Vintage Entertaining : Inspiration from the 1950s

Nothing conjures up holiday nostalgia like the iconic advertisements from the 1950s. Here are a few images from that golden era to inspire you for your holiday celebrations :

  1. It's all about the turkey! Vintage magazine cover from 1956, courtesy of Sharon Becker; used by permission.
  2. Having a refrigeration center would be really helpful in meal preparation; from retrorenovation.
  3. Everyone has at least one pyrex dish lying around the kitchen--put yours into service at this year's feast! Pyrex advertisement courtesy of midcenturyliving. Be sure to click on over to see the 1955 Pyrex Thanksgiving Menu!
  4. Need some appetizer suggestions? See this Ritz Cracker ad for some help, courtesy of goldcountrygirls.
  5. Don't forget the cocktails--make a vintage Rob Roy, Gin 'N Tonic, or Champagne Cocktail with help from fiftieswedding.com.
  6. Dreaming of making an "eye-delighting, taste-inviting, glazed Virginia Ham?" Use some PBR--the "finest beer served …anywhere." Advertisement courtesy of Sharon Becker; used by permission.
  7. And, of course, as Thanksgiving wraps up and Christmas rolls around, don't forget your aluminum tree, from goretro.

  8. Bring a little of that spirited decade into your celebrations with some vintage servingware :

  9. highball glasses $14

  10. ombre serving set $75

  11. platter and bowl $32

And finally, take some hints from this party-planning video from 1950; party mixer games are a must. Hat-making contest, anyone?

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