Thursday, December 16, 2010

It's Time to Party Like It's 1955!

As I make the final preparations for my annual Christmas party, I am reminded of the parties women threw (or, were told they should throw!) back in the middle part of the last century.

Not only were you dressed to the nines, but so was your table!  Decorations were nestled in amongst the food items, garnishes abounded in red and green, even a simple cheese ball was multi-colored with carefully cut-out star designs!  Oh my!

Arrangements were uniform, balanced and beautiful.  The soup was red to match the red candied cherries on the pastries nearby.

Molded items were popular as they made such a neat presentation, don't you agree?  For the holidays, cranberry is a favorite to mold.  You can cut molded jelly into little matching jelly stars to adorn your chicken salad patties, or, create an entire platter of matching layered cranberry salad molds, as above.

Sweet or savory got the same treatment with this mince-pie centerpiece all aglow!  Personally, I'd hate to be the first person to the table.  How could you possibly disrupt something like this to eat?

Myself, I thought it would be a good idea to have Stop and Shop make me a deli platter to supplement my party food.  I went on-line this morning and ordered it, just to discover that it cannot be ready tomorrow, when I will be at Stop & Shop, but Saturday, when I want to be no-where near Stop and Shop.  So, I called the store to see if it could possible be ready tomorrow.  The woman told me she could take my order over the phone for tomorrow but that she could not cancel the web order, I had to do that on-line.  So, I give her my order and go back on-line to cancel.  The instructions I find for canceling tell me I can call the store (Ok, that already did not work) or call this 888# between 8:30 - 5:00 to cancel.  Since it is 8:35 I call the number and am told that no one can help me until after 9:00 when that department opens.  At this point, a mince-pie arrangement with built-in moderne tree, glass ornaments and lighted candles is starting to sound like the simpler option.


  1. That's actually why I didn't make it to your Christmas party... I had a feeling it was going to be too much deli platter and not enough aspic for me. LOL, Merry Christmas! Hope it was a great night.

  2. Maybe next year I will actually try the aspic with flaming candles and other may make the food last a wee bit longer...

    Someday we'll get you down here...


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