The summer of 2010 was a milestone for my husband and me; we both turned 40 years old. Rather than wear ourselves out blowing up black balloons we decided to hold a fun-filled, nostalgic celebration with friends and family. We asked everyone to dress in a costume reminiscent of the 1970’s, 80’s or 90’s, and we were thrilled when most of our guests complied with hilarious get-ups and hairdo’s.
Our menu was inspired by our own childhood favorites from the 70’s: cheese fondue, Ritz crackers with Easy Cheese and a Budding ham cheese ball, Ruffles potato chips with Lipton sour cream and onion dip, pigs in a blanket, mini pizzas on English muffins, deviled eggs, cocktail meatballs, and vegetables with Hidden Valley Ranch dressing. We served Tang and RC Cola to wash it down, and dessert was a large sheet cake adorned with peace signs and yellow happy face symbols.
For entertainment we divided men and women into two teams and played a simplified version of 1980s Trivial Pursuit, using questions my husband had carefully chosen ahead of time for a humorous blast-from-the-past. We also “roasted” ourselves by interspersing several little-known questions about our past with funny multiple-choice answers among the other questions. Everyone had a great time and learned more about us through questions relating to our childhood, teenage years, dating relationship, family lore and little known weird trivia.
Whenever someone answered a question correctly they won a prize reminiscent of the era, such as a carton of Jiffy Pop, a Chef Boy R Dee Pizza mix, a Whatchamacallit candy bar, or a package of Pop Rocks. Favorite prizes included a Richard Simmons VHS tape, old record albums, and favorite childhood books such as Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy mysteries.