October 7, 2011

How To: Throw A Mad Men Party

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This past weekend one of my friends threw a “Mad Men” themed birthday party. Everyone had to dress up in their best 1960′s duds and the hostess served authentic, pre-hippie martinis and appetizers. It was such fun I wanted to share with everyone how to throw your very own 1960′s Martini Party (otherwise known as a “Mad Men” party if you’re looking for something catchy to write on the Evite).
Unique Vintage carries some of the most varied selections of buttoned-up 1960′s style dresses, so naturally when choosing my costume I turned to them. Below are a few tips to help you achieve the look of the women of “Mad Men” at your own party.  Each has their own unique style, while staying true to the constructed 1960′s aesthetic across the board.
Betty is the most girly. Pastels, florals, and light fabrics dominate her wardrobe. Her silhouette is usually a cinched waist and a full skirt with a form fitting - but never revealing - top. Betty’s look is completed with perfectly coiffed hair and make-up, cute but sensible heels and minimal jewelry.
Peggy is no-nonsense career woman, and her style reflects that. Checked prints, simple color combinations such as black and white or cream and red and and simple accessories define her style. To finalize your Peggy costume, comb hair back into a ponytail, then add a small circle hat and wrist-length gloves.
Joan is ambitious and not shy about getting what she wants. As the most voluptuous of the three women, her hourglass figure is emphasized with pulled in waists, solid color schemes and heavy fabrics such as wool and tweed. A long gold chain, power heels, a sweep of red lipstick and a chignon complete Joan’s signature style.
Unique Vintage’s “Mad Men” Style
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Don’t forget no Martini Party would be complete without strong cocktails, mayo-filled appetizers and everyone’s favorite retro-dessert, a Jell-O mold!  Here are some of my favorite throwback appetizers…

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