DEPRESSION-ERA ENTERTAINING TIPS
Bubbly on Your Budget: Live Luxuriously with What You Have is a classic book on how to create luxury in the midst of depression-era thrift. Written by Marjorie Hillis in 1937, Orchids on Your Budget (as it was originally titled) provides helpful advice on how to dress, decorate, cook, entertain and live on little money. A true believer that life is what you make of it, Hillis felt that a good attitude about one's situation was of the chief importance and that pleasure, beauty and style could be achieved on any budget (with a little panache). A visionary of the Lady ethos, below are some excerpts from her advice on entertaining—all equally helpful today, they prove that sharing food and fun at home is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to bring joy to our lives.