Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Winter 2022-2023: Guide to domes, greenhouses and huts at Milwaukee bars and restaurants


Private outdoor dining started before the pandemic, but the structures have continued to be popular. 

The domes, greenhouses and other structures offer a unique dining atmosphere for a night out, whether it's for a special occasion or crowd avoidance. Most have small heaters, but people still ought to dress warmer than when dining indoors. Some restaurants encourage customers to bring a throw for extra warmth.

Here are some of the restaurants and bars offering outdoor structures this winter for private dining and drinks...

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Iconic Christmas Trends That Are Making a Comeback in 2022 - #5


Ceramic Christmas

If you grew up before the 2000s, you likely remember having a porcelain or ceramic Christmas tree in your home, or maybe you associate them with Grandma’s annual holiday decor.

The tabletop trees with built-in lights and a star on top were a Christmas decor staple for decades, and now the delicate figures are back. The iconic trees gained popularity in the 1970s, and now, more than 40 years later, they’re making a major comeback.

Since there was a several-decades-long lapse in the production of the trees, original creations can sell for hundreds of dollars now. But plenty of companies have jumped on the trend and started producing new versions of the ceramic figures for a fraction of the price.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Iconic Christmas Trends That Are Making a Comeback in 2022 - #4


Vintage Santa Mugs

Many of the popular vintage Christmas pieces that are back in style aren’t used for their original purpose. Rather than serving hot cocoa or apple cider in these old-fashioned Santa mugs, they’re primarily used for decor now. (A smart move, since true vintage pieces can often contain lead elements.)

In 1949, the iconic Santa face mug was produced by the Hold Howard Company and became a holiday staple for several decades. Now, reproductions of the old-fashioned mugs are flooding store shelves as the vintage Christmas look makes a comeback. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Iconic Christmas Trends That Are Making a Comeback in 2022 - #3


Holiday Villages

Christmas villages were popular back in December 1966, but the trend became increasingly popular throughout the 1970s and ‘80s.

What first started as small cardboard or ceramic figurines turned into full-blown villages with moving parts, tiny people, and hundreds of collectible pieces. While you’ll certainly see plenty of these vintage pieces resurfacing this year, there are also hundreds of simple, modern versions on the market. 

Friday, December 16, 2022

Iconic Christmas Trends That Are Making a Comeback in 2022 - #1 & #2

These once-popular holiday decorating ideas are back again... As the saying goes, everything old becomes new again—and that’s certainly true of holiday decor trends. 

As we look back at the last century of Christmas decorations, there are certain looks that have returned decades after they were first introduced. Flocked Christmas trees arrived in the 1950s, and recently covered the white tree trend more than six decades later. Some holiday classics, like Shiny Brite ornaments and vintage Santa mugs, are back in style thanks to a recent resurgence of nostalgic Christmas decorations.

So check your attic for vintage mercury glass ornaments or pull inspiration from Christmases past as you decorate this season. Here are the top retro holiday decorating trends making a comeback.

Flocked Christmas Trees

White Christmas trees are the top Christmas decorating trend of 2022, no matter how you decorate your flocked fir. 

“Flocked is back! Everything vintage is new again.” And while these white Christmas trees certainly lend themselves well to the mod colors currently in fashion, the faux-snow-covered branches also blend seamlessly with the farmhouse Christmas looks that are everywhere these days.

Shiny Brite Ornaments

Made popular in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Shiny Brite Ornaments are one of the most recognizable vintage Christmas trends thanks to their bright colors and sparkly finishes. The original Shiny Brite ornaments were first handmade in New Jersey in 1939, and they’ve been an American decor staple for centuries. The ornaments were machine-blown by Corning Glass Works before being hand-decorated and sold at F.W. Woolworth stores for a few pennies each.

They quickly became the hottest Christmas ornaments on the market in the ‘50s after WWII ended and families could afford to buy new holiday decor items again.

And with the recent resurgence of jewel tones paired with the popularity of vintage holiday decor, the iconic baubles are decidedly back in style—whether true originals or not.

“New or old, their bright colors and metallic finishes look so right now. Like the originals, the reproductions come in a spectrum of colors decorated with stripes, flocking, and glitter. And, of course, the interiors are still silvered, which makes them, well, shiny and bright.”