Vintage holidays

Old-fashioned holidays and traditional celebrations

Take a step back in time and revisit these vintage articles and authentic guides to old-fashioned holidays and traditions from celebrations of the past! We have hundreds of classic holiday recipes, plus home decor, party plans, photos and much more!

You can easily browse recipes, articles and more by your favorite old-fashioned holidays — Christmas, ThanksgivingHalloween, Valentine’s Day, Easter — by event, such as birthdays, weddings — or by season: springsummer, winter & fall.

Olive cheese ball recipe
How to make an easy olive cheese ball

What could be better to get a holiday party rolling than a creamy, festive olive cheese ball? This recipe comes from the 70s, which was pretty much the golden age of cheese spreads.

Turkey cheese ball with parsley
Make a turkey cheese ball appetizer (1972)

Use up your extra turkey in a new way – make this tasty turkey cheese ball! It’s a great appetizer for Thanksgiving, or you can use holiday leftovers to make a retro snack with this rich spread.

Vintage Strawberry Quik powdered drink mix
Remember pink Strawberry Quik drink mix?

While chocolate milk will always be the rock star of milky mixed drinks, strawberry drink mix has a charm all its own. Here’s a look back at the debut of Nestle’s Strawberry Quik back in the sixties!

Holiday spinach rice vintage 1980s recipe (1989)
Holiday spinach rice recipe (1989)

This retro holiday spinach rice recipe makes 12 servings of a delicious and festive-looking side dish, which includes spinach, cheese and green onions – plus sliced almonds for crunch.

Collection of classic sweet potato recipes
41 classic sweet potato recipes

Whether you’re looking for basic sweet potato recipes or need some ideas for Thanksgiving side dishes, these 41 classic sweet potato recipes cover the gamut, from main dishes to desserts!

Classic spiced crackle cookie recipe (1982)
Spiced crackle cookies

These classic spiced crackle cookies from the 80s – rolled in powdered sugar before baking – deliver a sweet dessert with rich flavor and a little warm and spicy tang.

Almond Legend cake (1976)
Almond Legend cake recipe (1976)

This almond legend cake has one whole almond baked inside, and the lucky person who receives the slice with the hidden almond is said to enjoy good fortune all year! Here’s the classic recipe from the 1970s!

Sunburst chicken stir fry retro recipe from 1985 (1)
Sunburst chicken stir fry recipe

Not only is pineapple amazing on its own, it also can be a delicious ingredient in lots of recipes — like this sunburst chicken stir fry recipe from the 80s.

17 delicious classic cranberry sauce recipes
20 classic homemade cranberry sauce recipes

Cranberries have become traditional for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners — and these 20 homemade cranberry sauce recipes will help you deliciously add the ruby-red jewel to your feasts!

Sherry bundt cake recipe
Sherry bundt cake recipe from the 1980s

While there are many different recipes for this classic sherry bundt cake, here is one that has remained popular for decades This dessert is moist and decadent with the perfect amount of sweetness.

Cafe frappe & chocolate frappe recipes (1896)
Old-fashioned cafe frappe & chocolate frappe recipes

You can think of these Victorian chocolate and coffee frappe recipes as precursors to Starbucks’ Frappuccino. You can even combine a couple and make an icy mocha frap of your own, courtesy of these recipes from the 19th century!

Civil War remembrance - Memorial Day postcard
20 vintage Memorial Day postcards

Here are more 20 colorfully-illustrated vintage Memorial day postcards for the national American holiday originally known as Decoration Day. These patriotic antique cards are all from the early 1900s.