Thursday, October 14, 2010

From AMC's Mad Men - How to Throw the Perfect Season Finale Party!

How to Throw the Perfect Season 4 Finale Party

mm406-joan-roger-325.jpg Mad Men's Season 4 finale airs on Sunday night and there's no better way to watch it than with a '60s-inspired festivity that captures the era with period perfect cocktails, outfits and decor. Check out the links below for tips on throwing the smartest party possible while watching Don, Pete, Peggy and all the rest.

Epicurious suggests: Buy a vintage suit/dress, drink too much, and practice your sexism while serving a menu featuring caramelized-onion dip with cilantro-garlic pita crisps (remember the chip-and-dip?) and Beef Wellington (ordered by Roger after a Season 1 tryst with Joan). A classic drink selection should include Old Fashioneds, Brandy Alexanders and Dry Martinis. Also recommended: Vintage serving pieces "to help create the look and feel of the period--consider using a decanter, for example."

Oprah gets into the act too, suggesting the one appetizer "no '60s party would be complete without." The site encourages Cuba Libres ("an essential drink of the '60s") or Mint Juleps (Derby Day) as well as lamb kebabs ("all the rage in the '60s") and shrimp cocktail ("drenched in vodka").

• The key to an authentic party? We heart this advises: Think "Would Don Draper approve?" Any guest who shows up in jeans should be sent home! "Now is the time to pull out your good china, best serving platters, fancy tablecloths and fabric napkins. Betty wouldn't have scrimped, neither should you." You might also invest in a bar cart supplied with creme de menthe on hand for Grasshoppers. Above all else, keep the food light so "as to not detract from the smoking and drinking."

Reposted from AMC's Mad Men Blog

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