60’s style beach party

My friend Sheri loves all things tropical so when her girlfriends (myself included) started planning her 50th birthday party, we knew this was a starting point, but we wanted something more unique for this golden celebration. Something more than a luau or Jimmy Buffet theme. We wanted to have more fun with it and that’s how we landed on the 60’s style themed beach party.

We started planning the menu with a brainstorming session of what we ate as kids. Further research included a call to my mom to recount her food memories from that era. There was much laughing as we remembered some of these things for the first time in years. It was hard to narrow it down but the finalized menu of retro favorites ended up being:

Doritos (1966)
Bugles (1964)
French Onion Dip (1952)
Peanut M&M’s (1954)
Pringles (1968)
Certs (necessary after all the French Onion Dip) (1956)
Bottle Caps (1972)
Kraft Easy Cheese (1965)
Chicken in a Biskit Crackers (1964)
Ritz (1934)

Wonder Bread Buns (1921)
Hot Dogs
Cabbage Salad with Top Ramen
Jello Salad
Deviled Eggs
Macaroni Salad

Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Rice Krispie Treats
No Bake Cookies
Twinkies (1933)

Tab (1963)
Pepsi (in Retro Cans)
Hamm’s Beer
Rainier Beer
Miller High Life Beer (in Retro Cans)
Tang Dreamsicles  (Tang 1958)

We had our event at the only beach in our landlocked city – a sandy spot at the local reservoir. We grabbed a big grassy area and set up lawn darts, badminton, hula hoops and croquet. I labeled the different foods with sticky notes with the year that the different foods debuted which proved to be a great conversation piece.

It was a really fun day and I think everyone enjoyed the blast of the past, especially the birthday girl which was really all that counted.


About bistroonesix

I have an interest in all things food and am lucky enough to be surrounded by people that share this same passion. There’s never a shortage of inspiration or partners in collaboration. Some of my happiest memories involve big tables covered with food, plenty of wine, and extra chairs pulled up to accommodate all the friends and family. If I can help facilitate these kinds of evenings, well then I’d say this is a great hobby to have. I live in Boise, Idaho with my husband and 2 adorable cats.

One comment

  1. Sheri

    This was the perfect 50th Birthday Celebration for a tropical beach loving, baby of the 60’s! All the detail and thought that was put in to the day was amazing. Yes, the birthday girl had a fabulous time and is truly blessed and grateful for all her wonderful friends! Thank you!!!!

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