I found this beautifully illustrated miniature paper cookbook on etsy a couple of weeks ago and knew I had to review it for our blog over here. It was written by a Canadian brewing company and has some very fun and creative ideas of how to entertain using different kinds of beer as the center piece. Getting creative with beer has never seemed so elegant thanks to this cookbook.
It’s chock full of recipes usually centered around different kinds of parties you can have, I will be going through them each week till the end, so you can have some party inspiration to last you all year long!
The first installment is getting the basics down! The first couple of pages inside the book give you the low-down on pulling together a party and giving you a little insight into the Canadian way!
p.s. if you are having trouble seeing the images at this size – simply click not the image and it will bring you to the larger size!
The introductory page lets you in on the ultra hip modern Canadian lifestyle and how they like to party almost any time of the year.
The 2nd page is all about planning here are their tips :
Plan guest list carefully.
Complete guest list early so you know how many to plan for.
Write your plan on paper!
Decide on a Theme.
Plan Menu one week before, and don’t make anything you haven’t prepared before.
Do Party shopping far enough ahead.
Prepare as much food ahead as possible.
Position beverage bar away from area where food is served.
Use one large dramatic decor instead of multiple small ones.
As the hostess you are responsible for keeping the party moving!
The Final two pages in the introductory section give you all the fine dining tips of a beer connoisseur so that you will never mistakenly serve it incorrectly. Here are a few of the tips :
Serve ale and lager in attractive beer glasses, the Stein is more suitable for outdoors or game room parties where everyone is on the move.
Beer should be served at a temperature from 42 to 45 degrees, normally you will find this temperature on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator.
For smoother, more enjoyable beer it should be poured with a proper head. Hold the glass upright and allow the beer to splash down the centre of the glass. If the head builds up too rapidly, decrease the flow. If the head is not growing fast enough, hold the bottle perpendicularly over the glass and allow the remainder to splash down and froth around.
Beer glasses should never be washed with soap since the fat from soap leaves invisible traces on the glass which will cut down the beer head. After washing in hot water with detergent, the beer glass should be rinsed in cold water and turned upside down to drain. Some connoisseurs even insist on finishing glasses in a hot water and salt solution, then in clear water – then drain dry without wiping.
Now that you are all prepped and ready to get down to Party Planning, here are a couple of beer related pieces to get you on your way to hosting the most fabulous party!
Can’t go wrong with some classic 60s amber beer glasses.
(click the images to go to their etsy page!)
A lovely bakelite bottle opener for all opening all of your beer bottles with class and dignity!
And finally this lovely pewter stein ice canteen, would look lovely as a piece for your barware set.
Well that’s all for now folks! Until my next installment – have fun party prepping!
Ok, I know I am wayyy late on this, but I just binge-watched Mad Men seasons 1-5 on Netflix, and it is AMAZING! After years of not having cable television or membership to streaming services, I have finally jumped on the Mad Men bandwagon. My biggest surprise? There has been a television show seemingly created just for me and I have been missing it! For like, 6 years! As much as I am totally wrapped up in the story of the 60s advertising giants and their exploits, I just can’t get over the overall design of this show. The costumers, set designers, and writers have done such an amazing job of recreating the look, feel, and attitude of the 1960s. They even make a point to show all the women smoking while pregnant like it’s no biggie. You can actually witness the (quite accurate) evolution of style from season to season.
Since I was a little child, I have been obsessed with all things 60s. I watched nothing but Nick-at-Nite growing up (when it actually ran shows from the 50s and 60s, not the late 90s). I always wanted to emulate the style and sophistication I saw on the screen. I ferociously teased my hair to get that bump on the crown of my head, wondering why it would constantly fall flat. I later realized that not only was my hair quite fine, but no amount of hairspray and teasing could do what a good old fashioned hair-piece could do. My Grandmother’s house was almost completely decorated with mid-century furniture and decor, right down to the Christmas decorations! Watching Mad Men not only feeds my fashion and drama desires, it makes me feel like a kid again (even though I wasn’t born until the early 80s).
Honestly, my favorite part of the show is the set design. I want Don & Megan Draper’s super mod Manhattan apartment! Even the office was upgraded when they switched agencies. They went from slightly subdued late 50′s straight lines and muted colors to super pop colors and Eames chairs.
Betty’s insufferable distaste in children!
