Back to the 1950’s

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Hi Everyone,

With fall already here, Bob and I decided to take a drive out east on Long Island before the caravans of apple and pumpkin pickers crowd the roads.

 What started as a simple day trip, ended up as a tablescape.

If you live on Long Island, NY you are quite familiar with the term “out east”. If you aren’t familiar with Long Island, sit back, I’ll explain….

Any town east of the town of Riverhead on Long Island is considered the East End of Long Island or “out east”. The east end is made up of the North Fork and the South Fork. (still with me?) If you imagine that Long Island is shaped like a fish the North and South forks are the tail.

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Each fork is famous for different things; the north fork is the vast majority of LI wineries, farms, orchards and shopping. This is the place to go when you want a peaceful drive out to the country or a day of farm stands and wine tasting.

The south fork is famous for the Hamptons, Montauk Point, shops, restaurants, small villages and of course celebrity spotting.

 Montauk Point is THE END of Long Island (another term for a later date, I don’t want to confuse you) and is famous for not only the Montauk Point Lighthouse but fishing and surfing. I hope I didn’t lose anyone.

Bob and I frequently take a drive “out east” on the North Fork to visit a winery or a farm stand or just to try a new restaurant. Recently, during our drive we passed by a garage sale and Bob’s eyes lit up.

Yes, my husband loves garage sales because he collects old radios. He started his collection back in the day with his grandfather and I think it keeps grandpa close to his heart and those childhood memories alive.

I just knew we were going to stop.

Bob spotted an old juke box radio that looked like it popped out of a 1950’s soda shop. I immediately knew we would own this new treasure. Bob saw an addition to his collection and after careful inspection, I saw a centerpiece.

And that is how this tablescape was born. My mind started racing about all the things that an old fashioned soda shop would have. Coca Cola glasses – I have them, banana split dishes -I have them, ice cream soda straws – I have them. Yup, this could be interesting.

The one thing I didn’t have was a tablecloth for this theme. This required a little shopping.

All of the 1950’s decorations I have ever seen always focuses on the colors, pink, turquoise and black & white check. Well, I searched online, (including Amazon) and no check tablecloth that I liked, so I was off to Party City. I purchased a vinyl tablecloth along with some 50’s theme napkins and danglers for the chandelier.

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When I had Bob’s 50th Birthday party ( ????? years back), I ordered some 50’s nostalgia items online that I was going to use as decorations at the party and I knew I had a few extra things, so I went shopping in the attic…

I found paper placemats that listed “1950’s slang”. For example “bread” meant money, “horn” meant telephone and “threads” were clothes. So I added the placemats to the table for a little fun.

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I am using black dinner plates with a circular design on the rim that reminded me of the look of the old 33 RPM records (I know I am showing my age).

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Many years ago I bought porcelain salad plates that look like 45 RPM records  which I never had the chance to use, so I added these dishes to my place setting to keep the record theme going.

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Along with the salad plates, I had two “record” platters that matched the salad plates.  

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We are off to a good start.

The table was starting to come together.

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No flatware, just finger food.

We recently went to a hamburger restaurant, called Cheeburger, Cheeburger after a long afternoon of shopping and they were serving the kids meals in cardboard replicas of 1950’s cars. I had an “aha moment”, so I asked the waitress if I could buy a few and they were kind enough to sell them to me.

Here is a sample of the designs.

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I’ll have to use these on my table to serve the ultimate soda shop lunch; a hamburger and fries. (Plus a bottle of coke for the coke glasses).

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Still digging in my buried treasure, I found some 1950’s toothpicks, a plastic record centerpiece and a 1950’s menu. I completely forgot I bought this menu. It has all the 1950’s prices listed inside and just so much fun to read.

Hamburgers,  $0.25- onion rings, $0.20- ice cream cones, $0.10

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And now for the star of the tablescape and where this all started.

My centerpiece, the juke box radio or Bob’s new treasure as we like to call it.

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As I previously mentioned, the menu for this tablescape can be none other than a hamburger and fries, and if you don’t want the soda, you have to have a shake.

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And let’s not forget another dessert (if you have room). The perfect ending to this meal,

a banana split.

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Dessert is served…

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PLACE SETTING

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I hope you enjoyed this tablescape. I had a lot of fun with it and remember, anything can become a centerpiece for your tablescape. Think outside the box.

 

All I need is to wear a poodle skirt, pony tail, bobby socks and saddle shoes and I am all set. (Back to showing my age).

 

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(photo courtesy of Tanya Sieh costumes)

Until my next post, make every day a celebration !

Diane

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Table Details

Black and White check tablecloth from Party City

1950’s themed napkins from Party City

1950’s danglers from Party City

Black dinner plates from Homegoods

1950’s porcelain salad plates & record platters from Bret Bortner for BIA

Paper placemats, 50’s picks, menu  from “the attic treasure box”

Coca Cola glasses from Dollar Tree

Ice cream soda straws from Amazon

Juke Box radio from “North Fork garage sale”

Cardboard 1950’s cars from Cheeburger, Cheeburger

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23 thoughts on “Back to the 1950’s

  1. Janice Dambrosio

    Just lovely as usual Diane. You are amazing. just wondering where do you store all this magnificent plates and and all the glasses and everything. I barely have room for my things.?

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    1. aries041158 Post author

      I have everything organized in boxes in the basement – all numbered and I have an excel spread sheet on my computer with all the box numbers and it’s contents.

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    1. aries041158 Post author

      Chris, thank you so much. You just made my day with your compliments. I am so glad that you enjoy both the tablescapes and the recipes as well. Thank you for following the blog.

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      1. aries041158 Post author

        Eleanor, let’s just say that my friends are truly, “the ladies who lunch”. If you are ever in town, let me know and I can whip up a tablescape and lunch for you. I would love to have you.

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  2. Nancy Woronowich

    Thanks, Diane, I have my next party idea! 🎲🍟🍧 Love your ideas and so will my company. I will have to start gathering lots of 50’s items so probably it will be a Spring party.

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    1. aries041158 Post author

      Hi Nancy, I am so glad that you are enjoying the blog and it is helping you plan your parties. If we lived closer, I would just prepare the tablescape for you. Any questions for the tablescape, I am here to help.

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  3. jeanne

    that was so adorable — you did not miss a thing — lots of memories in those items —
    keep ion truckin’ around LI for your next idea —love it !!!!! J

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    1. aries041158 Post author

      Thank you Lauri. I am so glad you liked the tablescape. I really did have a lot of fun with this one. Are you a member? Don’t forget to join so you never miss a post or a recipe.

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  4. Darlene Gardner

    What a fantastic tablescape! And I am sure you had as much creating it as the finished product was for your guests! Wonderful idea and thanks for the geography lesson too!

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    1. aries041158 Post author

      Thank you Darlene, Yes, I had a lot of fun with this tablescape. Bob didn’t know at first that his new treasure was going to be my centerpiece, but it worked out well. Glad you liked the geography lesson too. You never know when it can come in handy. Are you a member? If not, please join so you don’t miss any future posts and thanks again for your comment. Stay well.

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  5. aries041158 Post author

    Hi Patti, thank you. I had a lot of fun putting this table together. Are you a member? If not, please consider joining so you don’t miss the other posts. Did you see the Holiday Breakfast? I hope you make it “out east” one day too. I guarantee you will have a great time, there is a lot to see. Stay well, Diane

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