Saturday, July 1, 2017

A 1960's Encounter

Did you ever come across a single item that immediately brings to mind countless sentimental memories of people, places or events from once upon a time?  That is exactly what happened to me just recently. Let me explain. Several weeks ago, I came across a piece of decorator's sample fabric at an antique shop.  This sample piece was used by interior designers or home decorating stores for display purposes for customers who placed custom orders on their purchases and, if my guess is correct, it stems from the 1960's.  The lovely bright yellow and white floral spray in the design was common for that period of time and it was typically seen in outdoor patio furniture, home decor and women's clothing.

After I spotted this nostalgia-inducing piece of fabric, the flood gates of earlier memories of good times opened and came rushing back and I knew I had to purchase it.   With this unexpected flashback, I was overcome with a heart-warming recollection of the many Sunday afternoon visits to the homes of aunts, uncles and cousins for buffet style get-togethers, outdoor cook-outs, BBQs, potlucks or a casual, drop-in visit on their indoor/outdoor patio or recreation room basement.

But before I get into any further detail of family celebrations of long ago, lets first see how this pattern was originally used back in those days.   Then check out how I used this piece of fabric to achieve a 1960's inspired tablescape by sewing it into a charming table runner. And lastly, take a look at some of the popular fun foods of the 60's.

To start with, the following is an image found in Pinterest which advertises beautiful outdoor metal patio furniture from the 1960's. Notice the similarity in the floral print of the cushions to the following picture of the fabric piece I made into a table runner and, consequently, resulted in a 1960's theme tablescape.

That same use of the bold floral print was also reflected in women's fashion.

And now..... for the inspiration piece.  The decorator's sample fabric now made into a table runner for a 1960's twist to a summer-time tablesetting.

The runner along with the white cut-out salad plates and avocado green glassware make up a perfect combination for a l960's look.

Of course, it wouldn't be a 1960's tablescape without a well-manicured topiary or two, which is characteristic of the meticulously kept lawns and landscapes of that time. Occasionally, you could see a neighbor or two who included the beloved "plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament in their landscape decorating.  The 1960's tablescape even includes a few raindrop-shaped chandelier crystals as water droplets sprinkled from a yellow metal watering can.

In addition to the well-groomed lawns and landscapes, the 60's also was a time for cocktail parties, tiki parties and fine dining at supper clubs.  What better occasion would there be to wear the glamorous cocktail dresses and jewelry that were beautifully designed and indicative of this time. The fascination with travel destinations to Florida and tropical islands in the Caribbean at that time had not only influenced home decor and fashion, but also was infused into food and entertainment ideas.

Some of the scrumptious foods you could find on a 1960's party buffet would include fondues, shrimp cocktails, jello molds, pineapple boats with spicy meatballs and tropical punch bowls or drinks.  Take a minute to revisit some of these favored foods below.

Why not serve up some smooth and creamy cheese fondue with some fresh and crunchy french bread cubes?

I can see why the fondue became so popular.  Who doesn't love melted cheese?

Fondues are so much fun and the sweet or savory flavor choices are endless.

A chilled shrimp cocktail with a zesty dipping sauce makes a perfect appetizer on a hot summer day.

Of course, you can't forget the well-liked fruit jello mold.  There was never an occasion without one. This lobster jello mold is an orange/lemon flavor with mandarin orange wedges and garnished with lemon and lime slices.

It was proven at each family gathering that there was "always room for jello" no matter how many other goodies were selected to eat.

No one can pass up these spicy pineapple chipotle meatballs.  The first bite and you begin to wonder how so much flavor can be in such a small ball.

Of course, it wouldn't be a cocktail party without the cocktail.  This mango-pineapple drink can be made with or without alcohol and even includes a homemade gummy flamingo and paper umbrella for decoration.

Why not give each guest an individual "flower power" hydrangea cupcake in a mason jar. These cute little yellow hydrangea cupcakes sprinkled with orange, yellow and blue stars fit nicely in the upside down mason jar and are made to look like a flower of the late 60's with a yellow paper petal napkin.

I hope you had so much fun reminiscing the l960's as much as I had designing and putting this tablescape together.  I can see how some things never go out of style.

Now that the appetizers are ready, I need to slip into my cocktail dress........ Thank you for visiting.....stop in again.....


  1. It was the avocado green glassware that got me! That and harvest gold and plain brown were the dominant colors of my childhood. Loved the "water drops" coming from the watering can. Thanks for the memory!

  2. Ahh yes, the fondue! I remember my parents having friends over for a fondue party!

  3. No detail was left out of your tablescape! It's perfect, from the napkins to the fondue pot (love them but I donated mine recently).

    The photo of the women in dresses reminded me of Elizabeth Taylor. Small waists, dark hair, etc. I remember photos of her dressed like that. Very 'Mad Men' vibe going on ;).

    Happy 4th!


  4. what a blast from the past! I just loved this post.

  5. What a lovely and nostalgic table! The colors are right out of the 60s and you added so many adorable touches, like the water droplets coming from the watering can. So creative!! How I would love to taste those chipotle meatballs!

  6. I think your Blog is wonderful! I remember these colour schemes and fabrics. Perfect menu choices too.

  7. I just love your 60's post, so much fun and great memories! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. How fun is your table. It took me back to my Grandmothers. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  9. Love your table! Thank you for sharing at Ravenwould.