Dinner & A Movie: Viva Las Vegas

To kick off our monthly dinner and a movie night for 2020, we went with something fun – Viva Las Vegas from 1964 starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret.  Although we have watched this movie multiple times, when we saw that it was on demand on Turner Classic Movies, we couldn’t resist. You really can’t go wrong with an Elvis movie. Throw Ann-Margret in the mix and it’s a definite winner!

For our menu, we went with all picky foods. Cocktail parties were big in the 60’s so it felt like the right thing to do.

Movie: Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Cocktail: Gin Punch

This was really tasty. Of course we had to cut it down a million times as it was just the two of us, but if you’re looking for a new party punch recipe for a crowd give this one a try. I just took it from this pic I found on Pinterest.


  • Asparagus wrapped in puffed pastryThis is the recipe I used (I substituted fontina for the brie) and they were delicious.
  • Lipton classic onion dip – While doing my research for popular recipes of the 60’s, I found this super easy dip was a party staple. I just served it up with some veggies and crackers.
  • Mini vegetable egg rolls and cheese & onion puffs. I didn’t make either of these, I picked some up that I found in the frozen food section at the grocery store. At first I felt like I was cheating, but then I remembered that this is all about having fun and trying one or two new recipes not making a five course meal!

This was a lot of fun to do and can’t wait to start planning out the next one!

P.S. In all of my research, I came across this book and now I need it! It just looks so fun. I did find it online, but am hoping to come across it in an antique mall or used book store. Lets see how long I can hold out before I just order it on eBay😂.


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