Thursday, July 4, 2013

A 50s Housewife Shower

 I wanted to throw my daughter a shower but wanted something a little different... and fun. Knowing other friends and family had plans for traditional household, lingerie, and other showers... I came up with a 50s Housewife Shower... the gift requests would be kitchen gadgets, dish towels, aprons, etc. and an old fashioned "Pounding" (to help stock the newlyweds pantry with non-perishable foods, paper products, etc.)

The planning began... I made the above invitation... and settled on a turquoise and red color scheme. In each invitation, I enclosed a blank recipe card and directions to my house... I got a recipe box to have for each guest to put their recipe for an added gift for my daughter, Hannah.

I found an entire 1955 Sears catalog online in pdf format and printed out 8x10 pictures of some of the ads to frame as decorations for the party... and conversation pieces. I also found photos and prices of grocery items, houses, cars, etc. in the 1950s and framed those. Found pictures of 1950s sitcom couples to frame as well.

I made the photo below (using PhotoShop) to go with a vase of flowers for a table centerpiece...

For the menu I wanted typical 1950s food... I chose...

Jello Mold with Fruit Cocktail
Meatloaf "Cupcakes" with Mashed Potato "Frosting"
Pigs in a Blanket
Deviled Eggs
Cheese Ball and Crackers (recipe)
Butter mints and mixed nuts
Frosted Sandwich Loaf (I used a variation of this recipe)
Pimento Cheese, Egg Salad, and Chicken Salad (served on homemade yeast rolls and croissants)
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Veggie Tray with Dips (I made Confetti Dip and Sharp Cheddar, Olive, and Pepper Dip)
Fruit Tray with Dip (I made a simple 1950s fruit dip, mixing 8 ounces marshmallow cream with 2 Tbsp. frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed)

The food table
While looking for a way to construct myself a cute 1950s hat to wear, I found several sites showing how to make "fascinator" hats... I decided to make one for myself, my daughter and my daughter-in-law... it became an addiction and I ended up making 24 little hats... I had enough for all the party guests!

The day for the shower arrived...

On my back porch I filled a huge galvanized steel washtub with ice and retro-sodas in glass bottles I found at World Market (vanilla ice cream was on hand for ice cream sodas as well)

We (I had a LOT of help from my sister, Beth, and my daughter-in-law, Kaila) made iced tea and lemonade and put the makings for Mimosas on ice.

We put on our best 50s duds and waited on our guests to arrive...

My sister, Beth, and me in our 50s attire
As each guest arrived, Kaila had them bend over without bending their knees, and trace their hand on a piece of paper... while I secretly wrote down their comments as they struggled to complete this task... later on we read the comments out loud as "Things that were said on the guest's wedding night, or things they recommended to be said on Hannah and Nick's wedding night"... this activity proved to be hilarious... A few comments that were recorded included:

"I don't think I can do this, make Mama do it!"
"Can you bring it up a little... Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!"
"Is that the only way to do it or is there a clever way?"
"This is hard, I can't do this, I'm not that limber!"
"My back will not allow that!"
"If I mess up, can I do it again?"
"Are you sure?"

We directed the guests to the "powder room" all decorated with the fascinator hats and had them pick out and don a hat of their choice.

Fun times!

We ate... and drank... We have music channels on our satellite television so we turned it to "Malt Shop Favorites" and had 50s music playing in the background... there was a lot of impromptu dancing... how can you NOT dance to "C'mon Baby, Let's Do the Twist?!?"

We played old fashioned 1950s shower games...

"Plant a Kiss on Elvis" (like Pin the Tail on the Donkey
But with red lipstick and an Elvis poster

Sniff a Spice game...

Common household spices were placed in bags and tied loosely
with ribbon so you could smell them but not see them.

A relay race putting on stockings while wearing oven mitts...

We had three teams... Team 1 were the winners!

Game prizes included homemade aprons... super cute (but I forgot to take a picture of any of them!)

We took the "Are You Ready to be a 50s Housewife" quiz and the "Are You a Good 50s Houswife?" quiz... these evoked laughter as well as groans of disbelief!

