Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Parades 1930s-1940s

Dear Friend,

First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving. I'm sure there is so much for each and everyone to be thankful for. I'm most thankful for the Lord's guidance, my family and friends, and the basic necessities of life. For many years the tradition has been to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on television. I have compiled a few vintage day parades for each one of you. All of these videos are courtesy of "YouTube." The first is from 1935, the second is 1939, and the third is 1940, and the last is 1941. I hope you enjoy this step back in time. Don't forget to count your blessings on such a day as this.

"Reflect upon your present blessing, of which every man has many--not on your past misfortunes, which all men have some." ~Charles Dickens

"O Lord, who lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfullness." ~William Shakespeare

"Without Thy sunshine and Thy rain
We could not have the golden grain;
Without Thy love we'd not be fed;
We thank Thee for our daily bread." ~Anonymous

"Forever on Thanksgiving Day, the heart will find the pathway home." ~ Wilbur D. Nesbit

"But see, in our open clearings, how golden the melons lie; Enrich them with sweets and spices, and give us the pumpkin pie!" ~ Margaret Junkin Preston

I hope everyone enjoys the short videos from Thanksgivings long ago. Happy Thanksgiving to each of you.

~Mrs. Homemaker

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Vintage Cinema: Cass Timberlane

Dear Friend,

It is time for Vintage Cinema. I'm going to post a favorite movie every so often to share the old movies with my friends. I am currently in love with Cass Timberlane starring Spencer Tracy and Lana Turner. This movie was made in 1947. I did not know until today that there is a book. I am going to seek out that book one day and hope it is like most people say about movies and books, "The book was better." Of course, I just love Spencer Tracy and Lana turner anyway.

The movie is about a lonely widowed judge who marries a girl from the "other side of the tracks." She is young and very lively and hasn't seemed to lived much just yet. So during the marriage she "grows up." Well all these events cause a great big hurrah in the town they are from. It's a wonderful movie well worth watching.

Judge: Admit that you were out.
Jinny: I was out by a mile.

Jinny: My mother and father put their toothbrushes in the same glass.

Jinny: As sober as a, as sober as a, as sober as a judge!
Judge: The stork? THE STORK?!?

I hope you enjoy a step back in time with Vintage Cinema. Have a wonderful day.

~Mrs. Homemaker

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Vintage Turkey Cartoon

Dear Friend,

Now that the Thanksgiving Season is officially almost here, I thought I'd have some fun and put a bit of nostalgia into our celebrations. Here is a fun youtube video from 1940s to get us into some turkey spirit.

Watching vintage movies and shows really helps to create a nostalgic atmosphere. Listening to vintage radio shows and music helps to create that atmosphere, too. I hope you enjoyed this little video.

~Mrs. Homemaker

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Holiday Series 4: Open House Christmas Party

Dear Friend,

We have now come to the final section of my Vintage Holiday Series. Section 4 is about having a complete open house party. Stocked with a well thought out menu and tons of recipes, this section is sure to delight anyone that is lucky enough to host and be invited to this party.

Holiday Series 4: Holiday Open House

"Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go..."

"There's no place like home for the holidays..."

See that sugar plum recipe down below? We made those and I'm going to share mine in another post.

"Sleigh bells ring are you listenin' In the lane the snow is glistenin'.."

There it is, the last section of my Holiday Series for vintage party ideas. I hope you enjoyed it. I am going to have another series next starring a very beautiful book from the 1940s. I hope it will be loved by all and perhaps these series will inspire ideas in the hearts of each one of you. Thank you so much for stopping by I greatly appreciate each one of you.

"Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year."

~Mrs. Homemaker

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Holiday Series 3: Children's Christmas Party

Dear Friend,

Today is part 3 of my holiday series. Starring in this part of the series is a Children's Christmas Party. This plan for a children's party is so sweet and simple. What a wonderful way to make the faces of tiny tots light up with delight for their very own Christmas party.

Holiday Series 3: Children's Christmas Party

Simple little menu with fun filled foods for the children and adults, too.

I love the snowman. He is so cute and squatty.

Cute little ideas for "trees." I love the idea of hanging candy canes as the bottom layer.

This page shows ideas for decorating and a fun little game the children would love.

There you have it. Another section of my vintage holiday series. I hope you enjoyed looking at it.

~Mrs. Homemaker

Monday, November 12, 2012

Holiday Series 2: Christmas Coffee Party

Holiday Series: Christmas Coffee Party

How many of us either like to drink coffee or know some people who do. What a wonderful time to get together for coffee and refreshments during the holiday season. Perhaps invite friends over for a card writing party or a cookie exchange along with a coffee party. Many of the recipes for this series are made a day ahead of the party.

Here is the vintage tablescape for the coffee party menu. If you really wanted to go all out vintage this tablescape would be simple to re-create.

There you have it, another vintage holiday party that is sweet and simple to create. Hope everyone enjoyed looking at it.

~ Mrs. Homemaker

Friday, November 9, 2012

Holiday Series 1: Holiday Breakfast

Dear Friend,

It's that time of year when we start talking about sleigh bells and mistletoe. Parties are planned, cards are sent out, and presents are bought. I wanted to share with you a special vintage holiday book of fun holiday themed menus and party ideas. I'm going to call this my Holiday Party Series. I hope everyone enjoys getting some use out of it or simply looking back at Holiday ideas from long ago.

Holiday Series: Holiday Breakfast

Here is the book this series is
going to be coming from.

I bought this book with a lot of other very old books from the 20s-40s. I don't know the actual date, as there is no date on the book anywhere. All the other books had dates. It fits the mood for a holiday post so I hope it is enjoyed by all.

I just love the quaint little sugarplums in the wine glass. They are so sweet and rather easy to make. I will be delighted to get to that post and share the pictures of the ones I made, too.

Rationing was still very much alive during the holiday season but somehow everyone still found a way to make the holidays
"Merry and Bright."

Below is the original index so everyone can see what delightful things will be coming up with each series.

 Here is the menu. This would be cute to print and frame if one is going to have a vintage holiday breakfast.
I just love the display of the Holiday Breakfast. It is so simple but yet it is so lovely. The fruit tree would be so simple to make with a Styrofoam cone and the white tea setting is so lovely against the white cone.

Happy Holidays! They are now upon us. 
The next section will be a Christmas Coffee Party.

~Mrs. Homemaker

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Vintage Homemaker

I like to give credit where it's due but I can't remember where I stumbled upon this.
If you know, please let me know.
 Dear Friend,

I'm not sure of the actual date of this Creed but it makes for good Homemaking Guidelines. Betty Crocker is such a great help to the lady of our time (1940s).

I just love the idea of a "Homemakers Creed." Everything it states is true to homemaking. Homemaking is definitely a job especially when it involves children. Don't get discouraged and down when people look down at you because you are a homemaker. Everyone has skills in many different areas and some of us just happen to have skills that require us to stay at home and keep the home fires burning. It's such a reward to have a happy, cozy home. The biggest reward of all will be when the children are grown and they look back and think their best memories were mom's cooking and a clean,  cozy home. Homemakers, embrace your passion and your skills and keep the home fires burning.

"A wise woman builds her home, but with her own hands a foolish woman tears hers down." Proverbs 14:1

~Mrs. Homemaker