Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Book Review - Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas: Crafts, Decorating Tips, and Recipes, 1920s-1960s

This fabulous little book was one of the recommendations that popped up on my Amazon page a few weeks ago.  Christmas AND Vintage??  Count me in!

The book is set up by decade, beginning in the 1920's and ending in the 1960's.  The first few pages of each decade covers a little history of what was going on at that time (ie, the depression, WWII, etc.) and how it affected the holiday.  It discusses color schemes, decoration preferences and the reasons for them and then goes on to offer a few project ideas geared towards decorating your own home.  A few of my favorites:
  • Paper Cones (made from pretty patterned paper and decorated with ribbons and maribou) used to hold treats
  • Tulle wreaths in bright 1960's colors like pink and teal with little bird decorations
  • Candles with glitter stripes made to look like candy canes
  • Matchboxes made from Christmas cards (one suggestion is to fill them with M&M's and give them as party favors!  Such a cute idea.)
The back of the book has a section on recipes for candy and treats.  Mackinac Island Fudge, Caramels and Butterscotch Haystacks are a few of the really yummy offerings.  There are also color templates included with the book to use in making some of the projects, or for gift tags and Christmas cards.

This was such a wonderfully sweet, nostalgic book with really easy to use craft ideas and recipes.  I highly recommend it for the vintage Christmas lover!

(Because I liked the recipes for the fudge and caramels so much, they will be the subject of the next Home Ec post!)

Hugs and Smooches,


  1. I recently spied this delightful looking book for the first time too and instantly added it to my Amazon wishlist. Thank you for providing more details about this title, I'm even more eager to hopefully pick up a copy one day now.

    Big hugs & joyful Wednesday wishes,

  2. Glad it was helpful! Please share if you make anything from the book :) I love to see other's projects.


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