Throw a 'Mad Men' Viewing Party Even Betty Draper Would Love!

mad men season 7Far out, season 7 of Mad Men premieres this weekend. Lay it on me, man! Are you ready? If you're plannin' on jammin' with some friends while you watch, we've got your scene right here. Dig it: Nothing too complicated, just groovy munchies and tunes. Here are some recipes and suggestions to make your Mad Men viewing party outta sight! Do you want me to stop talking this way? No way, Jose! Okay, fine. Here's your party guide. 

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1. Send themed invites: Pingg has lots of cool Mad Men-themed evite templates, and some of them are even free. You might want to encourage people to arrive in costume if your friends are into that sort of thing. But no pressure.

2. Set the mood with the right music: Play some vintage classics, depending on which characters you want to channel. For Don Draper, maybe some Frank Sinatra, Elvis, and Tony Bennett. For Peggy, some Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. If you're on Spotify, there's an official Mad Men playlist, among several others by users.

3. Serve kitchy snacks: Time to roll out your favorite vintage finger foods! Here's what I suggest.

Green olives

Saltines

Cheese balls with carrot and celery sticks

Fruit skewers 

Pigs in a blanket

Deviled eggs

Candy cigarettes (because who smokes anymore?)

4. Serve drinks Don and his colleagues would love: Go simple and vintage here, too. 

Orange sherbet punch: 1 container orange sherbet, 2 liters ginger ale, 1 bottle sparkling wine (optional) 

Old-fashioned: Put 1 sugar cube in a glass. Splash it with 2 or 3 dashes of bitters and a little splash of water or club soda. Crush the cube, swirl around the sugar, add a large ice cube, and pour in 2 ounces of whiskey, preferably rye. (Because that's what Don drinks.)

Martini: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in 1 ounce of dry vermouth and 4 ounces of gin. Stir and strain into appropriate glass. Add an olive.

5. Play some drinking games. And now that you've got your drinks, how about a few Mad Men drinking games? Here's one more fun Mad Men drinking game from last season.

Do you think watching shows like Mad Men is more fun with friends or alone?

 

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