in Entertaining

Vintage Entertaining: Toledo Cocktail Swords

I am utterly obsessed with mid-century antique serving and housewares. Basically, if it’s old, shiny, and has to do with entertaining, I’ll probably love it.

I first discovered these Vintage Toledo Cocktail Swords on etsy during one of my antique housewares hunts. Unfortunately, the price was a little overwhelming. Most ranged around $40 and up with shipping, which for cocktail picks, is a bit out of my price range. Luckily, I kept searching, and was finally able to secure these bad boys for $20 with shipping on ebay. For 8 cocktail picks, it seems a bit pricy, but when you take into account that new metal cocktail picks start at about $10 for 6 without a stand, these are basically a steal.

The swords being used to skewer olives in my Dirty Martini Shooters

The picks come from Toledo, Spain circa 1950, modeled after the same swords manufactured there since 500 B.C.   They are made of stainless steel with brass handles and come with a brass stand. There are a few different style swords in my set and each is emblazoned with “Toledo.” They are seriously the coolest little replicas, and great conversation starters. Everyone loves a good (mini) sword fight.

If you’d like to purchase some of these for your own, check and There’s usually a few auctions happening at any given time.

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Happy Hunting xo

in Entertaining, Food

Dirty Martini Shooters

These are dirty.

Deliciously dirty.

Vodka and olives are basically the perfect drink combination. Unfortunately, I always find the concoction too strong in full martini form. Whenever I think I can do it, I get half way through and have to give up. Which I guess, could be a good thing sometimes?

Either way, I do like the initial vodka and olive taste. Which brings me to my next point. Why do a shot of straight vodka when you can do a dirty martini shot chased with an olive? I know you’re shaking your head in agreement.

Break these babies out at your next cocktail party and people will be all like “wow, that person is classy.” Then again, reality television has taught me that someone only says that when they aren’t actually classy. Maybe you should find new friends and save these for yourself.

P.S. If you’re in the camp of “martinis are meant to be sipped,” let me tell you, these can totally be sipped!  This is also a great way to serve miniature martinis to a large group at a party.

Dirty Martini Shooters

(per 2-2.5 oz shooter)

2 tbsp (1 oz) vodka

1 tbsp (1/2 oz) olive juice

1/2 tbsp (1/4 oz) vermouth

1 skewered olive on top

Combine liquid ingredients with ice in a shaker. Do your best bartender impression. Pour into chilled shot glasses and top with your skewered olive.

Imbibe and be happy.


in Food

Shrimp and Avocado Sliders

Omg, you guys.

These are so good.

Melt in your mouth avocado is mixed with creamy, cold shrimp and served in slider form. These mini sandwiches are the perfect appetizer. Served cold, you can make the salad hours ahead of time and then just assemble before your party. Trust me, they’re a huge hit with tipsy people. A huge hit.

Shrimp & Avocado Sliders

Makes about 6 large sliders

6 slider sized rolls (like pretzel rolls or potato rolls)

1 avocado, sliced

1/2 pound cooked shrimp

1/4  cup light mayonnaise of choice

1 teaspoon dried chives (fresh is better- but I never have fresh)

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1 heaping tablespoon chopped basil

1/4 cup finely chopped celery

3 teaspoons lemon juice, or more to taste (start with one teaspoon lemon juice, add until satisfied with taste)

A few dashes hot sauce, if that’s your thing

salt & pepper to taste

1. Chop the shrimp coarsely and mix with all ingredients except avocado.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

2. When you’re ready to serve, spray your rolls with pam or olive oil spray and lightly toast under broiler until just starting to get golden.

3. While your bread is toasting, slice your avocado.

4. Assemble a few slices avocado on one side of each slider, top with shrimp salad.

Eat & Be happy.