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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How To Run a Successful Party 1945 Style

Exactly one week from today, we will once again be digging out our favorite picnic recipes, choosing letters of the alphabet and kicking off the annual Picnic Game! That’s right everyone, next Wednesday, June 18th is International Picnic Day! Are you ready yet?

No, me either. Yesterday while I was sitting around doing nothing, because, of course, I’m still pretty immobilized, I decided to look through my June binder of recipe booklets for picnic party ideas. And, look what I found!

This is no ordinary How To Run a Successful Party book. Noooooooo, this booklet, which was published in 1945, features a “secret” ingredient to having a successful party. Can you guess what it is?

If you guessed donuts, you would be sooooooooooo right! Now, I’d love to share every single page with you because as you will see, this booklet is a hoot!

However, time is of the essence, so well be skimming right over to “The Most Popular Donut Games for All Ages.” Can you imagine us sitting around on our picnic blankets playing Pass-The-Donut, lol??? Or what about Pin The Dunk-EE?

Wait, there’s more!!! I do believe the Donut Nose-Pushing Race just may be the solution. We may need to set up our “table” on the grass, unless of course someone feels like toting along an actual picnic table but, I bet we could pull it off, lol…Or, we could play the Dunking Relay Race. I wouldn’t mind sitting on the sidelines taking pictures of all of you:)

The Kick-Off to the annual Picnic Game may be a week away, but as you can see, I’m already getting all geared up to play. Are you? Since many of you have played the Picnic Game before, I decided it wasn’t necessary to repeat the “rules” today. If anyone has any questions, or if you have never played the Picnic Game before, just leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to answer any of your questions in the post next Wednesday when we begin our celebration of International Picnic Day and the kick-off to the Picnic Game by choosing our letters. You can also take a look at last year’s International Picnic Day post which not only features The Muppet Picnic Cookbook, it also explains how to play.

In the mean time, I found this recipe for Jalapeño Cole Slaw that I would love for someone to bring to the Picnic, hint, hint, lol…

Have a wonderful rest of the week everyone and I’ll “see” you all on Saturday for a special Flag Day post:)

P.S. Tomorrow is Peanut Butter Cookie Day!

45 Nibbles:

Mae Travels said...

Can I do chicken piccata?

Mae Travels said...

PS -- I'm traveling next week so I might miss the opportunity to send in my letter then.

Geraldine Saucier said...

Thanks for the Coleslaw recipe. I will give it a try and let you know how it is. I needed a new recipe.

I Wilkerson said...

Dunking for donuts floating in Royal Crown Cola?! Now I've heard everything!

Looking forward to the picnic game again Louise. Your parties are always so much fun!

Linda A. Thompson-Ditch said...

That party book is a hoot! I love food and entertaining books from that era. When I taught preschool, we often did the donuts on a string game, without the whistling.

Nellie said...

The slaw sounds amazing! I'll see about joining in on the Picnic Game this time around. Guess I need to review the rules.

~ Nee ~ said...

Hi Louise , you may be moving slow , but sweetie you are in full swing . I love this post and the donuts is a hoot , got to find a cool and easy dish to bring to the picnic , got my blanket not to stake out my shade tree. . Thanks so much for sharing :).

Alida said...

How funny looking at those old books. Love the game with the donuts! So sweet and innocent. Still they had a good sense of fun. Nice coleslaw recipe. I am not that familiar with it and your recipe looks simple and tasty!

Beth said...

What a wonderful old booklet! Now I am hungry for a doughnut!

SissySees said...

Oh I love it!! I'm ready for Derby Party 2015...

Edith C said...

mmmm I love parties, let's see whether I can be home on time for it.

~~louise~~ said...

We'd love for you to bring Chicken Piccata Mae. Hopefully you will get the letter C before anyone else does. Good Luck!

~~louise~~ said...

You are so welcome, Geraldine. I can't wait to see how it turns out:)

Dottie said...

Dear Louise, Great post on the Picnic Party Book...it is so cute to read and see the different ways to have a donut themed party. The Jalapeño Cole Slaw recipe looks yummy..Never had anything like that before..a must try for a different twist on Cole Slaw. I don't remember ever playing the Picnic game with you all. I will have to look on last years page to see how it is played. Sounds like fun...I do hope that every day you are feeling a bit better. I know it takes time for things to heal. Thanks again for sharing this fabulous fun post...Blessings dear Louise, Dottie :)

Cuisine de Provence said...

