‘Mad Men’ party takes attendees to 1960s NYC

Photo provided by Lyne Hall

Photo provided by Lyne Hall

A “Mad Men” themed cocktail party at the home of Barbara Duncan was a big hit with its Swingin’ Sixties reminders of how cigarettes were advertised and food served in that popular era.

The Woman’s Club Fashion Show pre-party was based on the long-running television series, “Mad Men,” which is set during the 1960s in New York City.

The plot and characters are centered in an advertising agency on Madison Ave. (hence the name). According to Lyne Hall, who was among those who organized the party, when the TV series started, the ad agency’s biggest account was Lucky brand cigarettes and everyone who worked at Sterling Cooper & Partners was expected to smoke them.

For this party, Lyne says her daughter, Alise Lawrence, who is her partner at Royal Bash, created a huge box of Lucky Cigarettes that could be used as a prop. The committee provided boxes of bubblegum cigarettes, which were handed out at the door.

The food was ‘60s-themed, with the appetizer table set up with original recipes from Barbara Duncan’s authentic 1960s cookbook. Dinner included meatloaf, mashed potatoes, veggies and gravy served out of foil TV dinner trays.

Men were invited to this pre-party and all seemed to have had a good time.

Lyne reminds Canyon Lake women that they are invited to The Swingin’ Sixties Fashion Show next Friday, April 24, starting at 10 a.m. The event features lunch and fashions modeled by Canyon Lake women. For tickets, contact Sue Collins at 951-246-2773.

The club meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Lodge. For more information about the Woman’s Club, contact Membership Co-Chair Pam Oskey at 909-437-4468.


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