Mom’s House and Me: Tupperware

vintage photo Tupperware party

Over my Easter weekend visit, I connected with some of Mom’s vintage collectibles in a new way. I wrote about her milk glass here, and now it’s time for Tupperware! For as long as I can remember, her cabinets have been neatly packed with pastel leftover bins, harvest-colored pitchers, and other kitchen essentials ordered from Aunt Kathy’s parties in the 70s. Mom’s always been a practical shopper, so she bypassed the specialty items like frozen pop molds, instead stocking up on pieces for every day. And guess what? She still totes her fruit salad in the snappy Servalier bowl and drains her spaghetti in the sunny colander.

With four little ones swarming her ankles, Mom appreciated the shatter-proof plastic. These were (and still are) our family tumblers. Photo by Joe Vintage.

Tupperware pastel tumblers

She was a fan of cooking a big supper and stretching it over multiple nights, so our fridge was always stocked with rainbow leftover bins of all sizes. Little Wonders photo by Wise Apple.

Little Wonders pastel Tupperware bowls

This was our orange juice pitcher. Mom bought frozen concentrate, and I agonized over this darn thing, waiting for the icy ball to dissolve so I could have a slurp! Photo by A Treasure Hunt.

Orange Tupperware juice pitcher

She has these autumnal bowls with pleated lids from the Servalier line. If you spot the yellow one in the fridge before a party, you can bet it holds Mom’s fruit salad with sweetened condensed milk. Photo by The Passionate Flea.

Tupperware Servalier bowls

Mom’s nearly 40-year-old colander is the most ergonomic one I’ve ever used! They’re easy to find on Etsy, so I might snag this one from The Wild World.

Tupperware yellow colander

Mom doesn’t use her wagon wheel coasters much these days. I’d love to add their creamy sherbet colors to my Lustron, so I’ll ask whether she’s ready to pass these down next time I’m home! Photo by Atty’s Vintage.

Tupperware wagon wheel pastel coasters

Tupperware isn’t what it used to be. The company has expanded its offerings (food processors, insulated lunch totes, etc.), and you can still attend or host a party. But the plastic looks less hardy now, and the updated colors leave me cold. Since Mom’s collection has shown that the original Tupperware endures for decades, I’ll stick to raiding her stash and thrifting for the classics!

2 thoughts on “Mom’s House and Me: Tupperware

  1. We didn’t have much Tupperware in our house but that yellow colander was definitely a workhorse. We ate a lot of pasta!

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