Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Party like 'Mad Men'

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Party like 'Mad Men'

Article excerpt

We've waited 17 months, so it's a good reason for a party. "Mad Men" returns Sunday night, and for fans wanting to blast back to the mid-1960s (where the fifth season resumes), we've got your guide to throwing the perfect viewing soiree.

Drinks are mandatory. Ad exec Don Draper wouldn't have it any other way. We share a recipe for the Old Fashioned, Draper's favorite cocktail, made with rye whiskey. We also throw in a recipe for a Hawaiian Punch (which can be made non-alcoholic) and is a perfect self-serve option so you don't have to spend the night shaking cocktails.

And since your guests cannot survive on drink alone, we turned to Tenafly caterer Lisa Randall-Sotland - whose company, Food For Thought, has catered numerous retro-themed parties - for some finger food ideas. Randall-Sotland said she just did one a few weeks back with a late-'60s flower-power theme - cans of Cheez Whiz and Ritz crackers were placed on each table.

But "Mad Men" and the 1960s Madison Avenue advertising culture it depicts is all about excess, she said. "It was a very, very decadent time, with champagne fountains, deviled eggs with really good caviar and oyster raw bars," said Randall-Sotland.

No 1960s house party is complete without deviled eggs and cheese balls. Randall-Sotland kicks her cheese ball recipe up a notch using cream cheese, French onion dip and English sharp cheddar. Don't forget to break out your retro platters and dip bowls - that will really capture the era. If you don't have these, try a second-hand shop or Goodwill.

AMC provides a "Mad Men" party hosting guide (amctv.com/shows/ mad-men) with recipes for pigs-in-a-blanket and chicken liver pate with Melba toast. Their guide also notes that Chinese food started to gain popularity in American households in the '60s, and they suggest picking up take-out spareribs and egg rolls. And don't forget the dipping sauces.

Since the main event doesn't start till 9 p.m., gather your guests early to view last season, or play a "Mad Men" trivia game.

Email: fujimori@northjersey.com

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* DEVILED EGGS

12 eggs

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon minced shallots

1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

Salt and pepper

Optional garnishes: red or black caviar; paprika; chopped parsley

Boil eggs by placing in cold water and bringing to boil for 7 minutes. …

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