Last weekend I hosted my first-ever Oscar-viewing party. I had a blast and I hope my guests enjoyed themselves too. I wanted to share a few of the details and some photos.
I apologize up front for the photos. It was a rainy, overcast day so I couldn’t get any good long shots of the room. Also, I was enjoying my guests so much that I forgot to photograph a few things like the yummy steak sliders and cute mini caesar salads.
Setting the Mood
I didn’t go crazy on the decorations but wanted to have a few things that created a festive feeling. I used red, white and gold for everything. Here’s what I made:
An Oscar VIP wreath.
Gold paper star garlands.
I used patterned gold washi tape on glass vases and votive holders to add a little shimmer to candles and flowers.
Swag bags for each guest (contents: Sees chocolate, a mini bottle of Baileys, a temporary tattoo, and a lip balm). I’m a huge fan of “parting gifts” for guests. I’ve given home-baked cookies, seasoned nuts, mini poinsettias, and handmade blank cards. After a certain age, goodie bags are not expected so it makes your party fun and memorable.
Confession: I forgot to give everyone a swag bag! I was so upset because I had so much fun planning and making them. I had to mail out the bags to several of my guests. Oh well. Who doesn’t love mail?
The Oscars start at 5:30 p.m. in California so I wanted to serve dinner. I thought small plates would be more fun than ordering pizza or grilling burgers. I also needed some appetizers since I invited people to come early to judge the red carpet fashions. Plus, everyone needed munchies while they contemplated their Oscar ballot and selected a bingo card. Here’s what I served:
Popcorn, kettle corn, junior mints and twizzlers.
Parmesan thyme crackers, cherry tomatoes stuffed with herbed goat cheese, and cucumber stacks.
The small plates dinner menu was mini caesar salads, roasted shrimp with romesco sauce, and steak and mushroom sliders. (Here’s where I got distracted and forgot to take photos.) For dessert I ordered mini cupcakes (red velvet and chocolate) from Vanilla Moon. Check out the adorable mini oscar on each cupcake!
The best part of the party was the guest list, of course. You can pass on the decorations, skip the themed activities, serve carry-out food and still have a blast with the right mix of friends.