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Party Food of the 1950s

Between breakfast snacks, lunchtime apps, and delicious desserts, party food hasn't changed much over the years. Here are a few of our favorites from the fabulous '50s—and their modern interpretations.

Hot Cross Buns

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Hot cross buns! One a penny, two a penny. Hot cross buns! These plump, little rolls, brimming with currants and cinnamon and topped with handmade frosting, are an Easter classic. But they can warm up any morning gathering—perfect for an early tailgate.

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Casual Cheese Trays

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In the 1950s, serving platters and wicker baskets were filled with cream cheese logs, aged Parmesan, and soft Camembert, among others. The Dutch lunch was a particular favorite—featuring jolly Edam, nutty Swiss, and zesty blue cheese with ham slices, rye bread, and horseradish dip. Spread over crisp wafers or paired with juicy fruit, a cheese tray is one tradition that's sure to never go out of style.

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Creamy Avocado Dip

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This classic, creamy avocado dip is the ideal match for chips, crackers, and veggies alike. Give your go-to sour cream-and-onion dip a break, and bring back this refreshing retro dish at your next backyard barbecue.

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Pepper Pinwheels

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Dressed up party sandwiches like these rolled pepper pinwheels were the star of the refreshment table at afternoon teas, bridal showers, and wedding receptions. These fancy finger sandwiches are still a regular at picnics and luncheons, but they're wrapped in thin tortillas instead of white bread for easier assembly.

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BBQ Shish-Ka-Bobs

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Need an easy plate for your next neighborhood barbecue? These tangy skewers were a fan favorite among families for their quick cook time and delicious taste. Make them your own using your favorite veggies—whether that's mushrooms, peppers, or potatoes.

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Pig-in-a-Poke Canapés

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All cozied up in fluffy biscuit dough, the 1950s version of pigs-in-a-blanket hasn't changed throughout the years. All you need is a roll of dough and mini cocktail weenies, and you're ready to go.

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Pineapple Blitz Torte

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What's not to love about luscious, nut-crusted meringue and delicate sponge cake, double decked with crushed pineapple and whipped cream filling? This dessert is definitely a crowd-pleaser. Depending on your taste, try swapping the walnuts in the original recipe for shaved almonds.

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Ice Cream Parlour Fudge Sundae

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Shake up your ice cream bar with an authentic sundae station, complete with toppings and fudge Mondae sauce. With just a scoop, you'll be transported back to a classic '50s diner.

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