Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Retro Tuesday: Party Old School Style!

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As you all know the holidays are upon us and so are parties. A lot of us will be having people over be it 2 or 100 so we have to be prepared, right?

So I decided to look through a new book I got at the Salvation Army a couple of weeks ago, this beauty:

Let's face it, I very rarely look at the recipes, it's the pictures that grab me and the colors.
Now where did they get that green? Kool-Aid? Jell-O? Oh yeah I'm betting on the Lime Jell-O and they found napkins to match! How crazy is that?
My mind was going in ten different directions when I first looked at that cover. First the drinks with the matching napkins, then the wood angel fish (is it teak?) with the shrimp skewered on it and last but not least the Jell-O covered paté in the lower right side corner. That is definitely diet food for me 'coz I would not eat it! hihihi!

This is part one of a full page spread. A tabletop BBQ, so the guests and grill their own skewers. This is soooo cool yet tacky, I would love to have this. But wait where do I use it? Inside? This being the 60's and everybody smoked, imagine what your house smelled like the day after! Your house had a smoke hangover!!!

Psrt 2 of the spread. Now just how big is this portable indor grill/snack server/party center? Where does one keep it after the party? Does it need a room of one's own? The BBQ/grill/snack server/party center smoke stinking room?

How cute are these hens? ok chickens? Now this book was published in 1963 (before I was born) and I had no idea people knew about guacamole back then. What about fluffy guac? Is it made fluffy with the addition of Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows?

Just who has those ginornous brandy snifters in their house? I don't have room for that! Sorry, I must correct myself, I only have room for Pyrex!
Jellied consomme....My mom's idea of a snack in the 70's. She would open a can and plop some in bowls and serve this to me with a lemon wedge. I remember gagging as I ate it. Just so you know and I'm sure a lot of you can relate...I had to eat what was put in front of me, no arguments. I couldn't even leave the table before my plate was empty and that's the way it was. Pure and simple.

Now you have yourself a great day, you hear?

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mub said...

We do gourmetten (the teeny 1 person sized pans over open flame) inside. It's a little like the self-serve BBQ hehe! You SHOULD leave windows open when you do it but for some reason it's really really popular around Christmas... when it's FREEEEEEZING and you don't want to have your windows open *L*

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I so love to look at the old cookbooks and enjoy the table settings! Such fun. Gosh 1963...I was 13!

concretenprimroses said...

I love those old books. I actually have a giznt brandy snifter but it is full of seashells right now. (got it from my mil.) I'll pass up on the jellied consume tho.

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

You know how I feel about them - they sure dont make them like that anymore do they. I think I miss the day glow colors :)

Alyssa said...

That guac in the chickens is a hoot! You know, I just say an old jello cookbook at a thrift store the other day. The recipes are by turns not bad at all and oh-awful. lol.

De tout, de rien said...

They experimented with everything, and I mean everything in the sixties, didn't they? Consomme was so chic! And those jelly molds! Gag!