It’s time for some retro Christmas party fun! Check out these fun holiday party ideas for your next soiree:
Let your neighbors throw the typical run of the mill holiday party. If you want to stand out from the crowd, go retro! Here’s some fun holiday party ideas, food and cocktail recipes for a festive throwback bash.
To start, you need to plan the menu. Pick brightly colored food that looks like it came out of a 50’s or 60’s sitcom.
There are some amazing creations pictured here, including a festive tomato aspic and a wonderful weenie Christmas tree. You will find 64 different retro Christmastime recipes at the Retro Housewife’s website .
I like this one for Mistletoe dip, from 1960. It’s really easy and very festive with its red and green colors:
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 pint sour cream
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 small green pepper, diced
1/4 teaspoon dill weed
Blend soup mix with sour cream. Add remaining ingredients, chill at least 1 hour. Yields 2 1/2 cups. Serve with assorted chips and bread sticks.
Or you can go retro 1970’s and do fondue. It’s cheesy in more ways than one!
Next, you need to have retro cocktails. Here’s a bunch of classic cocktail recipes from Delish. And don’t forget a colorful punch. The Retro Housewife has several of those on her recipe page as well.
You can find more food and cocktail recipes and photos on our Ugly Christmas Pinterest page.
Now for the look of your party: serve the food on vintage plates and platters. If you don’t have matching ones, that great; it will add to the kitschy look. Make sure you have some mid-century modern bar ware for your cocktails. You can pick up some fantastic pieces at our neighbor, Flux Modern.
Raid Mom’s attic for classic Christmas decorations, or hunt them out at your local antique stores. We’ve got some Shiny Brite ornaments and vintage angels in stock. You can buy reproductions of the Shiny Brites and bubble lights, as well as aluminum trees and color wheels.
Encourage your guests to come in their Christmas sweaters. You know where to get those, right?
As the host or hostess, you need to get fancier. For the ladies, pick a vintage dress in satin or velvet; and you must have a vintage apron. For the guys, how about a velvet jacket and a holiday tie?
Hope you have a wonderful party! I’m waiting for my invitation.