6 Vintage Pre-Made Menus to Help You Host a Classic Summer Party
Create your own swanky summer soiree with these pre-made menus straight from the vintage pages of our archive. We've thrown in 2 bonus beverage menus to pair with your menu choice! Grab your menus and become the hostess with the mostess.
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Sky-high and luscious, this torte will be the talk of your party! You can make this show-stopping dessert the day before and throw some cherries on top for the party.
Show Stopper Menu - 1952
Main Dish: Company Chicken Ring w/ Cranberry Jelly
Vegetable: Buttered Peas with Mushrooms
Salad: Grapefruit-Avocado Salad Relish Tray
Dessert: Party Torte
Nice to Serve: Hot Coffee & Salted NutsGet the Recipes
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Whip up a modern-day garden party with these make-ahead luncheon platters. Guests can pick and choose what they want from a menu that's refreshing, seasonal, and bright.
Easy & Bright Garden Menu - 1954
Main Dish: Shrimp or Tuna Mousse, Stuffed Eggs
Vegetable: Asparagus Spears with Mayonnaise
Salad: Spiced Peaches, Relish Plate
Dessert: Daisy Dream Sundae in Flowerpots Nut-Crusted CakeGet the Recipes
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Ready for a spread that's fresh, simple, and easy to eat? Most of this meal requires no cooking and can be stored in the fridge for a couple days after preparation. Colorful fruits and vegetables make each dish pop.
Make Ahead Summer Vacation Menu - 1943
Main Dish: Pressed Ham Loaf with Pickle Garnish
Vegetable: Corn Wheels Baked Stuffed Tomatoes
Salad: Bran Muffins or Rolls & Applesauce Salad
Dessert: Summer Fruit Plate
Nice to Serve: Cheese Popcorn & Potato ChipsGet the Recipes
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Serve a relaxed backyard dinner with only 3 serving dishes! Put your backyard fireplace or grill to work with this go-to summer menu.
Backyard BBQ Menu - 1950
Main Dish: Veal Birds
Vegetable: New Potatoes with Peas & Glazed Carrots
Salad: Green Salad Bowl with French Dressing
Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake or Fruit Basket
Nice to Serve: Iced Tea & Hot CoffeeGet the Recipes
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Enjoy all the classic foods of summer – chicken, berries, sweet corn, crisp green vegetables – you can't go wrong!
Summer Classic Menu – 1950
Main Dish: Fried Chicken & Cream Gravy
Vegetable: Corn on the Cob, Butter Pats
Salad: Summer Salad with French Dressing & Hot Rolls
Dessert: Fresh Peach Sherbet
Nice to Serve: Jellied Consomme Wafers & Iced CoffeeGet the Recipes
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Imagine the smell of coffee brewing, T-bones sputtering on the grill and fresh tomatoes right out of the garden. No fancy trimmings needed, this go-to menu is all about the food.
The Great Outdoors Menu – 1948
Main Dish: Grilled Steaks
Vegetable: Corn on the Cob, Butter Squares
Salad: Whole Tomatoes, French Dressing, and Garlic French Bread
Dessert: Big Wedges of Chilled Watermelon
Nice to Serve: Coffee, Iced Tea with LemonGet the Recipes
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Get these iced up beverages to complement your summer party. These will look twice as 'cool' and taste twice as good. Add a touch of shimmer with some ice!
Ice Cold Summer Beverages – 1957
Perfect Iced Tea with Lemon Wedges
Ruby Refresher (Zingy Cranberry Punch)
Frosty Fruit Tea (Orange and lemon Punch)
Banquet Punch (Fresh fruit & bitters)Get the Recipes
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Refreshing drinks with a dash of flair – enjoy these cool drinks in unique serving ware. Mix and match your favorites with your summer menu.
Tall & Swanky Beverages – 1955
Triple Orange Cups (Sherbet Fizzer)
Chocolate Malted Milk (Ice Cream Dessert)
Cranberry Punch (Sparkle and tang)
Lemon Zingo (bubbly lemon fresco)
Apricot Float (Ice cream drink)
Fruitti-tutti Ginger Ale
Pink Cherry SodasGet the Recipes