Looking for an original party idea, with a bit of a vintage twist? Then perhaps take the suggestion of the November, 1923 issue of the Woman’s Home Companion magazine, and throw a bridge party!
Bridge parties, where people would get together and eat and drink and talk while playing bridge (a card game played with four people), were very popular for many years. Today you can recreate these parties with a version of your own, using the recipes and decorations from the article I’ll be sharing here. If you can’t play bridge, go ahead and substitute with a card game you and your friends are familiar with. Follow along here with some words from the article:
“The recipes given here are sufficient for sixteen people, and the dishes may be served at four card tables with very little trouble.”
“For making biscuits, sandwiches, and cookies, large and small cutters and tins in heart, diamond, club, and spade shapes will be found practical and effective. If cutters are not available, draw the shapes of desired size on a piece of cardboard, lay them on the food to be shaped, and cut around them with a pointed knife.”
Here are a list of recipes found in the article. If you are interested in any of them, you can click on the scanned pages at the very end of this blog post to read them all.
Ginger Ale Jelly Salad
Pineapple Mint Cocktail
Crabmeat and Eggs in Paper Cases
Neapolitan Charlotte Russe
Ham Salad Sandwiches
Guava and Chocolate Sandwiches
Chicken Salad with Pineapple
“A color scheme of black and red on white is not difficult to arrange. Pimientoes, red color paste, and various fruits will provide the hearts and diamonds; truffles, mushrooms, ripe olives, and chocolate may be used for clubs and spades.”
As stated, here are scans of the complete article where all of the above mentioned recipes can be found. Just click on the thumbnails for a full page view:
So gather up some friends, get our your best vintage apparel, head to the kitchen to whip up some vintage snacks and drinks, and you’ll be all set to throw your own vintage bridge party!
Article and pictures from the November 1923 issue of Women’s Home Companion.