I made Hannah a corsage made from measuring spoons, a mini-whisk, and an adorable mini food grater (I found at World Market)

We played the Clothes Pin Game... (everyone was given a clothes pin and instructions not to say the words "wedding" or "marriage"... if you heard someone say one of the "no-no" words, you could take their clothes pin... person with the most clothes pins at the end of the party won a prize.

My niece Cassie in her poodle skirt

Hannah looking all cute and stuff

Lovely ladies in their fascinators

Precious daughter-in-law who was my right hand!

Paige in all her cuteness!

Opening gifts

My sister Beth and cousin Jenny in their 50s finery

Fun times!

That fish is NOT on Sara's hat!

The "Aunts" enjoying the day... too fun!

Hannah and Me!

Sweet, beautiful Kaila

My sister and me hamming it up for the camera

Great day, good food, fun times... LOTS of laughs... and Hannah got a LOAD of useful, thoughtful, creative, and great gifts.


  1. Love this! Even modified for just a fun party with friends. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I am bookmarking this for one of my 3 daughter's wedding showers one day! Love it!

  3. Loved this thanks for sharing.

  4. Loved this thanks for sharing.

  5. Thanks for sharing, Granny. Looks like you guys had a ball!

  6. What a fun and creative bridal shower! Lots of neat ideas. I bet the girls that attended had a blast!

  7. Wow! I don't wanna get married, but I DO want a party like this!

  8. What a great idea! My one daughter is getting married this fall, so I might borrow some of that. My only glitch would be she's a vegetarian, which would nix the meat. I'd never heard of "pounding", fascinating and makes a lot of sense!

  9. Where did you find the graphics, etc. for the great invitation?

    1. I work as layout editor at a newspaper and have access to lots of graphics... I made some myself... also Google Images. ~~Granny

  10. Wow!! It looks like it was so much fun!!

  11. Fabulous--BRAVO!
    Love the idea of pounding & the quizzes: can you make a link for the quizzes?

    1. Done! At least the links are where I got the ideas. ~~Granny

  12. What a great idea and obviously a Lot of Fun! The applcation of the hand-tracing comments gave me a good chuckle. Thanks for posting the links to the quizzes.

  13. Wow...your daughter has a wonderful mother!! I wish I were half as creative as you! But that's why there are blogs like give unimaginative people such as myself a chance to "borrow" your ideas and make us look like rock stars in front of our family and friends!! What a great idea for a wedding shower

  14. What a fabulous party! So creative. Congratulations to your daughter.

    I have a canning question. I canned our nectarines last year and they tasted great but looked so ugly in the jar. I think it was because of the dark skin. My apricots were gorgeous in color and taste. Is there something that can be done to improve the look of the nectarines? I really don't want to peal them all :( Thanks!

    1. Fruit Fresh, citric acid, or lemon juice... soak 'em before canning. ~~Granny

  15. oh my gosh--I love this idea! How creative and y'all looked like you had a blast!

  16. I borrowed the idea of a pounding for my daughters wedding shower but did it with a twist. I bought a case of brand new canning jars and filled them with pantry basics like browin sugar,chocolate chips, rice etc. I wrapped the whole thing with some cellophane and added some cool 50's graphic recipe cards along with an explanation of the "pounding". Everyone thought it was so neat! it will be my standard shower gift from now on!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  17. Love this! Looks like you girls had a blast!

  18. OMG I love you!! I have been stuck on your blog all day. You rock! My daughter is turning 9 and wants a Grease (the movie) themed birthday party and I love your plant a kiss on Elvis idea!!! Also the food ideas are perfect! Thanks for this blog it is sooo helpful.

  19. Have you considered sharing the template for this invite?

  20. Are you able to share the template for the invitation?? Willing to pay a fee....

  21. Haven't heard of housewives shower. This is a superb idea. Surely discuss about it with friends and arrange one at one of the reliable Los Angeles event venues for all. It would be a common choice to go for lunch or dinner. Sweets and desserts will be done accordingly. Excited for this lovely party and fun.

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