- Westport, Connecticut
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Academy Awards Party (7 photos)
Anyone that knows me knows how I love throwing an Oscar party. This year I wanted my Oscar party to exude hollywood glamour and I wanted fun, easy to eat finger food, which guests could easily eat while watching TV at the same time.
My inspiration for this table setting came from Rachel Ray's Oscar Party: www.rachaelraymag.com/easy-party-ideas/great-get-togethers/theme-party-menus/oscar-party. I loved how Rachel Ray used a red runner on the table to represent a red carpet. I really liked how the red runner popped on the white tabecloth. I also loved the gold stars that Rachel Ray scattered on the table.
Décor: Along with using a red runner my table setting also included director clapboard platters, black plates with gold stars, black napkins with gold stars, gold & red glitter votive candles, popcorn box cartons and red & white daises. All of these décor elements exhibited the hollywood theme I wanted to portray through the décor.
Where I Bought Each Item:
Black plates, black napkins, director clapboard platters, popcorn cartons: www.partycity.com
Red & Gold Glitter Candles: B&J Florist Supply, NYC; (212)564-6086
Red & White Daises: Trader Joe's, www.traderjoes.com/index.asp
For this menu I wanted to choose delicious finger food that had an upscale Academy Award's feel, but was still easy for guests to eat.
Fresh Fig Spread: http://frenchfood.about.com/od/dips/r/Fresh-Fig-Spread-Recipe.htm?rd=1
*I put the spread on toasted french rounds with brie cheese
Mini Open Faced Steak Sandwiches on Garlic Bread with Aged Provolone & Parsley Oil:
Roasted Beet Salad with Feta:
Baked Sweet Potato Fries: www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/baked-sweet-potato-fries-recipe/index.html
Trader Joe's 12 Classic Lemon Bars: Pre-Made from Trader Joe's, www.traderjoes.com/index.asp
* Trader Joe's is a great source for miniature sized pre-made desserts
Sidecar: Recipe from InStyle Parties book:
Mix 1 1/2 cups triple sec, 1 1/2 cups brandy and 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice with ice. Shake, strain and pour into martini glass (sugared rim optional).
* I decided to make the drinks more old-school hollywood by putting the sidecar in a low-ball crystal glass.