Monday, March 11, 2013

Mad About Mad Men

Passing Notes Today:  Guest Note Passer - Mrs. Stevens

Hey All - 

An introduction from Mrs. Williams - Today, my friend Mrs. Stevens (AKA Leah) is going to share all the details about the Mad Men party she hosted last year.  This girl knows how to throw a party.   Basically, if Martha Stewart and Colin Cowie had a lovechild it would be Leah Mrs. Stevens. 

Besides being a great party host she's also a really smart, funny and all around great mom and friend.  So, without further ado...let's get this party started.

Hi Naptime Notebookers.  Thanks for letting me stop by.  First of all, let's get to the exciting news - the two-hour Season 6 premiere episode of Mad Men is going to air on Sunday, April 7th.  Don Draper and crew will be back in just about a month. Yes!!!  Can you tell I'm a fan?  

Actually, the hub and I are such big fans of the series that, last year, we threw a costume party to celebrate the return of Mad Men Season 5.  I know there are a lot of other Mad Men fans out there, and since the theme is so much fun to pull off, I thought I'd share a few details from our party...


First of all, if you want your party to coincide with the return of Mad Men next month, and if you want to require your guests to attend in period attire, the time to invite people and start planning is NOW.  A month will give guests enough time to decide on costumes and choose accessories if you schedule your party for Saturday, April 6th, to get everyone in the mood for the season premiere the next night.

As far as who to invite, what you need more than rabid fans of Mad Men are some good friends who are fans of just dressing up and having a good time…  so don't fret about making sure your guest list is full of Mad Men devotees; throw the net out to whomever you want to invite, regardless of whether or not they are already familiar with the series.  We found out that a few of our guests had never even seen the series before I sent out the invitation, and boy, did they go all out with their costumes.  Everyone looked awesome.

The Food

Next, I focused on the food for this party.  I was determined to come up with something that would bring to mind Betty Draper's "Around the World" dinner that she hosted for Don, his colleagues, and some clients. 

I found some ideas on the web, but I really hit the jackpot with this book:
A treasure trove of food and drink inspiration.

Here's what I made...


  • Gazpacho
  • Rumaki
  • Baked dates stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in basil & prosciutto
  • Jalapeno popper stuffed mushrooms
  • Cheese puff wrapped olives
  • Thai chicken kabobs
  • Pete's California dip with (of course!) Utz potato chips
  • Lindy's cherry cheesecake
  • Pineapple upside down cake.  
  • Canadian Clubhouse Punch 
  • Classic cocktails-- including Don's favorite, the Old Fashioned.
  • Jello shots (one of my friends brought a tray; here's a picture of me about to throw back a lime green one!)


For weeks leading up to the party, the ladies and I had a great time discussing what we might wear and how we would dress our hubbies.  To their credit, all of the guys were into it and were great sports!  Our friend Gavin said he didn't want to wear a suit on the weekend and instead would come dressed as Paul, who often wore sweater vests or turtlenecks and aspired to be a beatnik.  I loved that!  Pretty much all of the guys achieved the Brylcreem look with heavily gelled hair, and out came the dark suits, skinny ties, and pocket squares.

I had wanted to find a "Betty Draper dress" for myself, and I saw some absolutely beautiful ones on Etsy made from floral silk with cinched waists and fuller than full skirts, but they were over $300, so I passed, and I ended up buying something more basic on Actually, I bought two dresses from them:  One was a red "wiggle" dress a la bombshell office manager Joan, and the other was a black cocktail dress with a ruffled neckline and fuller skirt, which I ended up wearing.

Party Hosts

Of course, besides the dresses, there is the hair.  And the jewelry. And the eye wear!

My friend Sue was 8 months pregnant and showed up "smoking" with an extra large martini glass in hand.  Oh, and wearing funnels for a bra.  My friend Marion found this great wig at a costume store.
Check out my friend Nathalie's hair.  She went to a salon and had it sculpted into this awesome style for the party!  I also went out and had my hair done according to a picture that I brought from the TV show.


I didn't worry about the decor too much, but I did buy up some good finds on  I picked up:  Mad Men:  A Musical CompanionBuddy Holly Party Glasses, and candy cigarettes. In addition to the accessories and food and costumes, I think the best party accessory was attitude.  Our friend Joe kept reminding us not to smile for various pictures.  After all, weren't we supposed to be "mad"?  My friend Karen nailed the gaze here, I think.  

Is Mad Men casting?

Have Fun

This party was a blast...a great celebration of a series we love and the friends that are so important in our lives.

"You don't know how to drink.  Your whole generation, you drink for the wrong reasons.  My generation, we drink because it's good, because it feels better than unbuttoning your collar, because we deserve it.  We drink because it's what men do."  Roger Sterling

So, fellow Mad Men fans, what are you waiting for?  Grab some great friends, pour some great drinks, and celebrate the return of a great show.

Let the Mad Men premiere countdown begin,
Mrs. Stevens

P.S. You can pick up your Mad Men party attire at Banana Republic.  Their newest Mad Men Collection is here.  And here's a 25% off coupon.

Note from Mrs. Kelly:  This party was amazing! I love all the period clothes...the hair too!  And, um, that menu was Ca-razy.  I realized as I was reading the list that I will need to step up my game in the future.  Martha Cowie -- I mean, Mrs. Stevens, DOES know how to throw a party.  I too am a HUGE MM fan.  Might have to steal some tips and throw my own soiree.  Besides, I have a closet full of dresses that are appropriate for Joan (bombshell).  In fact, I'm wearing one today for preschool dropoff!  Thanks Mrs. Stevens.  You are madly talented!!!

Note from Mrs. Gosling:  There are no words to describe how amazing this party is.  I have to admit, I am not a Mad Men watcher (sorry, sorry) but I want to be AND now I am going to be.  The clothes, the food, THE STAIRCASE!  Insane!  Nice job Mrs. Stevens and thanks for guest blogging with us ladies today! 


Anonymous said...

Not sure what is my guys would make the Drapers proud.

Katie said...

Oh my word, the funnels are killing me. Too funny.

Mrs. Stevens said...

Hey girls, check out the latest Mad Men look for Season 6: (There are no "spoilers" in this link, just pics from a party on the show.)

Naptime Notebook said...

Those pictures just make me more excited for the premiere. Love the Betty ones. Smile much? Also, glad to see Peggy is in the mix. Clothes are awesome. Thanks for sharing the link!

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