Planning another holiday party this year? The same food, same wines and same old party music? Why not host a theme party by taking a cue from the best drama show on TV, Mad Men. Think groovy music, light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, cocktails, cocktails. Read my tips for throwing a holiday party Mad Men style.
The key to any successful party is having a good mix of people, tons of alcohol and great music. You should designate a bar area where guests can mix their own drinks. Make sure to have plenty of essentials on hand: cocktail shaker, ice bucket and tongs, mixing spoon, sliced lemons and limes, ice and mixers. As for Mad Men cocktails, it was the time of plenty so anything goes, but here are some classics. All recipes are from the Mad Men cocktail guide.
While it's unlikely you've forgotten about October's biggest "holiday", if you're like me, you've probably just put off preparing a costume until the very last minute, and because Halloween falls on a Sunday, you realized that you have parties to go to all weekend!
So instead of cutting holes in your sheet and going as Casper (again), here are some quick and easy Halloween costume ideas you can put together right before you run out the door!
1) What would Audrey do? (Hepburn, that is)
If Mad Men was set in 2010, you’d find the cast hanging out at Tweed. Located on 12th Street between Walnut and Sansom, this chic eatery opened earlier this year thanks to hotelier Edward Bianchini and Chef David Cunningham. Bianchini, a Philly native, owns the award winning hotel and restaurant Les Muscadins located near Cannes. Chef Cunningham has worked under Eric Ripert (often seen on Top Chef) and acted as Executive Chef at the Lenox Room and Petrossian (both in New York City).
There isn’t any wonder why everything about Tweed shines.
Hollywood loves a reason to party and they do it like no other. The 2010 Emmys aired this past Sunday and the night was star filled as the celebs took to the streets, exercising their right to celebrate. As usual, Joonbug knows who was where and what they were up to. Who was caught canoodling, who got shut down? Read it all here:
Tom Hanks, Kathy Griffin Alexander Skarsgard, Larry David, Ricky Gervais, and Jenny McCarthy flocked to the Pacific Design Center to mix, mingle and be merry. Lauren Graham and ex boyfriend Matthew Perry canoodled at the bar. Wonder if a rekindle is aflame. Emmanuelle Chriqui got a half hour worth of chit chat with Glee's Matthew Morrison before he bailed to talk to someone better. Don't know what he was thinking. Or maybe we do.
From the opening monologue to the final award presented, this year's 62nd Primetime Emmy Award's really out did itself compared to previous years. The show that falls short at times easily has the ability to make viewer's feel restless and switch to a re-run of a show that by coincidence is one that is being recognized at the red carpet event. Fortunately, this year's show didn't actually feel like it was longer than the three hour span that it really is.
The Emmy Award Show started off with Jimmy Fallon singing a ballad with the help of some Glee cast members, Tina Fey, Jon Hamm from Mad Men, Betty White and Kate Gosselin. Fallon jumping into some beat up jeans with a bandana in his back pocket and singing Born to Run was the best part of the night and showed just how much Fallon wanted the night to be a success.
The much-anticipated premiere of the fourth season of the AMC hit show Mad Men brings more than just tragically fabulous story lines- there is also a whole new collection of retro-chic wardrobes to look forward to! While we may not see mod mini skirts and thigh high go-go boots on buttoned-up characters, we can expect body conscious Jackie O-esque silhouettes galore for the upcoming season. Channel your Joan, Betty, or Peggy alter ego with a tailored tweed jacket, cat eye sunglasses or cherry-red lips to get that understatedly sexy 60’s feel.
Ahh! I LOVE the Emmy Awards! This is mostly because I'm literally obsessed with everything T.V...no seriously, it's probably a problem at this point. I also love almost everything and everyone that's nominated, which I'll get to in a second. Also, Joel McHale from E!'s The Soup and (omg my favorite) Modern Family's Sofia Vergara announced the lucky list of nominations this morning. This made the Emmy nominations even more exciting because I LOVE both of those people. Joel, of course, made fun of Sofia's accent while she was announcing the nom's, which made the whole process even more entertaining. I just love him.
Enter 2010 in Golden Globe-winning, hit AMC show Mad Men style, or pay homage to former First Lady and trendsetter Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and be the life of the party in this dramatic, asymmetrically draped mini dress in geranium. With a neckline that enhances the body-conscious sheath silhouette, this dress (priced at $345) will transition from party to party (and if you’re lucky year to year). Like Jackie O, it will never go out of style.
New Years in New York by New Year's Eve Central
It is very likely that you have heard of RJD2 (born Ramble John Krohn) and haven’t even realized it yet. The DJ/producer has been making music since the mid-nineties when he was the background DJ for the Columbus, OH, rap group MHz. His name comes from a friend’s shout-out on a rap track that stuck with him. He later released a solo “mix CD” titled Your Face and Your Kneecaps under the Fondle ‘Em record label. A year later, he signed onto Definitive Jux, the record label operated by renowned DJ El-P, and released two highly acclaimed solo records Deadringer and Since We Last Spoke. During his time on Definitive Jux, he worked with fellow Columbus MC, Blueprint, and released two albums under the collaborative title Soul Position, the second of which was released under the Rhymesayers label. He continued to work with underground rappers producing beats for Cunninlynguists, Cage, MFDoom, Diverse, Aceyalone, and also producing a cover of Radiohead’s “Airbag,” for the album Exit Music. He released his third solo album, The Third Hand, after leaving Rhymesayers for the XL Recordings label, citing an interest in making music that was more “pop-friendly.” In 2009, he left XL Recordings to create his own record label, Electrical Connections, which is expected to release his first fully independent album, The Colossus, sometime next year.