Monday, January 2, 2012

1970's Disco and Fondue Party

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The Foodbuzz 24x24 Food Event showcases 24 food blogger parties during a 24-hour period. I was thrilled to be featured this month!



Take a journey with me back to a decade that loved disco, fondue, bell-bottoms, Star Wars,  Six Million Dollar Man,  pet rocks and avocado green appliances.  That's right; we're taking a ride back to the 1970's!  

The 1970's spanned my childhood and some of my best memories were made during that crazy decade.  I loved  disco, my Dorothy Hamil haircut, my Slinky, drinking Tang for breakfast and watching Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days, Wonder Woman and Donnie and Marie on TV. Don't judge me....I was a kid!  : )


I wanted to reminisce about the good old days and show the kids in our family what great fun we had during a time when the fashions were loud and wild, but it was cool to say "groovy" and watch "The Brady Bunch".  So I thought what better way to showcase the 1970's than with a Disco and Fondue Party.  
 

Everyone loved the food, especially the Cheese Fondue and the Chocolate Fondue.  Yes, that's right we were "fun-doing with fondue".  We also enjoyed a few other popular 70's dishes like "I am not a Crook" Watergate Salad, Grape Jelly Meatballs and my favorite KC and the Sunshine Band Sherbet Punch. 



I pulled out some popular 1970's games like Twister and Monopoly to show the kids what we did before video games, iPods and iPhones.  The kids were a little reluctant at first because these games were simple and not high tech .  In the end, the games won the kids over because they are so much fun to play.

Once the games started, the competition was high.  Everyone was laughing up a storm and that's a wonderful thing when you have a party with ages ranging from 5 to 80.  I think these wonderful games that have withstood the test of time will definitely make an appearance at other family parties.
Now on to the Food.... 


 
The "Dy-No-Mite" Menu:
Cheese Fondue with vegetables
Chocolate Fondue with fresh fruit
Ambrosia Salad
“I am not a crook” Watergate Salad
Quiche Lorraine
Grape Jelly Meatballs
KC and the Sunshine Band Sherbet Punch
Fruit Trifle

RECIPES:
 

 

 

 

Chocolate Fondue 

 

 

Grape Jelly Meatballs


"I am not a crook" Watergate Salad

Ambrosia Salad

 

 

 

 

 

Quiche Lorraine with Spinach





KC and the Sunshine Band Sherbet Punch














Fun Facts of the 1970's:

Cost of Living 1970

How Much things cost in 1970
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 5.84%
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 5.9%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 838
Average Cost of new house $23,450.00
Average Income per year $9,400.00
Average Monthly Rent $140.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 36 cents
Shaefer Pen $9.95
United States postage Stamp 6 cents
Sports Illustrated 15 cents
Mans Westclox Watch $18.00
AMC Gremlin $1879  
Source:  http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1970.html

1970's Entertainment and Pop Culture

Some Favorite 70's TV Shows: The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, All in the Family, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Love Boat, Charlies Angels, Three's Company, Fantasy Island, Good Times, Sanford and Son,Donny and Marie Show, Sonny and Cher Show, Taxi, Soap, Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days, Dallas, Little House on the Prairie, The Odd Couple, Starsky and Hutch, Six Million Dollar Man, Bionic Woman, Welcome Back Kotter, One Day at a Time, Chico and the Man, Carol Burnett Show, Wonder Woman.

Some Favorite 70's Movies:  Star Wars, The Godfather, Jaws, Rocky, Exorcist, The Omen, Grease, Close Encounters of a Third Kind, Saturday Night Fever, Superman, Annie Hall, Apocalypse Now, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Alien, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Taxi Driver, Deer Hunter, Halloween

Some Favorite 70's Music: ABBA, Bee Gees, The Village People, Jackson 5, The Eagles, John Denver, Stevie Wonder, The Carpenters, Elton John, Carly Simon, Carole King, James Taylor,

1970's Pop Culture Fads, Trends and Events:  Atari Video Games, Pet Rocks, Lava Lamps, Farrah Fawcett Poster and Hairstyle, Mood Rings, Magic Eight Ball, Bell Bottoms, Gas Shortages, Inflation, Vietnam War, Women's Rights, The Waterbed, The Slinky Toy, The Easy Bake Oven, Etch a Sketch, Lite-Brite,  Avocado Green, Harvest Gold, Coppertone Orange appliances, roller derby and skating.

