Let’s consider for a moment the soap on a rope phenomenon — a peculiar fusion of the useful and the whimsical that once occupied a
Vintage birthday celebrations
Who had one of these ‘My Name Records’ when they were kids? We found a few vintage covers from personalized 45 RPM record singles featuring Captain Kangaroo songs!
The party favorite – more fun than throwing custard pie! Wham-O Silly String shoots a plastic stream of plastic string 1/4 mile long!
Thousands of kids loved these custom-made Vintage Me Books from the 70s, including titles like My Friendly Giraffe, My Birthday Land Adventure, My Special Christmas & My Jungle Holiday.
For many Americans, a big, sweet part of our past involves chocolate – *especially* chocolate in cake and cupcakes. Check out these 7 heavenly Hershey’s chocolate cake recipes from the 70s!
The best way to gift-wrap a bulky or odd-shaped kitchen appliance or utensil is – don’t! Give it a fanciful shape, instead – with Christmas paper, ribbons, ornaments and more.
If you’re looking for a vintage-style dessert for a special occasion, check out our collection of more than 100 classic cake recipes to suit all tastes!
Bring spring to your table with this lovely, luscious homemade daffodil pecan cake, based on an old-fashioned recipe from the early 1940s!
For this chocolate mint-whipped cream cake, you layer rich, moist chocolate cake with mint-flavored whipped cream, and frost it with some of the best chocolate frosting.
To the average American girl, between the ages of, say, 10 and 17, slumber parties are as important as pizza, add-a-beads and Judy Blume.
Check out some vintage 1940s birthday cards – along with old-fashioned greeting cards for Halloween, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween and beyond.
For this easy ’50s ColorVision cake recipe, pick 3 colors, then make your cake to match. Raspberry, strawberry, cherry, orange, lemon… any delicious flavor of fruit you like best. Here’s how.
These easy vintage cream cheese frosting recipes are one-bowl affairs with almost endless variations. Name a favorite flavor, and the chances are you can make it this easy way.
These old ‘insert dime’ holiday greeting cards filled with coins were very popular – and a super fun way for friends and family to give a kid a dollar!
This is maple-pecan chiffon cake with maple-flavored frosting, for the day you want something very, very special! Your guests will think you are wonderful!
Delight your guests with a lovely lemon layer cake with a luscious lemony buttercream frosting and lucious fruit preserves on the inside.
Except for the silvery cones atop the towers, this fantasy ice castle cake is completely edible, built with rich cake, paved with icing and rock candy.
This beautiful pink royal rose chiffon cake is a light-textured and elegant old-fashioned dessert. Get the recipe from the ’50s here!
Here’s a retro jelly bean carousel cake that’s cute and creative for a child’s birthday. Anyone who loves jelly beans (doesn’t everyone?) will love it.
Here’s how to make that classic m&m cookie recipe loved by generations — and just as tasty today as ever.
Aren’t they fabulous – these tissue paper poufs from the 1960s to cover your presents? They said, ‘We’ve never seen a more exciting gift wrap idea, or a more impressive one.’
The cake everyone’s talking about: The rave reviews coconut cake. It’s lusciously moist and walnut-crunchy, topped by a sweet and creamy cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut.
Make a chocolate & vanilla party cake! Fluffy frosting and an easy decorative design can turn a simple cake into a simply wonderful dessert, the perfect finale to any festive meal.
If you want to try some fruity-flavored Pastel Clouds cupcakes – tasty treats that taste like lemon or lime, strawberry or raspberry, orange or grape – make them easily by combining cake mix with gelatin.
Chocolate cake and gold cake are both star hits. So make it a night of stars with this luscious, two-toned marbled Chocolate Whirlaway Cake!
Here’s a special centennial cake… with a special frosting… Make them both with Borden’s cream.
Since they’re neon-bright and bursting with candy-sweet fruit flavor, if you’re looking for a fun treat to share with a crowd, it’s hard to go wrong with these colorful Fruity Pebbles Rice Krispie treats!
For Valentine’s Day, Washington’s Birthday or any day, give them something made with love, like these deliciously indulgent rocky road bars and a sweetheart fudge pie!
Here’s an old-fashioned favorite perfect for a child’s birthday party: ice cream cone cupcakes! We have the vintage recipe right here.
Need some cute cupcakes that are easy to decorate and won’t take too much time (or money)? Get some great cupcake decorating ideas here from 1995!
Even in the 70s and 80s, making beautiful party cakes wasn’t something just for professionals! See some pretty vintage Wilton cake decorating ideas here!
This jolly marshmallow bunny birthday cake is adorable, especially light for children, and so easy to make!
You’ll be the cleverest hostess at any party, year ’round when you bake a cake that looks like a house, a church, a barn or a school.
Celebrate with ice cream in a sweet bowl you can eat! These Rice Krispies cups can hold ice cream, frozen yogurt, pudding, candies, or any other kind of treat. It’s easy to make enough for everyone!
This circus train makes a perfect birthday cake for a child! After you bake and frost this fun cake, let the kids decorate their own ‘cars.’
Turns out the majority of baking techniques our great-grandparents used to make a cake from scratch still apply today.
A birthday cake is a personal gift by Elizabeth Sparks – High Point Enterprise (High Point, North Carolina) June 24, 1965 Happy Birthday! Nothing says “Happy
Like ice cream and cake at your house? Here’s a delightful new way to serve it, based on a recipe from the late 1940s (which was pretty much the cake heyday).
Paula gives mother-in-law her comeuppance! “That little flibbertigibbet!” I thought the minute I clapped eyes on my son’s bride coming down the Pullman steps. “can’t
A fall eating winner — Cinnamon apple cream cake Now cake-baking has no terrors for the youngest bride with no cooking experience. Good cakes keep good husbands,
Why not go native at your next party with a retro Hawaiian luau party? It’s now officially as American as a New England clambake.