Even if you’re not walking the red carpet, you can still celebrate awards season like the rich and famous. Invite friends for a fun and glamorous Academy Awards party, kicked off with fancy cocktails. Pass-around appetizers and elegant hors d’oeuvres make entertaining a group easy, so you can sit back and enjoy the show.
For nibbles, prepare a platter of deviled eggs flavored with lemon zest, bright chives and capers. Serve simple crab salad on fresh cucumber slices to create a special presentation. For a heartier hors d’oeuvre, place warm chicken meatballs with ginger and lemongrass over a bed of lettuce with lime wedges and thinly sliced green onions.
Work ahead this week so that when Sunday comes around, you’re ready to tune in to the show.
- Tonight or tomorrow: Make the tart shells for your desserts, cool, and store in an airtight container. Make the truffles and freeze.
- Sunday morning: Boil the eggs for your deviled eggs. They can be made completely, then covered and refrigerated for up to 4 hours before serving. Fill the tart shells.
- Just before the party: Make and assemble the chicken meatballs and crab canapes. Take the truffles out of the freezer 20 minutes before serving.
Part of the fun of an Academy Awards party is in the A-list glamour. Consider sending themed invitations, and decorate your table with some movie magic (think film reels or nods to nominated flicks).
Involve everyone in Oscar predictions with ballots, which are easy to find and print online. Don’t forget to have a prize ready for the winner!
Skip any large floral arrangements or tall candles, opting for short votives and vases instead. Since the action is on the TV, you don’t want to obstruct anyone’s view.
Some guests will be more interested in the on-screen spectacle than others. Try creating two zones for people to socialize — for example, set up the food in the living room by the television and the bar or desserts in the kitchen for guests who need a break.
Don’t forget to take pictures! Create your own red carpet moments by placing disposable cameras around the room or encouraging guests to snap pictures on their phones. Then you can create a personalized reel to use for next year’s party.