Earlier this month I turned 40.
And, I celebrated in style with
a retro 1970’s Dinner Party. You can see where we celebrated here.
I had researched seventies inspired food on Pinterest (of course) and asked friends, family and Facebook for ideas… and came up with the
I was also pleased to join up with Morrisons who
provided some of the dishes for each course to prove that having a themed dinner party for a big birthday can be
easy – to cook and on the pocket.
The 70’s is a big fashion
trend this season and looks set to continue into Autumn/Winter too – so it seems we were
not only retro, but on trend too!
|We kicked of the party with some retro snowballs.
(Warnicks Advocaat, lemonade, a squeeze of lime and finished with a cocktail cherry)
|A table of 1970’s inspired canapés….|
|No 1970’s party is complete without some Quiche – Morrisons From the Deli Quiche Lorraine tasted so good it almost passed for homemade.|
|Totally retro but still one of my favourite party canapés even now – cheese & pineapple and cheese & pickled onions on cocktail sticks|
|Abigail’s Party…sort of!|
After cocktails, canapés and some 1970’s lounge music we moved onto the main event…
|With my girls…none of us are really big fans of dressing up but we all got in the spirit and donned our maxi dresses, Carmen rollers and electric blue eyeliner…|
|The boys even got in on the 1970’s act too…with a little help from the girls in some cases!|
I had set the table using a table cloth I had found on Esty – which although I got for the party – I actually really love the pattern so have been using it in the kitchen now too.
|We did break open the Mateus Rose which I picked up in Morrisons for £5 …. I really wanted to like it!|
|Tomato soup – it had to be Baxters.|
By this point we were all quite full but we couldn’t end a 1970’s inspired dinner party without some dessert.
|In the end I had my Birthday Cake made by a professional. I found a lovely bakery called Jempson’s. The cake looked exactly as I had hoped – like the ones I had at my nan and granddad’s house at Christmas time.|
|We cracked open the Babycham…|
|and, although I got to use my vintage Babycham glasses it was far to sweet for me!|
We rounded of the night with some coffee and After Eights…before we changed the music to 1970’s Disco with all my faves (Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, Abba and Fleetwood Mac).
|I knew my nan’s vintage J & G Meakin coffee set would come in handy one day. I have loved this set since I was a child when it used to sit in my grandparents glass cabinet.|
|Of course no after-dinner coffees would be complete without a mint…these are still one of my favourite chocolates and I always have a box at Christmas.|
** MASSIVE SPECIAL THANKS TO **
Morrisons for the 1970’s Party Food – it rocked!
John Pocock Photography – for the fab pictures and having not one, but two stylists nagging you!
Monsoon for my dress – I knew I would get to wear it one day!
And, of course my husband and friends – for Everything! From the cooking, sorting the music, washing up, the memories on the door and for making it a special night to remember …oh, what a night!!