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How to Throw a June Cleaver Party

Portrait image of June Cleaver

Hosting guests is always an adventure, especially if they fondly remember the days when June Cleaver was the rule, and not the exception. With graduation parties,

family reunions and Fourth of July filling up a busy mom’s calendar, here are a few tips to please every generation’s palate and impress them with your presentation.

Here are four “hostess with the mostest” tips inspired by June Cleaver:

1. Prepare your menu in advance and have plenty of food and drinks ready for your guests.

The Food Timeline website showcases popular dishes from the era and some perfectly cross over into today’s tastes. For appetizers, you can’t go wrong with deviled eggs and cream cheese filled celery. Gelatin and fruit salad molds and potato salad are great sides for main courses such as baked ham with glaze and grilled kabobs. Beverages and desserts can close the age gap between grandparents and grandkids fast! Soda pop in bottles, iced tea and Tang can wash down sweet treats like butterscotch brownies and marshmallow bars.

2. Make sure your home is immaculate before your company arrives. Don’t expect to do all the work yourself! Get the family involved and use Molly Maid’s house cleaning tips to thoroughly clean each room. Pay special attention to deep cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, which are typical party hot spots.

3. Leave time to get yourself ready! No one wants to have guests arrive while your hair is still wet and to see you frantically putting on your makeup! While pearls, dresses and heels are optional, the takeaway is to make sure you feel your best in an outfit that fits well and shows off your personal style.

4. Include something for everyone when selecting your party playlist. Popular tunes from the 1950s include All Shook Up by Elvis Presley, Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis and Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and His Comets. Nostalgic songs are a great balance to Nicki Minaj, Maroon 5 and Carly Rae Jepsen!

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