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This Sunday, the famous and the not-so-famous alike will join 'round the tube to watch the 85th Academy Awards. Whether you're celebrating Hollywood's Biggest Night by walking the Red Carpet, throwing a gala of epic proportions for your closest friends, or huddling on the sofa with a warm slice of Mississippi Mud Pie, you'll need a menu that's befitting the occasion.

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We've created a healthy Oscar party menu you can use to feed your guests a well-themed meal. Or if you're really pulling for one film or actor (hey, Hugh Jackman!) over another, you can customize your selections with food to really set the mood. As for me and my house, I'm making a loaf of Chocolate-Hazelnut Banana Bread in honor of Les Misérables. If we're going to serve hard time for stealing bread, it'd better be awesome bread, and this treat from our October 2012 issue surely is.

See the full menu offerings here, and if you throw an Oscar party and serve some Cooking Light dishes (or better yet--*only* Cooking Light dishes), send us your photos at [email protected]! We may share them.


Throw a Star-Worthy Oscar Party!

It’s Hollywood’s Super Bowl – so if you’re throwing an Oscar party, hot wings just won’t do.

Instead of critiquing the gowns over cold pizza and nachos, check out these glam recipes that will rival what the stars are eating – or pretending to eat – at the posh post-Academy Awards bashes.

Silver Linings Playbook-Inspired Sliders
Brooke Parkhurst and James Briscione of Just Married & Cooking have created this pork tenderloin slider recipe that’s “the best of both worlds,” Parkhurst says.
RECIPE HERE

Governor’s Ball Tequila Cocktail
Yep, you can toss back the very same Patrén cocktail the stars will indulge in at the Governor’s Ball, a heady mix of Patré silver tequila, Patré Citrénage orange liqueur and blackberry and orange juices.
RECIPE HERE

Django Unchained and Life of Pi-Themed Cocktails
Brandon Lockman of Portland, Ore., hotspot Hotel Monaco has mixed up a “southern classic with a little German twist” for the Quentin Tarantino-directed film, while Ang Lee’s epic Pi gets a 𠇋right and exotic” libation.
RECIPE HERE

Beasts of the Southern Wild-Inspired Louisiana Grub
Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema is dishing up fried oyster po’ boys, hush puppies – and a wicked bathtub gin drink! – in honor of the film.
RECIPE HERE

Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty-Themed Cocktails
These recipes may have been created for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, but these tasty – and potent! – libations work just as well for your Oscar bash. Try the Honest Abe (a vodka cocktail) or Night Vision, a melon drink with ginger ale.
RECIPE HERE

Lamb Chops from Daniel Boulud’s N.Y.C. Party
If you have the time and really want to impress guests with your kitchen prowess try whipping up this French crowd-pleaser!
RECIPE HERE

Brownie Truffles from Harvey Weinstein’s Party
Indulge in the chocolate treats that Sheila G. Main will be serving at studio head Harvey Weinstein’s Oscar party!
RECIPE HERE


Food Ideas

Let’s be honest, the hardest part about throwing any party is planning the food. I think there’s a misconception that things need to be fancy for an Oscars party, but easy appetizers and hand-held treats will suffice.

Savory

There are certain appetizers that always go over well, like spinach and artichoke dip. Try out these tasty hybrid Spinach Artichoke Cups that will cut down on cleaning time. Tarts are also a good option, and these tomato ones look pretty heavenly.

If you don’t want to exercise your culinary chops, take an alternative route and jazz up normal food and make it Oscar-ready. Yes, I’m saying put your food in a tuxedo, like these adorable hot dogs.

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Still not sure what to make? Pocket Change Gourmet put together this post of 36 recipes covering appetizers to main dishes, snacks and drinks to dessert. The best part is they’re all easy and inexpensive. If you do want to cook up something a little fancier, BuzzFeed put together this post of 29 quick and easy, yet fancy appetizers that are perfect for an Oscars party.

Sweets

Again, you don’t need to spend hours baking away in the kitchen for your Oscars party. Stick with one dessert which can be as easy as sprinkling edible gold glitter on store-bought treats. You can even purchase a stockpile of movie theater candy and call it good. Movie theater candy ties in with the theme while satisfying a sweet tooth.

