We never really had an official housewarming to celebrate our new apartment. (Probably has something to do with the fact that we only very recently got the apartment in company-ready order.) So a few weeks ago, Joey and I decided to throw a Mad Men-themed housewarming — because what says domesticity quite like Mad Men, right?

The party was a roaring success (if I do say so myself), so I figured I’d share. Here’s a breakdown of how to decorate, what to eat and drink, and what to wear for a Mad Men housewarming party.

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How I decorated:

It will probably shock you to learn that I didn’t really start prepping anything for the party before the day-of. I know — so unlike me. But while I had been thinking about the details, I didn’t even clean the place until the morning of the party.

Fortunately, I was able to score a bunch of free party decorations from work, visible in the picture above. (Get your own MarthaCelebrations here.)

We also played Mad Men episodes on Netflix in the background and played ’50s/’60s music for a little ambience.

What we wore:

Since I have pretty stylish friends, I wasn’t too worried about decorating because I figured their ensembles will fill out the look of the room. They didn’t disappoint.

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My dress is from Etsy a couple of years ago. I’d originally planned on wearing my hair half down/half teased up (a la Brigitte Bardot), but it was mildly sweltering that night, so I opted for a ballerina bun instead. (Tutorial to come.)

What we drank:

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Because I prefer all my celebrations with champagne, I decided to set up a champagne cocktail bar in the kitchen. Here were the recipes:

The Sterling 75
1 splash gin
1 splash St. Germaine (or other elderflower liqueur)

Fill the rest of the glass with chilled champagne or proseco. Add ice.

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The Mad Mojito
For the mojito:
Muddled mint (about 1 1/2 cups) & limes (6-7 sliced)
2 cups light rum
3/4 cup simple syrup

Combine mojito ingredients ahead of time and let sit in the fridge for an hour before serving. For the Mad Mojito, fill half the glass with mojito mixture and the fill the rest of the way with chilled champagne or prosecco. Add ice.

The Don Draper
1 splash cognac
1 splash Grand Marnier

Fill the rest of the glass with chilled champagne or prosecco.

What we ate:

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In keeping with the theme, I served only 1950s-style foods. There were pigs ‘n a blanket, cheese and crackers, shrimp cocktail (provided by my lovely friend Ashli), a mocha pie (from my other lovely friend Natalie), and a deviled egg tasting (inspired by the appetizer at The House. Here’s how I made the eggs:

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Bacon & (Deviled) Eggs
For filling:
Combine 6 hardboiled egg yolks with 1/2 cup mayo and 1/4 cup mustard. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Fill halved hard-boiled egg whites with yolk mixture. Top with chopped bacon bits. (I used turkey bacon. As far as I know, no one could tell the difference.)

Sriracha Deviled Eggs
For filling:
Combine 6 hardboiled egg yolks with 1/4 cup mayo, 1/4 cup mustard, and 2-4 T Sriracha sauce. Add juice from one lime.

Fill halved hard-boiled egg whites with yolk mixture. Top with a sprinkle of paprika.

Fancy Deviled Eggs
For filling:
Combine 6 hardboiled egg yolks with 1/2 cup mayo and 1/4 cup mustard. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Fill halved hard-boiled egg whites with yolk mixture. Top with a dollop of low-fat sour cream and a small scoop of black caviar. Because we fancy like that.

And that’s really it! We also gave out a prize to the best costume, which went to my friend Ashli (who in all honestly is ready for a Mad Men party at any given moment).

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Anyone else as obsessed with theme parties like me?

7 Responses to How to: Throw a Mad Men Party

  • Marissa says:

    Your party looks great!! My sister and I threw a MadMen themed Christmas party last year – we also made deviled eggs, as well as a cheese ball and jam cookies. We picked up 50’s-era items (like an old phone and a typewriter) from my grandparents to decorate. And we made cocktails like Tom Collins and Old Fashioned.

    I was a great party! And probably the best way to get all the guys to dress up ;)

    • Justine Lorelle says:

      Your party sounds awesome! I don’t think I’ve ever made a cheese ball before, but everyone seems to love them. I’ll have to add it to my next menu :)

      Thanks for commenting!

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