Mad for Mad Men

We were lucky enough to do a phenomenal party recently — it was a 60th birthday party with a swanky 1960s theme (think “Mad Men”). We already loved the TV show, so we were so excited to be able to do a party based on it. The party was held at the birthday gal’s home in Santa Monica. We transformed a tent in her front yard into a moody supper club complete with custom banquette seating, wood paneling, 1960s-era wallpaper, and authentic sconces and wood-veneer chandeliers.

No detail was left out. Guests were welcomed into the tent by a tuxedo-clad greeter, candy cigarettes were passed out by a tray-toting cigarette girl, and framed headshots of 1960s stars were “signed” with birthday wishes. There was even an Arne Jacobsen egg chair in the photobooth…amazing.

Our favorite part of the party, though, were the hilarious and moving surprise videos, which were played on an oversized plasma screen that had been framed out to look like an old-fashioned tv set. To our surprise, and the surprise of many guests, one video showed that the birthday gal and her loving partner had gotten married the night before — after 25 years together!