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24 retro dinner party recipes and dessert ideas

Whether you're hosting a retro-themed dinner party or you just feel like taking your family on a trip down memory lane, these timeless recipes are worth holding onto. We've got all the classic savoury starters like prawn cocktails and easy-to-make cheese balls. There's also main meal ideas like our beef Wellington recipe and traditional quiche Lorraine. Then, finish up with one of our old-school desserts... Black forest cake or chocolate bombe Alaska, anyone? Let's get cooking.

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    Perfect potato salad

    Give this classic European salad a try with this easy recipe and enjoy the fresh pieces of parsley, mint and potato smothered in rich mayonnaise.

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    Lobster mornay

    It's up there with devils-on-horseback and prawn cocktail for its retro-style status but nevertheless, this Lobster mornay by Woman's Day is a delicious throwback to the past.

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    Classic trifle

    Individual layers of cake, custard and jelly make up this lovely English dessert. Refrigerate for at least three hours before serving, to allow all the elements set.

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    Mustard beef crostini

    A few slivers of thinly sliced rare beef dolloped with some mustard horseradish, atop a baby spinach covered crispy base and you have a delicious and eye catching hors-d'oeuvre.

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    Chicken kiev

    This chicken kiev recipe is the perfect family meal - nourishing, warm and delicious! Even the fussiest of eaters will be licking their plates clean!

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    Duck breast in sticky orange sauce

    A modern take on the traditional French dish duck a l'orange. It's easy to make to 'wow' your guests at your next dinner party ... or serve as a special dinner for your loved ones.

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    Easy cheese ball

    Whip up this savoury cheeseball for your next dinner party - it makes a great addition to a platter of crackers and crudité.

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    Chocolate and cherry bombe alaska

    Sweeten up the festive season with this decadent chocolate cherry bombe alaska! The perfect dessert to share with family or friends.

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    Prawn, avocado and potato cocktail

    The unbeatable combination of fresh prawns, golden chat potatoes creamy avocado and a homemade cocktail sauce makes this dish the perfect starter for a warm Summer dinner.

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    Vanilla bean custard tart

    This creamy, nutmeg-kissed custard tart is delicious served with stewed blueberries.

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