage books or magazines.)
-Various Danish modern or contemporary 60s home decor from vases to candleholders, to bent glass trays (very popular) that evoke the time period (Miss Party purchased several Dan Baird bent glass travel series trays. They were ideal with the party’s color scheme. Also, found other silver-plated and pewter vases and candleholders made in a modern style.)
-Vintage magazines and books to lay out on cocktail and coffee tables (Borrowed vintage ‘Ideals’ Christmas books and Betty Crocker cookbooks purchased a great LIFE magazine from August, 1962 and a Betty Crocker ‘Hostess’ cookbook.)

A couple more party decor ideas:

If you still NEED more pictures, search Miss Party’s site for the party menu, �s-Inspired Cocktail Party Menu – Swanky and chic!” and other ‘Behind the Scenes’ posts of her ‘Jingle Mingle’ holiday party. You’ll see even more inspiration for this fab time period!


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