Vintage Tablescape Thursday

A few weeks ago a member of the choir I sing with motioned that she wanted to talk to me after rehearsal.  “I have a ton of old Bon Appetits,” she said guiltily.  “Do you want them?”  As soon as I found out they were from the mid-1970s, I giggled with glee.  “Of course!” I shouted, disturbing the tenor’s sectional in the next room.

After a dress rehearsal last week, she handed me a bag full of old magazines and I could barely contain my excitement.  The following images come from the June 1977 issue of Bon Appetit and feature Phyllis Diller’s kitchen!  I’ll be making one of her recipes this weekend, so stay tuned!

First, readers got a chance to see Phyllis’ (I’m hoping she won’t mind me calling her that) kitchen, which I loved.  Okay, I really liked the wallpaper and her go-go boots, but I absolutely must have her dress.

The article goes on to talk about her hostessing abilities as well as her dining room.  Apparently, guests are served breakfast in the ‘Victorian Room’.  Frankly, I think that lamp would be too much for me to handle without a lot of coffee beforehand.

And finally, the readers visited Phyllis’ dining room, which  is so over-the-top and yet elegant at the same time.  Go Phyllis!


  1. Reply
    Kay Ellen June 16, 2010

    Oh this is great!! I can hear her laughter right now!!

    Happy TableScape Thursday:))

    Stop by and see the teaparty~~~

    Kay Ellen

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    Jacqueline June 16, 2010

    Very retro. Loved it. She was lots of fun. What a treasure to end up with those old magazines.

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    Susan @ The Spice Garden June 17, 2010

    Love this post! Isn’t it fun to see the trends of decades past? Gotta get me one of those dresses! Soooo Phyllis Diller!

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    What a fun post! Love Phyllis Diller! Since I married in the early 70s, it’s fun to see these “vintage” pictures.

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    bj June 17, 2010

    OMGosh….this is such a fun post. Can’t you just hear that laugh!!
    haahhaa…enjoyed this very much.

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    This was just too cute for words. You have some great treasures in your magazines.. hugs ~lynne~

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    Sherrie June 17, 2010

    Too funny! Love those huge candelabras :0)

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    luludesigns June 17, 2010

    What fun, and I’m with you on the dress!

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    Barbara June 17, 2010

    Oh, what fun this is! I can’t stop laughing at her dress in the first photo. I hope you will share more of these in the future. I bet even the recipes have a different feel to them.

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    joyce June 17, 2010

    Laughing at the go go boots and I wonder if Liberace gave her those candelabras?

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    Cynthia June 17, 2010

    Groovy table! This is so much fun to look at. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

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    Outsdr June 18, 2010

    I’m loving your blog!

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    Johanna Gehrlein June 18, 2010

    I didn’t know her but the table is amazing for that time. Its still elegant and timeless. Thank you for sharing that.
    Greetings, Johanna

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    Mid-Atlantic Martha June 18, 2010

    What fun! I still remember her amazing laugh and her husband “fang”!

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    theUngourmet June 18, 2010

    That is one crazy lamp alright. She was always such a hoot! Great post!

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