November 8, 2010

Sadie Hawkins Supper

Sadie Hawkins Day originated on November 16, 1937. Back in the 50s, 60s and 70s, schools held annual girl-ask-boy dances to celebrate the day. Changes in traditional gender roles have sent the Sadie Hawkins Dance into near extinction. Today, though few know about its true origin, references to Sadie Hawkins Day still occur in popular cultural. Read all about it on the Official L'il Abner Website.
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It's hillbilly heaven here in Dogpatch.
Hairless Joe is brewin' the moonshine and the womenfolk are preparin' the victuals.

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On the way to his strappin' 6'3" stature, L'il Abner outgrew a powerful lot of blue jeans.
Mammy Yokum, being a thrifty soul, used all those outgrown jeans to make a tablecloth for special occasions.


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Aunt Bessie lent her fanciest burlap placemats for the supper.
Tiny Yokum, though mighty allergic to any kind of physical labor, was kind enough to collect four fallen leaves for the place cards.


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Marryin' Sam's eatin' tools rest in a pocket cut from an old pair of jeans (no sewing).
A red bandanna, tucked under his chin, will catch barbecue sauce splatters and drips.
Woven chargers sit beneath Heathware Pottery dinner plates.


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Canning jar mugs hold icy water, fresh from the swollen creek.
Supper guests sip Kickapoo Joy Juice from tin cups.


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Daisy Mae and Sadie are pleased to find large soda can corsages by their plates.


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Smaller soda can boutonnieres await L'il Abner and Marryin' Sam.
Directions for tin can pins can be found on several sites. Here's one site with step-by-step pictures.


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A vintage angel food cake pan holds fresh chrysanthemums from Mammy Yokum's garden.
A picture of the centerpiece assembly can be found here.

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Pappy Yokum put out the bug spray to ward off any little varmints
that might try and share the victuals.
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Dinner plates: Heathware Pottery, Coupe - Sandalwood
Canning jar mugs: Goodman's
Tin cups: School Party Supply, over 40 years old
Bean pot: Durgin-Park, Boston souvenir, 1961
Chargers: eBay
Tablecloth: handmade picnic blanket made from old blue jeans, 1985
Flit gun: Old Town, Temecula, California

26 comments:

  1. Oh how cute. This is just darling. I so remember Sadie Hawkins dances in school, and my children enjoyed them also. Your tablescape is just perfect and your description is pure joy. I absolutely love it all. The soda cap corsages and pins are unreal.

    You asked about my button. All you have to do is right click it and then click copy and then paste it to your picture album. Then you can copy it like any other picture into your blog. You can change the size of the picture to whatever you want.

    Thank you so much for linking to TTT. I really do appreciate it and I am so happy to have found your blog. Hugs, Marty

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  2. OHMYGOSH!! This THE most original and darling tablescape I have seen in AGES!! And your commentary is just hilarious!! Your tin corsages are amazing as well of all the other details you incorporated.
    I remember having a 'bug sprayer' like that when I was a girl..
    one question: Do you have the recipe for Kickapoo Joy Juice and does it have any moonshine in it?? LOL!!
    Love your blog! I will be back~Can't wait to see more!!
    Blessings,
    Myrna
    P.S. Your 'Dragon' tablescape was adorable, too!! ;-)

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  3. What an adorable table setting. I love it. Tin corsages is a great idea. Thanks for sharing. And thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. Hope you will come back again.

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  4. I forgot to answer your question about the red x on your link to TTT. It is there for only you to see. If you don't like the pic that posted, you can click on the x and delete or change your link. Hugs, Marty

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  5. This is just adorable!! I enjoyed the story about Lil Abner, etc! Tablescape is so cute, love the denim pocket for the flatware! Did you make the denim table cover? The tin can pins are neat! Love the old bug spray can! LOL!

    Great job!

    Katherine

    P.S. - I had a hard time figuring out how to reply back to you. Maybe you should add your url after your name so people can click on it the reply!

    Hugs!

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  6. Hi Denise,
    That is so cute! I love the flit gun, reminds me of my mom spraying the rooms at night at our summer cottage!
    Very, very creative, and I do hope you will join in the White Christmas /Winter white party. I have done 2 white parties, but always in summer. This should be a fun challenge.
    Off to look around your blog and make sure I am following!
    Love the tin can corsages, LOL!

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  7. That is super cute. I love how you used jeans as a table cover. Very nice presentation.
    Sherry

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  8. This is such a fun tablescape! I love it! La

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  9. Denise, I love your Sadie Hawkins table. I esp. adored your references to the Lil Abner group, that used to be my favorite cartoon strip. Since I grew up in the Ozarks (southeast Mo), it was always a hoot to read about our fellow hillbillies. Wonderful fun setting.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely comments.

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  10. WOW!!! I had forgotten all about Li'l Abner and Sadie Hawkins Day!!! This brings back some fun memories! We never had Sadie Hawkins Day dances at our uptight Midewestern private school (no, I'm not bitter at all, am I??!), but I can remember my best friend who attended an all-girls prep school anguishing over having to ask a boy to the dance. She STILL hasn't recovered! Great table idea!!!

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  11. What a clever table and it was fun being reminded of all of the little trivia with names and places. My favorite is the table cloth and being so thrifty using his old jeans. Everything was so cute. Hope those bugs got their warning.

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  12. What a cute and creative table. I haven't thought or heard anything about Sadie Hawkins since I was in high school!! Did you ever go to a Sadie Hawkins dance. It was the only time a girl could ask a guy to a dance!!
    Fun table to look at!!
    Blessings, Nellie

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  13. You started my day on a happy note. I had to laugh and your humor tickled me.I remember Sadie Hawkins day and you did a great job on your tablescape

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  14. Very cute! Thank you for the memories!

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  15. So cute! I just smiled and smiled as I looked through your photos and read your words. Love the old jeans.

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  16. what a cute table, and thanks for the memories~

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  17. Perfection ! love it all !
    just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my little blog...you asked about the size of the little twig place card holders...they are approx 3"...hope you give it a try !! thanks again ! much love,
    Lucy

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  18. What a cute table idea -- and you carried out the theme perfectly! Just darling! I well remember Sadie Hawkins' Day dances in high school and college -- very fun!

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  19. What a fun table setting!
    Thanks for stopping by. I plan to take more pictures of the trunk, but need a time with better natural lighting. That room faces the North, so it is hard to get good lighting for pictures.

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  20. Oh how cute. It's fun to think of reasons to make a special celebration.

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  21. Oh this brought back some fun memories..Bring on the victuals...this is a darling table. I'm going to start collecting old jeans...what a neat idea! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

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  22. Oh, I hope that the spelling didn't cause offense. At times the old English teacher in me could be more tactful. I do think that I might remember colloquial spellings that are something like vittals or vittels...maybe the Beverly Hillbillies pronounced it that way. Thanks for stopping by my post. Please, come visit any time. Cherry Kay

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  23. This certainly took me back to my early days of reading "Little Abner" in the comics. What a fun and clever table! So many details and a great narration.

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  24. You are creative! The leaves & napkins with the pocket are great ideas. Another lovely table setting.

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  25. Darling table and very creative post. I can tell it must have been fun to be a student in your classroom. ~ Sarah

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