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Cocktails of the 1950s
  • Bronx
  • Daiquiri
  • Dry Martini
  • Manhattan
  • Old Fashioned
  • Side Car
  • Tom Collins
  • Vodka Highball
  • Whiskey Sour



More than ANY other question I receive here on Retro Housewife, people want to know about entertaining in the 1950s. "How do I throw a 1950s Party?". What were the 1950s cocktails? What was the party food of the day? I will try to answer that for you here!


On Why a Husband Goes to Cocktail Parties:

"The modern wife will drag her husband to anything she's invited to, --including, probably, a blood transfusion. Anything to get out of the house"

Hal Boyle, Not Fond of Cocktail Parties, May 14, 1959

On The Function of a Cocktail Party in Modern Society:
(1950s Modern, that is...)

"The cocktail party has a simple function in modern society. Its basic purpose is to pay off social debts."

-Hal Boyle, A guy who spends an awful lot of time talking about cocktail parties, for someone who doesn't like them. June 22, 1950

Classic Vintage Cocktail Party Invitation


The Basics
  • Nuts
  • Potato chips
  • Olives
  • Corn chips
  • Sunflower seeds
Fancy hot things
The Cocktail Party Invitation
No, you may not send an email or use evite. Proper invitations sent through the US Postal system are mandatory. (In case you have forgotten, the excuse you use is "It must have been lost in the mail" when you run into those you didn't invite at the grocery.)  A simple, friendly "Cocktails at our place this Friday" should do the trick! These are informal gatherings.
Purple Flower

Emerson Radio
Don't forget music at your cocktail party! Perhaps you can turn on a popular radio show!

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