17 Vintage Recipes for the Perfect Throwback Party
Pimiento Cheese Dip
Throw a soiree in true southern style with tangy pimento cheese dip. This delicious vintage recipe calls for just four ingredients, plus a few pantry staple spices. Even better news: It’s best to make the dip at least an hour ahead to allow for chill time (aka this is a terrific option for totally stress-free entertaining).
Because everything is better with bacon, including party snacks, serve these showy shellfish at your throwback bash. The little shellfish might look like those that mom made for sports-viewing parties, but they back a surprising explosion of flavor. The spicy secret lies in the marinade, featuring lemon and chili-garlic sauce.
Bourbon-Brown Sugar Nuts
When you’re feeling frisky, just add whiskey! A splash of the brown liquor takes these toasted nuts to party-worthy heights. A sweet and spicy mix of seasonings (cinnamon and brown sugar; cayenne and black pepper) will have everyone asking, “hmm...what is that?”—and reaching for another handful of the easy party appetizer.
Pressure Cooker Bacon Deviled Eggs
We’re raising a glass and saying a toast to you, host extraordinaire! In honor of your thoroughly modern throwback party, we suggest filling that glass with this trendy, tasty cocktail. It showcases some things old (whiskey, orange, sugar, bitters, cherry) alongside something new (ginger-flavored kombucha).
Herbed Cheese Mini Peppers
Herb-spiked cream cheese dips are always among the first to disappear at our bashes. Enter: This classic party appetizer that transforms the dip into a finger food option. Just spoon or pipe it into mini peppers for grub you can eat on the go. (In our case, that means on the way to grab another retro appetizer idea or swing by the bar to mix up a mocktail!)
Smoky Cheese Ball
Little feels more retro yet timeless than a fully-loaded cheese ball. Make ‘em mini or make one mondo—either way, this nutty cheese ball will draw crowds of fans at your vintage-theme party. A couple of spoonfuls of steak sauce make the “smoky” description spot-on.
Test Kitchen Tip: Mix together the cheese ball ingredients, cover tightly in plastic wrap, and freeze for up to a month to cut down on party prep time. Just thaw overnight and roll in nuts before serving.
One of the most popular recipes on BHG.com in recent years, this easy party appetizer proves that pickles will never go out of style. We’ve mashed-up the concepts of stuffed peppers and the Midwestern classic ham-and-pickle wraps into one fantastic finger food recipe. Try them with ham or turkey—or offer a mix of both for a crowd-pleasing deli spread.
Shrimp and Herby Cocktail Sauce
Just add cooked shrimp (try baking in the oven, sauteing on the stove, or grilling on a stovetop grate!). This zesty cocktail sauce is reminiscent of grandma’s favorite V8 juice, just with a kick. Crushed red pepper and horseradish do the trick, while fresh parsley, basil, and lemon brighten things up.
Mom's Ribbon Gelatin
Just like James Bond, our Test Kitchen prefers to serve martinis shaken, not stirred. So grab a bottle of gin and some St. Germain (that art deco-looking bottle of elderflower liqueur) and get the party started with this simple recipe for the most iconic cocktail ever. All that’s left to add is lime and ice.
Slow cooker appetizers are always among our entertaining go-tos, and this one tops all the rest for its vintage flair. (Psst...they simmer first on the stove, then can be kept warm all party long in the slow cooker.) Brought back into vogue by IKEA—we simply can’t make a trip to the home goods store without stopping by the cafe for an order of meatballs!—these classic party appetizers are coated in a savory, herb-infused cream sauce.
Blueberry Bundt Cake
A tube pan, such as a bundt cake, screams “1960s!” in the very best way; that’s when it burst onto the scene at the Pillsbury Bake-Off. Take the format and bring this vintage cake recipe into the 21st century with unique flavors such as cardamom, rye, and a fresh berry-citrus glaze. Boxed cake mix can’t even come close to the deliciousness.
Bananas Foster Mini Pies
First offered on restaurant menus in the 1950s, bananas foster ignited the showy dessert trend. Made with cinnamon-sugar bananas, rum, and banana liqueur, the latter two are set aflame to quickly caramelize the sugars in the fruit and sprinkled on top. We’ve invited similar flavors to the party inside these petite pies for a handheld banana dessert.
Eggnog Baked Alaska
This eggnog-spiked baked Alaska is downright decadent. To make, we're topping a decadent red velvet cake with bourbon eggnog ice cream and torched meringue. Talk about a swoon-worthy dessert.
Spinach-Artichoke Cheese Ball
No need to dunk this dip! This retro cheese ball recipe is filled with the classic flavors of artichoke dip like spinach, roasted red peppers, and parmesan cheese. Whip up this easy party appetizer in just two simple steps.