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The Bar…right next to the door

Sunday night was the Mad Men finale, and as my entire department is addicted to the show, I wanted to host a ’60s era party to let us all watch it together. Not only was it a chance to talk about my favorite show with my friends, but it also let me explore my Betty Draper-self and see how I did hosting a party. Thanks to everyone who brought a few supplies with them, I also managed to keep it fairly economical and only spent $50 on the party (not counting liquor). Here’s what I made:

Spinach Artichoke Dip
Celery Stalks with Peanut Butter and Goat Cheese/Paprika
Cheese Fondue
Tomato and Mozzarella Tart
Pigs in a Blanket
Spinach Feta Wheels


I divided up the menu between things I knew would be good (The Cooking Light Spinach Artichoke Dip is by far the most popular dip I’ve ever made), things I wanted to try out (Pigs in the Blanket, and the Spinach Feta Wheels–two puff pastry recipes in one box!) and things I could assign out for others to bring (Utz, dips, the delicious Tomato Tart).

The homemade chex mix was made the day before with Chris and his mother. Although she used the original recipe on the back of the box, there was definitely some alterations based on how Chris liked his Chex Mix (more pretzels, cashews, and Worcestershire…no Brazilian nuts). I loved it because it was a lot less salty than the store-bough kind, and the flavors really grew by the time of the party to this fantastic flavor.

Because I wanted to serve everything hot, but didn’t want to be slaving away in the kitchen, I spent the afternoon making everything else, and chilled them in the fridge until an hour before people were suppose to arrive. Sure enough, as I prepped my Joan hair and costume, the puff pastry items were in the oven and served hot as people started arriving around 8.

My Joan Look

Finally, what would a Mad Men party be without drinks? We served Old Fashioneds, Gimlets, and Gin Martinis, all listed below.

The Old Fashioned

  1. Place a large sugar cube (or a spoonful) in a short tumbler glass with 2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters. Add one orange slice and two maraschino cherries and muddle together until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Fill glass with 3-4 cubes of ice, and pour in 1-2 shots of Bourbon (until it reaches the ice).
  3. Note: for virgin old fashioned drinkers, you can add in a shot of orange juice to cut the taste of the whiskey.

Gin Gimlets 

  1. Add 3 parts gin and 1 part Roses’ Lime Juice to a shaker with 2-3 cubes of ice. Shake vigorously until shaker is freezing, and pour into a martini glass. (Although it is said shaking bruises the gin)

 Gin Martini

  1. Add a dash of Vermouth to a martini glass, coating the sides, and then discard.
  2. Add 1-2 shots of Gin (or vodka) to shaker with ice, shake 2-3 times, then pour into the glass. Add olive, and as much olive juice as you like (if you like it dirty).