Tuesday, December 16, 2014

1914 House Party

Sunday night we held our 1914 House Party.  We tried to look the part and appear serious on the picture but underneath we could hardly keep straight faces!

The girls look pretty good but I wish we would've moved the very modern day plastic chairs out of the way! We figured Miriam looked like the homemaker, Hosanna the suffragette, and Priscilla the girl home from boarding school :)

When people arrived, some in costume, Priscilla and Hosanna took turns giving 1914 house tours.  They shared some facts about 1914, things like, Babe Ruth made his debut as did Charlie Chaplin, milk and gas were 12 cents a gallon, bread was 6 cents a loaf, WWI was just starting over in Europe, etc.  Then they went through the house and pointed out things about 1914, like, no electricity till the early 40's.  No plumbing until 1973!  Etc. Sometimes it got so busy we missed giving people the tour. Did you know Wilbur Wright died in 1914 from typhoid?  An old newspaper has a drawing of an angel carrying him to heaven with the caption, "Last flight".  We learned lots of other neat facts but you'll have to do your own research if you care.

We tried to stick with food that people in this area would've had in 1914.  Not easy!  We did serve tomatoes which they wouldn't have had in the winter, and we had cracker dips which they didn't have either.  Not sure the pretzels would've been drizzled in chocolate but otherwise we were pretty close.  Even jello was very popular as it was easy to transport to stores and had a long shelf life. 

I'm not sure if lemonade was available around here but in the cities it was very popular. 

When it got crowed, some headed up to our room to play a game.  Forgive the messy bed, some boys decided to unmake it :)

We're so thankful for all the people that came out despite the thick fog.  Glad they found our driveway!

Elizabeth took time to read some of the little ones a few stories.  Thank you, Elizabeth!

Isaac so graciously put legos in his room and this occupied most of the younger ones for hours!  

Priscilla found time to visit a little with Jessica.

Hosanna and Priscilla keep checking things out upstairs. 

We were really excited to have a few of the people who have lived in this house come to our party. One lady grew up in this house from the late 40's to late 50's.  She brought along pictures from back then and explained a few things that we wondered about as far as what was here or there.  Two other couples came that lived in this house at some point and all of them enjoyed looking around as did some that remembered coming to this house in years past.

We also enjoyed having relatives over that I'm not sure have ever been to our house, various aunts and uncles.

Overall, we had over 100 people come and I think everyone enjoyed it as much as we did!  Thank you so much to those of you that came and made this evening so special!!


  1. My whole family and I loved this post!!! Very neat pictures/outfits and it looks like you all had a wonderful time with your friends. :)

  2. Oh my goodness! I loved this!! One year we dressed in colonial garb for the 4th of July and it was SO much fun.


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