1920s party foods

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1920s party foods
Cake served with coffee was a popular dessert during the 1920s. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

The "Roaring 20s" is an era in American history known for speakeasies, jazz music, flappers and the Model-T. A 1920s theme makes a great idea for a party, and while it might seem difficult to find foods that fit the theme, foods that were popular during the 1920s are still common today.

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Starters and hors d'oeuvres

Savoury foods such as peanuts, pretzels and crisps were staples at speakeasies and are options that can be served at a 1920s-themed party. Other popular starters include Caesar salads, which were invented during the 1920s, shrimp patties and oyster cocktails.

Main courses

During the 1920s, international dishes such as Chinese and Italian fare were a favourite of Americans. Cooks quickly put an American spin on spaghetti and baked ziti dishes by loading them up with meatballs, spices and cheese. Additional favourite dinners included fried chicken and baked ham.


Desserts often included fruit as a main ingredient, such as pineapple upside-down cake, which was created during the 1920s. Another popular aspect of dessert was that many desserts included alcohol, even though it was illegal. Some of these desserts are rum cake, piña colada cake and Amaretto pumpkin pie. Dessert was often enjoyed served with coffee.


Prohibition outlawed the sale of alcohol, which gave rise to speakeasies and homemade spirits. Although illegal, gin and champagne were the most popular alcoholic beverages of the decade. However, prohibition gave rise to the popularity of soft drinks, such as Coca-Cola and 7-UP. Other nonalcoholic favourites included ginger ale and lemonade.

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