How to Throw a #TBT Party

Plan a potluck inspired by the internet's hottest hashtag, Throwback Thursday! Rach and her celeb chef friends show you how.
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Everyone loves a blast from the past! Rach asked some of her best pals to bring over dishes that inspired their love of cooking. Ask the same of your friends, then follow these easy tips for hosting your own Throwback Thursday potluck.

Michael Symon

"Whenever we had a party, my mom made keftedes," says Symon, of the tender, bite-size lamb mealballs. Now the Iron Chef has a family of his own, and he carries on the tradition. "I make them for every party I have."

Michael Symon

Michael Symon's Greek Meatballs

"When I smelled them cooking, I knew something fun was about to happen," Chef Symon says of these keftedes.

Michael Symon's Greek Meatballs

Michael Symon's Greek Meatballs

Pick a hashtag!

Give your shindig a hashtag, write it on a bunch of note cards and place them around your party. That way, you can check out everyone's fun pics all in one place. #noproblem

Michael Schlow

Ken Oringer

Ken Oringer has made his name as a fine-dining chef, but his first love was Mexican food -- specifically, old-school hard-shell tacos. "It's something I remember to this day, and Mexican food is still my favorite."

Ken Oringer

Ken Oringer's Hard-Shell Tacos with Turkey Chile Verde

Ken's taco recipe, made with tomatillo-turkey chili and all the fixings, is an updated ode to his youth.

Ken Oringer's Hard-Shell Tacos with Turkey Chile Verde

Ken Oringer's Hard-Shell Tacos with Turkey Chile Verde

DIY Photo Booth!

All you need to set up a photo booth at your party is a smartphone, a backdrop and some silly props. Tell guests to hashtag their portraits and selfies!

DIY Photo Booth!

Katie Lee

"For the very first dinner party I ever threw, I made beef Stroganoff," says Katie Lee. She was only 12 years old. Though Lee had never had Stroganoff, "I probably thought it sounded exotic."

Katie Lee

Katie Lee's Beef Stronganoff

For Rach's potluck, Lee made a version with braised chuck, which stands up better to reheating than the original sirloin.

Katie Lee's Beef Stroganoff

Katie Lee's Beef Stroganoff

Rach & John

"The first dish I made was a lasagna roll-up with Gorgonzola sauce and asparagus for my mom for her birthday," says Rach. Lasagna is still her ultimate party dish, and Rach's cheesy #TBT rendition is made with butternut squash and sage. While she's on dinner duty, John's in charge of the drinks.

Rach's Butternut Squash & Escarole Lasagna

Rach usually makes this dish with dried no-boil pasta sheets. "They work great for super-quick assembly."

Rach's Butternut Squash and Escarole Lasagna

Rach's Butternut Squash & Escarole Lasagna

John Cusimano's Apple Smack

John's Calvados-spiked apple smack is like a fun, sophisticated upgrade of an appletini -- he uses cider and makes his own apple vodka!

John Cusimano's Apple Smack

John Cusimano's Apple Smack

Sunny Anderson

For Sunny Anderson, a Southern meal isn't complete without collard greens. "The soul-food trifecta is macaroni and cheese, chicken and greens," she says. And it was her vegetarian collards that kick-started her career in food.

Sunny Anderson

Sunny Anderson's Vegetarian Collard Greens

Anderson's meat-free, tomato-studded side dish -- one of the first she'd make on Cooking for Real -- was born after her non-pork eating co-workers begged for the traditional Southern side dish.

Sunny Anderson's Vegetarian Collards

Sunny Anderson's Vegetarian Collards

Adam Perry Lang

A favorite dish from Adam Perry Lang's childhood is potato chip chicken -- fried chicken with a straight-from-the-snack-aisle coating that was one of his Grandma Ruthie's signatures. "It felt like I was getting away with eating something naughty for dinner," he says.

Adam Perry Lang

Adam Perry Lang's Potato Chip Chicken

The real secret weapon to this dish is a generous dose of black pepper. "Potatoes and salt are delicious, but the smoky heat of black pepper is what really makes it pop," says Perry Lang.

Adam Perry Lang's Potato Chip Chicken

Adam Perry Lang's Potato Chip Chicken

Raid Your Photo Albums!

Ask guests to email you old pics of themselves before the party -- bonus points if they're food related. Tack twine to a wall and clip on print-outs of the photos with clothespins, or set up a monitor that plays a slideshow all night long. Guests will have a ball guessing who's who!

Raid Your Photo Albums!

Michael Schlow

Michael Schlow recalls a mishap he had at his first restaurant job out of culinary school while making the flambéed tableside dessert, bananas Foster. "To this day, I don't know what happened. The flaming sauce got all over the tablecloth and lit it on fire. Somebody had to come over with a fire extinguisher. It was very humbling."

Michael Schlow

Michael Schlow's Bananas Foster

For this version, Schlow skips the tableside pyrotechnics and lights up the dish in the kitchen.

Michael Schlow's Bananas Foster

Michael Schlow's Bananas Foster

Send 'Em Home with #TBT Favors!

Pick up some vintage cookbooks from a local thrift store to give away as throwback-worthy mementos of the party. Who knows -- the retro recipes may inspire your next #TBT bash!

Send 'Em Home with #TBT Favors!

It's #TBT Fun All Month Long!

Because once a week isn't enough, RachaelRayMag.com is celebrating Throwback Thursday every day this month. We'll be running retro recipes on our blog and Pinterest and old pics of dozens of our favorite chefs (#TBTchefs!) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check out all the old-school madness by following #RRTBT and #TBTChefs. And don't forget to tag your own takes on the trend.

It's #TBT Fun All Month Long!