Retro Game Night Party – Throwback fun with friends!

Looking for something fun to do with a few friends or a small gathering? Plan an unplugged evening of retro food, fun and games (board games, group card games like poker, ‘party’ games, billiards, even ping pong). It can be as easy as a pot of chili or veggie soup, beers and Trivial Pursuit to a mysterious formal dinner party, and a rousing game of ‘Clue‘ in the Billiards room.

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Go as far down the “let’s get authentic”, era-themed path as you’re inclined (or not if you want to keep it low key). Pick a game or two and let the era those games were most popular suggest a fun food and beverage menu. Everything you need to know –from most popular cocktails, to favorite recipes, to fashions of the day, can be determined easily with a few internet searches. Most everything bleeds over several eras or makes a resurgence in several eras so don’t get nitpicky. Conversely, if you have a favorite retro era, find out what games were popular at that particular time period and let that be the game of the evening.

If you’re stepping back to the 50-60’s, pull out a couple of Mom’s old cookbooks, raid her recipe box or head to the library for some hip recipes. Going back even further? Try internet searches for recipes popular at the turn of the century or the ‘roaring twenties’. Another idea on the food, is to ask everyone to bring an era-appropriate dish for a fun (and easy on you) potluck dinner. Also run searches for popular cocktails and beverages.

Miss Party has been thinking a MadMen/Rat Pack-esque 50s Poker night would be some serious fun. Martini or canapĂ©, anyone? Ooh, how about a 1920’s Bunco Parlor speakeasy –now that sounds like the bee’s knees! Sometimes you want to really get into it and go all out, sometimes it’s nice to keep it easy. The other night it was an excellent bottle of wine, snacks and a competitive game of Scrabble. They’re all good! Got any ideas for your game night?

(Miss Party has several posts related to a 50s MadMen-style party, from menu to decor.)

‘Indigo Island’ Summer Party – A boho-chic beach vibe for cocktails & apps!

‘Indigo Island’ summer cocktail party is more of a vibe than a theme which is all that’s really needed to set a casual tone for your guests. A summery-feeling invitation preps guests for a relaxed evening of cocktails and apps (ask your guests to bring an appetizer to share) and lets them know dress is ‘outdoor casual’.

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As you can see, this party’s decor focuses on a relaxed boho-beachy feel, highlighted indigo-Shibori dyed linens and mainly works with shades of blue and white. Miss Party is all about blue and white this year and couldn’t get enough of that combination. A few months before the party date, Miss Party prepped the indigo-dyed Shibori table linens you see throughout the party pics. It was a fun DIY project (see DIY post) that was well worth the time and effort as the linens have been used multiple times after the party.

Gather shells of all sizes from your own personal collection or buy bags of shells in home good stores. Shells, obviously are needed in a fair quantity to suggest the beachy feel of this theme. Also look for oversized resin shells to get the look of real ‘trophy’ shells for less. Sandblasted glass candleholders and votives in soft blues and greens suggest a beautiful beach glass look which adds to your party theme’s decor but also double for mood-setting ambient light. Don’t forget to collect lots of pretty pillar candles for outdoor lanterns and citronella candles, too. Cafe lights strung over the patio space is a real bang for your buck that you can enjoy all season. Can’t have too much ambient light sources for an outdoor evening party.

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Miss Party really wanted to emphasize the summery blue and white color scheme with a few shots of green here and there so she pulled out blue and white china, cut blue hydrangeas for vases, used hand-dyed blue and white linens (see DIY posts on dying Shibori-style linens), used handmade denim flowers (see DIY posts) and lots of accent pillows on outdoor furniture.

DIY Indigo Shibori Table Linens – Modern to boho-chic summertime!


Miss Party is in indigo heaven and mesmerized by shibori fabrics! The ancient Japanese method of making indigo-dyed prints that are perfectly imperfect called “shibori”, has made a renewed round on the runway and interior design world. Summertime, is the perfect time to jump on board and try this fun DIY trend yourself. So what […]

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Original Mojito (By the glass or for a crowd) – Delightfully refreshing!

Las Casitas, Puerto Rico - Mojitos

The Mojito has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity and Miss Party acquired quite an affection for that mouthwatering sweet and sour flavor on a trip to Puerto Rico. She even came home and planted mint in the herb garden just to be able to make a pitcher of Mojitos over the summer at a moment’s […]

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5 Secrets to Planning the BEST EVER High School Graduation Party!

Grad Party Set Up

This is one of those milestone parties that is planned with excitement and anticipation, but also anxiety and exhaustion from everything else swirling around senior activities. No matter what everyone’s individual drama is, Miss Party encourages you to mark this happy occasion with a celebratory party. So, just how does one plan the ‘Best Ever’ […]

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‘MAD MEN’-inspired 60s Theme Party – The final season to indulge!


If you’re a ‘MAD MEN’ devotee and have secretly wanted to throw a 60s themed party (not of the hippee variety) but never got around to it all these years the show has been rocking it –now is the perfect time to do it! It’s the final season of ‘MAD MEN’ and there’s no time […]

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Canadian Clubhouse Punch – Fruity and delicious!

Don Draper would have appreciated this delicious whiskey-based punch recipe taken from a 1961 advertisement for Canadian Clubhouse Whisky. Your guests certainly will! Yield: About 2 quarts (which is approximately 12 punch glass-sized servings). The vintage atomic-shaped punch bowl pictured holds 4 quarts of liquid, so Miss Party doubled the recipe to have 1 quart […]

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3 outstanding reasons to throw a BIG pre-summer party this year!

Summer Party

1. “…I like large parties. Large parties are so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” —The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Miss Party loves this quote. The first time she read it, it took a few moments to realize the truth hiding amongst the paradoxical words. Miss Party, herself, has always preferred […]

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DIY Guest of Honor Memory Board – A quick and easy way to display pictures!

Bright and beautiful graduation party

Lots of parties honor a particular guest –grad parties, birthday parties, engagement and baby showers or retirement parties. A ‘through-the-years’ homage to the guest of honor is always a nice and thoughtful touch. If you have access to lots of good pictures showcasing the guest of honor, make a low-tech, montage memory board and/or table […]

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DIY to Living a Beautiful Life – Could it really be that simple?

Cafe in Paris

A DIY to living a beautiful life? Sounds cute, but can there really be something as simple as a DIY tutorial to teach someone how to live a beautiful life? Well, in a nutshell, that’s pretty much what I’m proposing. Years and years ago, I made it a priority to live a beautiful life in […]

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Miss Party’s misadventures in entertaining overnight guests – Part 5, Decorating


Thought those of you who’ve followed this thread of posts on updating Miss Party’s guest room, might like a peek into the room to see how it’s starting to shape up. Miss Party’s younger daughter is home from college for spring break week so this corner is about the only spot in the room fit […]

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