This is wonderful - so much fun!

CQUEK said...

welcome back and thanks for the lovely recipe.

Medeja said...

It sounds like so much fun!

~~louise~~ said...

Isn't that a hoot, Inger! The Picnic Game is going to be a blast!!!

~~louise~~ said...

I think all kids should play the donuts on a sting gmae at least once Linda. Adults too!

Johanna GGG said...

what a great book! Are they dunking doughnuts in cola - that sounds horrid but then I guess you couldn't have a big vat of tea - I did laugh at the doughnuts on a string game because we had that at a kids party last year - some things don't go out of fashion. Can't believe the picnic game is almost upon us again!

Gloria Baker said...

I lovr this post Louise.
Can I the letter B or L
Tell me if not I choose other:)
Hugs

Gloria Baker said...

So June 18 is THE day Louise?
Psst this june will be crazy and busy snd fun.
Here rains a lot but you know alwsys I go to yours picnics:)

Kitchen Riffs said...

Picnic time! I always love this, even though I'm never organized enough to participate! Maybe this year? Who knows! I actually have a Jalapeño Cole Slaw on my blog that I did a year or two ago, so I can't contribute that, of course. That donut-crazed book is wonderful! Love the donut nose-race. ;-)

Marjie said...

I don't have the energy to join in, but I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone creates. You know what life is like in my little corner of the world right now...

And, of course, every gathering is better with donuts. Look at all the donut shops around, and then ask my sons if you don't believe me!

Mary Callan said...

What a wonderful find!! and thanks for sharing it with us!
Mary

Debra Eliotseats said...

I have to admit that donuts were the furthest thing from my mind. Love these retro books. I would love to play along with the picnic game. Do you assign letters? I'm pretty clueless. LOL

~~louise~~ said...

Oh I hope you will be able to join us Nellie. It's such FUN! Watch for my post on Wednesday it will have the "rules." Basically you pick a letter of the alphabet, hopefully no one has picked it yet, and you post the dish on your blog. Oh yes, you also "recite" I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing...Your Letter!

Marjie said...

I will play after all, if I can have the letter A (so I don't have too long a post). I just made a very pretty "A" food.

~~louise~~ said...

So glad you enjoyed it, Nee. It was such fun to post. Save some room under that shade tree for me. Can't wait to see what you "bring."

~~louise~~ said...

I thought some of the donut games were hilarious, Alida. We should try one at the Picnic Game! If you like cabbage uncooked Alida, you will like coleslaw. I really think you should give it a try one day. I bet your family will love it! Most recipes for coleslaw are soooo easy...

~~louise~~ said...

Me too Beth! But then I'm always hungry for donuts, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

Derby Party, Channon? I'm in Picnic Game mode, lol...

Dawn Yucuis said...

I love looking at old books like your party book. How times have changed. Makes me wonder what they will be saying about our things that we have today in about 50 years.

~~louise~~ said...

Oh I hope you will be able to join us Edith. It's such fun!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

What a hoot! Thanks for sharing that blast from the past with us, Louise! I love taking my potato salad to picnics because everyone raves about it. It's okay for me to brag about it because it's actually my mother's potato salad! :D

Edith C said...

I hope I can be back in time to participate.

~~louise~~ said...

HI Dottie,
I'm so glad you enjoyed the booklet. Isn't it such a hoot, lol...I didn't realize you never played the Picnic Game before. I do hope you will be able to join us. It is such fun! I'll be explaining the rules more in depth on Wednesday. I am feeling better but it is taking longer than I would like. I'll be very happy when I can drive!

~~louise~~ said...

So glad you enjoyed it Barbara...

~~louise~~ said...

It's good to be back, Candy. So glad you enjoyed the recipe...

~~louise~~ said...

It is fun, Medeja. I hope you will join us:)

Shirley Tay said...

These party ideas are simply great especially the Donut Nose-Pushing Race! I love playing that & I can imagine the both of us in the game! Lol!

Liz Berg said...

Welcome back, Louise!! That coleslaw recipe sounds wonderful!!!

Kathy said...

Looking forward to the picnic game…it is always a fun time! That retro book is too funny! Who would have thought Donuts? Not me! Can I put my request in for C if no one has taken it? See you next week, Louise!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very interesting. Both the cake and coleslaw look delicious.

Cheers,

Rosa

Chaya Selig said...

I think you have picnics on your mind. Coleslaw sounds yummy.