Retro Summer BBQ Bash: Mid-Century Essentials

Summer’s here, and it’s time to fire for a retro barbecue and up the grill, slip into our favorite vintage summer outfits, and let the good times roll! If you’re like me, you can’t wait to dust off your mid-century treasures and infuse your backyard gatherings with a healthy dose of nostalgia. Let’s dive into some kitschy must-haves that will make your summer BBQ the talk of the neighborhood.

Hot Diggity Dog!

Vintage Lefton Hotdog Head and Hamburger Head Pixieare Condiment Jars
Vintage Lefton Hotdog Head and Hamburger Head Pixieare Condiment Jars

No backyard BBQ is complete without hot dogs and hamburgers, and what better way to serve up your favorite condiments than in those darling Lefton Pixieware mustard jars? These adorable anthropomorphic ceramics, shaped like hot dogs and hamburgers with whimsical expressions, will bring a smile to everyone’s face and add a touch of kitschy charm to your table setting.

Holt Howard Mustard Jar MCM Starburst Franciscan Plate
Holt Howard Mustard Jar MCM Starburst Franciscan Plate

Shake It Up, Baby!

Salt and pepper shakers are a must-have for any BBQ, but why settle for ordinary when you can have extraordinary? Anthropomorphic salt and pepper shakers are where it’s at! Think cute corn cob couples, smiling strawberries, and even cute corn cob plates with matching skewers! These quirky characters will bring a smile to your guests’ faces and add a touch of kitsch to your table.

Retro Fashion and Summer Memories:

And let’s not forget about backyard BBQ fashion! A fun 1950s novelty border print dress adorned with cheerful oranges perfectly complements the summery vibe, while a stylish harlequin print circle skirt makes a statement as you arrive in your classic 1956 Nash Metropolitan. More summer fashion here.

Let’s Get This Party Started!

With your retro treasures in place, you’re ready to host a summer BBQ that will transport your guests back in time. So put on some swingin’ tunes, break out the hula hoops, and let the good times roll! Remember, it’s not just about the food – it’s about creating an experience that’s fun, festive, and full of vintage charm.

Bonus Tip: Of course, no retro gathering is complete without a vintage Polaroid camera to capture those picture-perfect moments of laughter, delicious food, and unforgettable memories. Don’t forget to snap some photos of your kitschy BBQ spread! Share them on social media with the hash tag #retrobbq and let’s spread the mid-century love!

Let’s Get Kitsch-y Together!

Do you have any favorite mid-century collectibles that you love to showcase at your summer BBQs? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below! Let’s inspire each other to create unforgettable retro gatherings.

Happy Summer, Kitsch-Lovers!


The Best Strawberry Shortcake Jewelry | Erstwilder Vintage Collection

Get ready, nostalgia lovers and vintage enthusiasts! The world of Strawberry Shortcake has collided with the whimsical creations of Erstwilder, and the result is a jewelry collection so adorable it might just make your heart sing.

A Blast from the Berry Best Past

Remember those sun-drenched afternoons spent with Strawberry Shortcake and her berry best friends? Remember the sweet scents of strawberry fields, the giggles of Custard the Cat, and the feeling that anything was possible in Strawberryland? Erstwilder has bottled those childhood memories and sprinkled them with their signature vintage-inspired magic, creating a jewelry line that will transport you back in time.

Wearable Works of Art

Strawberry Shortcake Brooch
Strawberry Shortcake Brooch

Imagine Strawberry Shortcake herself, her iconic red hair and freckles brought to life in vibrant resins. Or wear the sweet Berry Happy Home as a reminder that some of the best adventures happen in the simplest places. Each piece in the Erstwilder x Strawberry Shortcake collection is meticulously hand-assembled, bursting with hand-painted details and intricate designs. These aren’t just accessories; they’re wearable works of art!

Strawberry Shortcake Brooch
Erstwilder Strawberry Shortcake Brooch

Unleash Your Inner Berry-Lover

Whether you’re a die-hard Strawberry Shortcake fan or simply adore Erstwilder’s quirky charm, this collection speaks to the inner child in all of us. Let the Strawberry Shortcake Smile Drop Earrings add a touch of whimsy to your day. Or wear the Sitting on a Strawberry Necklace (as I am in this photo) serve as a reminder to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures. Plus, as an Erstwilder partner, I always enjoy the thrill of collaborating on such fun collections and designs – it brings out the creative kid in me.

New to Erstwilder’s whimsical world? Dive deeper into their delightful collections like the Heartfelt Hydrangea series, bursting with floral charm, or the Care Bears collaboration, spreading messages of love and care through adorable resin accessories. You won’t be disappointed!

A Limited Edition Treat

Like all good things, this collection won’t last forever. So, if you’re longing for a sprinkle of nostalgia and a dash of playful style, head over to your favorite Erstwilder stockist and snag these treasures before they’re gone. After all, a little bit of Strawberry Shortcake sweetness goes a long way!


