Oct 6, 2014

Retro Homemaking Ladies Night

If you could live in any time period, when would you choose? I choose the 1940s. I love black and movies, especially if they star Barbara Stanwick. And, I love planning parties and events. Put them together and you have an amazing party theme: Retro Homemaking. This was a recent activity for the ladies at my church but it would also be a fun girls night in party. Here's the details:

The Outfits
Everyone was asked to wear vintage. We "encouraged" the ladies with a best vintage dress contest. Also, the week prior to the event, my friend and I wore vintage to church to help build enthusiasm for the activity.
I'm on the left, Dana is on the right
The Decorations
Vintage aprons were tied together to make a bunting along the walls.

Each of the tables had a vintage theme. There were white tablecloths covered in vintage doilies or fabric with vintage collections that we gathered from a few of the ladies from our group. Fresh flowers and homemade cookies also brightened and sweetened each centerpiece.
Loving Laundry

Clever Canning
 Good Morn'n
 Remembering Carbs
 Baking Beauty

The Food
We had a potluck of retro classics. The ladies were asked to bring casseroles and other classic family favorites. I brought Watergate Salad in my most retro bowl. It is full of pineapple, marshmallows, and pistachio pudding.

The Activities
Everyone brought a pillowcase to make into an apron. Sewing and upcycling is sooo retro.  Of course we used my favorite tutorial: The 10 Minute Pillowcase Apron by the fabulous Betz White.
It's a great beginning sewing project. Some of the ladies were happy to model their new aprons. See how I'm able to include vintage linens in a church activity. I'm just clever like that. ;)
Our other activity included learning to make yummy classic favorites in a mug in the microwave. We have a lot of unmarried ladies so learning to make macaroni and cheese or chocolate cake for one is handy information. Sorry I didn't get a picture, I was busy teaching the apron class. :)

Thank you for stopping by the blog today. I hope that you enjoyed my share of our Relief Society Activity. I used to plan 6 of these fun activities a year. I miss it. My new calling (assignment) is to plan monthly service projects for our members. 

So, back to my question, If you could live in any time period, when would you choose?


Terri in BC said...

I think I would like to live in the 50s - on the cutting edge of all the technology about to come! TV's, time-saving appliances, those funky cars - love it all!