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!
‘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:
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 paperlesspost.com
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
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.
4. Play music in the background that fits your retro theme
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
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
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!
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.
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!
Or if you want to bring a little gold to the party look at this gorgeous Vintage Bohemia Czech Crystal Cocktail set.
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.
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:
These items add fun and whimsy to every party.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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:
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!
Dining outdoors is a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather in the summer months and lends itself to entertaining at home in a very casual and relaxed way.
Having said that, some planning is needed to provide your guests with a comfortable dining experience.
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1. Comfortable Seating
I have to confess – I really hate going somewhere and not having a comfortable place to sit. If I’m not comfortable, I can’t relax, and if I can’t relax I won’t be having a good time. Gosh that sounds grumpy doesn’t it? Must be my age!
Having nice thick cushions on your patio furniture can make for a warm and inviting and comfortable space for your guests. And you can change up your look on the patio by using different cushions for different occasions.
You need to place the grill close enough to the dining area so you grill master is away from the festivities but not too close so your guests aren’t bothered by the smoke. Always place your grill upwind from where you guests will be gathering.
3. Skip the Tablecloth
If the day is breezy (which we all love the breeze when it hot out) it can cause havoc on your table settings and tablecloths. Keep things casual and skip the table coverings. Or if you like having something on your table to pretty things up a bit us a table runner and place your center pieces on top. This beachy stripe outdoor table runner from Design Imports is pretty and will brighten up any patio table. It’s machine washable too!
4. Stock a Bar Cart with All Your Drink Essentials
Having enough beverages is important to keep your guests happy and tipsy! Wait, I meant to say hydrated…yes, that’s it…hydrated.
Anyway, you want to make it easy for your guests to grab drinks or play bar tender if they like. You can read my post about the 7 must haves for your bar cart to get an idea of what to include.
Using a bar cart makes it easy to roll it back to the house for restocking too. Something similar to the Bennet Outdoor Wicker Bar Cart is elegant and casual at the same time.
5. Let Guests Know the Grilling Preference of The Entree
Let me just say here and now that I am a well done steak girl. Any pink and I run for the hills. So knowing which items are medium rare or well done is a big thing with me. Meat grilling temperature markers take the guess work out of choosing which burger will suit your guests tastes. These cute little markers will get the job done and will stop guests like me from running and screaming if they happen to choose the medium rare steak.
Make sure you have enough lighting if your picnic lasts until dark. Citronella candles help with the lighting and also keep the mosquitoes away.
7. Yard Games
It’s important to have yard games ready to go if you are going to have kids in attendance. Oh hell, let’s be honest. At all the picnics I attend the adults are the ones out there playing the lawn darts and other games. All the while the kids are begging for their turn. Having plenty of games should keep the kids (and adults) entertained.
8. Caddy Sets are a life saver!
Having plenty of condiments available to your guests will allow everyone to pile their burgers with all their favorite toppings. DEI has the cutest Picnic Table Shaped Condiement Set I’ve ever seen. It’s super cute and affordable enough to pick up more than one so you can scatter them around the patio.
Don’t forget about the silverware. Having the silverware in an easy to reach spot is necessary or you will spend your day running back and forth from the kitchen to fetch more for those guests who are a bit more clumsy. Plastic cups can be used to hold your forks, spoons, and knives. Or you can get a bit more decorative and use this Galvanized Metal Bucket Tray Set for your flatware.
9. Keep Your Centerpieces simple
Pretty wildflowers in clear vases will add a touch of soft fragrance and casual elegance to your table.
10. Have Fun!
Now that all the planning is done, sit back and relax. Enjoy yourself. Enjoy your guests. Sip your favorite cocktail and make some memories and laugh…always laugh. It’s the key to being happy!
What are your favorite outdoor party planning tips? Let me know in the comments!
10 Side Dishes That Will Wow Everyone this Memorial Day
It’s that time of year again. School is ending for summer break, the weather is getting warmer, and Memorial Day is right around the corner. All of this means picnics, barbecues, and bonfires are on everyone’s schedules. Let the fun times begin!
Then the next question is what should I bring to Aunt Sue’s annual Memorial Day picnic?
Don’t worry! We have you covered. We’ve looked high and low and found some fabulous and tasty and unique side dish recipes that will have everyone raving about your culinary genius!
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I had the fortune of eating this recently at a fundraising dinner I attended. It was so good! And you can make it the day ahead so you aren’t rushing around on the day of your event. As a matter of fact it tastes better after all the flavors have a chance to sit and marinate together.
Oh potato salad how I love thee! This recipe is just like the one my mom makes. I always ask her to make it when I am home visiting. Maybe it’s the love she puts in it when she is making it, but this simple, easy to make recipe is my favorite!