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Menu ideas for 1980's themed dinner party

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BoRhap Fri 17-May-19 10:50:04

Can anyone give me some ideas for 1980s food. Preferably home cooked stuff. Tempting as it is to serve Findus Crispy Pancakes I'm not sure my guests would actually eat them. wink

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EggysMom Fri 17-May-19 10:51:50

Has to be black forest gateau for dessert smile

UrsulaPandress Fri 17-May-19 10:52:27

Prawn Cocktail
Coq au vin
Black Forest Gateaux

EggysMom Fri 17-May-19 10:52:40

Prawn cocktail starter? Easily home made (50:50 mayo and ketchup) .....

UrsulaPandress Fri 17-May-19 10:53:59

Half a teaspoon of Horseradish adds zing.

Iamnobirdandnonetensnaresme Fri 17-May-19 10:54:51

Prawn cocktail or melon and ham/smoked salmon.

Time40 Fri 17-May-19 11:07:17

Stupidly tiny bits of stuff beautifully arranged on huge white plates, with an artful smear of sauce (it was the decade when all that came in for the first time, and people took it to extremes).

Kiwi fruit. Lots of kiwi fruit.

Puddings with the entire plate heavily dusted with icing sugar.

Grey, black or red plates and tableware.

whitehalleve Fri 17-May-19 11:12:58

My parents say they used used to have prawn cocktail starter, steak and chips and then Black Forest gateau or vienetta for pudding.

Ricekrispie22 Fri 17-May-19 16:57:44

Vol au vents

Chicken kiev
Chicken satay

Profiteroles or maybe even Croquembouche if you can!
Jelly, possibly with ice cream!

NaughtToThreeSadOnions Fri 17-May-19 17:06:28

Prawn cocktail or just a (very) small glass of orange juice for starter

Scampi? (Not sure its partically 80's but for me it was a treat in the 80's remember eating it if we stayed lat at my grandads water skiing club)
Chicken kiev

Angel delight or blamange for pudding or a proper ice cream bomb (frozen fruit sauce surrounded by icecream in a chocolate shell)

keiratwiceknightly Fri 17-May-19 17:11:26

I asked this qu around December last year except mine was 70s. Quite a long thread thereafter but I can't link on my phone - might be worth a search?

Oh, and you must have Viennetta for dessert.

NymphInYellow Fri 17-May-19 17:11:28

Chicken and chips in a basket.
Can you still get Sara Lee chocolate gateau?

ifigoup Fri 17-May-19 17:13:19

Chocolate mousse for pud, though in my mind the actual best 80s pudding was the long-lamented Romantica ice-cream cake.

LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett Fri 17-May-19 17:16:08

Some of this feels quite 70s to me, I remember food in the 80s as being a bit fancier than that - though mind you, I only discovered garlic bread in 1985. I lived in the country though.

A curry with fruit in it is very 80s, it was very much the decade of the canapé too. Rhum baba for pud, salmon coubilliac (sp?) for main?

Floopily Fri 17-May-19 17:18:02

Nymphinyellow no you can't but Tesco do a really similar frozen one, it's delicious!

Petalflowers Fri 17-May-19 17:19:39

Vol au vents
Pineapple/cheese hedgehog
Prawn cocktail

Black Forest gateaux
Arctic roll

JeanMichelBisquiat Fri 17-May-19 17:20:49

Prawn cocktail
Steak and chips
Black forest gateau or profiteroles


RockingMyFiftiesNot Fri 17-May-19 17:23:52

I'd also say the suggestions so far have been more 70s but am struggling to think of what foods would be considered the 80s. Does it have to be 80s? I guess if you are celebrating something related to the 80s it will have to be

Peakypolly Fri 17-May-19 17:24:22

Coronation Chicken
Deviled eggs with tuna

locketsprocket Fri 17-May-19 17:26:31

Peach Melba
Chicken Kiev
Vol au vents
Curried eggs
Mushroom stroganoff
Coq au vin

SpamChaudFroid Fri 17-May-19 17:32:46

Just about anything from The Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook They are not lying about the "all colour" bit, the illustrations are in horrific technicolour.

AdaColeman Fri 17-May-19 17:33:09

I think food tastes had moved away from Black Forest Gateaux and prawn cocktail by the 1980s.

Main courses were dishes such as
Coq au vin
Beef Bourguignon
Mushroom stroganoff for vegetarians

Starters were simple combinations such as pâté and toast, a few scampi & salad, and the avocado had been invented (!) so avocado vinaigrette was exotic.

Puddings were often a Pavlova with fruit, Pear Belle Helene, or Crepes Suzette.

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LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett Fri 17-May-19 17:35:03

Pear Belle Helene is bang-on, I used to make that for Sunday lunch!

cwg1 Fri 17-May-19 17:41:04

Hmm - agree lots of these originate in the '60s and '70s.

1980s - IIRC, carveries v. popular and quite a revival in traditional UK food generally. I think the revival of goose for Christmas was 1980s. I'd completely forgotten the 'little bits' ^^grin aka 'nouvelle cuisine'. I think Thai food also starting to be popular.

ElsieGrote Fri 17-May-19 17:54:39

I have an actual 1980s cookbook and can confirm the prawn cocktail/ steak/ BFG theme is too 1970s. By the 80's we had moved on to Delia's Cookery Course.

My 1980s book includes suggestions such as:

Surprise Avocado Pears - the surprise is you scoop out half the inside and mush it up with some raw minced beef & then hide it in the middle of the other half, which you then cover with lemon slices

Main course - Chicken and Mushrooms in Crab Sauce - cold roast chicken with raw mushrooms coated in a sauce made with a tin of crab whizzed up in blender with some cream

Pudding - Arctic Sensation - basically a frozen trifle, covered in merigue and baked in oven or if you cba you could do Kiwi fruit bowl - coat a bowl with home made creme fraiche and slice up some kiwi fruits.

A lot of faffing with not v delicious outcomes

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