Today I have a pleasure of introducing a guest writer on my blog. Sam Butterworth is very keen to tell you some interesting things about a retro dinner party. I hope you will like his work as much as I do - I have always been a huge fan of retro style and dining, so there it is. Enjoy it!
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Turn Back the Years with a Retro Dinner Party
Staying in is the new going out, or at least that’s what people who can’t stand banging clubs and bars say. And there is definitely something appealing about entertaining at home rather than heading out into town. Often it’s cheaper to have a party at home and you can also chat easily to all your friends and not have to shout over music that you don’t like that much anyway.
So staying in rocks, and having a dinner party is a great way to treat friends and family while having a fun social gathering. But how do you make your dinner party stand out from the rest? One idea that you are free to pinch is to throw a retro soiree. How, you ask? Read on…
Every good dinner party begins with an aperitif of some sort. Gin and tonic is a classic choice but for something less timeless and more retro perhaps a mint julep would be suitable. Packed with fresh mint and bourbon this beverage will kick-start your evening.
After sipping at a cocktail your guests are probably starting to get peckish, so it’s time to serve up a nostalgic entrée. A classic from the 1970s is the prawn cocktail; a mixture of prawns, salad and Marie Rose sauce, dusted with cayenne pepper.
For a hearty and delicious main course you should consider cooking a beef wellington. This has been a staple of gourmet restaurants for decades and despite it being a retro option it still tastes great. The secret is to use fresh porcini mushrooms in the pastry and it has to be fillet of beef to really blow your dinner guests away.
A fantastic idea to really turn back time with your dessert is to decorate it with retro sweets. For instance, if you want to make a batch of old fashioned butterfly buns you could scatter them with popping candy to remind your adult guests of their youth and to make them giggle a bit, or maybe some Parma Violet candy sweets for a perfumed flavour. An alternative retro pudding is the classic trifle, which again could be enhanced with the addition of some old fashioned sweeties.
Coffee and digestifs
No dinner party is complete without some good coffee and perhaps some post-prandial beverages. To be honest coffee hasn’t changed all that much over the years but there are some old school alcoholic drinks you can serve along with your hot drinks. Calvados is a classic for gents and for the ladies perhaps a Tia Maria or glass of Cointreau would help their dinner go down.