AVN Book Club: Holiday Jubilee: Classic & Kitschy Festivities & Fun Party Recipes

An elf's job is never done and when December comes rolling by it means its time to get ready and excited about the holiday season. I have been keeping busy with decorating the house, greeting Phoebe the Ef, and all sort of other Elfing jobs to help Santa out this year. My kids are beginning to question Santa's greatness but I reassured them that it is worth believing in the magic.

And what a wonderful way to start the holiday season than with some vintage holiday inspiration. One of my favorite go-to books for vintage holiday inspiration is a book by Charles Phoenix called Holiday Jubilee: Classic & Kitschy Festivities & Fun Party Recipes. This book is chalk full of vintage inspired recipes and information about the way the holidays were celebrated in the 1950's and 1960's. The section on Christmas is the longest section in the book but he covers Halloween, Easter, and Valentine's Day, just to name a few.

I find vintage recipe books to be too overwhelming because they usually don't have any photos of what the end product would look like. Unlike most vintage recipe books, this book is covered from front to back with colorful images of all the recipes. 

I tried the Astro Weenie Christmas Tree last year and it was a hit with my family. I plan to make another one this year but this time instead of using fruit and meat I will make it a dessert Astro Christmas Tree. It was so much fun to make and Charles Phoenix with his detailed recipes made me feel confident that I could make vintage inspired holiday treats.

If you are looking for vintage holiday inspiration that you can use all year round, make sure to ask Santa to put a copy of this book under your tree.


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  1. I'm so glad you got a copy of this! Charles is literally one of my icons. I love everything he does. This book was a lot of fun to read and I learned so much! Have yet to try any of his kooky recipes though!


    1. Oh yay! He's amazing! I tried the Astro Weenie Tree but I want to try the heart meatloaf for Valentine's Day haha It looks so fun! xox