Guide to Summer, Part 1: Themed BBQs from ‘Mad Men’ to Ewoks

Summer is in full swing, and it’s got us doing our best to spend as much time as we can outside and enjoy it while it lasts. To help you make the most of the season, we’ve teamed up with Victoria lager to present a Guide to Summer, a four-part series presenting some of the best outdoor spots, events, and ideas in the country. To kick things off, we look at the fine art of the barbecue. Cultural mavens that you are, we know you’ll want to present something a little more culturally pertinent than your average backyard BBQ to your guests. So, with that in mind, here are some awesome themed party ideas for your next cookout.

Mad Men-Themed BBQ

Our favorite show on television isn’t returning until next year, but you can get a Mad Men fix this weekend by throwing a themed BBQ. Request natty ’60s attire from your guests and serve American staples that would make Betty Crocker — or at least Betty Draper — proud. May we suggest:

The classic (and enduring) Surf & Turf, cooked on the grill
Teriyaki chicken skewers, for a tropical pupu platter (Hawaii became a state in 1959 and tiki parties were all the rage)
Grilled oysters
An “exotic’ fruit salad — with kiwi and pineapple!
Deviled eggs
Jell-O molds
Onion-soup dip and potato chips

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Oldies but goodies that appeared in the actual series, including:
Chubby Checker, “Let’s Twist Again”
Rosemary Clooney, “Botch-a-Me”
Frank Sinatra, “Fly Me to the Moon”
Kyo Sakamoto, “Sukiaki”
Ann-Margaret, “Bye Bye Birdie”
Roy Orbison, “Shahdaroba”
Bob Dylan, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”
The Rolling Stones, “(Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
Santo & Johnny, “Do You Want to Know a Secret?”
Doris Day, “I Enjoy Being a Girl”
Simon & Garfunkel, “Bleecker Street”
Sonny and Cher, “I Got You Babe”

Click through the links below for more themed BBQ ideas.