April 25, 2011

Mad Men 40th Birthday Party

A classic, manly, red meat and martini vibe felt like the right backdrop for our friend Richard's 40th birthday party. For the cigar aficionado, Amy customized match books and made all of her arrangements in an array of wooden cigar boxes. Keeping in theme, we did a martini bar, all shaken, not stirred (I'm suddenly a big fan of 'signature names' for 'signature cocktails'). I went traditional steak house with the menu, loving an excuse to serve iceberg wedges with buttermilk blue cheese dressing. And, instead of bananas foster or cherries jubilee, we did our own version of a theatrical dessert: individual tabletop roasted s'mores. We simply lined terra cotta pots with tin foil and filled them with hot charcoals. Seeing as how s'mores are my all-time favorite dessert, I'd call this a home run. And while I considered using fancy chocolate and homemade marshmallows, some things are best left in their original form, as a classic is a classic for good reason.
The Menu

martini bar

"the richard"
vodka, dirty sue premium olive juice, olive

vodka, apple liqueur, house sour

vodka, lemon twist


caprese crostini

artichoke, green olive, arugula, lemon crostini

lamb meatballs with minted yogurt dip


iceberg wedge with buttermilk blue cheese dressing & chives

family style

grilled flank steak
horseradish cream & chimichurri sauce

wilted spinach, wild mushrooms & green garlic

roasted truffled fingerling potatoes

grilled asparagus, lemon, parmigiano reggiano


roasted s'mores


AMELIA said...

OMG, Martinis this week?

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this menu!!! CC

Deirdre Zahl said...

So great!!!! Wish I could have been a guest!

Erin said...

This is "man" encapsulated. Classic, but updated. You had me at flank steak and grilled asparagus.

Sheila said...

Could you give specific instructions on creating the tabletop s'mores containers? That is such a wonderful idea since we live in an apartment and are unable to have a firepit. TIA! :-)
~ S

tiffany of camp1899 said...

love this idea for the tabletop s'mores! i'm going to try it this weekend.. did you use lighter fluid to get the charcoal going? and if so, did it affect the flavor of your marshmallows? thanks!

Anonymous said...

Whoa. I veritably never post on blogs but this just blew my mind. What a masterpiece!

Annie Campbell said...

Tiffany-We did use lighter fluid, and it did affect the taste a tiny bit...I haven't trouble shot that issue yet. It didn't interfere that much. Do you know of a lighter fluid or product that avoids the 'taste' factor?

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Anonymous said...

In April 1996, Consumer Product Safety Commission revised the label on charcoal packaging to more explicitly warn consumers of the deadly CO gas that is released when charcoal is burned in a closed environment. The new label reads, "WARNING...CARBON MONOXIDE HAZARD...Burning charcoal inside can kill you. It gives off carbon monoxide, which has no odor. NEVER burn charcoal inside homes, vehicles or tents."

Beth K said...

I like the Match Light Charcoal -- it has virtually no odor, so doesn't effect the taste. I'm sure it's still harmful for you, though...

Kristin said...

May I ask where the match boxes were found?

Anonymous said...

Can you share where the match boxes were found or how they were made? This is a perfect idea for a guy party!

Anonymous said...

i'm really interested in the matchboxes and where they were sourced from! thanks so much...

Linzy said...

Hi! I love this!!! Where did you get those cigar boxes? I love them! I have looked all over but can find nothing as lovely! If you are willing to recycle I'd love to buy them from you?
You have wonderful style!!

Caroline said...

This entire blog has inspired me for my husbands 40th birthday coming up! Can you tell us where you got those personalized matchbooks and cigar boxes from?

Moe said...

Add me to the list of people interested in knowing from where the matches were sourced!!

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