"Only boring people are bored" - Betty Draper
Getting startedConfidence is key when hosting a Mad Men-themed party. Self-depreciation and anxiety weren't the 'done' thing in the 1960s (and if it was, there was medication to hide it). So fake it. No apologising for your food before it hits your guests' lips. Think of Joan admonishing you with her famous line: "I don't allow crying... it erodes morale." Simply smile, relax, and enjoy yourself. Your guests will soon follow your lead.
Decorating tipsEven the most serious of dinner parties have an element of fun in Mad Men. Remember Betty going all out with an international-themed bonanza to impress Don's clients from Heineken beer? Tiki themes (think grass skirts lining your table, Tiki torches and cocktail umbrellas) were big in the 60s, or pick up some vintage copies of Vogue to display on your coffee table.
See more ideas with our Mad Men Style Ideas for Your Home
The foodWhen it comes to Mad Men cocktails and food, remember the KISS rule (as in "Keep It Simple, Silly"), one we're sure Betty Draper follows. You could go for a swank dinner party (think Roast Rib of Beef, Dauphinoise Potatoes, Lemon-Glazed Butter Cake) but we recommend keeping it buffet style, or better yet, have everyone bring a dish. These Mad Men-inspired nibbles are easy to whip up in a jiff.
- Parmesan on Sticks
- Spiced Crab and Lemon Dip
- Chilled Bloody Mary Soup
- Classic French Chicken Liver Pate
- Bacon Skewers
- Classic Caesar Salad
- Manhattan Meatballs
- New York Cheesecake
- Schnapps Jelly
- Hot Toddy Pudding Cake
See all of our Mad Men Cocktails & Party Food Recipes
The cocktailsJoan Harris once said, "No dull moments or dull men tolerated" - and to that list, we'd like to add, "No dull cocktails." For the ultimate 60s cocktails, try one of these:
See more cocktail tips from Tony Conigliaro of 69 Colebrooke Row.
MusicIf you've got a record player, pick up some old vinyl from a charity shop. Otherwise, add these tunes to your playlist:
- Let's Twist Again - Chubby Checker
- Botch-A-Me - Rosemary Clooney
- Manhattan - Ella Fitzgerald
- Fly Me to The Moon - Julie London
- Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - Bob Dylan
- My Special Angel - Bobby Helms
- Break it to Me Gently - Brenda Lee
- I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
- Come On Do the Jerk - The Miracles
- Papa's Got a Brand New Bag - James Brown
GamesPick up some vintage board games like Twister or Operation from your local charity shop. Otherwise card games, bingo and charades all work a treat.