I love a good party. Even more, I love to host a good party. I think my love started when I was a kid and my parents would entertain. Us kids were allowed to say hello to all the adults, maybe grab a small plate of food, then were banished to our bedrooms. Not that I really wanted to hang with the grownups, but I could tell from the sounds and smells coming from downstairs, they were having fun.
Now that I am an adult, I have hosted my fair share of parties, but recently I wanted to get back to my roots and have an old school party like my parents would have hosted. So I rang up my mom for inspiration, what food did you prepare, what drinks did you serve, what games did you play? Now armed with a menu straight out of 1982, I went to work.
What seems contradictory, is the memory I have about the 80s, and the food I was about to prepare. For me, women of the 80s were beautiful, all that makeup and big hair, everyone was so glamorous. And ladies were staying fit thanks to folks like Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons. But in reality, there was not a single appetizer that did not include either cream cheese, some type of meat, or preferably both. I guess all the jazzercise paid off.
In the end my menu for the evening consisted of sausage balls, mini ham sandwiches, pigs in a blanket and bourbon slush. In addition I made baby quiches, because I felt we needed at least one meat free dish, as well as pimento cheese, because it is my new favorite. The best part is that our guests got in on the actions when I told them the theme. They all offered to bring blast from the past type dishes as well, sweet and spicy meatballs, cheese fondue with all the fixings, and 2 desserts: pineapple upside down cake and lemon Bundt cake. Can you say yum?
So now that the menu was set, I really wanted to find a good game to play. My mom said they typically would have played cards, in particular Euchre. Personally I am not a fan of Euchre (may be because I never really got the hang of it) and I wanted something a bit more interactive. Luckily for me I played the perfect game with my family over Christmas, Telestrations. This game is part Telephone, part Pictionary and full on fun.
Old School Night finally arrived, and it could not have been a better night. C. Smith set up a playlist of late 70’s, early 80’s hit to compliment the theme, our guests arrived and we were able to socialize while we nibbled on appetizers and sipped a few cocktails. The great thing about this group of friends is that they are fun loving and funny…turns out really funny. Once I pulled out the game, I never stopped laughing. I am not sure if it was because their artistic talent was missing, or because their guesses were so off the wall, and I am not sure I care either way, because it was truly side splitting fun. The one thing I am sure of, is there will be an Old School Night part II.