Dress up your backyard picnic with these retro recipes

When you’re not dragging your mirror there to capture the perfect selfie a la Emma Chamberlain, throwing a picnic in your backyard is a prime opportunity to spend time with your fam, get some fresh air, and test out your amaze baking skills. Summer picnics have been around forever, and there are a ton of retro recipes throughout the decades that are as delicious (and insta-worthy) as they are unique. Scroll down to see a recipe from each decade that will transform your backyard picnic into the soirée of the summer.


'50s Coconut Cream Pie

Photo: Antique Alter Ego
This picture-perfect pie promises a cool, tropical flavor, without feeling as dense as cake. Find the recipe here.


'60s Pineapple Upside-down Cake

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Fruity, bright, and colorful, this cake is sure to lift spirits and forks. Learn how to bake it here.


'70s Crunchy Chocolate Cookies

Photo: Michael Poulin

A longtime picnic favorite due to their no-mess, no-utensil nature, these crunchy cookies are sure to be a hit. View the recipe here.


'80s Striped Delight

Photo: Click Americana

Marrying chocolate pudding and whipped cream for a tasty treat that takes only twenty minutes to bake. Learn how to create it here.


'90s Caramel Apple Cheesecake

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Bringing the flavors of autumn into summer (+ is there ever enough caramel). Find the recipe here.


We hope these vintage recipes will take your picnic to the next level.


Which vintage dessert is your fave? Let us know in the comments below!


by Bailey Bujnosek | 5/24/2020