cocktail party
Erik Johnson

Mad Man

Although he happens to star on an Emmy-winning television show set in the 1960s, Bryan Batt has always loved the decor of that era. And when he invites friends over for a spring cocktail party, even the food celebrates sixties style.


An invitation with a rendering of Batt in a slim suit
Erik Johnson

Paper Goods

An invitation with a rendering of Batt in a slim suit is a fun opportunity to subtly suggest 1960s-era attire for the guests. An artist friend created his rendering, but you can have an image created in your likeness at Paper Portraits. The invitations are by The Stationer.


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Erik Johnson

Vintage Style

Batt’s taste in barware leans toward the retro, which he finds not only in his family collections but also at the New Orleans store Retro Active. In the background, a vivid decoration from a Mardi Gras float adorns the dining room wall. Floral arrangements are by Dunn & Sonnier Flowers.

Cocktail napkins in the New Orleans toile that batt designed await company.


authentic retro menu
Erik Johnson

Taste of the Past

Recipes from the 1960s were used to create an authentic retro menu. Deviled eggs, ham spread, and even a congealed salad (with marshmallows, of course) create a conversation-starter feast.


Rumaki (bacon-wrapped oysters), oysters Rockefeller, and a peanut butter cake
Erik Johnson

Bygone Bites

Popular hors d’oeuvres from the sixties including Rumaki (bacon-wrapped oysters), oysters Rockefeller, and a peanut butter cake round out the whimsical menu. Even the garnishes are old school, like a maraschino cherry topping a sliced orange.


Sets of cocktail napkins made from the toile, depicting scenes of historic New Orleans
Erik Johnson

Designing Man

In Batt’s New Orleans carriage house, the former stable houses the dining room, with its original paneling painted a chic chocolate brown. Batt’s New Orleans toile fabric, designed to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina, serves as curtain panels to screen the kitchen. The floral arrangement is by Dunn & Sonnier Flowers.


Bryan Batt clinks glasses with Ti Adelaide Martin, co-owner with Lally Brennan of Commander’s Palace restaurant
Erik Johnson

Good Company

Bryan Batt clinks glasses with Ti Adelaide Martin, co-owner with Lally Brennan of Commander’s Palace restaurant. Their families have been friends for three generations, and Batt even named the Tequila Mockingbird for Martin and Brennan’s recent book In the Land of Cocktails.


Batt and his partner Tom Cianfich prepare a Tequila Mockingbird,
Erik Johnson

Perfect Pour

Batt and his partner Tom Cianfich prepare a Tequila Mockingbird. An elaborate candleabra makes a fun outdoor bar decoration.

Tip: Setting up an outdoor bar is a smart idea when you want to draw your guests outside in nice weather.


Batt amuses friend Suzie Evans Allain
Erik Johnson

Life of the Party

Batt entertains friend Suzie Evans Allain, an artist whose work hangs in Batt’s house. In the background is Lally Brennan, dressed for the retro occasion in a full starched skirt. To Batt’s right, wine expert Bryan Burkey chats with Cianfich.


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