Fabulous Party Darling!

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Nobody throws cocktail parties like they did in the 1950's...

As the festive season approaches and the urge to throw a shin-dig comes upon you, look no futher than Woman  Magazines ((December 1958), guide to throwing a party that won't be forgotten. Just whatever you do, don't let your party wither for lack of nourishment. That would be social suicide on Wisteria Lane...

The Martins Party Went Wrong Before It Started!!

The room was cold like a fridge because of the draught from an ill-fitting window and because Hazel had forgotten to light the fire until almost time for the guests to arrive. then in her white party frock, with nails still wet, she struggled to make it go- and Tim just stood there waiting for her to fasten his tie. So he wasn't ready when the doorbell rand. Because of this confusion, no-one got properly introduced. Because of the cold, conversation froze on numb lips...

Warm Welcomes...

Don't make the Martins mistakes...give glow to a party. Shoo away univited breezes by fitting draught excluding material around windows.. Blaze up a fire into dancing flames bu building it before dressing. Prevent loss of heat through cold window panes by warming them up with a heater placed under them- and whisked away for safety's sake before the party begins. Relax by being really ready fifteen minutes before the earliest birds arrive. Brighten the room with a cluster of nightlights in pretty coloured transparent cups flickering on a safe table. And finally ice-break at introductions by telling each person a little about the other so they'll have a conversation piece ready to start out from...

The Pattons Party Withered For Lack of Nourishment!!

Trouble was the Pattons are last minuters and only decided the day before to run up a party. they took it in turns to phone round to friends. "Come about six" they said, forgetting that for working people that meant a meal-less rush, so the guests were starving before they started. And neither Larry, nor Peg, , could remember just how many friends they'd asked. The patties and sausage rolls were just a pile of empty plates and crumbs before late arrivals came. The punch had seemed a lot that afternoon, but the bowls were empty now. Colin and Will had left an hour ago to get more cigarettes and perhaps they weren't coming back at all...

Parties Need A Plan.

Even the most informal occasion needs some forethought, and some consideration for guests. telephone invitations are permissable nowadays, but should state an exact time. Host and hostess should keep a tally of acceptances, then cater like this: For each person allow: 4 sandwich quarters; 2 savoury bridge rolls, 2 vol au vents, 2 small sausage rolls, 1 individual trifle, 2 small cakes, and at least 1/2 pint of punch or cup...

The Munro's Party Sagged In The Middle!!

Nell Monroe was about to pour coffee when she noticed Liz was leaving. Bright, warm, gay Liz on whom she relied to make the party go, was waving goodbye- and taking two of the best men with her! Nell felt a chill of embarrassment, as though she'd swallowed an icicle. It was early yet-why were they going? She looked round. you could tell it was a flop. John's boss and wife had those fixed smiles. Aunt Jane was nodding off to sleep., while that shy girl was fiddling with an unlit cigarette. Mr Neilson was trying to jive with Betsy's school friend. Betsy was on the floor by the record player, trying to ignore Grandpa's disapproval of her choice of music. Mrs Neilson and young Mr Whats his Name, had run out of small talk and were staring at each other silently. The only people talking were Bob and John and they were arguing! It had seemed such a good idea to pay back all the familys social obligations at once. But Nell had been too busy to keep an eye on how things were going!

Happy Mixtures...

Parties- like cakes-need clever mixing or they will go sad! Better to give two parties-or three- to write off the years obligations. Or if that proves impractical, hold mixed ages and types together by organization... a rousing good game, a sing song, or charades. A hostess's first duty is to her guests, not to the food or to the door...Nell would have been wiser to line up a friend (Liz perhaps?) or one of the family, to bring people in, keep an eye on supplies, and release herself for the bright business of entertaining. Family members like daugher Betsy and husband John, should have host ot hostess jobs too- such as handing around the cigarettes, drawing our shy guests, splitting the bores...   

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