Vintage Easter Kitsch: Your Guide to Collectible Bunnies & More

Easter brings a playful spirit with its vibrant colors, adorable bunnies, and of course, hidden eggs! If you have a soft spot for nostalgic charm, you’ll adore the world of vintage Easter kitsch. Think ceramic bunny planters, whimsical 1950s figurines, and more. Let’s dive into this cheerful world and discover how to build your own collection of Easter treasures.

The Timeless Charm of Vintage Easter Collectibles

Vintage Easter kitsch has a way of stealing hearts across generations. The bright colors, cheerful designs, and pure whimsy take us back to simpler, more playful times. If you’re searching for ways to add a dose of vintage delight to your Easter decor, look no further than these classics:

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Vintage Valentine’s Day Fashions and Collectibles from 1950s

Ah, the 1950s—a time of innocence and romance. The post-war prosperity of the 50s ushered in a new era of optimism and joy. What better way to celebrate this newfound sense of freedom than with vintage Valentine fashion and ceramic collectibles from the 1950s? Let’s take a look at some of the unique items that were popular during this heyday of style.

Valentine Fashion from the 1950s

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Crazy4MeStyle: Unique Vintage Inspired Festive Holiday Wear

Celebrate the Season with a Nostalgic Twist!

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to spread cheer and nostalgia than by donning attire that harks back to the charming eras of the 1950s and 1960s? At Crazy4MeStyle, we’re excited to unveil our exclusive collection of festive attire, inspired by the iconic vintage items that have captivated hearts for generations.

Vintage Elegance Meets Modern Comfort

Our collection is a delightful blend of retro charm and contemporary style. Each piece is thoughtfully designed to evoke the warm, cheerful spirit of vintage Pyrex dishes, kitschy Christmas decor, and the beloved Holt Howard Santas and Pixieware. Imagine wearing a shirt that not only looks festive but also tells a story of a bygone era!

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My Life with a 1956 Nash Metropolitan: The Cutest Micro Car

There’s a certain charm about owning a classic car that defies description. But when it comes to my 1956 Nash Metropolitan, words like “cute” and “fun” are probably the most appropriate. As the proud owner of this timeless beauty, I feel a sense of joy that goes beyond mere transportation.

A Glimpse of History

The Nash Metropolitan has always been more than just a car. With its compact design and cheerful disposition, it represents a pivotal era in automotive history. In the post-war optimism of the 1950s, American families were searching for affordable, economic, and practical automobiles. The Nash Metropolitan answered the call with a unique blend of style and substance.

Unmistakable Charm

What truly sets the Metropolitan apart is its aesthetic. Its rounded curves and smiling front grille could make even the most stoic car enthusiast crack a grin. The two-tone paint scheme in Berkshire Green of my model, a vibrant turquoise blue paired with a classic white, turns heads wherever I go.

But don’t let its small size fool you; the Metropolitan is packed with personality. The snug interior and vintage detailing provide a retro experience that transports you back to a simpler time.

Driving the Dream

The driving experience of the Nash Metropolitan is something every classic car lover should experience. The 1.5-liter engine won’t win any races, but it’s zippy and responsive, providing a ride that’s both engaging and exciting.

Taking this micro car for a spin on winding country roads or along the scenic coast is a pure delight. But it’s not about speed with this classic; it’s about the joy of the drive. The wind rushing through the windows and the large, sturdy steering wheel in your hands offer a unique, thrilling sensation that’s unlike any other for a car this size. Though not a speed demon by any means, this super cute and fun vehicle captures the essence of a time when driving was about pleasure, not just getting from point A to point B.

A Conversation Starter

Everywhere I go with my Nash, it becomes an instant ice-breaker. People of all ages are drawn to it, and its cuteness is an undeniable conversation starter. I’ve had countless interactions with strangers who wanted to know more about the car, share their memories, or simply compliment its appearance. Event when doing photoshoots it attracts attention and I don’t mind at all and enjoy talking with folks about my Nash.

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Maintaining a Legend

Of course, owning a classic car like the Nash Metropolitan isn’t without its challenges. Parts can be hard to find, and regular maintenance is essential to keep it running smoothly. But every wrench turned and every hour spent in the garage is a labor of love, a tribute to an era gone by. I am fortunate to have a great mechanic who keeps my Nash running.


Owning a 1956 Nash Metropolitan is not just about having a vehicle; it’s about preserving a piece of history, a cultural icon that embodies the fun-loving spirit of the ’50s. It’s about the joy of driving something that’s not merely a machine but a companion, a cute and quirky friend that brings smiles wherever it goes.

Every time I slide behind the wheel, I’m reminded of why I fell in love with this micro car. It’s more than transportation; it’s an experience, a piece of art, and a beloved member of my family. If you ever have the chance to see one or drive one, don’t miss it. The charm of the Nash Metropolitan is something truly special.

Grab this delightful Nash Metropolitan t-shirt, available in sizes small-4XL in our Etsy shop, along with a lovely Nash Metropolitan enamel pin. Enjoy the fun and charm of the Nash Metropolitan in your everyday style!