Nothing says the movies much like popcorn does, so you could also offer up some sweeter popcorn options in addition to the traditional, buttery snack with a full-blown popcorn bar. Or, and this might take a bit more work, but you could make these awesome popcorn cupcakes. Don’t worry, they’re marshmallows on top, although actual popcorn on a cupcake might be the ultimate sweet and salty combo!

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How to Host an Oscar Cocktail Party Fit for the Stars

The 2020 Oscars are nearly here, and while they’re forgoing a host for the second year running, you can be the best Oscars host in your own home when you throw a fabulous Oscars cocktail party. Create some memorable nibbles and swanky sips for a couture-caliber Oscars party, but keep it real too. After all, you are just watching an awards show on TV.

Sure, you could just order a pizza and call it a night, but there’s a happy medium between low effort and megawatt glitz and glamour, which we think we’ve captured.

These recipe ideas wink at classic Hollywood but honor casual comfort since most of us will be tuning in from our couches. Frenchy cheese puffs, macarons, and orange truffles are kinda glamorous. But then nuts, hummus, and buffalo cauliflower are more couch-snacking worthy. While the stars sashay down the red carpet, sip a sparkling cocktail from the comfort of your living room and judge their fashion choices with your friends.

Don’t forget to bring your Academy Awards knowledge A-game: pull out trivia about the first Oscar menu and quiz your friends about the best food scenes in past Best Picture winners. Have an interesting origin story on hand to whip out during the most boring speech of the night. And also, be sure to set up your room so everyone gets a good seat (and easy access to all your wonderful snacks and drinks)!

Mini Croque Madames

The miniature nature of these appetizers (and the fact that they’re topped with precious little quail eggs, which are easily found at Asian grocery stores) makes them seem super fancy—but really, they’re just bite-sized French comfort food, and what’s more humble than a ham and cheese sandwich? Get our Mini Croque Madames recipe.

Black Pepper–Manchego Cheese Puffs

How do you make cheese even more heavenly? Make it like a fluffy cloud. These gougères—French-style cheese puffs—are livened up with parmesan, Manchego, and pepper, and perfect for sipping with a glass of Cava. Get our Black Pepper–Manchego Cheese Puffs recipe.

Cornmeal Blini with Caviar

Okay, caviar might feel like too much of a splurge, but you can get cheaper (and still delicious) fish roe from non-sturgeon species that’ll make you feel fancy without breaking the bank. Besides, caviar connoisseurs would say you shouldn’t drown out the good stuff with crème fraîche and smoked salmon anyway—but use more affordable eggs and it’s a seafood symphony. Get our Cornmeal Blini with Caviar recipe.

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Buffalo Cauliflower

This crowd-pleasing party snack is the best of both worlds (like enjoying the benefits of a fancy Oscars gown without getting out of your sweatpants, if that was possible). You feel like you’re eating deep-fried buffalo wings, but the cauliflower reality is much less effort. And while it’s not quite keto, it’s close enough for us regular folks. Get our Buffalo Cauliflower recipe.

Red Pepper Hummus

Slightly spicy, slightly sweet, this dip combines the balance we all seek. It’s creamy yet healthy, and easy yet interesting. In short, a winner. Get our Red Pepper Hummus recipe.

Easy Cream Cheese Herb Dip with Crudités

Be just like the stars and keep your svelte silhouette by skipping the potato chips, or at least supplementing them with whatever fresh vegetables you please anything goes with this easy, tangy herbed dip studded with scallions. Just call them crudités to lend the proper cachet. Get our Easy Cream Cheese Herb Dip with Crudités.

Roasted Rosemary Walnuts

A bowl of nuts gets schmancy when toasted and infused with rosemary flavor. Don’t even think of doing peanuts. So passé. Get our Roasted Rosemary Walnuts recipe.

Funfetti Macarons

Macarons are a French fad that isn’t fading anytime soon. Maybe it’s because they’re so delicate and often gluten-free. Naturally, the ganache filling doesn’t hurt either this one uses white chocolate for a change, and they’re decorated like works of modern art. (But you can also try our French Macarons with Pomegranate Ganache recipe, which uses more traditional semi-sweet chocolate.) Get our Funfetti Macarons recipe.