Most Popular Names of 1970's

  • Male
    1. Michael
    2. David
    3. John
    4. James
    5. Robert
    6. Christopher
    7. William
    8. Mark
    9. Richard
    10. Brian
  • Female
    1. Jennifer
    2. Lisa
    3. Kimberly
    4. Michelle
    5. Angela
    6. Maria
    7. Amy
    8. Melissa
    9. Mary
    10. Tracy

 Source: http://www.factmonster.com/spot/babynames1.html#1940

Other Sources:
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1970s
http://www.sitcomsonline.com/thebradybunch.html (brady bunch photo) 
http://www.guidespot.com/guides/my_favorite_reruns (good times JJ photo)
http://h33t.com/details.php?id=0832caaa4709802da16313b010cb8e3086011364 (Saturday Night Fever)

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30 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, how fun. I haven't had fondue in AGES!

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  2. Congrats on being chosen for the 24x24!!! This is such a fun post and you nailed it. The 70's were awesome. High school graduation, marriage, kids, new house with everything in it earth tones. You triggered tons of memories. Fantastic!!!

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  3. CONGRATS on your 24 x 24!!!!!!! And what a fun theme! I'd love some of that trifle right about now! HUGS and Happy New Year! :D

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  4. Such a creative party!!! You are so fun! We just had fondue at a party last night...love the stuff! And I got home too late to make any of your meatballs...the kids had sizzle burgers instead :)

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  5. How cool are you? What fabulous nostalgic party. I remember all of that stuff from those times. Congrats on the 24x24. Happy New Year to you.

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  6. So much fun! The only decade I liked more than the 70s were the 80s!! This looks like it was a blast. Great post with lots of excellent facts and fun stuff! Well done.

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  7. I enjoyed much more the 80's more, but 70's were in fact the best years of the last times!
    Whataa great party you had!

    Congratulations for the blog, and happiness in 2012!

    Nice to meet you,

    Renata Boechat
    www.eternosprazeres.com

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  8. This sounds like so much fun! Even with the generation I've grown up in, I can still appreciate a good board game or two :). I'm going to show this to my mother since this is will definitely elicit some nostalgia for her.
    P.S. The fondue looks like melty goodness!

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  9. congrats on the 24X24, I love themes and this one sounds so fun, I still love playing twister :)

    Happy New Years!

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  10. Congratulations on 24x24! What a fun theme :) I can almost hear them music :D

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  11. congrats on the 24 x 24
    lovely theme

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  12. This is so much fun!! Looks like everyone had a great time, and how could the food not be a hit! Hope you had a great holiday season with your family!

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  13. What a wonderful party...great theme and history! Plus a killer menu :)
    Happy New Year!

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  14. Congrats for getting featured! Great party food with 70s flair!

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  15. Congratulations on doing a 24x24 and it looks like everyone had a great time! The food is delish!

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  16. everything looks so wonderful! awesome job :) Happy New Year

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  17. What a great idea!!!!! How much fun you and your kids must have had playing twister. I think my favorite would be the KC and the Sunshine Band punch. Love it!

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  18. This is such a great theme!! I LOVE fondue too so I would have loved to have been a part of this!! Happy New year!

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  19. Ramona, this all looks incredible! Love the theme and the fondue was a great choice!

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  20. Looks like a blast! You did a great job on this! yum!

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  21. Love this post and the 70's, great post!!!

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  22. wow...very interesting post...enjoyed..
    thanks for sharing dear..
    have a fantastic 2012;)
    Tasty Appetite

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  23. What a fabulous idea for the party--really creative and fun!

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  24. Haha, what an aweosme party! :) We once had a 60s party, and lord, not all the foods were awesome. We did look great though, I was a Rolling Stones groupie and my wife a 'fro-ed Mod. ;)

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  25. Congrats on 24x fabulous 24!! Looks amazing and what a great idea!!!! Nicely done!!!

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  26. Oh my goodness what a fun night!!! I love the idea of busting out Twister!

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  27. Ramona! Congrats on being featured on 24 x 24! What an absolutely fabulous party! This was a trip down memory lane for me. I laugh and wonder how your kids liked the 'games' of that era! Your food looks outstanding! And honestly...I still love fondues...especially chocolate! What a fun party! Wish I were there! : )

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  28. Great post. Just love it. Congrats on Foodbuzz 24x24.

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  29. That must have been an awesome party!

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