1940'S Theme Party Food Ideas

So, you’re planning a 1940s theme party and would like to have some edibles as a part of entertaining your guests. You can go the traditional route and serve some basic comfort food of the time, o consider some of these creative ideas…

(The following 1940s theme party invitation ideas are excerpts from The Ultimate 1940s Themed Event - over 30 pages of forties theme party ideas!)

Post restaurant signs around the food table (even if more than likely you won’t be charging food) as though it were a local diner. Include prices that were consistent with the 1940’s (i.e. hamburger 5 cents, soda 5 cents, etc.). It’s amazing how much food prices have gone up over the years and your guests will marvel at what a hamburger used to cost!

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Tupperware was actually invented in 1945 and became widely popular in the US. You can either use Tupperware as part of your food centerpiece or serve your food directly from Tupperware pieces!

To celebrate the United Nations creation in 1945, offer an International cuisine from around the world. Using toothpicks/Popsicle sticks, create little flags to stick in each dish that corresponds to the country they represent.

Many restaurants and other food products were released in the 1940’s including Dairy Queen’s frozen dessert, McDonald’s hamburgers, York Peppermint Patties, Cheerios, M & M’s (plain), Jr. Mints, Kellogg’s Raisin Bran. These are great to put in sampling bowls scattered throughout your party for your guests to nibble on.

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  Think ahead for photo opportunities. Your guests will have such a great time walking around in costume that they will want to remember your party in a special way. Even if you don't have much in the way of decorations, plan on ONE spot that is extra decorated (perhaps a specific corner of the room.) This would be a great place to put a personalize banner or some cool standees (see image to the left for ideas on items to include in your photo opp.) If you set your photo opp near the front door when your guests arrive, they'll also get a great 'pop' when they arrive!

Although pizza was first introduced to the US in 1890, it became HUGELY popular once the American GIs came home from overseas (Italy.) This makes for easy food to provide for your guests and once you explain why you chose pizza (aside from the fact that everyone loves pizza) they’ll be glad that you chose it for the party!

Some food items were rationed during World War II. For extra fun, choose a dish that would normally require one of these items and serve it WITHOUT that item, explaining to your guests that they'll just have to make due. After all, there I a war going on!

Visiting Coney Island was a popular destination for visiting GI's on their day leave. In honor of this popular 40's destination, offer some authentic Coney Island Hot Dogs.

Although there isn't much information as to what the US President Franklin D. Roosevelt's favorite food was, Winston Churchill was known to have loved roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with vegetables.



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Normally, in Bingo when a call space is called every player has the chance to check their board to see if they have that space labeled. If they have it on their board, they automatically get to mark it. Well, what if the players only got to mark a set number of spaces on their boards?...

Give each player 10-15 stickers (the exact number we'll let you decide based on the size of your game boards and how willing you are to allow for a non winner and the round to be played again.) These are the ONLY ways they can mark their boards. Begin by calling out a call space. If a player has that call space on their board, they have the CHOICE to either put a sticker on that space or save their sticker for a space that they are hoping to use it on. The honesty comes in when you consider the rule that once a call space is announced and moved on, the players cannot go back and put a sticker on the space…the moment has past. For the sake of your players, make sure that everyone has committed to either placing a sticker on the space or decided to save their sticker BEFORE calling out the next call space.

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