This is a little 1950's booklet I found somewhere a while back that is the alcoholic equivalent of those recipe pamphlets I've mentioned here before (see "Lip-Smacking Gorge-Rising Goodness"). This one's from the makers of Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and, as you can see, it's called "Here's How...and What to Serve". It has plenty of classic drink recipes in it, as well as general hints on throwing parties. Some of these hints are entertainingly outdated, such as the following:
"Bartending is Man's Work. The wise hostess will leave the drink department to the master. If she is single the prudent thing to do is ask some gentleman friend ahead of time to act as bartender."
What? Would it have been considered somehow unseemly for a woman to do the bartending? And are they saying every party has to have a designated Bartender? Hmmmm. Also, they're pretty damned adamant about one thing, and that thing is ashtrays. They feel very strongly about ashtrays:
"If you have the time and energy to do nothing else in pre-party planning BE SURE TO HAVE ENOUGH ASHTRAYS- good, deep, substantial ashtrays. Any 5 and 10 cent store has a fine collection of the heavy glass variety and they can be real life savers. Your rugs, chairs, and table tops will survive many a revelry if you sprinkle ashtrays about your home as you would rice at a wedding. In a word, you can't have too many! And, appoint yourself and a friend to act as official ashtray emptiers."
Damn! We're talking about some heavy fucking smokers if you "sprinkle" those old school bigass hubcap sized ashtrays around the house on every available surface and you still have to worry about emptying them periodically during the party??? Jesus Christ!
But one thing I found kind of interesting was a handy chart they have that tells you how many drinks to plan on serving at different kinds of parties for certain amounts of people:
Now, take a good look at the amount of booze we're talking about sloshing around, here. Take one of the smaller events they're talking about, like the four-person dinner. That's if me and Jeff had another couple over for dinner. Correct me if you think I'm getting it wrong, but....you plan on serving 2 cocktails per person before dinner ("8 cocktails"), then 2 glasses of wine per person with dinner ("8 glasses of wine"), then a round of one liqueur each with dessert ("4 liqueurs"), THEN 2 drinks an hour per person ("8 drinks an hour during evening") until everybody just passes out? And hey, look at the cocktail party for four people- "16 drinks an hour for the first hour, then 12 drinks an hour thereafter"?? That means that the first two hours of a party one person has EIGHT FUCKING DRINKS? And it doesn't even stop there- after you get those eight drinks in you, you ease up a little and have THREE MORE DRINKS AN HOUR... for several more hours? I'm just saying that if you follow that advice, you'll need to also plan on how many beds and sofas to have available for all the kneewalking drunk people who will undoubtedly crash and burn in a big way and have to pass out at your place overnight. Also, be prepared to confront the most ugly, vicious, life-threatening hangovers you ever saw in your life the following morning.
And when you look at the recommendations for having twenty people over, then we're getting into Old School 1920's/1930's Prohibition/Great Depression Free-For-All territory. Of course, I realize that the more people come over, the more alcohol you plan on serving- but still...160 drinks goin' down the first two hours of your party with more hardcore drinking to come? Dude.....