Looking for ideas for an 80's theme party
I am attending a party this weekend with an 80's theme and wanted to make a fun appetizer/ dish/ dessert. Does anyone have an ideas of things that would go well with the theme?
Dunno about fun, but sushi always says '80s party to me. Also, salmon mousse on cucumber slices.
A friend's mom was a caterer during that time, and she made "crab rangoon dip" that was actually really awesome. It's a basic cream cheese/garlic/crabmeat dip, served warm with fried Chinese noodles.
If you have, or can get your hands on, the Silver Palate cookbook, that was the quintessential '80s cookbook. Not home at the moment, or I'd pull it out and look up some of the dishes. But I remember lots of recipes featuring goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, fruity vinegar, pesto. A lot of mainstays of Mediterranean cuisine--fresh herbs, olive oil, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts--became trendy during that time. And it seeemed as though everyone was serving mousse--chocolate, but others as well--during that time.
Chicken Marbella from SP is one of its most popular mains.
Thickly sliced cooked new potatoes with a bit of half sour cream/half plain yogurt with a little chives and a dollop of caviar. (My secret: I love baked potatoes with sour cream and cheap grocery-store caviar.)
make a bunch of homemade McDLTs. The hot side stays hot, the cool side stays cool. Serve it with wine coolers
potato skins, mozzarella sticks
fresh pasta, pesto, sun dried tomatoes
chocolate mousse or chocolate mousse cake
it was also the rise of the American truffle via Alice Medrich's Cocolat
Yes, I think sun dried tomatoes were all the rage. Wasn't fruit pizza 80s too? A sugar cookie crust, sweetened cream cheese, and topped with sliced fruit like kiwi, strawberries, star fruit, etc. arranged in a circular pattern.
When was California new wave cooking popular??? Maybe that was later...
I think of the 80s as the time when "nouvelle cuisine" reached its peak. Just serve a tray of something in really tiny portions. :-)
See, now you've got me thinking of all those 80s Wall Street, big business, big hair, big shoulder-pads movies! What did they eat in those? A lot of cocktails, I think! I remember dim sum from Working Girl, and a lot of tragically froufrou dishes from swanky restaurants -- there's a scene in Baby Boom where the waiter spends two or three minutes describing what's basically a lamb chop with baby spring veg. Low-cal stuff I remember too -- lots of cucumbers and cottage cheese and diet coke.
That food timeline website has some fantastic menus and ideas. Good luck! :)
Thinking of punk theme -- ala Devo -- a jello mold with barbie doll embedded in it is very 80's. I'd put jello shots around the perimeter.
Isn't that when Martha Stewart's first book, Entertaining, was released? That would be a treasure trove for any 80s themed party.
I got another one: there's got to be some crazy-ass schnapps (peach, apple, cinnamon, etc.), and of course mix up some fuzzy navels!
<They still make that stuff, right?>
Haha! Ditto the hummingbird cake and wine coolers, and don't forget your Coca-Cola t-shirt!
My mom served sausage cheese Bisquick balls at every baby shower in the 80's. My sister and I lived off of cheddar bacon potato skins back then, and I think chicken fingers (especially if you can get a big tray of Chicken McNuggets!) w/honey mustard became popular then too.
CATERING BY SPARKINA - AWESOME 80S BASH
Spinach-feta phyllo puffs
Goat-cheese sun-dried tomato phyllo puffs
Pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, black olives and artichokes
Blackened (cajun) fish
Chicken breast sandwiches a la Chick-Fil-A
Capri Sun pouch drinks (came out in the 80s)