Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Silvery leprechauns and royalty

Are you ready to party? It's the beginning of the month, so that means more of those 401 Party and Holiday Ideas (Conny von Hagen, 1971) from our friends in all things aluminum, Alcoa.

Of course St. Patrick's Day is in March, and this book has a few recommendations:

We all think of mints and apple cake served by candlelight in the general vicinity of aluminum foil shamrocks when we think St. Patrick's day, right? At least there's some Irish coffee off to the side, but this spread looks like it could even be a boring party by Grandma's standards, and she considers explaining the medical conditions of people I don't know in excruciating detail to be a good time.

The best part of the St. Patrick's Day collection is probably this guy:

Are leprechauns supposed to be part werewolf with a weird dye job? The instructions for making him are super-helpful, too:

Is it just me, or are the directions only slightly more detailed than "Crush aluminum foil over a wire-stick figure until it looks leprechaun-y, then glue whatever you have lying around the house onto it for details and clothing"?

This book also offers Purim ideas for March. I will admit I know nothing about Purim...

...but based on Alcoa's depiction, I'm guessing that it's a celebration of the time some royalty pissed off a really hairy guy by discussing that weird foil crown full of apples without him.

There are no particularly scary recipes for March, so I'll leave you with the recipe for Hamantaschen:

If you didn't figure it out, Hamantaschen are apparently the things piled at the feet of Mr. I-Can't-Believe-You-Talked-About-The-Giant-Foil-Crown-Full-of-Apples-Without-Me.

Happy March! And if you do have important giant-headgear-full-of-fruit news, please keep me in the loop! I am so upset when I miss out.


  1. Pissed off hairy guy! I love how succinct you are, Poppy :D