Host an Oscar Night with Red Carpet Appeal
“And the Oscar goes to...” The 88th Academy Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” wrap up this year’s awards season next Sunday, February 28th, 2016 on ABC. Hosted by Chris Rock and held at the famous Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, the Oscars are the biggest and most popular award show of the season. At Deborah Miller Catering and Events, two things we can’t get enough of are food and movies, so why not throw an Oscar-themed bash with bubbles and bites that surround this year’s most celebrated pictures and stars! We’ve put together some fabulous, easy and fun entertaining ideas, all red-carpet worthy of course. From appetizers and cocktails to show-stopping snacks, here are some ways to make your Oscar party shine.
Putting on the Ritz
The films nominated for Academy Awards all have one thing in common: they tell a story. We believe food should do the same. As always, when entertaining for New York City weddings and galas, we love using fresh ingredients, colorful palates and beautiful accents to accentuate our theme. For the look of your Oscar-night bash, your table setting should be glittery and gold, just like the coveted statue Leo Dicaprio’s been after for years. Embrace the glitz and glam of the night by using a black tablecloth with gold accents and decorations, as well as two small arrangements of white hydrangeas or another sophisticated white flower. You can also decorate with red and white or white and gold, however sticking to only a few colors makes it easy to keep things cohesive. When setting your Oscar-themed table, it’s fun to pull ideas that incorporate both old and new Hollywood. For a sophisticated, whimsical touch, take your guests’ white napkins and fold horizontally, in the shape of an Oscar envelope. Secure the middle of the napkin with a gold sticker for the seal and cut some red ribbon to complete the look. When folding your guests’ napkins, simply fold in the top two corners to form a triangle, and then fold the bottom edge of the napkin up until it meets the base of the triangle. Next, fold the top triangle down and seal. Your guests will get a kick out of their award-season envelopes, which not only take a minute to fold, but make for a sophisticated showcase. For another glamorous touch, if you don’t happen to own gold-banded glasses for beverages, add a rim of gold glitter to your champagne glasses, and sprinkle your table with gold, red or silver foil stars. When entertaining, confetti is a fun and easy way to add a “pop” of glitz to your setting. Your tabletop or entertaining space should reflect the spirit of the awards show and season, and these easy yet all around glamorous ideas are sure to impress your guests.
Best Supporting Snacks
While the paparazzi might not be waiting outside your home or apartment for their latest shot, your space is still the hottest ticket in town. To start, an Oscar party wouldn’t be authentic without a chic popcorn bar. Serve different flavors from savory to sweet using red and white striped popcorn tubs. For your guests who prefer something a little on the spicy side, we love using some Sriracha, lime, sesame oil and butter. We also suggest nuts or seeds, like pecans, peanuts, pistachios, or sunflower seeds. For your guests with a serious sweet tooth, we recommend fun candy such as Whoppers, M&Ms, and Junior Mints.
Some of our other favorite award-winning snack ideas are:
• Pear, Walnut, and Ricotta Crostini •
• Pigs in a Blanket with Spicy Brown Mustard or Ketchup •
• Mini Rueben’s with Corned Beef, Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese and Russian Dressing •
• Kale and White Bean Crostini •
• Prosciutto-Wrapped Pears •
• Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pear and Gorgonzola•
As they say in acting, there are no small parts—and that includes chicken parts! For a more health-conscious crowd, we love serving either our chicken tacos with tequila, cumin pulled chicken, corn and black bean salsa and cilantro or our sesame chicken lollipops, complete with lime Sriracha duck sauce, toasted sesame seeds and carrot confetti.
Award shows have a tendency to go over the three hour-scheduled broadcast, and the Oscars are no exception. Keep your guests entertained throughout the many acceptance speeches by serving your own version of some “Oscar Buzz.” Pour some of your favorite kind of brute chilled champagne into a gold rimmed flute and garnish with raspberries and lemon peel. Since nothing says celebration (or the Academy Awards) like a little bubbly, another great entertaining idea is to use mini champagne bottles with black and gold straws and hang cute name tags around the bottles – add to the theme by using Oscar nominee’s names instead of guest’s!
In keeping with your glitz and glam theme for dessert, red velvet cupcakes with champagne frosting are the perfect end to your golden night. Sweet, delectable and totally red- carpet worthy, red velvet is a classic, no-fail flavor that’ll be a hit with any crowd. Another Oscar-approved dessert are pink champagne cake pops with edible glitter. Dainty and chic, these cake pops are the perfect bite-size treat to celebrate when your favorite actor or actress takes home the night’s biggest prize. To give your guests something yummy to nosh on during all those commercial breaks, fill both small and tall clear glass jars with different kinds of essential “movie theater” candy staples, aka: Red Vines (Or Twizzlers), Reese’s Pieces, Sour Patch Kids and Buncha Crunch. These classic confections will bring out the inner kid in everyone, and pair perfectly with a little Oscar buzz.
Now you can bring the elegance of the Oscars into your home with these entertaining tips and tricks. While the A-listers of Hollywood might be duking it out for a shot at Oscar gold, everyone will agree that your bash wins the Academy Award for the party of the year.