Throw a Fabulous Retro Party

drink with Cherry
It's true what they say: Everything eventually comes back into style, and we're celebrating just that. Invite your friends and family to take a trip down memory lane with our modern takes on classic dishes, decorations, and, of course, drinks.

Party Like It's 1965

Feeling nostalgic? Dreaming of the '60s? Channel your inner Jackie and throw it back to some of your favorite cocktails and cuisine. 

A La Carte

Indulge in midecentury-inspired classics like chipotle cheese fondue and tomato bacon deviled eggs. Spread them out, buffet-style, so your guests can keep coming back for more delicious nibbles.

Secondhand Sensation

Revive low-priced vintage finds like place mats and candlesticks with a extra coat of spray paint. Your local thrift store will carry an eclectic mix of products, so you can turn affordable baubles into some of your favorite things.

Say Cheers

Create a DIY bar cart with all your drinking essentials—bitters, sweet and sour mix, and, of course, maraschino cherries. Then keep a book of drink recipes nearby so your guests can play mixologist.

Hidden Treasure

Breathe new life into secondhand items, like this vintage suitcase. It's easy to store glassware, cocktail napkins, and cutlery. Search for other odds and ends around the house (or at Grandma’s) to hold your party essentials.

Happiest Hour

A great party is never complete without a cocktail. Test age-old favorites like a sidecar or whiskey sour and serve them in mix-and-match glasses adorned with gilded detail. To sport the look, check out online retailers like Etsy. 

Spruce Up with Succulents

Water it once a week and keep it near sunlight, and this hassle-free plant becomes a no-brainer for easy decorating. The no-fuss table topper is a cool touch that’s perfect even if you lack a green thumb. 

Eat: Ham Balls in Barbecue Sauce

Finger food never tasted better than these barbecue ham balls. The saucy snack bakes in 25 minutes, making it a quick and easy recipe that still deserves high praise.

Eat: Blue Cheese and Walnut-Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushroom caps are always a crowd-pleaser, and this recipe is no exception. The tangy blue cheese and crunchy walnuts make this appetizer an instant hit. Set aside extra cheese and fresh parsley to garnish the plate when serving.

Eat: Tomato and Bacon Deviled Eggs

A household favorite is easy to modify with different toppers. Make this recipe 24 hours before an event, and your guests are sure to fawn over the colorful, fresh take on the classic.

Eat: French-Fried Onion Dip

A hands-off recipe that tastes as good as this one never goes unnoticed. Pull out your slow cooker, mix the ingredients, and let it simmer for two to three hours while you prepare for the night ahead.

Eat: Chipotle Cheese Fondue

Sure, Mom told you not to play with your food, but swirling bread and veggies in creamy cheese is hard to resist. This spiced-up recipe packs in flavor while leaving food prep to a minimum. First-timers, don't be alarmed; whipping up fondue is simple and stress-free. 

Sip a Vodka Gimlet

Shaken, stirred, or straight up—try a vodka gimlet. Add your choice of vodka (or gin, if you prefer) and combine with bottled lime juice for a distinct, full-bodied aroma.

Sip a Sidecar

Known as a prohibition classic, the sidecar offers citrus flavor and a radiant golden color. The sweetness balances the brandy, creating a refreshing combination worth sipping all night.

Sip a Grasshopper

Cool mint and creamy vanilla come together to make this boozy ice cream drink. Simply blend the first three ingredients and top it with whipped cream and mint chocolate candies.

Sip a Manhattan

Sophisticated yet straightforward, Manhattans are back on everyone's radar. The classic concoction is known for its mix of aromatic flavor and subtle sweetness, making it a go-to choice.

Share the gallery

Better Homes & Gardens may receive compensation when you click through and purchase from links contained on this website.