Cocktail Parties, Entertaining, Holidays, Mid Century Modern, Uncategorized

5 Hangover Remedies from Years Gone By…



So, was your New Year’s Eve quiet and tame or rowdy and full of good cheer?  If you had a bit too much celebration and are feeling the effects of the dreaded hangover here are 5 hangover cures from years gone by that may just still work!

1.  Hangover Heaven


Ok, this looks more like a scary Halloween costume than a hangover remedy, but famous makeup man, Max Factor, created this face mask in 1947.  When first created, this mask was meant for actresses to use between takes on movie sets to cool their faces from the hot studio lights.  However, a few hard-partying Hollywood types soon took it over to use as a hangover cure.  The plastic ice cube shaped squares were filled with water and it was kept in the freezer until use.

2.  Onion Soup Hangover Remedy


The onion soup hangover remedy was all the rage back in 1935.  In the above video you can see step by step how to cook this stuff up and it’s pretty yummy to eat too! It’s hydrating and the vitamin B in the onions is good for you.

3.  Tarrant’s Seltzer Aperient


Tarrant’s Seltzer Aperient was popular back in the 1840’s right into the 20th century. It was described as an effervescing powder containing bicarbonate of soda, tartaric acid, and potassium.  And while it did probably help get some fluids and minerals back into the body, it wasn’t a full proof cure, obviously, or we would all have it stocked in our cabinets today.  However, back then it was still being “kind to men who have tried to drink the town dry in one night.”

4.  Quaff-Aid


Quaff-Aid was the hangover cure in the 1950’s.  The perfect hostess was encouraged to have these on hand so that you could “assure yourself and friends a pleasant time and a pleasant tomorrow…”  Basically, these little “Mighty-Mites” as they were called were brewer’s yeast that was rich in minerals and B-complex vitamins. It was so popular it even came in a convenient party pack.

5.  Brenda Frazier’s Hangover Bar Cure


Brenda Frazier, the original celebutante, had a bar dedicated to hangovers at her 1938 coming out party at the Ritz-Carlton in New York City.  The head banquet man Adolphe Jeantet created the cure that guests clamored for.  A bottle of chilled Coca-Cola was shaken and then squirted into a glass of cold milk.  One sip and a nice long nap and you were good to go!

So, there you have it a look back at some of the old-timey hangover cures from years gone by.  What’s your favorite hangover remedy?

Until Next Time,


Christmas, Cocktail Parties, Entertaining, Holidays, New Year's Eve, Recipes, Thanksgiving

15 Fabulous Cocktails You Must Make This Holiday Season

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By now you probably have your Christmas dinner menu planned, but have you thought about what cocktails to have?  If not, don’t sweat it! I’ve compiled some of the most delicious and unique cocktails for you.  Because let’s face it…sometimes the only thing that gets you through dinner at the in-laws is a steady supply of alcohol!

Christmas Cocktails

1. Blackberry Ombre Sparkler from

This festive cocktail is perfect for the holidays and I just love the name!  Sort of like a mimosa, this would be perfect for sipping while opening gifts on Christmas morning.



Quick and easy to make this cocktail will wow your guests!


3.  White Chocolate Snowflake Martini from

This cocktail looks so yummy and will add a touch of sophistication to your cocktail display!


4.  Christmas Punch from

This Christmas Punch recipe can be made with rum or vodka or keep it kid friendly and skip the alcohol!



Both tart and sweet this holiday cocktail will soon become part of your holiday traditions!


6. Sparkling Christmas Cosmo from

Light and flavorful, this cocktail will please everyone – even those guests who aren’t big drinkers.


7. Santa Claus-Mopolitan from

Oh my this cocktail looks so gorgeous!  And it’s the perfect signature drink for your holiday parties.

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8. Jack Frost Cocktail from

Sweet and tropical this cocktail adds a yummy twist on holiday drinks.


9.  The North Pole Cocktail from

Vodka, Kahlua, and chocolate syrup?  Um yes, please!


10.  Cranberry and Cinnamon Whiskey Sour from

A yummy twist on an old classic.


So, these should get you through Christmas, but what about New Year’s Eve you ask?  Don’t worry we have you covered!

New Year’s Eve Cocktails

11. Tart cranberry gin sparklers from




12. Sparkling Holiday Flirtini from


13. New Year’s Eve Champagne Punch from


14.  Cake Batter Martini from


15.  New Years Eve Champagne Cocktails from


There you have it!  15 fabulous cocktails to take you through the entire holiday season!  Let us know which ones you tried and which ones were your favorites.

Until Next Time,


Christmas, Entertaining, Holidays, Recipes

10 Festive Christmas Rice Krispie Treats Ideas

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Time’s slipping away and Christmas will be here before you know it!  But don’t panic!  If you haven’t had time to bake any Christmas cookies I have gathered some of the best and cutest Rice Krispy Treat recipes that you can make in no time flat.  You’ll have fabulous, festive desserts for the holidays!

1. Rice Krispies Treat Christmas Ornaments – from

I just love these!  They are so cute and festive and will look fantastic on any dessert table.



White Chocolatey goodness!  Can you say yum?

