Sometimes I just love getting lost in 60s inspiration tumblrs / blogs / pinterest. This post is a dedication to all things 60s!
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 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!
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!
Yesterday we shared with you Georges Briard’s fantastic pineapple cookware, and with Thanksgiving coming up we figured we would continue with our cookware theme! Today I’ve pooled together some favorites from Etsy. Vintage cookware is so vibrant and fun. It really brightens up any kitchen! This beautiful lotus/diamond pattern (above) was quite popular in the 60s and 70s. I can see why, it’s adorable!
These pots and pans have the greatest combination of colors and patterns! I’m working on decking out my kitchen with vintage goods, but so far all I’ve got is a green floral Pyrex bowl and a set of cocktail glasses from the early 60s.
This little beauty is my favorite. Anything with a fruit print obviously gets a thumbs up from Seven Minutes in Heaven!
For a lifelong Floridian, the concept of “fall fashion” and all of the excitement surrounding it has been mostly a lost cause for me. In Florida, our 4 seasons consist of Summer, Summer II, Hell, and Ice Rain (aka January). For years, I’ve been so envious of the girls who get to wear chunky knits and wool knee socks in rich earth-tones. It just seems so warm and romantic to me! Fortunately, I’ll be a New Yorker soon. I’ll probably be a bit late for fall this year, but next year I will be decked out in cozy Autumn threads and drinking pumpkin spice lattes!
It’s super easy to get a great vintage look for Fall. Lots of trends from the 60s are very in this season. So if you’re lucky enough to live in a place that accommodates warm, cozy fashion, go ahead and deck yourself out in a swingy cape, colorful tights, and over-the-knee boots! If you can’t dig the cape, try a swing coat that’s the same length as your dress. So cute!
I’m also loving this vintage orange wiggle skirt. Paired with tall boots and a swing coat, it would make a great outfit for Thanksgiving dinner! What are your favorite Fall Fashion items? I can’t wait to have an actual Fall wardrobe next year!
I was in a vintage shop this past month (surprise, surprise!) and stumbled upon what I originally thought was a simple tin platter dish, and was quite surprised when I realized it spun around in a circle.
What had I discovered, but a Lazy Susan!
I don’t know about you guys, but it had felt like forever since I had seen one in action. I remembered the one from my childhood (late 80s early 90s) being a part of the kitchen table set up, and my mother had another double stacked version in the cupboard for her spices. But In her current home, and that of any relative or spouse’s family member whose house I had the privilege to be at I can’t recall noticing one.
The last time I remembered seeing one in use was at a chinese restaurant back when I lived in Chicago in the early 2000s.
Where had all of the Lazy Susan’s gone? My thoughts immediately go to the fact that less and less people eat dinner at the dinner table with a full family, and that could possible warrant less relevancy of such a kitchen accessory. But I’ve considered it to be such a great piece to add to your kitchen table or counter top to collect your most used spices, or oils and vinegars, possibly napkins and misc. pieces like decorative straws?
On Etsy the options are nearly endless. Almost 2000+ options show up. And the fact that it’s history is some-what of a mystery is also an interesting piece of it’s puzzle.
So what else to do with all of this information, but to pluck through the listings and search out the best 60s/70s versions of ‘Susan’ to share with our readers looking to give their Thanksgiving / Holiday tables a little of that vintage charm!
Here are my favorite picks :
I’m primarily a fan of the flat versions with the fun mod and psychedelic patterns or designs on the top. It would look pretty swanky especially if you topped it with dishes that were made of glass! Also these would make great cake stands as well, taking a slice of cake and get a beautiful design underneath as an extra treat! The sort with the separated dishes would be an easy way to spruce up a veggie platter – source the dip in the center of course!
I will leave you with Henry Ford’s use for the Lazy Susan. Leave the help and servants at home while camping and serve everyone on this gigantic scaled Lazy Susan. Man after my own heart, he doesn’t take entertaining lightly – no matter where the setting!