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If you were hosting a 70s style party what food and drink would you have?

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keiratwiceknightly Wed 05-Dec-18 07:17:57

So a drunken night resulted in this idea...

We've thought

Vodka martinis with an olive
Cheese and pineapple hedgehog
Devils on horseback
Coq au vin? A really yellow curry? What about vegetarian? Were there any of those in the 70s🤣??
Black Forest gateau
Something else?

Any more ideas welcome.

SharkSave Wed 05-Dec-18 07:21:42

Prawn cocktail or vol au vents?

Ohyesiam Wed 05-Dec-18 07:24:39

Spaghetti Bol was very exotic in the 70 s. My big sister went to her friends for tea, the mum was an artist and very bohemian. She had her first spaghetti Bol and came back and told us about “ white spaghetti “ because we only knew about the orange kind in tins!

IdaBWells Wed 05-Dec-18 07:26:52

Angel Delight (does it still exist?)
Green, orange and red jelly
Lemon Meringue Pie

Dubonnet to drink!

mydogishot Wed 05-Dec-18 07:29:17

Prawn cocktail with iceberg lettuce and triangles of brown bread.
Steak Diane.
Ratatouille for vegetarians.
Trifle made with Swiss roll and sherry.

You've also forgotten Campari and lemonade.

Sounds fun, hope you have a kaftan and massive hair!

TroyKing Wed 05-Dec-18 07:29:44


WWlOOlWW Wed 05-Dec-18 07:29:45

Birds eye crispy pancakes

Fray bentos pies

Littledidsheknow Wed 05-Dec-18 07:31:21

Mateus rosé, vol-au-vonts, quiche, trifle, lemon meringue pie.

OhTheRoses Wed 05-Dec-18 07:32:12

Your drinks are the equiv of adolescent drinks nowadays. I remember Gin&It, sherry, wine and after dinner stickies.

My mother's specialities were:

Salmon mousse
Lobster bisque

Chicken kiev (unusual then and you had to joint 3 or 4 birds for the breast)
Pork chops with orange (delish)
Boeuf bourgignon
Stuffed boned shoulder of lamb
Guard of Honour

Baked alaska; or a
Chocolate bombe (moussey and minty)
Cheesecake - home made

Was bloody marvellous and all food i still like.

Littledidsheknow Wed 05-Dec-18 07:33:56


verite Wed 05-Dec-18 07:36:06

I would def do prawn cocktail or prawn and avocados. Classic 70s (but still yum). Beef stroganoff for main. Then creek brûlée or crepes Suzette.

verite Wed 05-Dec-18 07:36:32

Creme obviously not creek!

Ragwort Wed 05-Dec-18 07:36:50

OnTheRoses, I agree with you, I must be stuck in a 70s time warp as it is still the sort of food I eat regularly grin.

verite Wed 05-Dec-18 07:37:02

Oooh - or duck a l’orange.

Lunaballoon Wed 05-Dec-18 07:42:57

Cubes of cheese and pineapple on cocktail sticks stuck into a grapefruit hedgehog style (though these were probably only popular at kids parties).

TooTrueToBeGood Wed 05-Dec-18 07:42:58

Prawn cocktail
Scampi in the basket
Black forest gateau

Atmosphere is everything. You'll need to slow burn a kilo or 2 of tobacco throughout the evening, turn off the heating and enlist a couple of middle-aged men to spend the evening openly letching and groping the younger women. Throw in a powercut or two and have at least one person drive home absolutely shit-faced whilst his friends joke about how he's a better driver drunk than sober.

ikltownofboothlehem Wed 05-Dec-18 07:52:11

Black Tower & Blue Nun wine

Iloveautumnleaves Wed 05-Dec-18 08:12:11

Definitely the pineapple & cheese hedgehog, cocktail sausages on toothpicks, triffle (with ladies fingers, Birdseye custard, tinned fruit, red jelly and cream on top) and’s NOT a party without those things!

Spam fritters
Rice pudding
Egg sandwiches

fussychica Wed 05-Dec-18 10:06:12

Can I come? Got married in 79 and dinner parties were "the thing" at that time. My tuna pate and thin toast is still the stuff of legendgrin

Tootrues post really made me laugh, spot on, though some of the now much older men I know still think it's ok to drink and driveangry

We got a microwave in 1980, revolutionary.

Just watch Abigails Party and you're there.

footballcrazy11 Wed 05-Dec-18 10:09:38

Cinzano and lemonade or get a punch bowl with the glasses hanging off it and I agree watch Abigails party

MrsTommyBanks Wed 05-Dec-18 10:16:52

Absolutely must have Demis Roussos playing in the background. And a guest called Tony.

jacqattacq Wed 05-Dec-18 10:17:37

You def need a gingernut log as detailed here:

jacqattacq Wed 05-Dec-18 10:18:08

And YY to Demis Roussos

HRTpatch Wed 05-Dec-18 10:19:31

Fruit juice as a starter. Or grilled grapefruit and a cherry

EspressoButler Wed 05-Dec-18 10:20:39

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