Well, fear not, because I'm going to give you lots of ideas which will make your party the best in town, and your guests won't be leaving with empty stomachs! By the way, let me assure you that I actually lived through the 1980s and run an 80s website, so rest assured the advice you receive will be authentic. Although I usually try and cater for both American and British visitors in my blog posts (around 50% of you are from the U.S.) for this one I am writing about UK food as I have no experience of U.S. food in the 80s. Apologies to my U.S. readers, but I hope you'll understand. OKay, so let's begin...
No party table was complete without a cheese and pineapple hedgehog. You'll need a tin of pineapple chunks, some cheddar cheese, wooden cocktail sticks and half a grapefruit or large half potato and some tin foil. Wrap the grapefruit or potato in foil making sure the shiny side is on display. Cut your cheese into cubes and place onto the end of each cocktail stick, followed by a pineapple chunk, or whichever way around suits you best! You may also want to add a grape to be extra posh! Alternatively, use pickled onions instead of pineapple, although there were some parties I went to where both were included. Actually, pickled onions with pineapple is pretty disgusting and you would be wise to avoid that option, no matter how authentic it may be! Stick all of your cheese and pineapple sticks into your foil-wrapped grapefruit to create a hedgehog. You can also use half a cabbage or any hard veg that has a round or oval shape.
|Cheese and Pineapple Hedgehog|
|Smith's Bacon Fries|
|Birds Eye Arctic Roll|
|Sherry Trifle topped with lemon and orange jelly slices|
Black Forest Gateau was another favourite and there are recipes galore on the internet.
Babycham and cocktails (particularly Pina Colada) were a popular choice of drink. You can buy ready-mixed cocktails from the supermarkets these days, although there's more fun to be had in creating your own. Just add these Del Boy style umbrellas to finish them off with...
|80s Cocktail Umbrellas|
|Jelly Alcoshots Mould with 12 alcohol based recipes|
Now, as well as the authentic retro food, you could also add some fun extras such as 80s-themed biscuits.
|Pac-Man Cookie Cutters|
|Pac-Man Ice Cube Tray|
|80s Cake Toppers|
|Ghostbusters Popping Candy|
|Fizz Wizz Popping Candy (Pack of 10)|
You may also be interested in;
Ideas for 80s Party Decorations
80s Party Decorations (UK) at Simplyeighties.com
80s Party Balloons and Hanging Lanterns