By Akemi Bourgeois
If you are in love with vintage kitchen everything, read on. If not, then carry on in the present and skip this petty post.
Let me just start by saying I am loathe to go camping (bugs! dirty toilets!) but when I go (1-2x a year for my boys, oh the sacrifice!), the first thing I pack is my 1960s era Ingrid Party/Picnic Ball. I am a glamper.
I know, I hadn't heard of an Ingrid Ball either until I stumbled across one at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. My friend Mari, whose vintage camper houses an Ingrid Ball, said I absolutely needed to buy one, so I did!
Mari was right, I love my Ingrid Party/Picnic Ball. It's basically a plastic ball with a handle that opens up to form two bowls; nesting neatly inside the bowls are cups, shallow bowls, and two different sized plates, all for six people. Plus, there's a divider plate that can serve as a tray.
We recently went camping in Big Sur and used our Ingrid Ball place settings for every meal. It felt retro cool and modern green to have used the Ingrid Ball in place of paper plates. We were never lacking for dishes! And my picnic table was kind of pretty!
My friend Katharina had joined us on our camping trip and dined off my Ingrid Ball plates while there. She had the very good luck of finding her own Ingrid Ball in an antique store near my house. It makes me happy to picture her bright red Ingrid Ball on the counter of her adorable kitchen annex in Germany.
Tip for tourists visiting the states: If you're looking for something truly American that's actually Made in America, you need to go back in time a few decades. Scour antique shops and you'll not find any Made in China items. That's what Katharina did, she brought home some vintage Pyrex, a retro baseball and her swanky 1960s Ingrid Ball, all made in America. Score!
Original post to Chalk and Cheese Chronicles.