Monday, January 2, 2012

1970's Disco and Fondue Party


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





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  

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


Other Sources:
Source: (brady bunch photo) (good times JJ photo) (Saturday Night Fever)

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