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I'm new on the buzz but I've used Allrecipes extensively for, oh my, maybe 6 years or so. I'd be lost without Allrecipes! Here's my question...I'm helping to plan a church function that is to have a 50's diner theme, food & decor. We will be serving 50 - 75 people. Does anyone have simple, economical ideas for food or decor? Our floor is a white and aqua checkboard tile but that's about all we have on hand for starters. :) We were thinking burgers, fresh cut french fries, milkshakes etc. but it turns out that renting fryers or milkshake machines is next to impossible in our area.

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Last updated: Jan. 30, 2013 8:34 pm
Posted: Jan. 30, 2013 2:54 pm
Answered by: nanny129
Jan. 30, 2013 3:04 pm
it would be make more sense to borrow(maybe from another church)to borrow chaffing dishes-- even possible with a few good larger croskpots- i will get you a website to give you some ideas- when i think diner - i think fried chicken- or meatloaf- or chicken & dumplings - chicken fried steak-salisbury steak -- if you go with fried chicken- you can serve cold-potato salad- baked beans - rolls- and like that- brb
Answered by: nanny129
Jan. 30, 2013 3:05 pm
Jan. 30, 2013 3:05 pm
great site- lots of ideas and recipes
Answered by: nanny129
Jan. 30, 2013 3:07 pm
Jan. 30, 2013 3:09 pm
Also, Kitchenetti, if you repost this as Request a Recipe (in fact, only use that option because you never know when someone will have an idea for you), we can directly post recipes to you.
gderr the dysfunctional
Jan. 30, 2013 3:16 pm
i'm not sure how the attendees feel about my suggestion, but remember the music and the fashions of the day.
Jan. 30, 2013 3:24 pm
i like how you think,Gary:-)
Answered by: Cazuela
Jan. 30, 2013 3:17 pm
I'm thinking tuna melts, root beer floats, Jell-o salads. And, yes, I agree on the meatloaf; maybe with mashed potatoes?
Jan. 30, 2013 3:25 pm
I would also suggest root beer floats instead of milkshakes, less messy and still the right feel. you might be able to order a large batch fries from a local restaurant instead of trying to make them yourself, like maybe as a catering order you could pick up. the price may or may not be worth it, you'd have to check around. as for decor, you could go to a thrift shop and pick up some old records, then hang a few in staggered lengths with fishing wire from the ceiling in strategic locations (above the food table, etc) for a 50's look. you can order large striped straws for the rootbeer floats on amazon for added flair, and also candy bars from that era could be put in apothecary jars for people to help themselves to. if the floor is white and aqua i would do pink tablecloths.
Jan. 30, 2013 3:47 pm
Our local party store has plastic wall covers for about $10. that look like an old soda shop with juke box etc. A grill would work well for burgers and you could order the "steak fries" from a grocery store deli....I know they do large orders of deep fried potato wedges for the scouting events.
Jan. 30, 2013 3:48 pm
do you have a few teenagers would could put on aprons and rollerskates to serve and wipe tables ??
Jan. 30, 2013 3:55 pm
An odd thought maybe- I went to a 50s themed party last year. They had bought a lot of the old vinyl records, large & small, from thrift & Goodwill stores, yard sales. Some from the fifties were displayed or used in centerpieces. Others from later years, they cut paper circles to cover the middle & wrote Happy Birthday there. They had melted some of the large records to form bowls for chips but I would worry about toxic fumes to do this. Search google & you tube for a ton of 50s ideas.
Jan. 30, 2013 4:01 pm
Here's an idea of candy from your time theme.
Jan. 30, 2013 4:02 pm
You could record (download) music from that era to jitterbug to! I think the bunny hop was from that era, too!
Jan. 30, 2013 4:03 pm
French Fries or steak fries are easy to bake, if you par boil them first. Then drain em for awhile, put them on an oiled baking sheet, sprinkle with kosher salt and bake at high heat for about 30 min, turning 1/2 thru. Pizza is a good idea too
Jan. 30, 2013 4:09 pm
Here are some party theme ideas!
Jan. 30, 2013 4:36 pm
for some reason sloppy joes remind me of the 70's!
Answered by: Kitchenetti
Jan. 30, 2013 6:58 pm
Wow! Thanks so much to each of you. You have given me so many good ideas. And yes, we do plan to give attention to the fashion & music of the day as well. ;)
Answered by: Thisni Caza
Jan. 30, 2013 8:34 pm
If you could find the right kind of dishes (or foil trays?) you could make up a 'dinner' that looks like a TV dinner.
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