Retro Party Food Ideas

This summer, return to simpler times with these retro-themed recipes. From root beer floats to corn dogs, these dishes are all oldies but goodies. 

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Bourbon-Cherry Slushie

All the flavors of a classic Old Fashioned cocktail are blended into this pretty-and-pink slushie, ensuring your guests have some good ol' fashioned fun.

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Strawberry Milkshake with Sugar Biscuit Topping

Fire up that jukebox — this drinkable dessert is sure to transport your guests to a 1950s soda shop and make you shake, rattle and roll with joy.

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Crostini with Melon Salsa Crudo

This twist on classic Italian antipasto combines crispy crostini slices wrapped in prosciutto with a sweet and tangy melon salsa.

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Chorizo Corn Dogs with Grainy Maple Mustard

Corn dogs have long been favored carnival fare, but Nadia G. proves you can teach old dogs new tricks with her beer-battered spicy chorizos and maple-mustard dipping sauce. Hot dawg, these are good.

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Mini Open Faced Steak Sandwiches on Garlic Bread

It doesn’t get more classic than a steak sandwich, but Bobby Flay doubles the flavor by placing juicy slices of rib-eye steak on buttery garlic bread halves drizzled with parsley oil.

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Boardwalk Dog

Kelsey’s hot dogs with homemade cornbread buns and spicy tomatillo relish are a tasty throwback to the boardwalk food carts that tantalized us as kids.

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Homemade Root Beer Float

Remember that magical moment when you first discovered that putting ice cream into root beer was actually a (very delicious) thing? Recapture that childhood bliss with Kelsey’s frothy root beer float.

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Chocolate Covered Banana Pops

This classic dessert calls for just three ingredients and offers guests a simpler (and lighter) way to get the frozen treats fix. These cool-and-crunchy treats are easy to prep in advance and serve to guests at a standing-room-only party.

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Lemon Sorbet Punch

Bobby Deen’s virgin lemon sorbet punch is a sweet way to chill out in the summer sun. Garnish with fresh raspberries for a pop of color, and you’ve got yourself one easy, breezy refreshment.

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