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3. Reindeer Rice Krispies – from

The kiddos will love these!


4. Sweet and Salty Christmas Mix from

It doesn’t get much easier than this! The sweet and salty combination is perfect.

5. Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treat Pops from

These adorable little Christmas trees are sure to add some Christmas flair to your table.


6. Rice Krispies Treats Presents with a Surprise from

Oh my!  Aren’t these the cutest little things you’ve ever seen?  And the kids will love opening them up for the little surprise inside!


7.  Merry Christmas Rice Krispie Treats from

Such a simple idea but these will really wow your guests!


8.  Sparkling Snowflake Rice Krispie Treats from

These are so pretty!  Your guests will think you worked for hours on them.


9. Peppermint Rice Krispie Snowballs from

Perfect with a cup of tea or hot cocoa!


10.  Rice Krispie Snowmen from

The kids will love helping to make these.


Now you have no excuses for not having some fun and festive Christmas treats!  Let us know which ones are your favorites!

Until Next Time,


Christmas, Cocktail Parties, Entertaining, Holidays, Mid Century Modern, Recipes

6 Steps to a Fabulous Retro Holiday Cocktail Party!

Holiday Cocktail Party

‘Tis the season for awesome Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties! If you love the 1950s and 1960s, can’t get enough of Mad Men, and would love to show off your Mid-Century Modern decorations, you should throw a Mid-Century Modern Christmas or New Year’s Eve cocktail party. Here are some suggestions on how you can throw a Mid-Century modern themed party:

  1. Set the tone right away with the invitations you send.

Here are some e-vites that will help set the tone for the party. Be sure to mention on the invitation that it will be a themed party. Since it is close to Christmas and New Year’s Eve, here are some e-vites you can send out quickly from

2. Decorate for the holidays and within your theme


Since you are having a cocktail party, guests will be using barware and glasses, so consider updating your glassware and buy new items that will fit in with your theme. Here are some beautiful ideas for toasting at midnight on new year’s eve.

3. Serve drinks, appetizers, and desserts in the theme

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photo credit: classic_film via photopin cc

Find some fabulous themed recipes online that will take your retro party up a notch! Here are some Mad Men-style retro cocktails that will be perfect.  And here are some recipes that you can make to accompany the cocktails you serve from Food Network.

And here are some tips for creating perfect cocktails from a previous post. Oh and this is a must read as well.  Tips on how to style your bar cart!

4. Play music in the background that fits your retro theme

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photo credit: classic_film via photopin cc

Music is amazing for helping to set the mood for a party. Play songs like “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “The Chipmunk Song,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and “Christmas.” Make a playlist on iTunes, Spotify, or YouTube so you can start the music and keep the music going all night.

5. Play a classic Christmas movie

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photo credit: tom-margie via photopin cc

If you want to add extra ambiance, you could also have a Christmas movie from the 1950’s or 1960’s playing in the background. White Christmas (1954) and Babes in Toyland (1961) would be great choices. This will help put people in a holiday mood, and it will also give your guests something to do and to talk about.

6. Play some games

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photo credit: freeloosedirt via photopin cc

When the mingling dies down, create some excitement by playing vintage games. Pull out a deck of cards and play a good ol’ fashioned card game. Or look on eBay for classic board games like Yahtzee, Battleship, or Dominoes.

We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season full of good cheer and vintage merriment!

Until Next Time,


Christmas, Entertaining, Gifts, Holidays, Mid Century Modern

5 Ways to Make Your Home Mid Century Merry


Welcome back to the blog! Decorating your home in a Mid Century Modern way can add a touch of whimsy and uniqueness to your home for the holidays. Here are some things you can do to add a little Mid Century Modern Christmas magic to your home this year.

1. Make homemade Christmas decorations.

There are a few reasons why you should make your own homemade decorations. It may be difficult to find Mid Century Modern Christmas ornaments, stockings, and other decorations in an average store. Another reason to make your own decorations is that was what was popular (and often necessary) to do back then. People were into making their own items back then even more so than they are now. You will also be able to customize your own looks and colors. These decorations do not need to be complicated. Here are some ideas for mid-century modern Christmas decorations from DIY you can make. This DIY Starburst Wreath by PMQ for Two is beautiful!  Click Here for instructions on how you can make your own!


2. Opt for a unique Christmas tree.

Instead of picking out a fake green evergreen tree, look for one that is white, silver, pink, or teal aluminum. If it is sparse, that is even better! Trees that were smaller and sparser were all the rage back in the 1950s. If you can’t find an aluminum tree in the store, you can always cover your tree with lots of tinsel, or even spray paint a tree to coordinate with your theme better.

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3. Choose designs you will be able to use all year round.

While choosing items to add to your home, it can be really fun to add items that are specific to Christmas and the holidays, but some items can add to your home all year round and be used for other holidays as well. For example, these vintage champagne glasses would be amazing to use for New Year’s Eve and any other special toast:

4. Plan on hosting a party!

Once you have decorated your house in this special way, plan to show it off! You can serve fabulous cocktails in these green wine goblets that just scream Christmas! (1)

Or if you want to bring a little gold to the party look at this gorgeous Vintage Bohemia Czech Crystal Cocktail set.

