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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Cocktail Party

Anne Hulett
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Want to captivate your crowd like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel does? The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a popular Amazon television series, follows a charming 1950’s housewife of New York City and is filled with incredible style, allure, guilty pleasures, and humor. Look no further for your next party idea, we have put together a 1950’s cocktail lounge party inspired by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel that is lavishly triumphant.

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There are 5 key areas to focus on when hosting a successful party. You need to pick the right venue (think different, private and sexy), focus on creating a sophisticated yet casual ambience, put together an eclectic guest list, dress the part, and serve amazing, interesting and easily accessible food and drinks. Here are guidelines and ideas for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Cocktail Party with undeniable flair highlighting these 5 party perfect elements.

Venue:

Pick an exclusive venue that represents an upper west side apartment and pair it with elegant 1950s interior design. Make sure your venue is private, unique and gives a sense of privileged access.

Ambience:

Create a sophisticated environment that is not pretentious. You want to paint your venue with glamor and leisure luxury while making your guests feel cozy, playful and comfortable at the same time. Dim the lights, play lounge and jazz music and sprinkle your space with fresh flowers and vintage chic furniture and décor (pillows, chairs, lamps, fancy ashtrays).

Guest List:

Don’t just invite your besties, invite people you find interesting, but may not know that well. Think of which guests will connect and network together that may not run into each other during their daily routine.  If you have time or can outsource, send out a real invitation in the mail like a hostess would have done during the fifties. Your guest list will appreciate the invite more and your party will stand out amongst others. A fun touch is to put a guest book by the bar or in the bathroom for guests to share thoughts and comments.

Attire:

Encourage guests to dress the part. Men can wear dress pants, button-down shirts with skinny ties and a sport coat or vintage style suits.  Women can wear pencil skirts and sweater sets or 1950’s cocktail dresses with matching gloves, pumps, pearls and showy cocktail rings. 

Food & Drinks:

Most cocktail parties in the fifties included platters of bite-sized appetizers and desserts. Hire servers to pass around food and have a few self-serve food stations set up with vintage plates and utensils. Some menu ideas are fondue, smoked salmon canapés, cheese logs, stuffed mushrooms, shrimp cocktail, deviled eggs and lobster sliders.

Have a hosted full bar with classic cocktails and a bar cart on display for a self-serve option. Feature a signature drink such as the Gaslight:

     Ingredients:

  • 1 Dash Orange Curacao
  • 1 Part Scotch Whisky
  • ⅓ Part Sweet vermouth
  • 2 Dashes Whisky/Honey Liqueur 
  • 1 Twist Orange

     How to mix: 

  • Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Garnish with an orange slice.

Also include a mocktail option available in a vintage punch serving bowl and have the bar stocked with swizzle sticks, garnishes, lowball glasses, champagne glasses, and vintage cocktail napkins.

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If you start planning now, you may be the first to host The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Cocktail Party. Bonuses to the party would be live comedy entertainment, open mic, kosher wine or a makeup counter. You can keep this one on the simpler side or go big. If you go big, end the night with “My name is Mrs. Maisel, thank you and good night!”!

 

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