Champagne Cupcakes

Then again, if macarons seem like too much of a challenge, we hear you. In that case, just fancy up some easy vanilla cupcakes with Champagne and a little gold leaf. Even if you skip the vanilla custard filling, these will still be a smash hit. Get our Champagne Cupcakes recipe.

Butterscotch Potato Chip Cookies

If you can’t get enough of the salty-sweet duo, these potato chip cookies from baking queen Jessie Sheehan are a great choice for a starring dessert at your shindig. They’re also a nice way to pay homage to classic movie snacks. Get the Butterscotch Potato Chip Cookies recipe.

Orange Marmalade Truffles

Truffles add instant glamour but are actually surprisingly easy to make, and this rendition gets a triple dose of bright orange flavor from marmalade, Cointreau or Grand Marnier liqueur, and orange zest. Oh, la la, indeed. Get our Orange Marmalade Truffles recipe.

Red Carpet Royale Champagne Cocktail with Gold Leaf

Champagne is a must for a celebratory night, and a gold leaf garnish nods to the famous golden statuettes, but the addition of tequila keeps it all down-to-earth (though we can’t promise it won’t go to your head). Get our Red Carpet Royale Champagne Cocktail with Gold Leaf recipe.

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Crimean Cocktail

This drink calls for some of that orange liqueur you’ll have left over from making the truffles, and combines it with white wine, lemon juice, and soda water, for a fantastically refreshing sip. It’s a great intro to wine cocktails, and while it’s perfect for summer, there’s no reason not to sip it in winter too. Get our Crimean Cocktail recipe.

Peach Melba Cooler Mocktail

Make sure to offer a mocktail for those abstaining from booze who still want something festive to sip. It’s fizzy, of course a pale shade of pink often seen on Oscar gowns and deftly balances the flavors of fruit and herbs. Honestly, it just might steal the whole show. Get our Peach Melba Cooler Mocktail recipe.

Original story by Chowhound Food Team, updated by Amy Sowder and Jen Wheeler.


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Oscars 2015: 5 Last-Minute Party Planning Tips, Including Themes, Dress Code, Cocktails, and More!

Because picking out the best dressed with friends is half the fun! The 87th Annual Academy Awards is just around the corner, but there’s still time to plan a last-minute bash before the red carpet kicks off on Feb. 22. So don’t fret, and get started now: Event designer and entertaining expert Cory Martin tells Us Weekly his best planning tips to follow, including the most clever party themes, cocktails to sip, and activities that’ll keep your guests busy during the three-hour show.

PHOTOS: Before they were Oscar nominees

1. Decide Your Party’s Theme
First things first! Do you prefer a classy affair or a shindig based off of your favorite Oscar-nominated films? (Or any movie from the past year!) For the latter, Martin has quick and creative ideas for five flicks.

The Lego Movie: “Decors should be colorful to mimic the movie,” Martin tells Us. In addition, guests can make “Oscars 2015!” photo backdrops with assorted legos — that is, if waiters (dressed as the film’s characters) don’t use all of them for their buffet trays.

A Million Ways to Die in the West: Howdy, y’all! Partygoers should drop by in their best Western attire, and be greeted with a “Welcome to the County Fair” sign at the door. For fun, include a variety of games like darts and drinking games and set up an 1880s style photo booth with props such as hats and liquor bottles.

PHOTOS: Oscar stars' most embarrassing roles

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson’s-inspired bash should have all the works: a “Lobby Boy” greeter, and an exquisite dessert buffet with pastries. In addition, Martin suggests “one selected guest to ‘steal’ a replica of The Boy with an Apple painting and guests need to figure out who it is.”

The Imitation Game: “Decorate the house in glow stars and black lights,” Martin says. “The bar backdrop can be a large chalkboard with math equations that need to be figured out to order a drink.”

Throwing a film-themed party, however, isn’t for everyone. For a more lavish celebration, Martin suggests a gold backdrop with white flower centerpieces and candles. Gold place settings, utensils, mini gold martini shakers, and champagne glasses will also help the room pop. A fake Oscar statue (can be bought at any party store!) can be used as each guests’ name tag at the table, too.

Don’t forget the finishing touch! The dress code should align with the party’s theme. If you take the more classy route, “black and white always works regardless if you are wearing a tux or black jeans and a white T-shirt,” Martin says. However, “if you are creating a specific theme then everyone will need to dress up as a character in the film.”

