Your guests will begin there night as they step onto the “Red Carpet” (source: Party City $6.99) that leads to your doorway.
They will think they are on the Hollywood walk of fame when they see their names on Gold Stars (source: Party City).
As they arrive, the “paparazzi” will take their picture (you or your spouse can take pictures…make sure you have a flash!)
Ask guests to dress in their Oscar best! It’s always more fun when you dress the part!
You can start the night at the “Zero Dark Thirsty” Bar where they can have their choice of an Oscar Champagne Cocktail or a “Skyfall” Martini (shaken, not stirred!).
Have fun with the food! Get inspired by the nominees and name the food after them. Ask guests to come up with a creative name for their dish and give an “Oscar” to the most creative name and menu item. Here are some ideas for 2013:
Hors d’oeuvres Ideas:
“Silver Linings Playbook” – Raspberry Chipotle Brie Phyllo Cups in a Mini Silver Cupcake Liner
“Frankenweenie” – Mini Cocktail Franks in your favorite sauce
“Best of the Southern Wild” - New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp over Smoked Gouda Grits
“Les Miserable” – The Stolen Loaf of French Bread
“Life of Pecan Pi” – Mini Pecan Pies for all to enjoy
“Lincoln” – Red, White and Blue Trifle (Layers of Strawberries, Blueberries, Mascarpone Cream and Angel Food Cake)
1 oz Chambord
Fill ¾ of the flute with champagne and top with 1 oz of Chambord. Garnish with a Raspberry.
Table Décor Ideas:
I’ve used black, gold and yellow for the color scheme. Black cloth and yellow napkins (source: Weinhardt Party Rentals).
Small gold stars (source: Party City) with guests names under clear plates will serve as the placecards.
Striped popcorn boxes (source: Party City) that have been weighted down served as vases for the flowers.
I used “May I have the Envelope Please…” printables as the napkin rings for the linen napkins with the “envelope” fold. (source: www.marthastewart.com).
Of course you can’t forget the “Mirror, Mirror” centerpiece with candles.
Using a lot of candles will always set the mood for a lovely dinner!
You can send your guests home with their own Oscar Ballot (source: http://jessicajonesdesign.com/downloads/Oscar_Ballot_2013.pdf).
You can no longer make or buy Chocolate Oscars, but you can make Oscar related chocolates. I made Chocolate Stars on a stick and tied ribbons around them for “Best Dressed”, “Most Creative Name of a Dish”, and “Best Dish Overall!” Speeches optional….Most importantly, have fun!