My hubby, Nick, and I are big vintage fans! We started redecorating our entire apartment with mid-century decor and furniture as part of our New Year’s resolution last year. We also run a vintage shop on Etsy together called Tubular Retro, which I have to say has some pretty awesome items for sale! Then, a few weeks ago we flipped through our Betty Crocker cookbook from 1974 (originally published in 1965) and were laughing at the horrible sounding party foods like the party sandwich loaf and the cucumber relish mould when we both got the most brilliant idea at the same time:
Throw a tacky retro Christmas party!
We decided that since our apartment is already seriously retro, even many of our tree ornaments and even our tree skirt (from the 1960s) all we would need to do is serve some of these interesting retro party foods from our cookbook, put together a retro playlist and tell all of our guests to dress in their very tacky retro best!
So, tomorrow a large group of our friends are going to squeeze into our tiny apartment for what will probably become one of the coolest annual Christmas shit-shows we’ve ever seen!
Want to throw your own tacky retro party (Christmas or not) but not sure how?
No worries, I’ve got you covered! All you need to get started is a group of kick-ass friends, an open-mind and to take these suggestions into consideration:
Grab a retro cookbook like the Betty Crocker’s Dinner in a Dish and select some of the strangest sounding recipes to give a try! Personally, a lot of our friends are vegans and vegetarians and so we’re going to try and make some of them free of animal products and byproducts like the banana and “ham” hollandaise. Don’t be afraid to switch up the ingredients if they’re a little too creepy for your taste.
Don’t be afraid to host a pot-luck! We wrote on our Facebook event page that guests are more than welcome to bring food to share and we got a pretty good response of generous people. Also, keep in mind that some people may have allergies. Since our party is child-friendly for the first half, my friends are bringing their little ones and one has a peanut allergy, which is always good to know beforehand and let the other guests know, too. This is one of the reasons I love using Facebook events for inviting my friends to any sort of party, we can all communicate easily.
Put together a rockin’ playlist with music from your favourite decades. Awe your friends by pulling out some groovy dance moves to get the party started and throw a dance contest! Just make sure to clear a space for dancing first ;). We made a wicked Christmas playlist, which you can listen to below, on my GrooveShark account.
Put a note on your invitations for your guests to dress their retro best! Then go to your local thrift shop with friends, or solo, and find something special and absolutely dazzling for yourself! Have fun with it, try everything and anything on! Check out this super sweet purple romper I discovered:
I tried this on and danced around the change room area, and then I found a handmade, vintage, teal dress embroidered with a large, silver flower that I had to buy and I cannot wait to wear it!
Don’t forget to accessories and select a vintage hair style!
If you want to give your friends a little bit more encouragement to get dressed up, throw a best dressed contest! Then, randomly go around and let each person throw their vote into a bag and tally up the winner near the end of the night.
Nick and I already have a wide selection of retro games in our closet, so we didn’t have to look far for inspiration, but if you’re not sure what to do once your guests arrive here’s a small list of some typical games enjoyed in years past:
I’ve noticed that games aren’t always necessary when having a large group of people over, but it’s a good idea to have some activities in mind in case things do get a little dull or if you know that some of your friends would enjoy it.
I’ll be honest with you, I’m not rich. I can’t afford to supply all of my guests with booze. There’s no shame in making your party BYOB.
However, I do like to supply a small amount for fun like a couple bottles of wine and a special cocktail. This year we decided to make Tom Collins. It’s simple, it’s retro and I like gin and lemon. We’re going to make it more festive by throwing in a couple cranberries instead of cherries. Plus, I’m really excited to use my new, vintage cocktail shaker ;). This photo on Pinterest gives a pretty good list of classic cocktails with recipes.
I can’t wait until tomorrow, and I hope this inspires you to throw your own vintage party! If you’re interested to find out how our party turns out I’ll be sharing pictures on Monday!
Do you have any games, recipes, drinks or songs you’d like to recommend?