Mad Men Premiere Party

It’s time to get serious about the season premiere of Mad Men this weekend. Are you excited? I am! I don’t watch a ton of television, but Mad Men is just so darn good. More than that though, I’m really excited that we’re going to have a 60’s themed cocktail party and watch with our friends. Any excuse to dress up and have fancy drinks is good for me.

I’ve been brainstorming appetizers for weeks now and have settled on a few so far. When I asked my mom what appetizers were popular in the early 60’s, she responded with “Boring stuff.” Boring just doesn’t work for me. So here are some ideas that are simple and easy to make, but still fun.

Pigs in a Blanket – Tofu dogs wrapped in puff pastry, with a side of BBQ sauce. That’s about as easy as it gets.

Jello – There is actually such a thing as vegan jello. You can buy the boxed brand or make your own with agar-agar. The tricky part will be finding cute jello molds. Maybe top these with with some coconut whipped cream.

Deviled “Eggs” – I’ve always wanted to try this recipe. To make things easier though, I may just put the “yolks” on toast.

Obviously though, it’s essential that we have a well stocked bar to make cocktails. I’m thinking some Moscow Mules & Old Fashions. I suppose it’s appropriate to also have martinis but then I need to get some darn martini glasses that I may never use again. Don’t know how to make these classics? Recipes below!

I really want a punch bowl too. This isn’t exactly traditional cocktail party style, but it’s spring and it would be fun to have some citrus fruit drink.

Ok, let’s get on to those drink recipes.


Old Fashioned

  • 2 oz whiskey or bourbon
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 orange twist

In a cocktail shaker or large glass, muddle the sugar with the bitters and a splash of water or seltzer until the sugar is dissolved. Fill with ice and stir in alcohol until chilled. Strain into a double old fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with a twist.


Moscow Mule

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 4 oz ginger ale (chilled)
  • 1 lime wedge

In a tall glass, mix vodka and lime juice. Add ice and pour in ginger ale. Garnish with lime.

Then of course there is also the important element of what to wear. I’ll be a search for the perfect party dress. Can I make my hair into a beehive? I don’t know but I’d sure like to try.


Do you want to have a Mad Men party too? I hope so. What will you serve?

15 Responses to “Mad Men Premiere Party”
  1. Nick says:

    I haven’t had a TV for a long time so I haven’t seen any modern shows but I do have some of that brand of vegan jello. I haven’t gotten around to trying it yet though. The most realistic vegan jello I’ve had is the kind that comes in cups like at Trader Joes, made with carrageenan but I’ve never seen anywhere that sells carrageenan.

  2. Shawn Bannon says:

    I love your drawings so cute.

  3. Samantha says:

    If you need to get a punch bowl, don’t forget to check out thrift shops! A few years ago I need a punch bowl for a baby shower I was throwing for a friend. I went to the local Goodwill and found three with cups and serving spoons for under $10.

    • miss alix says:

      oh that’s awesome. i actually have a punch bowl that’s never been used. it doesn’t have the serving spoon and cups though so that’s sort of a problem. maybe i’ll check out goodwill tomorrow!

  4. Robin says:

    Love this. So fabulous and who doesn’t love a good vegan pig in a blanket?

    What about vegan cigarettes? Mad Men makes smoking look so delicious. I figure you have some crafty way of handing out lung and animal friendly cigarette somethings?

  5. Julia says:

    Yes! I love Mad Men, I’ve been waiting for this Sunday for a really long time! I was thinking of having a party also but yours would surely be better than mine. Your pictures are so cute, wow! And all of you treats sound perfect. I was planing on cocktails for sure and those tofu dogs really sound amazing! Yay!

    • miss alix says:

      you should totally have a party! the more Mad Men parties the better. especially if you’re coming up with some tasty cocktails.

  6. Lauren says:

    You’re missing something! CHIP AND DIP!!

  7. Bekuh says:

    This looks like a wonderful way to celebrate the new season of Mad Men. I love all of the illustrations you included.

  8. Mr. Wishbone says:

    Old school hors d’oeuvres:

    Nut and cheese ball (port wine cheese was popular)

    Rumaki (water chestnut wrapped in chicken liver wrapped in bacon) to veganize maybe a waterchestnut wrapped in mushroom-walnut pate wrapped in soy bacon strips. They were always held together by a toothpick.

    Pu-pu platter – skewered meats, pineapple and water chestnuts that diners would warm over a sterno-like burner. Served with a Polynesian sauce.

    Stuffed anything – celery with pimento cheese, mushrooms with breadcrumbs and sausage, avocado halves with chutney.

    meatballs or tiny franks in

    • miss alix says:

      oh nut and cheese ball is a good idea! so many crazy appetizers. stuffed mushrooms sound great too.

  9. Mr. Wishbone says:

    Oops ipad operator failure…

    Meatballs/ franks in a grape jelly and ketchup sauce.

    Mr W.

  10. Cortnie says:

    A Mad Men themed party sounds fab to me! I think I’m going to have to try some of these recipes out – especially the ‘pigs’ in a blanket!


  11. meki says:

    i love your art~

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