It's almost Oscar time! If you're throwing a showstopping soiree this Sunday, you'll need to set the stage with some glam table toppers. For serving decadent apps like crab cakes and chive tartines, I recommend the Nagoya 3-Part Server ($15) and Kate Spade's Ticker Tape Tidbit Plates ($50). Pour your guests citrus sparklers in these Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail glasses ($18) set on black braided coasters ($36). And in honor of the star-studded event, sparkle up the tables with gold origami star confetti ($4). To shop the rest of the look, click on the images above!
When it comes to specialty cocktails for an Oscars viewing, I say make a pitcher drink and make it fizzy! You could take entertaining expert Katie Lee's advice and make a pineapple strawberry concoction or go with the recipe shown here. It's a refreshing blend of citrus and vodka spiked with the sweet-tart flavor of limoncello. The effervescence comes from the addition of seltzer water. One batch serves eight, but it's easy to double or triple the recipe. The key to a delicious libation is to use fresh-squeezed lemon and orange juice, so break out your juicers! Check out the method now.
The Academy Awards are this Sunday, and I recommend you invite friends over to enjoy the show with you. Since the celebrities will be dining on an array of amazing eats at the Governors Ball (the official afterparty), serve a spread of delectable finger foods to nibble while you watch. I've browsed our recipes and come up with an awesome menu of elegant hors d'oeuvres that can be made mostly in advance.
The Oscars are this Sunday and every year I like to invite friends over to watch the show with me. It's easy to get creative with an Oscars viewing menu — you could do modern movie foods (like truffled popcorn and goat cheese nachos) or a spread of upscale appetizers (delicious enough to feed the celebrities!). Then there's always Wolfgang Puck's recipes (he is the chef for the Oscars afterparty) or a meal inspired by one of the nominated movies.
While these are fun options, I've decided to take a tip from Puck and serve the signature dish he created in 1982, the gourmet pizza. A pizza menu is not only easy to prepare in advance, but it's also ideal for eating; no utensils required.
I'll be making three crispy, thin-crusted pies: sausage, red onion, and wild mushroom; herbed mascarpone, smoked salmon, and asparagus; and artichoke and fontina. To take a look at the recipes, read more
Last year's Oscars was all about golden opulence and red accents, but this weekend the Governors Ball is looking East for inspiration. You can too, when you create the look for an Oscars viewing party. Start by running a red-carpet-like runner down the middle of your table. Serve the popcorn in a big white bowl and let guests help themselves by filling movie popcorn bags. Place the gourmet hot dogs on a pretty floral-printed plate. Metallic river stones and matching candles provide a zen, glowing atmosphere. Place champagne buckets around the room and serve the sparkling wine and cocktail in stemless champagne flutes. Throw plush pillows on the couch and arrange orchids in oversize tubular vases.
At the Governors Ball, the majority of the stars will be sipping sparkling wine, so stock up on more affordable bottles of Cava or Prosecco. Place wine buckets around the room and fill with ice and bottles. Arrange champagne flutes or saucers nearby. Besides sparkling wine, three specialty cocktails will be poured at the Oscars afterparty. Select one to serve your friends. I like the Golden Rush, a concoction made with orange-flavored vodka, lemon juice, and sparkling wine.
Instead of mixing one libation at a time, prepare a large pitcher. For those who don't drink, serve a mocktail of cranberry juice mixed with lime soda. To check out the recipe for the Golden Rush, read more
Pastry chef extraordinaire Sherry Yard is famous for creating the desserts served at the Governors Ball. Every year she offers the stars chocolate Oscars and buttery shortbread cookies. For my Oscar viewing, I'll take a tip from Yard and serve a bite-sized dessert. Decadent chocolate fudge with (or without) walnuts is rich and delicious. Instead of slicing the fudge into neat squares, use an Oscar cookie cutter to shape the fudge into mini statuettes.
If you don't have time to make dessert, simply fill bowls with movie-theater candy, like Junior Mints, Mike and Ikes, and Milk Duds. To look at the fudge recipe, read more
Every February I invite an intimate group of friends over to watch the Academy Awards. In 2007 I cooked a menu that featured Wolfgang Puck's recipes. In 2008, I made a smorgasbord of elegant, award-winning appetizers. This year I've decided to serve a buffet of classic movie foods. However, I'll give the concession-stand snacks the star treatment. Instead of offering guests boring old popcorn, toss fresh cooked kernels with truffle oil, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper. Wrap mini sausages in puff pastry for an upscale take on the ordinary hot dog. Serve with a trio of dipping sauces — honey mustard, chipotle ketchup, and garlic mayo.
Trade in the theater's bright orange nacho cheese and stale tortilla chips for a creamy goat cheese béchamel and blue corn chip variation. Not into the Oscars? These recipes would be excellent at any movie-watching shindig. To add them to your recipe collection, read more
Instantly set the mood for your Oscars-viewing party with a fabulous red carpet leading up to your front door. Once guests arrive inside, envelope them in decadent gold and red decor. Cover the buffet table with a luxe gold tablecloth and sparkly red tablerunner. Light hundreds of tiny tea lights in rhinestone-rimmed silver votives. Place the food on large square and rectangular platters arranged attractively around the table. Serve the champagne in flutes and offer guests appetizer plates or trays to hold their snacks. Make sure the television is visible from all areas in the room and add extra red cushions for plush and comfortable seating. Golden orchids look stunning placed decoratively around the space.
At a super-elegant occasion like the Oscars, simplicity is utterly chic, especially when it comes to cocktails. Since no frills are necessary, serve a classic champagne cocktail. Also have a couple versatile bottles of red —Pinot Noir — and white wine — Chardonnay — for those who dislike bubbly.
Sparkling water with orange slices and mint is a lovely option for those who prefer not to drink. For the champagne cocktail recipe, read more