I owe it to my sister for even getting me excited for the Oscars … and for getting me to spend all of my Oscar Sunday cleaning my apartment, rearranging furniture, and prepping apps for the 10-15 people who come glammed up in sweats for my Annual Oscar Party. And on a “school night?!” Thanks, Kels.
But to be honest, it’s my second favorite party to host, the first being Boos & Booze (annual Halloween Party). It’s a fun way to get friends together, binge watch the nominated movies and get a little competition going with ballots and leading actor/actress squares — think Super Bowl squares. How we do it? Wine’s involved, obviously. My guests bring a bottle of wine if they want in on filling out a ballot. As we watch, we score the ballots and the loser gets their bottle of wine back, runner up gets their bottle +1 and the winner walks away with the remaining balance. Twelve bottles of wine? I’ll take it … For the squares, you pay $5/per and place you names on an unmarked grid. Right before the night kicks off, we pick the headers out of a hat — just to give everyone a fair chance at winning.
It’s always fun to try and incorporate some of the movies into what you’re serving, so my attempt was a cocktail “City of Stars” inspired by La La Land, because after all, they’re slated to be the big winners.
1 bottle dry Prosecco
Juice of two lemons
2oz Simple Syrup
bitters to taste
I chose to forgo a baked good, one: because I really don’t care for baking, and two: because chocolate is SO much better. I picked up some of the movie-candy favorites (mostly chocolate, but threw in some Swedish Fish for a friend) and put them in gold mini-cupcake tins.
I try and change up the menu from party to party, but you can pretty much guarantee you’ll always have a Cheese/Charcuterie Board and Crockpot Meatballs.
Tonight’s menu includes:
- Crockpot Meatball (see recipe below)
- Cheese/Charcuterie Board: Manchego, Trader Joe’s Chianti Toscano, Prosciutto, Soppressata, Trader Joe’s Fig Butter and honey
- Endive Boats: Endive piped with a 1:1 mixture of plain cream cheese and goat cheese, walnuts and finished with a drizzle of honey
- Ina’s Onion Dip & Kettle Chips (see recipe below)
- Popcorn: Made in a pot with coconut oil