Hello Again 1970s

Too busy to blog! Intense preparations underway to invade Philadelphia for Thanksgiving armed with as many appetizers, side dishes and desserts as we can fit into a small car along with a reluctant dog and his crate.

This is the trinity that sits waiting for the 70s to come back again. Or for Thursday. Whichever comes first.

Jello bowl, vintage ice bucket, swoopy ashtray

1. My Jello brings all the guests to the yard. Take one family Jello bowl from Odd Lot, 5 packages of sugar free orange Jello, 2 cans of Mandarin range slices and ici voila! – you have an irresistible dessert that all take part of, whether they are Jello fans or not.

2. Actual vintage ice bucket from the Disco era. Even back then, this was a rarely seen object. I used to have a knightly table lighter that I kept right next to it, all armored and heraldic, and I sort of expected it to be inside the ice bucket when I took the lid off. It wasn’t and I don’t have a second guess. If I did, I would say that some lucky someone in coal miner country got lucky at an Amvets rummage sale.

3. Swoopy ashtray. Just to show the swoopiness. That’s not going anywhere.

Can you tell that Sami has been digging in the basement kitchenware archive? The kitchen is now repository for several pieces of vintage Corningware that I haven’t seen in years, soon to be used to hold cheesy spinach dip and Brussels sprouts in creamy horseradish sauce.

Also, you’ll note that in the corner is a dog bed covered with a vintage Cabbage Patch Doll bedsheet. Technically, that’s from the the 80s. The dog just doesn’t sleep well without it so we’re taking it along.




13 thoughts on “Hello Again 1970s

  1. In friendly territory, I can now disclose that one of our family traditions – dating back a long time to when Thanksgiving was at my grandparents’ home (and that’s a long time) – was lime jello with fruit cocktail and maybe a tiny dollop of Best Foods (Hellmans to some) mayo on the top of each serving.

    What is it about jello and Thanksgiving turkey dinner? Some boring foodie will probably write a 500 page dissertation on this, which will lie on remainder tables all over the country. But it you watch closely, women of a certain age will be seen sneaking a copy off to the checkstand.

  2. The jello dish is just right for showing off nice fresh cold orange wiggly stuff. The ice bucket is awesome. The ashtray puts me in mind of a vivisection model I saw in A&P class. Can we have a contest to guess the organ? Would that be good old-fashioned Thanksgiving fun?

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