Retro games and foods to enjoy at home

As Spicers of Hythe enters its tenth decade and with more time being spent at home than ever before, what better time to rediscover the joy of good old-fashioned games, traditional family entertainment and retro food. Hold onto your hats as we take you on a whistle stop tour of home entertainment through the decades and how they can be recreated and enjoyed today.

Back in the roaring 1920s when Percy first opened his grocery store, entertainment may not have been as different as you may imagine. It was of course technology free but popular games included dominos, card games or chess, perhaps accompanied by classic tea and cake followed by dancing the Charleston in time to the wireless.

Then take a step back to the 1930s with a celebration of board games! Scrabble, Monopoly, The Game of Life and Snakes and Ladders all featured heavily during this time and are just as much fun today! The 1930s also saw the creation of the Eton Mess dessert – what’s changed?!

The 1940s saw children using their creativity for entertainment. Whilst board games remained hugely popular, outside many a kid was seen playing hopscotch, hide and seek, marbles or statues – followed by tea and carrot scones – a classic joy!

Play dough, cinema trips and a drive in the country were the peak of entertainment in the 1950s. Scalextric, hula hoops and Mr Potato Head were at the top of many a Christmas list and no celebration would be complete without a Spam sandwich, the exotic Coronation Chicken and perhaps the science defying baked Alaska for dessert.

The height of sophistication in the 1960s would be to enjoy a glamorous dinner party, feast upon prawn cocktail, duck a l’Orange and the newly invented health food…Angel Delight. For a more entertaining approach the 60s saw a boom in toy sales, Twister and Operation were popular creations that have stood the test of time, if you don’t want to dig the old train set/ classic batman out of the loft!

The toy of the year in 1970 was Lego and it continues to get under many a parent’s feet today! Another way to embrace the decade could be with a fabulous supper of Cheese Fondue and Lemon Meringue Pie washed down with a glass of Rose Mateus.

The 1980s may be better known for yuppies and shoulder pads, but this is the decade to thank for pizza, garlic bread, Vienetta and classic movies such as E.T., Back to the Future, Dirty Dancing, Beverly Hills Cop, Gremlins, Footloose…we could go on, but you get the idea. A retro movie night with a pizza is the best way to celebrate this decade!

By the 1990s technology was beginning to make its presence felt, Snake was getting old fashioned unless on a mobile and Super Mario on a Game Boy whilst caring for a Tamagotchi was the peek of entertainment! The decade started with Ab Fab and drinking Bollinger but ended with the introduction of the American style coffee-to-go.

Now a distant memory when the “Millennium” Bug failed to emerge and a TV was still called “the box”. However, the first smart phone didn’t emerge until 2007, before that we relied on books for information and waited for our favourite TV shows to be broadcast. Healthy foods rapidly grew in popularity during this decade, so now’s the time to sit back and enjoy a fruit smoothie and carb-free salad.

The stereotype of avocado on toast may haunt the 2010s generation evermore, but it also embraced culinary fusion and celebratory cakes grew more opulent with every year. Instant access to entertainment has become the norm with binge-watching series, instant film downloads and live-streaming of anything to your smartphone, wherever you may be.

Love it or loath it the year 2020 may be remembered as the year of Zoom parties and the challenge of recreating your favourite takeaway or fast food treat at home. Who knows what the rest of the decade has in store….

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