If you’re not watching the multiple award-winning show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, you’re seriously missing out on a lot!
The show has been painting the town pink with its recent victory at the Golden Globes for actress Rachel Brosnahan, and of course, it’s excellent second season.
While Rachel’s character Midge Maisel follows her dream to become a stand-up comedian, the show is a history lesson in the 1950’s.
Binge-worthy (we watched 18 episodes in 2 days), fun, and pastel-hued, it makes you wish you had a time-machine to eat all the pretty food and jive to jazz.
And when it comes to throwing parties, nobody does it better than Midge. With a great deal of confidence, planning, and rib-tickling jokes, this is a character we look up to for her fabulous hosting skills.
However, you don’t need to be a mid-century housewife from New York to throw a party like Midge. Here are some timeless tips that’ll leave your guests impressed!
Prep your apartment to resemble an Upper West Side apartment in NYC from the late ‘50s. Jazz it up (no pun intended) with fresh flowers, pastel décor elements, drapes, and fancy cutlery. If possible, get your hands on a plush red tufted sofa for your guests to lounge on decorate with floral throw pillows for that oh-so-technicolour vibe.
The Dress Code
A ‘50s style party calls for your guests to be dressed in their retro best. The vivid decade was a time to be alive, especially when it came to fashion with icons like Audrey Hepburn and James Dean showing off their joyful attires. Get your male guests to rock some preppy styles – cable knits, bomber jackets, and vintage plaids with a pompadour. Meanwhile, the ladies could opt for some fun, playful looks – clinched waists, polka dots, swings skirts, and glamorous pin curls.
You surely can find tons of retro tunes in a series set in New York in the ‘50s. Which means, Frank Sinatra on more occasions than one. Add songs like Yakety Yak by The Coasters and It’s A Good Day by Peggy Lee for some fantastic flashbacks. Bonus points if you manage to find a classic record player or a turntable to play these vintage tunes on.
While the classic choice for food in the late 50s was convenient and canned, Mrs Maisel introduces us to a world new world of Jewish cuisine. Potato latkes, pastrami sandwiches, pork chops, and knish, the show has it all. Who could even forget the scene at the Stage Deli where Midge walks us through the menu while explaining her ridiculous order of half a pastrami on rye, half a chopped liver on challah, stuffed cabbage, kasha varnishkes, and rugalach for dessert. Whew, doesn’t that make for the perfect menu for a Mrs Maisel-style party?
In the 1950s, the popular spirit base for cocktails was gin. Cocktails were either the classics such as Martinis, Gimlets, or Tom Collins, or were more daringly fruity, such as the Mai Tai, Singapore Sling, and Sea Breeze. Apart from celebrating all things retro, the show also piques your interest in the versatile spirit. In the fourth episode of Season 2, Midge’ father Mr. Weissman, rattles off a string of classic cocktails he has had at a dinner in Catskills: a Napoleon, a Tom Collins, and the Gin Rickey. Definitely ones you need to have on your menu, right?
Here’s a simple recipe for Tom Collins, in case you’re looking for inspiration.
25ml Tanqueray No. TEN Gin
25ml lemon juice
Soda (as per requirement)
1 lime wedge (for garnish)
1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
2. Pour the gin and lime juice over the ice.
3. Top with club soda.
4. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Now, once you’ve successfully thrown the perfect ‘50s do, make sure you end the night with ‘My name is Mrs. Maisel, thank you, good night and drink responsibly!’
Credits: fashionista, popsugar, ew, kqued, tiazelmera