Even though I got married at the age of 21 in a white, full-length gown with flowers and family nearby, I’m not a very traditional type of wife, especially when it comes to matters of the household. My husband and I both work, and despite outcries from everyone we know, have yet to reproduce after nearly 5 years of marriage. I happen to believe there is a lot more to being a woman than doing housework in pearls and lipstick, and that we are more than “our husband’s assistant” and “trophy wives.” I cook because I like to cook, and also because I like to eat. I hate cleaning my house and the moment I make enough money to hire a housekeeper, it’s happening. In summary, I’m a far cry from “domestic.”
So imagine my surprise when I found this article and realized I own 8 out of 10 of these housewares that are supposedly “going extinct.” I was also horrified to think that they might one day actually go extinct and began thinking to myself, But how will people [insert purpose of houseware here]? I guess the Southern woman/housewife roots in me are a lot deeper than I thought.
1. Champagne Flutes
“Of course it is always fun to celebrate good news with a glass of bubbly, but do we really need an entire set of stemware solely for champagne? We have no problem sipping this out of a wine glass…or a tumbler for that matter!”
Excuse me. Drink champagne out of a wine glass? Now, bear in mind I will drink champagne no matter how it comes. It’s one of my favorite indulgences. However, it tastes best when sipped out of a long, slender flute. And when mixed with orange juice, but that’s another story. Anyway, I can’t imagine ever not having at least a few champagne flutes floating around my house. How am I supposed to toast events (small and otherwise) without them?!
2. Serving Tray
“These pretty platters are often popular wedding gifts, but how many times are you going to pile refreshments on top and carry them to your guests? Casual buffets are much more common.”
True…but when you pile refreshments, you need something to pile them ON, and sometimes a plate is too small. What is wrong with having a couple of platters around? Also, how will you serve (or be served) breakfast in bed without a decent serving tray?! This paisley tray was a wedding gift and is one of my favorite dishes.
“Some may disagree, but do we really need to have stacks of these on hand for parties? A lot of modern furniture isn’t even made of real wood, and wet rings can be wiped away without a trace.”
Okay, WHAT?! I will die if someone comes over to my house and doesn’t use a coaster. I have two sets that I use religiously, plus I keep a vintage tray on my coffee table for us to set our drinks/other items on. Rings are for fingers, not furniture. It horrifies me to think of a world without coasters. (Skip to 3:20 of this video if you’re curious as to what it might look like if someone puts down a drink on my coffee table sans coaster). Use it or lose it.
4. Punch Bowl
“This serving piece was a party staple at one time, but the idea of everyone dipping into the same bowl to refresh their cocktail just seems… a little unsanitary!”
So I’ve used this punch bowl maybe 4 times in my married life, but it’s one of my favorite wedding gifts, since it doubles as a cake saver. I mostly use it for display, but it’s nice to know that if I throw a luncheon or party, or maybe have a baking marathon, that I have a punch bowl/cake saver/pretty piece of glassware to showcase.
5. Chip N’ Dip
“Yes, Pete from ‘Mad Men’ received one as a wedding gift… but don’t we have other stylish containers to serve up party snacks than this tiered dish that only serves one purpose?”
You got me with this one. I don’t have one…but now maybe I’ll buy one, just to spite whoever wrote this article.
“Traditionally these accessories were used to add a little color to a set of white china, but why not chose to bring in flair with a fun set of everyday dishes or glasses instead?”
Person who wrote this article. Are you living in a shack in the middle of nowhere? A college student, perhaps? A MAN?! Because while placemats do add a pop of color, they also anchor each place setting at the table and PROTECT THE TABLE (see #3) from scratches and mess. Plus they’re lovely. I will have placemats on my dining room table until the day I die. Amen.
“Let’s face it, most people don’t have the time to mix fresh drinks, and end up serving guests right out of the bottle anyway!”
I feel like the author is grasping at straws at this point. Pitchers are great for making iced tea or flavored water. I especially love using my retro orange juice carafe when I have company for breakfast. If you don’t have a pitcher, I’m not really sure what you’re supposed to use when you want to mix up some lemonade or other tasty beverage. A 5 gallon bucket? Because Lord knows you don’t have a punch bowl.
8. Sugar Bowl
“These little canisters can be cute, but many people regularly dispense sugar straight out of the box or from little paper packets before setting this out.”
Dispense sugar…straight out of the box? What are we, barbarians? Everyone should have a sugar bowl. OR FIVE. (This vintage beauty was a birthday gift from my mom.)
“Once upon a time, one wouldn’t think of eating at the dinner table without a covering, but now lots of tabletops are designed to be exposed and easily wiped down afterward.”
Okay, you’ve also got me here. I hate laundry, so I’m going to avoid having another thing to wash. They are pretty though.
“This mini utensil often comes standard in a flatware set, but is it really necessary? Many prefer its slightly larger mate for eating soup or desserts, and can easily stir hot beverages with it too.”
I’m running out of things to say, but writer, stop talking crazy. Everyone knows you need two sizes of forks and two sizes of spoons. The tiny ones are for if you want to take delicate bites, and the larger ones are if you really want to dig in. I mean, honestly. It’s like you’ve never eaten a meal before.
What are your must-have
1950′s housewife items?