Thursday, August 30, 2012

Retro Themed BBQ

Looking for some last minute ideas for Labor Day?  How about a Retro Themed BBQ?

It's a great excuse to pull out your fav vintage garb and enjoy a day out in the sun.  Here are my top 5 tips to make your Retro Themed BBQ a hit:

1.  Set the Scene
  • Put out a gingham tablecloth (nobody will mind if it's plastic).
  • Decorate with some colorful pinwheels to add a little fun. 
  • Make sure the music playlist matches the theme - maybe throw in some songs from the Beach Boys or the Monkees?

 2.  Keep the Menu Simple and Traditional
  • Burgers and hotdogs were popular then and are popular now.
  • For sides use the old classics like corn on the cob, baked beans, coleslaw or potato salad.
  • Treat guests to cherry pie for dessert.

3.  Drinks Should Stay in Theme
  • Spring for the bottled Coca-Cola.
  • Keep beer American - think Budweiser or PBR.   
  • Try to get your hands on a vintage cooler to hold the drinks.
  • Find a large punch bowl and mix up some vodka pineapple punch.

4.  Provide Some Unique Fun
  • Set up a game of horseshoes, badminton or croquet.
  • Ask guests to bring their baseball gloves and get a game of catch going.

5.  Most Importantly, Dress the Part!
  • Maybe try a vintage floral dress.
  • As a hostess, you may even want to throw on a cute vintage style apron to add a little pizazz and keep the food off of your clothes.
  • Top the outfit off with a cute retro summer hat or head scarf and you'll be sure to look glamorous!

No comments:

Post a Comment