I just can’t get enough of these effortlessly stylish, endlessly troubled characters and all of their 60s shenanigans. I know I’m not alone!
In honor of “Winter Storm Cleon” freezing out a large portion of the U.S. this week, I thought it would be fitting to spotlight something that keeps us warm and cozy… adorable vintage coffee pots and tea kettles! What’s better than cuddling up with a hot cup of coffee or tea on a cold day? Not much, in my opinion!
All of these vintage pots are so adorable! I obviously love the style of kitchens from the 60s and 70s. They paid so much attention to detail. Check out that groovy bird one! These beautiful pieces are so bright and fun, perfect for cheering you up on a chilly day.
I have a weakness for anything with that “atomic age” style from the late 50′s and early 60s. The starburst patterns, the gold leafing, I just can’t get enough! All of these pots are perfect for get togethers or just enjoying a cup on your own. It’s never too late to ditch that boring individual-pod coffee machine! Or just neglect it until that morning you’re super late for work- hey, modern conveniences have their merit, too.
First I have to start off with a little squeal! Because look how cute all of these shoes are! When I originally saw them I knew I had to share them with our 60s lover readers. Vintage shoes are always the hardest for me to find in my size – so when I find a current label that does Vintage justice I can’t help but be excited because I know I will be able to find a style that will work with my vintage pieces so effortlessly!
I remember first seeing Orla Kiely’s work when she did her first collaboration with Target back in 2009 and have always loved her bright, bold, colorful prints. They all just scream 60s/70s and I love it when I could possibly find a piece in a vintage shop and mistakenly think it was vintage for a second. That’s how I know a designer is doing true homage to the decades I love.
The above collaboration is slated for a February 2014 release.. Pretty close to one of my favorite holiday’s Valentine’s Day – where I am never afraid to treat myself to a new pair of shoes in celebration – and to complete the day’s ensemble perfectly! You can bet I will be in store trying these pretties on – and I probably will drag Nicki with me so we can give you guys a proper fashion show!
Her SS14 Collection is shown here with the shoes on display alongside a very Wes Anderson ‘Suzy Bishop’, Girl Scouts – photo shoot. How beautiful are all of these pieces – they just make me want to go on my own adventure with my girl-friends!
I could go on-and-on posting more of her lovely collections and housewares – but I am going to save that for another time. You guys just have to settle for drooling all over these pretty pieces until we can get our hot little hands on them!
If you’ve gotta have something now – check out these hand-selected 60s Wedge and Platform beauties I found over on our favorite online shopping avenue Etsy!
Many of you may have heard of Jane Birkin; she’s a cultural icon for sure. With a new book on the shelves all about her family life with famed french singer Serge Gainsbourg, I thought I’d chat about her just a bit.
The book is Jane & Serge. A Family Albumand it’s compiled of photos taken of the family by Jane’s brother, Andrew Birkin. The British-born model / actress / singer caught the eye of noted ladies’ man Serge Gainsbourg on the set of the film Slogan in 1968. The pair instantly became France’s golden couple. They made records, films, and a quite enviable life together in Paris. Jane’s easy-going tomboy style has served as an inspiration to countless designers, stylists, and women in general for decades. Photos of her bangs probably appear in thousands of hair salons everyday, and that mouse-y voice she whispers with on her records is just adorably irresistible.
Although Jane and Serge’s relationship lasted only 13 years, Jane’s iconic style lives on. She even inspired the chief executive of Hermès to create the Birkin bag, arguably the most famous handbag in fashion history. Two of her daughters, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, are artists and muses in their own right as well. That’s one talented and stylish family!
We are very excited to showcase some very 70s Afghans we have recently added to our shop’s inventory!
I grew up with these and always have loved their bright colorful knits, and how they can come in so many combinations. My family had a tradition where my great grandmother on my father’s side would make one for each new family member either born into the family or married into the family. I had a pretty pink and purple one growing up!
I once tried my hand at making one for a friend as a present – and let me tell you. These are EXTREMELY time consuming, and mine ended up very wonky and I did the easiest pattern you could possibly do. So after my own try I have a lot of appreciation for any beautifully made afghan I happen to come upon while shopping.
But luckily for you and I, I don’t have to go making these beauts! Someone already has done all the dirty work and we just get to bask in the warmth of these amazing afghans!