PHOTOS: Oscars' most unforgettable moments

2. Break Out the Booze!
Creative (and tasty!) cocktail recipes are a must for Oscars night. Here, Martin has whipped up some film-themed choices to get the party started.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Champagne coupe)
Veev, fresh Meyer lemon juice, Cointreau, topped with Zonin Prosecco. Garnish with an edible flower.

Boyhood (Mason Jar)
Muddle fresh mint and honey. Then mix with fresh jalapeño-infused vodka and chilled fresh brewed green tea over ice. Garnish with mint.

Fury (Shot glass)
Fireball Whisky, topped with Baileys Irish Cream, garnished with an orange slice that has been dipped in cinnamon sugar.

Gone Girl (Shot glass)
Muddle mint, agave, and blackberries. Shake with cachaca (Brazilian Rum) and ice and pour into shot glass.

3. Whip Up Oscar-Worthy Snacks
No matter what the party theme, guests should have plenty of food to munch on. Here’s some quick desserts to set out:

The Lego Movie: The host can make colorful Rice Krispies treats stacked up like the film’s city.

American Sniper: Patriotic cookies and candies that are red, white, and blue, are perfect to make in honor of Bradley Cooper’s drama.

PHOTOS: Stars who've brought family members to the Oscars

Into the Woods: It’s simple! Milk and cookies in a Little Red Riding Hood basket is the way to go.

4. Let the Games Begin!
Sure, all eyes will be on the live show, but there’s plenty of games to keep guests busy during the commercial breaks. First up: an Oscar ballot. Martin notes that guests can download the “Quick Ballot Voting System” app on their iPad before the first category is read.

Prizes for the winner(s) can be free movie passes, DVDs from the nominated films, or even a red carpet “spa day” that includes a free pedicure, manicure, and massage.

Hosts can also designate an area for a photo booth to pose with the Oscar-nominated stars. Print out large photos of the A-listers and attach to long popsicle sticks. As for music? Depending on the crowd, Martin says “any type of fun music” may be a nice addition to the gathering. He notes: “I am always for karaoke of nominated songs and soundtracks.”

PHOTOS: Oscar hosts' best and worst moments

5. Don’t Leave Them Empty-Handed

Handing out goody bags at the end of the bash wouldn’t hurt. After all, they chose your party to attend! Some favor ideas include DVDs of the nominated films, movie tickets, or a personalized frame they can put their photo booth pics in.

But you don’t have to spend a pretty penny on the gift. A cheaper plan is creating a “Red Carpet Ready Kit” that’s filled with makeup, lip gloss, lotions, and nail polish.

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23 Oscars Night Cocktails Recipes

These tasty drinks are the next best thing to walking the 2019 Academy Awards red carpet.

The Academy Awards is Hollywood&rsquos biggest night of the year&ndashand for an avid movie fan such as yourself, this is your night. Whether you're hosting or attending a glamorous Oscars viewing party, what better way is there to toast the night&rsquos winners than with fabulous cocktails?

Easy to make, dangerously delicious, and yes, heavy on the champagne, here are delicious cocktail recipes to make your Oscar night a smashing success.

Ingredients:
1 oz No. 3 London Dry Gin
1 oz Tempus Fugit Alessio Vermouth Di Torino
1 oz Luxardo Bitter

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and serve in a coupe glass.

Courtesy of the Great British Film Reception

Ingredients
2 oz Lillet rosé
1.5 oz cremant or any champagne method sparkling wine
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions
Add chilled ingredients to a coupe. Top with a splash of soda water or seltzer. Garnish with mint and raspberries and a dusting of powdered sugar.

Ingredients
2 oz Bacardi Razz
5 mint leaves
.75 oz lime juice
Cotton candy
Strawberry

Instructions
Muddle mint and strawberry into a shaker tin. Add ice, rum, and lime juice and shake. Place cotton candy into a glass strain cocktail on top.

From Loews Hollywood Hotel and Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Ingredients
1.5 oz Lillet blanc
3 oz Cassis Lambic
.5 oz Chambord

Instructions
Stir all ingredients over ice and strain into a coupe or cordial glass. Garnish with heart-shaped basil leaf

Ingredients:
2 oz Cognac
1 oz Orange Liquor
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Instructions:
Mix all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe.

