Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Jewelry and hors d'oeuvres, ca. 1955





The 1950s woman had a lot on her mind heading into the winter party season, including 1. how to coordinate accessories and 2. how to whip up an unforgettable plate of hors d'oeuvres. To solve the first, she kept a few sets of demi parures on hand - a matching brooch, earrings or necklace to dress up any outfit, day or night. To tackle the second, filed a stack of trusty recipes featuring favorites like canned lobster, peanut butter and cream cheese in any number of combinations.

In honor of these mid-century fĂȘte time traditions - and to help you prepare for your own holiday season - I'm listing some demis in the shop and also sharing some of the most outrageous hors d'oeuvre recipes I've ever seen. If you wear your jewelry while you make the hors d'oeuvres, you get big points.

12 comments:

Amy said...

I love this post!

cherylc said...

I had to stop reading after the first few. It's too early in the morning here! I mean, not that early, but still too early.

christine said...

Holy crud what a super cute blog post! Gorgeous jewels... and the food sounds, um, delicious?

Wild Tea Party said...

Only one word to describe my reaction to this: Shiny!

Vintage Seen said...

tuna fish mold sounds like torture...the obsession with aspic in my grandmothers cookbooks always horrified me!

Antonia Glavic said...

Ha! I love the surprise dip; "men especially like this" Hilarious. This reminds me of a series of great cosmopolitan how-to books I have from the 1960s. By the way the jewelry is amazing!

Antonia
http://www.antoniaglavic.blogspot.com/

labonnefemme1 said...

Throw on a some pearls, mix up a stiff martini for the man and cook up some tasty bits and Gas Company Rumaki, then call the neighbors!

lauren said...

this is so terribly clever, but the words "fish mold" just send me packing!

arubin said...

Ham balls.

That is all.

Huzzah! Vintage said...

how could 1 lb of velveeta, 1 lb of butter and some canned crab meat be anything but deelish!?

Liane said...

I think I'll pass on the hors d'oeuvres. Yes, to the jewelry! While I don't care for the recipes, I do think it's cool that they were submitted by real women who needed to have party stand-bys. I think it's interesting that they submitted what I assume are their maiden names, with their married names in parentheses. My favorite is Bunny Smith (Mrs. Olds Roe) I'm imagining all these women at a house party, leaving their dishes on a table, and socializing while the men hover around the food.

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