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Flashback: Menu ideas for 70's/80's potluck. Tupperware optional.

I'm helping to plan a friend's Birthday party and we're having it themed around the types of party foods we grew up with at our own parent's dinner parties. Fondue, meatballs in ketchup and grape jelly, vienna sausages, pigs in a blanket, jello-molds and deviled eggs are the only things that come to mind right now. I'm drawing a blank and I refuse to make rumaki. Keep in mind we'll have a couple of vegetarian friends and I'd like for them to eat more than Chex-mix and french onion dip. Any suggestions would be great!

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  1. Waikiki Meatballs from the 1970's Betty Crocker Recipe Cards set
    http://www.recipezaar.com/Waikiki-Mea...
    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Waikiki-...

    Some other ideas:

    -Quiche
    -Monkey bread
    -Sherbet - 7-up punch
    -Jell-O pudding pops
    -Boboli Pizza
    -Ranch dressing veggie platter
    -Party cheese ball
    -Baked potato bar/buffet
    -Flavored popcorn
    -Gummi Bears, Gummi Worms, Pop Rocks, Jelly Belly's, Starburst candies, etc. etc.

    1. ooh ooh! I know...how about the English muffins with crab & Old English cheese? I believe you can freeze them in quarters and then bake or broil just before serving...might suit the vegetarians? (but not if they are vegans, certainly!)

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      1. re: Val

        I have the "official" recipe if anyone would enjoy it...

        1. re: Siobhan

          I'd like to see that, I've seen them mentioned many times but have not personally had them. They sound good

          1. re: ChrisKC

            Crabbies! Yes, I love these. We have them every year as part of our family's all-appetizers-and-desserts Christmas party. My aunt can barely get out of the kitchen with a full tray!

        2. re: Val

          Heads up, Val, vegetarians don't eat crab.

          1. re: pikawicca

            THENK YEW...LOL...there are "vegetarians" I've met who tell me they eat seafood...I'm JUST going by experience...like I said...to ME, if you say you are a vegetarian, then you don't eat flesh of any creature...but these folks seem to have a diff definition of the word. "know your guests" is all I can say...if they say they are veggies but they eat fish, what-the-hell...just serve what they'll eat, right? I'm not about to get into a 'word war" with anyone.

        3. cocktail weiners in bar b que sauce
          sausage balls

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          1. re: LaLa

            My mother used to make this in the early 80's and as gross as it sounds it's actually really tasty. Brown 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 bob evans sausage crumbled, drain fat.
            melt a stick of velveeta in and serve on light;y toasted mini bagels.

            Wing dings which are baked wings with shake and bake

          2. Watergate salad (70s)
            Nachos became mega popular in the 80s--easy to vegetarianize

            Serve with Harvey Wallbangers (70s) or Wine Coolers (80s)

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            1. re: nofunlatte

              My grocery deli makes watergate salad and I love it....people go nuts when they come to visit and find it in the fridge..lol...

              1. re: LaLa

                I have never actually had this, but my mom used to buy the instant pistachio pudding all the time in the 70s.

                1. re: karykat

                  A "salad" made of pistachio pudding, canned pineapple, nuts, mini marshmallows, and Cool Whip.

                  1. re: nofunlatte

                    *gasp* I've had that before! I never knew it had a name...but the version I had contained a can of fruit cocktail instead of the pineapple. It seemed odd, but the pastel green pistachio pudding really set it off. Looks godawful, but it was super yummy.

                    1. re: thedragonlady

                      And it's green, so it MUST be a salad and be good for you! :)

                2. re: nofunlatte

                  my mom used to make harvey wallbanger cake.