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Retro Party Food

Updated on September 28, 2014

1970s Retro Food

Retro Party Food is apparently very 'in' right now so if you're planning a party that you want people to remember think about 1970s party food and take it from there!

Retro party food ideas can include putting your own spin on party food on cocktail sticks like the 1970s cheese and onion sticks. You can also look at other foods that were popular in the 1970s like the shrimp cocktail for example and re-invent them into delicious retro style finger food.

Let's have a look at these ideas in more detail and more ideas as well - say hello again to the 1970s and party on!

Food on a Stick

Retro Inspired Party Foods

I used to love the cube of cheese and cocktail onion on a stick, but it really had got a reputation as being a little naff as the 80s rolled in. For your next party try a few cheese and onion sticks for your guests, but don't stop at cheese and onions or cheese and pineapple you can add all kinds of things:-

Mini meatballs

Cherry or grape tomatoes



Strips of roasted capsicum



Carrot slices

Cucumber strips

This list is only limited by your imagination.

Here are some awesome meatball recipes, just make them smaller when you are threading them onto sticks. I will sometimes put a tiny cube of cheese inside my meatballs for a lovely surprise. I also prefer baking them to frying - while they're baking you can carry on with other preparations instead of hovering over the pan trying to stop them from burning!!

Shrimp Cocktail

A Retro 70s Appetizer

Another food that is apparently a hot retro item for party food is the 70s classic Shrimp Cocktail. When you're having a party though do you really want to have something that you need utensils to eat - of course not! The solution is to put a modern twist on your Shrimp cocktail, personally I don't like shrimp, but I have a lot of friends who do.

There are three great ways to deconstruct your classic Shrimp Cocktail. Mix the shrimp in your desired shrimp sauce and then:

Shrimp Cocktail One

Take one of your cocktail sticks and thread at one end of a piece of lettuce, fold it over and thread it through again. Next thread the shrimp (which should have already been tossed through some prawn cocktail dressing) through, then fold the other end of the lettuce over and thread on.

Shrimp Cocktail Two

Take some whole lettuce leafs (make sure they are dried well) and simply wrap a couple of shrimp (depending on how big the shrimp are) and a drizzle of the cocktail sauce into the leaf. You wrap the lettuce leaf the same way that you would wrap a burrito.

Shrimp Cocktail Three

Take a lettuce leaf that is well shaped (the inner leafs of the iceberg variety are nice) and use it as a cup. Put a couple of the shrimp in sauce into the cup and voila!

Chicken A La King

The Return of the Vol au Vent

Now I must admit I love chicken a la king vol au vents, in fact I refused to accept that they had gone out of fashion and now......they're back!

I used to cheat with my version of Chicken A La King by using one of the 'Chicken Tonight' range of sauces and adding chicken, mushrooms and capsicum to that, but here is the easy way to make Chicken A La King.

To serve at a party you simply make the chicken a la king mixture and fill vol au vent cases with it - delicious and very retro!

Black Forest Gateau

A Classic 70s Dessert

Apparently the Black Forest Gateau is making a comeback - this brings back memories. Every Boxing Day we would go to one of my aunts' house and she always served Black Forest Gateau for pudding.............................uuummmm, delicious.

If you're holding a retro cocktail party then you could celebrate this cake with the following:-

Black Forest Gateau Martini

6 parts vodka

1 part black currant liqueur

2 parts raspberry liqueur

2 parts strawberry liqueur

whipped cream & grated chocolate

Pour all of the alcohol into a mixing glass with ice and stir. Next strain into cocktail glass and top with some whipped cream and grated chocolate (or chocolate curls).

You could make your own Black Forest Gateau or buy one, if you like making your own here is a link to a great recipe.

I have found that you can buy catering blocks of cake in some places and a great idea for a party would be to buy a block of Black Forest and cut it into bite sized pieces for people to indulge could always pop it on a cocktail stick!!!!!!!


Will you be serving some of these food ideas up at your next party? I know one thing, I'm hanging out for a slice of Black Forest Gateau right now!!

What do You Think of Retro Party Food?

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Very fun ideas - I'd love to get some retro goodness going on!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      Retro food rules. Great lens.

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Oh golly, this retro party food brings back memories. I'm tempted to serve some up for unsuspecting guests. Blessed by an angel today