December 30, 2009

Mad Men New Years Eve

by Shelly

Oh how life has changed. We have a 2 1/2 year old running around, so of course New Years Eve hasn’t been the same sort of celebration the last few years. We did splurge on a VERY expensive babysitter last year and went to a nice dinner with friends. But the crazy holiday service we received at dinner and the $100+ bill for the sitter left a sour taste in our mouths.

So this year we figured most of our friends are in the same boat as us. We all have kids under 4 years of age who will go to bed at a reasonable hour and not want or need to stay up until midnight. Do you see pack n’ plays entering into this picture?? Well we’re going to do up serious early 60s style and do a Mad Men themed NYE party! My mom told me back in the 60s that kids were just put to bed early and the party still happened downstairs with the adults. That was just what I needed to hear! So, now I’m planning on swinging partay!

We threw this shindig a little last minute and invited our closest friends to come celebrate with us. We’ll be having a smallish party of 20 people, but some of the best 20 people we know and love for sure! On the nibble menu is shrimp cocktail, sweet and sour meatballs, tiny sausages with cheese fondue, cheeseball and crackers, spinach artichoke dip, deviled eggs, a fruit charlotte, jello salad and assorted cookies and belgian chocolates. Do you see the 60s theme I’m going for? And of course I bought lots of odd stuff to garnish with…LOTS of curly parsley, canned pimentos, and sliced olives. This is going to be fun!

Don’t those dishes looking delicious? YUCK!!! Don’t worry I’m not going that extreme. I do want people to actually eat the food I’m preparing.
And to go with the theme we also have to do the full bar thing. So I have all the makings for some old time cocktails…


As far as clothing, we’ve asked that people come dressed to impress in cocktail dresses, suits, ties, pearls…the works! I’m planning on wearing a little gold number that is actually a Tracy Reese dress I found a few years ago for a serious discount. And the hubby is planning on going more casual in a plaid pant, straw fedora look. Should be fun!
I’ll definitely post pics after I have completely healed from over partying this weekend or at least by Monday. Have a terrific New Years Eve….and stay safe while you’re having fun!!! HAPPY 2010!

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