Firstly, an apology as this post has absolutely nothing to do with wedding cakes, or even weddings. However it does include some cupcakes, and also a lot of...urm...creativity with food. It is in fact a bit of a public service post. When I decided to have a 1980s movie themed New Years Eve party, complete with themed buffet table, I obviously thought the internet would give me all the ideas I needed. Imagine my surprise when I could find NO blog posts about 80s movies themed buffet tables? So I'm posting mine as a service to all of you out there, for the sake of internet completeness.
Before I go on, an apology for the crumby photography. I was dressed as Madonna in Desperatly Seeking Susan, and it is VERY hard to take decent photographs when you're wearing white lace gloves. How Madonna achieved so much, whilst wearing such impractical gloves, I don't know.
This buffet table was actually the first round of a quiz (we know how to party). So the challenge was: examine the buffet table, and find the 22 movies hidden within it. Then eat.
Because the photography is SO bad, here's what you are looking at:
- A bowl of roast chicken with a can of coke.
- A bowl of sausages, with some signage saying "Abe Froman, Sausage King of Chicago"
- Dips in monkey-skull shaped bowls (which I made from air-drying clay, if you are interested, although you can buy 'proper' ones on line.)
- Carrots for dipping. Labelled "Camberwell Carrots".
- Celery for dipping. Labelled "Kryptonite".
- Pate and toast. I had to reassure my guests that the pate not foie gras. No geese were harmed in the making of the pate. In this particular instance, goose hasn't died. Yes, that is a clue.
- Cheese board Stonehenge. Not real size.
- On the cheese, between two chopsticks, a small fly made of a raisin and flaked almonds.
- A trail of M&Ms...
- Chocolates, in shape of someone dramatically handsome, frozen in carbonite. You can buy the moulds for these on line.
- A pile of chocolate money and other pirate gold, watched over by a skull with one eye.
- A mountain of mince pies, with the sign "tri-county Pie Eat - barf-o-rama"
- A chocolate fondue. Which we're calling a Fire Swamp.
- Marshmallows for fondue-dipping. In the shape of the the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
- Iced cookies, in the shape of fish. In a fish bowl. Ready to be eaten. Alive.
- A display of cream eggs, slightly mutilated to look more alien.
- A bowl of popcorn, with some monster-y fingers holding the bowl and (probably) chucking it around the room.
- Jelly, made up to look like cocktails.
- Cupcakes, with a dangerous looking pot plant on the top.
- After eight mints. Wafer thin.
- Novelty bank note serviettes.
- A watermelon.
At some point in your life, you WILL need this blog post. Book mark it for later.
Answers....below. Scroll down and let me know how you scored!
The Blues Brothers. "4 fried chickens and a coke"
Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Ferris tells the doorman at the fancy restaurant that he is Abe Froman, sausage king of Chicago.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Withnail and I.
Superman II. The 2 is important. I will not accept Superman as your answer, this is a 1980s film quiz, people.
Top Gun. (Tenuous. Roll with the goose explanation).
This Is Spinal Tap.
Karate Kid. Not The Fly. The chopsticks are there for a reason!
Empire Strikes Back and/or Return of the Jedi. I will not accept Star Wars, as it's the wrong answer.
Stand by Me
A Fish Called Wanda
Aliens. Not Alien. Refer to 5.
Littel Shop of Horrors
Monty Python's Meaning of Life
I'll give you a point for the Colour of Money and/or Wall Street.