A Groovy Atomic 1960s Time

 

It’s been awhile since my last post as I’ve been wrapped up in the 1960s which was an age before blogs. ha!   Why 1960s? well my husband and my annual party was a Mad Men 1960s theme this year.   From whiskey sours to cheeseballs, we went back in time.  2014-02-22 14.22.24I even found vintage ads to decorate the walls.  Vintage hose in the restroom and sewing patterns in the kitchen.   2014-02-22 14.22.452014-02-21 18.27.22

 

 

 

 

Just when I thought I had all the decorations ironed out, I stumbled across some vintage records.  Check em out.  The best part – was Bobby asking what’s that and the ensuing music lesson.  Ahh life before streaming radio and pandora.  2014-02-22 14.22.30

but what really took the cake were the vintage canisters that my friend Rose Ann found.  Check these babies out!  With an avocado green centerpiece and grapes (oh yes, they’re fake).  We were rolling in 1960s style.

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So before it all started, Tony was checking up on some vintage tunes.  We decided to start the night with 1960s french cafe music.  Thank you Pandora.

 

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And then it was time for the bites to be displayed.  Like I said earlier, my cheeseball made with roasted garlic, mushrooms and marsala went fabulously with the wasabi deviled eggs.  Of course some trashy meatballs and smoked sausages with a very delicious surprising BBQ sauce.  To top it off, my friend brought the quintessential shrimp cocktail to go with.   Add to that all the other delicious delicacies and, bam! We were partying in style. mad men

 

I couldn’t have done it without friends and family pitching in to help out with vintage finds.  So thanks to all.

The highlight of the evening must have been my friend’s husband trying on the pantyhose,notably a bit small for his 6 foot 4 stature.  Ahem.  But who knew those old hose would still work.  Need a pair?  I’m happy to send them your way. (Wink)

All the fun while raising awareness about a local foundation that is doing great things for kids and families dealing with epilepsy.  Thank you Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California for all you do.2014-02-22 20.03.25And thank you all for reading.  Wishing you happy or in 1960s lingo, boss, groovy, atomic times.

Partying Mad Men Style While Building An Epilepsy Aware World

mad men cocktail partySo,the next party on the agenda is going to have a mad men theme.  If you aren’t familiar with the show Mad Men, it’s about life in the 1960s.  The style, glamor and tone just beg for a party.  This time, my husband and I are using the party as mainly an excuse to get friends together.

But we are trying something new as well.  We want to raise awareness about the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California.  Epilepsy affects one percent of the population.  While sometimes epilepsy can be the result of a head trauma, most of the time the cause is unknown.  Sometimes I wonder if difficult pregnancies, like preclampsia, can cause it.  There are different types of epileptic seizures from the stereotypical grand mal seizures to something as simple as extended staring spells.

Children with epilepsy are subject to a variety of treatments from extreme diet regimens to medications.  These medications can have horrendous side effects like uncontrollable rage.  You may be thinking, ya ya, terrible twos.  No.  Much worse.  It completely alters the personality.   Anything or nothing can trigger the tantrum and it can go on for extended periods of time.  I’m talking about tantrums that draw crowds.

Other medications lack the behavioral side effects but risk things like kidney stones. Not something that would be fun for a lil one.

The good news is that there are numerous studies being done to try to figure out more and find a cure.  The Epilepsy Phenome Genome Project is collecting information to learn more about epilepsy’s causes and effective treatments.  The Human Epilepsy Project is doing an observational study to see if there are any predictors of whether medications will work or which ones for a particular person.  And, lastly there is the Epilepsy Foundation.  With a local presence, this foundation does everything from funding research to connecting parents of children with epilepsy.

With such a worthy cause, I’ve been so inspired to throw the ultimate 60s party.  Recently I’ve been having a bit of fun on Pinterest collecting ideas.  Bored or curious?  Take a peek here.  The challenge is transforming my traditional farmhouse into a mid-century modern cocktail lounge.   Let’s just say the ideas are flowing.  I’ve also recruited local friends to help – from a fabulously talented graphic designer to a new friend with an amazing collection of 1960s goodies, people are coming out of the woodwork to help the cause.  Another friend found a recipe for avocado green deviled eggs. Want to help? Shoot me an email.  Want to contribute to the cause? Click here

Thank you for reading.  Thanks you friends for helping.  And thank you community for pitching in.  I’m so inspired.  It’s experiences like this that redefine the sense of community and demonstrate that by working together anything is possible.  For now, transporting a traditional home to the 60s, for later a world that is more epilepsy aware (and hopefully one day epilepsy free).