Mad Men Themed Rehearsal Dinner at 1705 Prime
Socialites of the 1950’s and 60’s knew how to enjoy a good party – maybe a little too well. Influenced by a love of the hit television series “Mad Men,” Katherine Wrenn of Posh Weddings & Events created a fun and funky rehearsal dinner styled around the world of bad boy Don Draper.
Stylish, retro-inspired invitations from Crafty Pie Press welcomed guests to join the “MADness” at 1705 Prime. Decorations for the venue were chosen by Kat to mirror the characters and key elements from the show, as well as memorable parts of 1960’s culture. The vintage details were combined with contemporary touches for a unique look, including a sleek 1960 Chevy Impala that transported the couple to and from the rehearsal dinner at 1705 Prime Catering & Events.
Mad Men Party Decor
The modernized vibe began at the table settings, with geometric black and white tablecloths, yellow chargers and contrasting black and white dinnerware paired with mod black wine goblets. The dramatic centerpieces, created by Blossom Floral Artistry, were made up of lush yellow floral arrangements inside sculptural black vases. Hobnail yellow votives and lemon-colored napkins created a stylish contrast on the two-tone tables, while each setting hosted a custom menu and place card featuring each guest’s name, as well as the name of an iconic Mad Men character to carry on the theme of the event.
A “cigarette girl” in full period costume was on hand to serve appetizers, rounding out this throwback theme. Frank Sinatra crooned as guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres served in “Lucky Strike” boxes – a nod to one of Draper’s biggest advertising clients. Drinks on the menu included Martinis and Old Fashioneds, served on cocktail tables donned in yellow tablecloths with black-and-white pom-pom trim.
Mad Men Party Food Ideas
Menu items by Rocky Top Catering were inspired by popular 1960’s fare, such as endive salad and shrimp cocktail, while a groom’s cake designed by Cake by Chloe provided a sweet conclusion to the event. The cake reflected the evening’s masculine theme, with each layer featuring a humidor with cigars, shirt and tie, and martini glasses.
The night was filled with games and fun activities, including a creative “photo booth” made out of a vintage 1960 GE television. Cut outs of the TV characters were used as props for photos and represented all of the famous “Mad Men.” The lounge area featured a selection of 1960’s board games that were available to play, as well as use as a guestbook and fill with well wishes for the happy couple.
Other decorative elements were integrated throughout the space to add a touch of nostalgia, such as a yellow rotary dial phone, a Kodak brownie camera, a typewriter and fun arrangements inside white Go-Go boots. Pinky Promise Photography captured all of the amazing details and happy memories, and it was truly a night to remember – longer than a two-martini lunch and much more fun!
Rehearsal Dinner at 1705 Prime
Photographer: Pinky Promise Photography
Transportation: Vintage Car/1960 Impala – David W. Jones firstname.lastname@example.org