1980s-Themed Dinner and Drinks Menu: A Retro Party Delight


Welcome to our totally rad 1980s-themed dinner party! This evening, we'll take a trip down memory lane with a menu inspired by the iconic flavours and dishes of the decade. Whether you're nostalgic for the 80s or experiencing it for the first time, this menu is sure to make your party a blast. So, put on your neon leg warmers, crank up the synth-pop, and get ready for a night of delicious fun!

Embracing the 1980s Culinary Scene

The 1980s were a vibrant decade for food and drink, characterized by bold flavours, convenience foods, and a blend of traditional and innovative dishes. The era saw the rise of microwave meals, finger foods, and elaborate desserts, making it perfect for a party menu that's both thematic and convenient for guests.

Appetizers: A Taste of the 80s

  1. Pizza Rolls:
    • Ingredients: 1 can refrigerated pizza dough, 1 cup marinara sauce, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup pepperoni slices.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 375°F. Roll out pizza dough and spread marinara sauce evenly. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices. Roll up the dough and cut into 1-inch slices. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
  2. Stuffed Mushrooms:
    • Ingredients: 1 lb mushrooms (stems removed), 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup cream cheese, 2 cloves garlic (minced), 2 tbsp parsley (chopped).
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, garlic, and parsley. Stuff each mushroom cap with the mixture. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until golden and bubbly.

Main Courses: Classic 80s Delights

  1. Sloppy Joes:
    • Ingredients: 1 lb ground beef, 1 small onion (chopped), 1 green bell pepper (chopped), 1 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to taste, hamburger buns.
    • Instructions: In a skillet, cook ground beef, onion, and bell pepper until beef is browned. Drain fat. Stir in ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns.
  2. Chicken Kiev:
    • Ingredients: 4 boneless chicken breasts, 1/2 cup butter (softened), 2 cloves garlic (minced), 1 tbsp parsley (chopped), 1 cup breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 2 eggs (beaten), 1/2 cup flour.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix butter, garlic, and parsley. Shape into a log and freeze until firm. Flatten chicken breasts and place a piece of butter in the centre. Roll up and secure with toothpicks. Dredge in flour, dip in beaten eggs, and coat with breadcrumbs mixed with Parmesan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and cooked through.

Sides: Perfect Complements

  1. Tater Tots:
    • Ingredients: 1 bag frozen tater tots, salt to taste.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 425°F. Spread tater tots on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until crispy. Sprinkle with salt before serving.
  2. Caesar Salad:
    • Ingredients: 1 head Romaine lettuce (chopped), 1/2 cup Caesar dressing, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, croutons.
    • Instructions: In a large bowl, toss Romaine lettuce with Caesar dressing. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and top with croutons.

Desserts: Sweet 80s Treats

  1. Neon Cupcakes:
    • Ingredients: 1 box white cake mix (plus ingredients needed for mix), neon food colouring, 1 can vanilla frosting, assorted neon sprinkles.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven and prepare cake mix according to package instructions. Divide batter into bowls and add different neon food colourings. Fill cupcake liners with layers of coloured batter. Bake as directed. Frost with vanilla frosting and decorate with neon sprinkles.
  2. Neon Jell-O Parfaits:
    • Ingredients: 2 boxes Jell-O (various flavours), 2 cups boiling water, 2 cups cold water, whipped cream, fruit for garnish.
    • Instructions: Prepare Jell-O according to package instructions. Pour into glasses in layers, allowing each layer to set before adding the next. Top with whipped cream and fruit garnish.

Cocktails: Iconic 80s Drinks

  1. Wine Coolers:
    • Ingredients: 1 bottle white wine, 1 cup soda water, 1/2 cup fruit juice (peach, berry, or orange), fruit slices for garnish.
    • Instructions: In a pitcher, mix white wine, soda water, and fruit juice. Serve over ice with fruit slices.
  2. Blue Lagoon:
    • Ingredients: 1 oz vodka, 1 oz blue curaçao, 4 oz lemonade, lemon slices for garnish.
    • Instructions: In a shaker, mix vodka, blue curaçao, and lemonade. Pour over ice in a glass and garnish with lemon slices.


A 1980s-themed dinner party is a perfect way to relive the vibrant and eclectic flavours of the decade. With these menus and drink ideas, you can create an authentic and engaging atmosphere that will transport your guests back in time. Enjoy the fun, the nostalgia, and most importantly, the delicious food and drinks!


Can I prepare these dishes in advance? Yes, many of these items can be prepared ahead of time, allowing you to focus on hosting during the party.

Are there non-alcoholic options for 80s cocktails? Absolutely! You can create 'mocktails' using similar ingredients minus the alcohol, like a lemonade version of the Blue Lagoon.

How can I cater to dietary restrictions with an 80s menu? Offer a variety of dishes, including vegetarian options like stuffed mushrooms, and clearly label any potential allergens.

What's the best way to serve the food at an 80s-themed party? Buffet-style serving works well, allowing guests to mingle and eat as the evening progresses.

How can I make the party more interactive with the food and drinks? Consider incorporating 80s trivia games and music-related challenges to make the party more interactive. Another idea is to create themed stations where guests can try different cocktails and snacks. Including fun facts about the 80s at each station can spark conversations and enhance the party experience.