Mad Men Party – Menu

It’s hard to pick a favorite thing about our recent Mad Men- themed party, but the food was a definite hit. Do check out the other posts on the pre-party brainstorming and the Mad Men party wrap-up for more ideas.

To Drink

True to the spirit (haha) of the show, I’ll start with the drinks! Steve played bartender for much of the evening, which I think satisfied his connection to the TV series – he mixes himself a drink in one of our roly poly glasses for each new episode.

Mad Men Party Bar Menu including both classic and whimsical items | Jewels at Home

Mad Men Party Bar Menu including both classic and whimsical items. No one went for the Mountain Dew…

Mad Men party bar set-up with menu and collection of vintage Dorothy Thorpe glasses | Jewels at Home

Mad Men party bar set-up with menu and collection of vintage Dorothy Thorpe glasses.

In the dining room, we had a dry bar including some fabulous California-themed vintage glasses from our local thrift store.  I love the whimsical art with Sally Draper serving drinks.  It’s from Dyna Moe’s book, Mad Men: The Illustrated World.

Mad Men Party dry bar set-up with vintage glasses and Mad Men-inspired art  | Jewels at Home

Mad Men Party dry bar set-up with vintage glasses and Mad Men-inspired art.

Fab vintage glasses for a Mad Men party | Jewels at Home

Fab vintage glasses for a Mad Men party.

To Eat

Besides an array of appetizers set out in “chip and dip” format, Steve and I each had our pet projects for the evening’s menu.  His was definitely more refined – a Beef Wellington.  Since we were eating buffet style (and serving 25), he made a “deconstructed” Beef Wellington, and it was perfection!  His have-to side dish was a wedge salad with blue cheese.  I confess to eating just the blue cheese and bacon, but the wedge did look good on the table…

Mad Men party menu.  Deconstructed Beef Wellington | Jewels at Home

Deconstructed Beef Wellington

Mad Men party menu.  Classic wedge salad | Jewels at Home

Classic wedge salad.

My retro dishes of choice were a Waldorf Salad – modernized with some dried cranberries – and a Jell-o mold.  I did look up some traditional Jell-o salads, but I couldn’t bring myself to put vegetables into gelatin, even for the sake of authenticity, so I made mine with canned Mandarin oranges and strawberries.  It was delicious and definitely a nostalgia item for many in the room.

Mad Men party menu.  Contemporary Waldorf salad with dried cranberries | Jewels at Home

Contemporary Waldorf salad with dried cranberries

Mad Men party menu.  Jell-o mold with strawberries and Mandarin orange slices | Jewels at Home

A mid-century housewife moment: Jell-o mold with strawberries and Mandarin orange slices.

20130512-224423.jpgMad Men party menu.  Jell-o mold with strawberries and Mandarin orange slices | Jewels at Home

A big thank you to our friends who came back in time with us for a fun evening!

Mad Men party menu: Jell-o mold, Waldorf salad, Beef Wellington, wedge salad, and more | Jewels at Home

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8 thoughts on “Mad Men Party – Menu

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  3. Looks like such fun! The deconstructed “Beef Wellington” is an ingenious buffet idea, and the Waldorf salad brings back many memories of holiday meals. What I must comment on, though, is your reluctance to include a vegetable “Jello” salad. I remember fondly, a vegetable jello dish from my elementary school days. Lemon jello filled with diced celery, radish and carrots, topped with a dollop of mayonnaise. I remember it being quite tasty, do give it a try. Lime or orange jello would probably work also.

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