Thru The Decades
(New York, US)
For my Mother-in-law's 70th birthday party I decided to go thru the decades as far as food and drinks.
The party was at my house and we had about 25 people in attendance.
I set up 3 different tables, one for drinks, one for food and the other for a dessert buffet table. The colors I used were black, white and red. The tablecloths on all tables were black and all the serving dishes were white. I had red roses as centerpieces.
The food, drinks and desserts will take you thru the decades. I did tons of research to achieve this.
My MIL was born in 1941. I had 2 different food/drink/dessert from each decade starting with the 40's and a little history/information of each food. So for instance:
The bellini was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani in 1948. I made a card with information about the bellinis in front of the 'bellini station' and instructions to make them.
In 1948 Mc Donald's invented the drive-thru window. So I had hamburgers/cheeseburgers from Mc Donalds,again, with information/history of the food.
The piña colada was invented in 1954 at the Hilton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, so I made piña colada cupcakes.
Canapes were also invented in the 50s.
From the 60's I had pig in a blanket and Swedish meatballs.
From the 70's I had a veggie platter and Dunkin Donuts munchkins.
From the 80's I had Ben & Jerry ice cream and chicken Francese.
From the 90's I had Jones soda and Nutella Chocolate chip cookies.
From the 2000's I had cake pops and oreo truffles.
Everyone thought it was a great way to incorporate the age.
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Matt James is a professional event planner and owner of event agency Left Field Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, and Elvis Costello & Diana Krall. Since 2004, Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year.