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Theme parties are one of my absolute favorite things, and this the perfect time of year to plan one. So if you’ve been thinking of getting your friends together for a little vintage soiree, here are some tips from the Cherry Bombs to make sure your party is a hit.
Food: A fun part of party-planning is figuring out a menu that fits the theme, but with a vintage-y party you want to find a balance between interesting and edible. People created some very odd fancy foods in the 1950s/60s (shrimp aspic, anyone?), but if you do a bit of searching you can find plenty of snacks that are still popular at parties today (like chex mix!).
· Drinks: And to drink, I always love sherbet punch – both easy and delicious in a variety of flavors (alcoholic or not), it’s been popular at parties for decades! Here’s one quick recipe: put 1/2 gallon of lime or pineapple sherbet in a punch bowl, add 1 (64 oz) can of pineapple juice, add a 2-liter of ginger ale.
Activities: Depending on the crowd and the amount of space you have, you may want to plan some games to keep the party going. Charades is a classic for a reason, and you can ask your guests to write down clues that fit in certain categories to go with the theme of the party. Also, this is the perfect time of year to make snowflakes, either free-form or printed from online in pre-set shapes. All you need to provide are scissors and paper! ·
Music: Even if you don’t have the space for dancing, a good playlist can help set the mood of any party. For a vintage holiday party, I can recommend several CDs of 1940s/50s/60s Christmas music – Christmas Jump & Jive, Christmas with the Rat Pack, Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, A Motown Christmas, and A Merry 1940s Christmas.
Most importantly, remember to have fun!