Every February, my whole family has fun planning our annual Oscars party. Although I’d love to invite everyone, we’re limited by the physical space constraints of our house. Instead, I thought I’d share our family secrets on how to throw an Oscars party.
1. Make your theme colors Black & Gold–plates, tablecloths and chargers.
2. Oscar statutes everywhere! Mine are just $1.70 each at WindyCityNovelties.com. Oddly, my order last year came with a complimentary trucker hat with hair attached on the back—in case I wanted to jump into character? That aside I’ve found the statues to be a great addition to Oscar decor.
3. Red Carpet of course! You can find plastic versions available online. My kids love to be the paparazzi and snap photos of guests as they arrive.
4. We put Hollywood stars with the names of our guests on the steps leading up to our house.
5. Oscar-inspired nails of course! Check-out some my Red Carpet Ready sets inspired by the beautiful ladies on the red carpet!
6. Lastly, a VIP entrance sign for our front door.
THE CLASSICS I SERVE EVERY YEAR
1. Chocolate Cupcakes decorated with gold star sprinkles.
2. Buttered popcorn in movie bags.
3. Oscar “Gold” Champagne punch (recipe below). Make a portion of the punch ahead of time and freeze in a bundt cake pan and toss in some golden raspberries so that they appear to be “floating.” On party night, add the frozen punch to the rest of the punch and the whole thing stays cold without being diluted by ice.
MENU INSPIRED BY THIS YEAR’S BEST MOTION PICTURE NOMINEES
• Philomena Irish mashed potato bar
• American Hustle Jersey-style chicken piccata
• Nebraska corn-fed sliders
• Dallas Buyers Club Texas ribs
• Gravity astronaut ice cream
• And even though it wasn’t nominated for Best Picture, I am tempted to sneak in Frozen inspired ice cream bars for the kiddos since our party is a family affair.
FAVORITES I’VE SERVED IN PAST YEARS INCLUDE…
Welcome to my red carpet!
Ingredients for Oscar Gold Champagne Punch (based on recipe from Emeril Lagasse)
1 1/3 cups fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup superfine sugar (original recipe calls for 1 cup)
1/2 cup orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
1/2 cup Triple Sec
1/2 cup cognac
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
2 bottles chilled dry Champagne or sparkling wine
Orange or lemon slices
Combine the lemon juice, sugar, orange liqueur, Triple Sec, cognac, and orange juice in a non-reactive bowl and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the Champagne and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
Pour into a decorative bowl or pitcher. Garnish with orange or lemon slices and fresh strawberries, if desired. Serve in Champagne flutes, wine glasses, or punch cups.
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