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A Retros Sixties Cocktail Party

by Eva Pasco

A Retros Sixties Cocktail PartyWe often venture through the rabbit hole from inside  Alice’s Looking Glass, tunneling through Sixties television, music, fashion, games, and gadgetry. Though I was just a child during dawn’s early light of that era, I’ve gathered my wits about me to conjure what it must have been like to attend an adult cocktail party stacked with 45 rpm singles or 33 rpm albums on the stereo…It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to…(Lesley Gore, 1963).   

 

Zoom in to harvest gold or avocado green kitchen appliances. Note the Tupperware containers on the counter which will come in handy for storing leftovers. Enter the hip contemporary living room where you can snare a space on a curved orange sofa able to accommodate four. Let the party begin as we swirl and swivel our Vodka gimlets while balancing a Melmac plate on one knee—those lightweight, unbreakable, plastic dishes were a godsend, weren’t they?  

 

As pot luck will have it, a banquet is spread before us:  

 

Chex Mix

  

Jello salad

  

Ambrosia salad

  

Watercress salad with Green Goddess dressing

  

Shrimp cocktail in a glass

  

Stuffed mushrooms

  

Gherkins wrapped inside a cream-cheese-slathered slice of salami held together with toothpicks

  

Rolled up cold cuts

  

Prosciutto wrapped melon

  

Cherry tomatoes stuffed with tuna

  

Celery stuffed with cream cheese

  

Cocktail franks

  

Cheese fondue

  

Mini meatballs cooked and served in an electric skillet

  

Deviled eggs

  

Lipton onion soup mix or Velveeta for dipping Bugles and Ruffles

  

Casserole made with Campbell’s condensed cream of mushroom, celery, or chicken soup

  

Ritz crackers with standby canned cheese  

 

Desserts: Impossible Pie, Impostor Pie made with Ritz crackers, and Wacky Cake.  

Since the early Sixties were a throwback to the late fifties, many housewives hustled and bustled in the kitchen, proud as June Cleaver, to preside over cocktail parties held together by toothpicks and molded with Jello. Many a fond memory was culled by fonduing, inspiration for the “no double dipping rule.” Bidding you a fondue adieu. 

 

 

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