Retro Dinner Party Menus

Tea Travels!™… Retro Dinner Party Menus

by Ellen Easton ©2020  – All Rights Reserved

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I was looking for an old family photo, when I found the following two 1959 and 1960 retro dinner party menus in the album.  Read the oh-so retro selections and then check out the costs at the bottom of the menus – one could faint at the low prices.  Yes, the caterer is now out of business! For one night, forget your cholesterol count and blow caution to the wind!  These are perfect menus for a MAD MEN party!

1959 Backyard Tented Summer Dinner Dance for 50 People

Cocktail Hour Smorgasbord

BBQ Ribs
Sliced London Broil
Fried Chicken Wings
Chicken Liver & Bacon

Artichokes with Sour Cream Caviar
Cold Shrimp
Cold Lobster Tails

Dinner Menu

Assorted Dinner Rolls
Prime Rib Roast Beef with Tomato Aspic
Caesar Salad
Fresh Fruit

Vanilla Ice Cream with Fresh Strawberries & Strawberry Sauce

Barman & Bar Supplies
Chairs,, tables, yellow cloths, hurricane lamps, club soda, ginger ale
Liquor supplied by hostess

$6.50 per person = $325.00, tax $48.45

$17.00, plus extra items

Grand Total = $487.50

Early 1960 Sit Down Christmas Dinner for 20 People

Cocktail Hour Smorgasbord

Assorted Cold:

Stuffed Beets
Savory Filled Creme Puffs
Deviled Eggs
Cold Shrimp
Cold Lobster Tails

Hot Canapes Passed:
Chicken Liver & Bacon
Quiche Lorraine

Dinner Menu
Assorted Dinner Rolls & Butter
Crudit – Celery, Olives & Radishes
Roast Turkey with Cornbread Stuffing
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow Topping
Green Vegetable Platter with Stuffed Onions
Spiced Peaches
Seafood Aspic

Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie
Whipped Cream

Two tables of 10 at $14.00 per person
Plus chairs – $15.00

TA DA – Grand Total = $295.00

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Ellen Easton, author of Afternoon Tea~Tips, Terms and Traditions (RED WAGON PRESS), a lifestyle and etiquette industry leader, keynote speaker and product spokesperson, is a hospitality, design, and retail consultant whose clients have included The Waldorf=Astoria, Plaza Hotels, and Bergdorf Goodman.  Easton’s family traces their tea roots to the early 1800s, when ancestors first introduced tea plants from India and China to the Colony of Ceylon, thus building one of the largest and best cultivated tea estates on the island.

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