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Plan a Mad Men-inspired soiree, a faux pool party, and more with these inventive ideas for backyard bash menus

Mad Men party
Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Margo True

Mad Men party

Stock up on the martini and highball glasses and serve plenty of finger food with the booze—you don't want too much scandal! Put on your curve-hugging knits or that skinny tie and flirt like it's 1963.


Death Valley Martinis


Boozy Olives (pictured)

Salmon Rillettes

Smoked Oysters on the Half "Shell"

Lemon Drop Chicken Wings


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