Saturday, April 3, 2010

Party like it's 1964

It's the party I've been planning for a year - a 1960's cocktail party! It was supposed to be my big 3-0 bash, but somehow throwing a party 3 weeks after returning home with a new child after 60 days in Kazakhstan didn't sound so fun. So the big party waited for my 31st birthday and I have to say, I think we did it right!

We did a lot of research to produce an on-theme menu, outfits, decor, and bar offerings. Shockingly, Steve didn't already have a satin smoking jacket in his closet, so that was the first essential element to purchase. Once you've committed to a theme far enough to dress like Hugh Hefner, the rest comes naturally...

I was particularly proud of our transformed living room


We learned that people in the 60's ate truly bizarre fare - and fortunately it was mostly within our realm of culinary aptitude. The menu included fluffernutter sandwiches on Wonder Bread, Swedish meatballs in "sauce" (a 50-50 mix of grape jelly and Heinz chili sauce. Sounds terrifying, but tastes surprisingly good), pigs in a blanket, a cheese ball, a "hedgehog" (pineapple and cheese cubes stuck onto an orange with frilly toothpicks), Lipton Onion Soup Mix dip and ruffle chips, Chex mix, and salted nuts.

We had a great crowd and people went all out with the costumes - I'm fairly certain that we have the most entertaining and fun set of friends on the planet!
Say, "groovy!"
Happy Birthday to me!

2 comments:

Lou Ann said...

Happy 30th & 31st Birthdays Jamie!!!Now that's how to throw a party! And you looked fabulous, I might add.

I'm glad you all had a great time but did you play Twister? I'm pretty sure that was part of fun at a couple of my parents "cool" parties!

The Fox Den said...

So Fun!!

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