As I continue to adjust to life in a new city, I have tried to make good on my vow to throw myself into social activities to make friends. Don't misunderstand me, there's a reason I spend so much of my time on Facebook and writing blog posts. Don't tell anyone but I'm a little bit shy- don't let all the crazy photos here fool you, I have to work at being social until I feel really comfortable with a group of people. So when my kiddo's elementary school announced they would be selling tickets to their annual fall dinner/auction fundraiser, I promised myself I would go. When I heard the event was going to be Mad Men themed, I WANTED to go. A retro themed party where attendees are encouraged to wear 60's era clothing? Yes please.
On the day the tickets went on sale, I stayed home. I figured I'd pick up a pair the next day. I still hadn't broken the news to Mr. Angela Daniels that there was a vintage smoking jacket and ascot in his future AND I was planning on making him be charming for a whole evening filled with strangers and awkard first-time meetings. Then I got the email that the event had sold out. SOLD OUT. First day. I was relieved/disappointed. But there was nothing else for me to do but to follow-through on my second vow of living in this new city- volunteering as a way to meet people. In keeping with that spirit, I created this for the event:
The organizers chose the drinks and found the photos and I created the menu, adding in the ingredients for each retro cocktail. Pretty darn cute, I think. Notice the Sterling Cooper logo at the bottom? And you know what? I created the whole thing on my computer at home and didn't meet a single person as I worked via email on revisions with the party organizers. The road to Hell and all that...
Anyway, to make up for missing this fun party, I'm thinking of recreating it myself one of these days and I thought someone out there might be planning their own Mad Men cocktail party so I thought I'd share the menu to save you some time. You can find the 4x6 printable version here. And when you're making out your invitations, maybe consider a secretly shy blogger. We're pretty fun in person- once we take that first step. Cheers.