The typical social gatherings of today just don’t match up in terms of sophistication, glamour and excitement of mid-century parties. Why not treat your friends, family and yourself to an MCM themed New Years party this year?
MCM Party Décor and Music
You can get the vibe with some simple paper decorations. For instance, check out these awesome retro printables from The Elli Blog. The free kit includes all-retro beverage bottle wrappers, cupcake wrappers, wine glass tags, decanter tags, dessert flags, pennant flags and more. Some of them mention 2012, which you can just leave out but most of the designs don’t include a year. To get some examples of how to incorporate these printables, visit the Elli blog post.
Set the mood with music from the era. Check out this list from The Boston Globe for a good selection of music from the period.
You just can’t have a themed party without the proper attire. Make sure you provide your guests with outfit ideas well in advance. Mid-century party garments include suits with bow tie for the men (sorry, guys) and for the women try out a fitted sheath dress or a tulle party dress, paired with some costume jewelry (pearls will never fail you). Skim this article to get further styling advice for the ladies.
Make sure your guests know that you’re expecting that they dress to impress. You can get them in the mood by announcing that you will reward the best dressed with a prize, such as a new decanter, fancy flask or maybe even a funky Jell-O mold.
Very Mod Cocktails
Serve some fun mid-century food and beverages for added flair. Cocktails are a great go-to for your themed party. Consider serving an Old Fashioned (mix 2 dashes Angostura bitters with 1 teaspoon simple syrup, twist orange peel over drink and drop it in, then stir in 2 oz. whiskey, add ice cubes).
Another favorite of the era is the Classic Martini (shake 3 1/2 oz. gin and 1/2 oz. dry vermouth with ice, pour into glass, add 1-3 olives or lemon twist), definitely Mad Men approved.
Lastly, an excellent option and popular during the 1950s and 60s is the Sidecar cocktail (rub lemon juice on rim of cocktail glass and dip in sugar, shake 3/4 oz. Cointreau, 3/4 oz. lemon juice, 1 1/2 oz. cognac with ice, then pour into cocktail glass). Of course, champagne is a must for your NYE party and very mod to boot.
You can’t have cocktails without appetizers at your MCM New Years party. Mid-century foods were daring and sometimes a little bizarre. You can leave out the odd gelatins, although a champagne fruit-filled Jell-o would be fun and festive. Devilled eggs are a yummy, easy retro option and some gourmet bar nuts would round out the faire and compliment those fancy beverages.
MCM Party Dinner and Dessert Menu
For the main meal, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at a Fillet of Beef Wellington – a very sophisticated dish that is sure to please a very glamorous crowd. A Golden Potato Gratin makes for a delicious side dish to accompany the beef. While you’re stretching your chef muscles, go for gold with a Baked Alaska, popular during the 1950s, and not nearly as difficult as the name makes it sound.
Looking for your dream MCM home to host all your future gatherings? Get in touch and we’ll help you find that perfect party pad. Best wishes for a Happy New Year from Better Living SoCal.