Buy Now Cointreau Noir Orange Liqueur

Ingredients
2 oz Courvoisier
1 oz Canton Ginger liqueur
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash orange bitters

Instructions
Stir all ingredients together and serve in a snifter with orange garnish.

From Loews Hollywood Hotel and Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Ingredients
1.5 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco
.5 oz white vermouth
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
5 drops Scrappy&rsquos Lavender Bitters
1.5 oz Fever Tree Ginger Beer
Hibiscus Flower
Orange Oil

Instructions
Combine tequila, white vermouth, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters into a shaker with ice. Shake gently.Strain into a flute over a hibiscus flower. Top with Fever Tree Ginger Beer and mist with orange oil.

By Charles Joly for the Governor's Ball

Ingredients
1 oz Cointreau
1 oz Remy Martin VSOP cognac
.75 lemon juice
3 lychees

Instructions
Muddle lychees in a shaker. Add remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake and strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lychee on a pick.

Ingredients:
.5 parts Santa Margherita Prosecco
.5 part St. Germain
2-3 drops angostura bitters
lemon slices for garnish

Instructions:
Pour St. Germain into wine glasses, add drops of angostura bitters. Top with Prosecco and garnish with a lemon slice.

Ingredients:
32 oz Silver gin
16 oz fresh lemon juice
32 oz Plaza "tropical iced tea" or other fruit-flavored iced tea
Simple syrup to taste
2 bottles of Moet NV Champagne

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a crystal punch bowl over ice or ice ring and serve.

Courtesy of The Plaza in New York City

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Ingredients
1 oz 123 tequila blanco
.5 oz lime juice
.25 oz agave
3 oz Lunetta Prosecco

Instructions
Add tequila, lime juice, and agave to a champagne flute. Top with prosecco.

From Loews Hollywood Hotel and Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Ingredients
2 oz Lillet rosé 
.5 St. Germain 
1 oz pink grapefruit juice
3 oz grapefruit soda (like La Croix)
Dash of orange bitters 

Instructions
Add all ingredients to a wine glass with ice. Finish with bitters. Garnish with pink grapefruit twist.

Ingredients
1.5 oz Tequila Don Julio Reposado
1 barspoon of Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
3 drops Bittered Sling Arabica Coffee Bitters
.25 oz Demerara Syrup (2 parts sugar:1 part water)

Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a glass and stir together with ice. Mist with orange oil and garnish with orange twist.

By Charles Joly for the Governor's Ball

Ingredients
.75 oz Cointreau
1.5 oz Mount Gay Rum
.75 oz lemon juice
.25 oz simple syrup
2 coins sliced ginger
3 oz ginger beer

Instructions
Muddle ginger in simple syrup in the bottom of a shaker. Add Cointreau, rum, and lemon juice and fill with ice. Shake and strain over ice into a rocks glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with candied ginger.

Ingredients
1.5 oz Lillet blanc
1.5 oz vodka
1 oz lychee simple syrup (strained from canned lychees)
.5 oz lime juice

Instructions
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with a single lychee "moon" Optional: add a small pinch (a little goes a long way) of edible silver luster dust to the shaker for a subtle moon dust effect

Ingredients:
1 oz. Uncle Val's Botanical Gin
1 oz. Amaretto
.5 oz. lime juice
.5 oz. Thyme citrus puree by Perfect Puree
Float Sparkling Rosé
Fresh thyme sprig for garnish

Instructions:
Combine gin, amaretto, lime juice and thyme citrus puree in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a coupe glass and top with rosé. Garnish with a fresh thyme sprig.

Ingredients:
1 oz Sipsmith Gin
.5 oz Grey Goose Cherry Vodka
1.5 oz Sweet and Sour
1.5 oz Club Soda
.25 oz Cherry juice
.5 oz Grenadine

Instructions:
Fill shaker tin with ice. Add vodka, gin, sweet and sour, cherry juice and grenadine. Tear basil leaves with your fingers to release basil essence and add to shaker. Rigorously shake and pour all contents into a 12 oz highball glass. Repack glass with ice. Top with club soda and lightly stir. Garnish with two cherries on top of ice and serve.

Ingredients:
.5 oz lavender syrup
1.5 oz Botanist gin
.5 oz lemon juice
Prosecco to top

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients and shake. Strain into a flute glass and top off with Prosecco.

