It’s really quite tragic that I don’t have any Halloween parties invites floating my way. As cliche a cultural reference (so 2008?) as it may be, Mad Men would make my annual costume search so much more streamlined. I already have Betty in the bag.
Vintage cinched-waisted dresses in pastel, petit four colors (courtesy of my step-grandmother, who wore them on the Queen Mary traveling from New York to London). CHECK
Trusty silver dancing shoes that are very Penny in “Dirty Dancing”; time period is unknown, but I’d estimate 1960s. CHECK
Delicate Whiting & Davis purse (pictured above) appropriate only for my wedding (check) and Halloween. CHECK
Suitable Don Draper to accompany me. A little pomade, a shave and a slim tie, and my husband could definitely be transformed. CHECK
Gobs of retro costume jewelry (perhaps more Joan than Betty?), from brooches to clip-on earrings, and a classic string of pearls. CHECK
Props! I’d happily tote one of my old fashion magazines for a touch of realism. And, had I been really clever and decided to host a party myself, I’d be drinking exclusively from these champagne coups. Some are crystal clear, demure; the rest of the set are splashy, etched with gold. All were kindly passed down to be my grandmother and are among my most cherished objects. Every once in a while, I’ll sip from one of these. They are incredibly impractical, holding a scant couple ounces of fluid, but their dainty elegance more than compensates.
I broke them out once for a legendary “old-fashioned” cocktail party. (That evening I also learned that serving only hard alcohol–not a beer or bottle of wine in sight–makes for an interesting party. Not recommended for those who don’t enjoy picking people off the floor. That said, the Moscow Mules were fab!)
And sneaking glimpses of similar champagne coupes (or cups, if you prefer) on MM makes me smile a bit, dork that I am, even if this salacious mythology was proven untrue.
So this Halloween, I may be all dressed up with no place to go. But if I’m at home drinking a vodka gimlet out of one of these, that will be just fine by me.