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5. Go all out!

Let your theme extend into all areas of your celebration! Bake cookies for the holiday and sing carols by the piano. Give Mid Century Modern gifts and wrap your presents in fun retro wrapping paper. Make popcorn garlands and gather around the Christmas tree. Have fun with your theme and remember the simplicity and fun of the 1950s and 60s.

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Until Next Time,


Entertaining, Holidays, Mid Century Modern, Thanksgiving

Top 7 Reasons to Have a Mid-Century Style Thanksgiving


Happy November! This is the perfect time to start decorating your home with festive Thanksgiving flair. Here are the top 7 reasons to have a Mid-Century style Thanksgiving!

1. Mid-Century items add interest and act as conversation pieces.

Thanksgiving is one of the few times of year when you host friends and family at your home, so give them something interesting to look at and talk about. Items like this vintage mid-century Murano Art Glass Vase would be great conversation starters:

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These items add fun and whimsy to every party.

  1. You may find more Thanksgiving items.

It can be difficult to find many Thanksgiving items in the store nowadays, so look for items like this vintage Autumn Leaf  serving platter to add to the holiday ambience:


  1. Your relatives will relate to the Mid-Century style.

Your older relatives may have first-hand knowledge of Mid-Century style, and using Mid-Century items will let them feel nostalgic. If they are bringing a dish to Thanksgiving, encourage them to bring it in one of their own unique vintage pieces. They will likely have a great story about the item!

  1. There are unique Mid-Century style items that we just don’t have now.

Items like this vintage mid-century modern cocktail set can’t be found in stores now:


These items are perfect for Thanksgiving and will make serving easier and more fun! Since hosting parties was all the rage back in the 1950s and 60s, most of these items are made for parties and for sharing.

  1. It is easier to mix and match items!

How many people really have enough place settings of one china pattern to use for one event? Most people end up having to mix and match china patterns. Mid-Century modern style barware and serving items are perfect for mixing and matching. By picking the same era of designs, they all coordinate, but then you have the freedom to mix items. These Fostoria Argus Ruby Rock Glasses


would look great on the same table as these vintage striped rock glasses.


  1. Mid-Century items are elegant!

Items like these vintage atomic star champagne coupes are so elegant and add a touch of class to any party:


  1. These vintage pieces will never go out of style!

Vintage items are great because they have stood the test of time and they continue to be popular. These are classic, timeless pieces that will look beautiful year after year!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and check back on the blog in a few weeks when we will give you some great Mid-Century Christmas design ideas, as well!

Until Next Time,


Mom Life

Confessions From a Tired Mother of Teenagers

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I recently came across a meme that accurately describes my feelings about raising my teenagers at this very moment.


Most of the “mom” blogs out there seem to focus on parenting little toddler children.  But what about those of us who have managed to trudge through the toddler years only to find ourselves in the quicksand of raising teenagers.  And yes, sometimes it feels quicksand-like.  I’m being pulled under by their constant mood swings, self-involved attitudes, general lack of caring for anything other than themselves.


Take for my son for instance.  He’s 16.  He’s been driving for about 4 months now.  In that time I have looked for his wallet about 240 times.  (For those counting that’s an average of twice a day.)  Seriously, I feel like I spent the first half of my marriage looking for my husband’s wallet and car keys and now I am spending the second half of my marriage looking for my son’s.  And it’s not that I mind helping him find stuff, but it’s the attitude of it’s my fault because he can’t find something.  As if I spend the little bit of free time that I have going around the house and hiding his stuff – ’cause you know, it’s fun hunting for crap that’s been misplaced.

And it’s not just the car keys and wallet.  It’s his glasses, his calculator, his homework, his band music.  Sigh.

But the hardest of them all is my 14-year-old daughter.  I swear there should be a medal of some sort for mom’s who survive raising a daughter.  Or at the very least a t-shirt.


I was a sassy daughter.  My mother is a saint for having put up with me.  How she did it without causing me serious bodily harm I will never know.  I mean, when I ask her how she did it she always says she would rather raise a son 10 times over than raise another daughter.  I think I will order the above t-shirt for her.  She deserves it.

Back to my 14-year-old.

I get that she started high school last week.  I understand that she is tired.  I am sympathetic to her busy schedule.  Volleyball practice everyday after school plus band practice once per week as well as keeping up with homework is stressful.  I get it.  But man is she mouthy.  Even just the simple act of answering yes is sassy.  Mothers of teenage daughters know what I’m talking about here.  The huge sigh…the eye roll…the yesssss…mom.

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Oh, and apparently, my use of silverware and how it may make a small noise while eating is just too much for her to handle. Because you know, it just so annoying!

Maybe it’s the solar eclipse that’s happening today that has my children’s moods going every which way.  I sure hope so.  All I can do is keep loving them, but man they sure make it hard sometimes.  Now I understand what my mom meant when she said I always love you, but sometimes I don’t like you. Ha!  I totally get it now Mom!

How do you handle the in’s and out’s of raising teens?  Like this post and let me know I’m not alone out here!

Until Next Time,


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