Party Pleasers For Guests With Sophisticated Palates

While cocktail sausages and a cheeseball are perfect for the majority of parties, sometimes you host guests with more sophisticated tastes. And when you do, you want to make sure that you serve the type of food that they actually want to eat. 

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How To Plan Those Big Birthday Parties In 12 Steps

It’s that time of year again! The time to start planning a birthday party. Whether it’s a sweet sixteen, twenty-first, thirty, forty, or fiftieth birthday celebration, there’s a lot of pressure to make sure the event is perfect. After all, it’s only once a year that this special day comes around.

Here are twelve helpful tips to make sure your birthday party planning goes as smooth as possible and that you end up with an event to remember:

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Mad Men Premiere House Party!!

I am so excited; the package arrived today with all the goodies for our Mad Men Premier House party. I will not be divulging the contents of the box since I would like that to remain a surprise for our guest.

For those of you not familiar with Mad Men (where have you been??) here is a brief synopsis from good old Wikipedia.

Mad Men is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and later at the newly created firm Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. The focal point of the series is Don Draper (Jon Hamm), creative director at Sterling Cooper and a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and the people in his life, both in and out of the office. As such, it regularly depicts the changing moods and social mores of 1960s America.

There is something about Mad Men that is just so intriguing to me and I think it has to do with the furniture, the clothing, and the sets (oh, and the storyline, of course).  As an Interior Designer I always thought it would be absolutely amazing to be able to design a set such as the ones found on Mad Men.

We have asked our guest to dress in 1960s attire, in order to really channel the era. And I have been perusing the web in hopes of finding some inspiration with regard to the food, fashion, furniture (not really but a girl can dream), and 1960s entertaining that I can incorporate into our party.

When it comes to fashion…..

Mad Men Cast

This dress by Banana Republic only goes up to a size 4, so looks like I not be purchasing this dress.

Banana Republic Mad Men Spring collection

Mod Cloth has some really NEAT options

When it comes to Hors d’oeuvres  & cocktails…..

Instead of Camembert amandine, Camembert with Balsamic Red Peppers, this sounds like more of a crowd pleaser.

Cucumber spread, crackers and toast rounds

 Dutch Cocktail Croquettes

Flaky Cheese Twists

Pink Squirrel

Pink Squirrel

INGREDIENTS ¾ oz crème de noyaux ¾ oz crème de cacao ½ oz vodka 1 oz fresh cream
INSTRUCTIONS Pour all over ice in mixing glass. Stir and serve in martini glass.

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

INGREDIENTS 2 dashes aromatic bitters ½ tsp sugar dissolved with water and bitters 1½ oz of bourbon 1 cherry 1 orange slice 1 lemon wedge
INSTRUCTIONS Fill glass with ice. Add cherry, orange slice, and lemon wedge. Pour in bourbon. Serve in a rocks glass over ice.



INGREDIENTS 1½ oz green crème de menthe 1½ oz white crème de cacao 1 oz cream

INSTRUCTIONS Shake over ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a mint leaf.

Blue Hawaiian

Blue Hawaiian

INGREDIENTS 1 oz blue curaçao 1 oz light rum 1 oz cream of coconut 2 oz pineapple juice 1 cherry 1 slice of pineapple 1 cup of ice
INSTRUCTIONS Put all ingredients into blender. Blend. Pour into highball glass. Add a cherry and pineapple to garnish.

Source for all cocktails…

I am so excited and can’t wait for the Premier and the Party. I will be sure to update you on how the party goes, it should be fun.  In the meantime, if anyone knows of any additional websites or has any ideas regarding a 1960s party please share.