Sunday, February 23, 2014

Costume and Party Aprons

1950's Birthday Party

Baby boomers in the 1950s had no shortage of sources for homemaking ideas. This generation of American suburbanites ditched the old and ushered in the new. And a flourishing time it was. The middle class was healthy and head of the consumer class. Television brought products and new ideas right into our living rooms urging us to buy, buy, buy. And so we did.

With more income and leisure time, it was easier to lavish attention on our children. Consider the Birthday Party. This photo looks like my house with other people's kids. I am certain we had that very same Pin The Tail on the Donkey game. Didn't everybody?

McCall's Needlework and Crafts Volume 6 1955

As parties became more popular they also became more structured. These 1955 party apron patterns from the McCall's Needlework and Crafts Annual Volume 6, offer a whimsical approach to party attire. And they are take home mementos from a fun party.

Down load the instructions HERE to make these 6 cute party aprons for your child's retro birthday party. Find more Children's patterns at my shop on Etsy.


  1. I remember making those paper hats! (Oops, I'm showing my age. :)

    The aprons are just darling!

  2. I think I was born 10 years too late, the late sixties - early seventies was not nearly as fun as that picture makes the 50s look!
    Even shiny black shoes weren't cool for most of my generation.
    Love your posts! Thanks!