Buy Now The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

Ingredients
1 oz Cointreau
2 oz mezcal
1 oz lime juice
.25 oz orange juice
3 blackberries

Instructions
Muddle blackberries in a shaker with Cointreau. Add remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake and strain over ice into a rocks glass rimmed with smoked salt. Garnish with speared blackberry.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Reyka vodka
.75 oz apricot liqueur
.5 oz lemon juice
Sparkling wine to top

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients into shaker. Strain, top with sparkling wine and garnish with lemon peel.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka
.33 oz Texas wildflower honey
.25 oz fresh lemon juice
3 oz champagne

Instructions:
Combine Tito's Handmade Vodka, honey and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake, and strain into champagne flute. Top with champagne, and garnish with a strawberry or a lemon twist.

Ingredients:
.5 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup silver tequila
.5 cup orange liqueur
1 bottle of champagne
Lime wedges for garnish

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir well. Run lime wedges around the rim of each champagne flute and dip rims in salt. Divide margaritas between flutes and garnish with lime wedges.

Ingredients:
2 oz gin
1 oz lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 sprig mint

Instructions:
Combine the gin, lime juice, simple syrup and mint sprig in a shaker. Add some ice cubes and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with one mint leaf, smacked to release the oils, floating on top of the cocktail.


Throw A Tasty Oscars Party - Recipes

Mary Giuliani is serving up her Academy Awards tips with a serious sense of style.

Any Oscars party would be a hit with simply a red carpet drinking game and a bottle of bubbly, but we’re better than that — creative and original is the way to go.

Luckily, we have celebrity event planner and caterer Mary Giuliani on our side. Giuliani has thrown parties for a slew of famous faces and reputable brands, and has a serious knack for catering to fashion’s finest like Carolina Herrera, Fendi, J.Crew and others. Her most recent soirées were hosted by Vogue, Christie's, Stella McCartney, and Bradley Cooper.

She's got some great entertaining tips on how to throw a fabulous Oscar viewing party that goes beyond dressing up and drinking champagne.

Here are Giuliani’s tips on the ideal Oscar party:

PICK A WINNER
Throwing a themed Oscar party can be simple when you’ve already done your research. Decorate your bash in the theme of your favorite film. Who wouldn’t want to be in a room full of beards and stove pipe hats? To make it more of a competition, ask your guests to come dressed as their favorite nominee. If their selection wins, they get a toast and walk away with a bottle of champagne… your Oscar for the night!

LEADING ROLLS
Sushi is perfect for an Oscar’s party. It’s tasty, manageable, and best of all, guilt-free! While you watch celebs walk the red carpet, bring out your leading rolls. We suggest selecting three classic rolls such as spicy tuna or shrimp tempura and then letting your guests explore their taste buds with one or two exotic flavors.

BEST PITCHER
Give your guests a chance to partake in the vote. Set up a tasting of your three favorite specialty cocktails and let the tastees tally up the scores for their favorite drink. Play off this year’s nominees when naming — will it be the Argo Fashion, Zero Darktini, Silver Linings Bourbon Smash, or Lincoln Lemonade that wins this year?

SHOW SOME SUPPORT
Take a tip from the nominations categories and give the supporting roles of dinner some time to shine. Set up a bar that's filled with everyone's favorite side dishes: mac and cheese, Brussels sprouts with bacon, mashed potatoes, and savory bread pudding — everyone always like the sides best anyway!

SILVER LININGS HANGOVER
There’s a silver lining to everything, including a successful party hangover. As your guests leave for the night, give them a hangover-prevention checklist along with things to help them complete it. A bottle of water, bottle of aspirin, and Bloody Mary mix for the next morning should do the trick.


About The Recipe

I wanted to create a SUPER EASY recipe that could be prepared in minimal time.

Because if you’re throwing an Oscars-themed party – or any party, for that matter – you need recipes that are quick and easy to make. Your time is best spent chatting with your guests and making sure everything is going smooth – not fussing over complex dishes.

This recipe is done in three steps:

  1. Toast the bread
  2. Sautee the mushrooms
  3. Top toasts with cream cheese and mushrooms


Watch the video: How to Throw a Great Oscar Party! (May 2022).