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Isaboo cooperated…eventually.

The making of a magazine story takes a little magic, a little fun—and a whole lotta work. Thankfully, Rach, John, their chef besties (and Isaboo!) made the April cover story on how to throw a Throwback Thursday potluck look super easy. So, what does it take to throw the party of the year? One afternoon in a downtown loft in New York City, a bunch of folks came together—makeup artists, wardrobe consultants, photographers, editors, stylists to cook all those delicious dishes and make them look good, too—to throw a #TBT party and capture it on film. (The bathtub on set filled with ice and prosecco might have helped a little, too.) And that was before the guests even showed up!

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Everybody loves a selfie! Even top chefs like Ken Oringer, Katie Lee and Michael Symon.

The party really got started when Rach, John and their buddies—Sunny Anderson, Ken Oringer, Michael Schlow, Adam Perry Lang, Katie Lee and Michael Symon—arrived. From snapping DIY photo booth selfies to digging into Oringer's amazing hard-shell tacos and other delicious retro eats, it was getting pretty hard to tell if this was work, play or both.

But don't let us have all the fun—throw your own #TBT party! Get Rach's entertaining tips and her guests' recipes here, and post pics from your own big bash with the hashtag #RRTBT on social media. We may even repost your photos to our Instagram on—you guessed it!—Throwback Thursday.