Oscar Party Wine Tags 2015

Here are the updated wine tags with the 2015 nominees for the 87th annual Academy Awards. Enjoy!

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Oscar Party Menu

No Oscar Party is complete without a killer menu.  I’ve put my thinking cap on to refine last year’s menu keeping the traditional favorites and adding in a few new fabulous offerings!

For the dessert table: Oscar Party Wrap Up: Dessert table

The star of the show – Gold Dusted Chocolate Oscars in milk and dark chocolate:

The second star of the show: The chocolate strawberry tower:

Some crowd tested favorites: Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Truffles with Sea Salt:

Then a bit of Pinterest inspiration with Chocolate Dipped Raspberries:

Individual Tiramisu Shooters: Individual Tiramisu Shooters

This year’s additions include:

Chocolate-Champagne Truffles, courtesy of Martha Stewart’s recipe (I’ll roll mine in gold sanding sugar):

Chocolate-Champagne Truffles

And Individual Chocolate Avocado Mousse from Giada De Laurentiis:

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Now on to the savories.  At the main table, I’ll have one of my Oscar Party standards: Spanakopita 

Hummus Three Ways: White, Roasted Pine Nut and Black Bean served with crudities and pita chip ribbons: Hummus Three Ways: on display at the party

Greek Cucumber Cups, thank you Rachael Ray: Greek Cucumber Cups Ginger Soy Chicken Mini Kabobs:

Rosemary Balsamic Mini Kabobs:

Antipasta Skewers Two Ways: Italian and Greek Style:

Then over to the coffee table in the prime time TV viewing location.  Guess what?  I’ll put more food there too!  Starting with Paula Deen’s Sugar and Nut Glazed Brie served with fresh sliced pears:Sugar and Nut Glazed Brie

Classic, can’t live without Dill Dip with Crudités

and finally to round out the table, Cheese, Crackers and Grapes.

But Oscar Party isn’t completed without it’s signature cocktail…..the Twisted Cosmo!

So friends, I hope you’re seriously hungry ’cause I’m already cooking up a storm!  I’ve pinned all these to my Oscar Party board on Pinterest along with a few other party ideas in case you’re planning your own shindig.


Oscar Party Wine Charms

Update: The new version of these wine tags are located here.

And now back to our regularly scheduled program of Oscar Party prep!

I saw some adorable drink charms for an Oscar Party made by Hostess with the Mostess, but dang it, I’m gonna have way more than 12 people at my party!  So with my ballot in hand, I ran off to the computer to make my own charms.

Oscar Party Wine Charms I made a charm for each of the acting nominees in the major categories as well as all the best picture films.  Print the charms on card stock then cut them out with a 1 1/2″ punch cutter.  Use a small hole punch and piece of ribbon to tie the charm to the glass.

My favorite charms I threw in at the end:Oscar Party Wine CharmsObviously I need to label my own glass and we’ve got to have one for the person who hasn’t seen any of the movies!  And it’s possible there could be a fight over Mrs. Clooney.  So stake your claim now ladies!

So which one is your favorite?  Do you have any good ideas that I missed?Oscar Party Wine CharmsOscar Party Wine Charms Page 2–Martta

Harry Potter Food!

Well now that you already know how I did the Sorcerer’s Stone Jell-o, here is the rest of our menu for our big Harry Potter movie viewing party: 

We made our desserts first.  Pretzel rods dipped in chocolate and rolled in sprinkles of all kinds for the wands. Then owl feed, which turned out to be SUPER addictive!  It was a traditional white trash snack mix.  Man do I love those Wheat Thins Stix!  And finally on to our pièce de résistance: Dragon chicken with dragon egg grapes and forbidden forrest broccoli. 

The kids love their dragon chicken with ranch dressing so I simply mixed the ranch dressing with food coloring to come up with dragon “wings” and fire breathing.  They loved it!  Caroline especially liked the fact that she could mix all the colors and turn her ranch dressing brown.  

Then to cap off our Harry Potter movie fest, a traditional glass of butterbeer for everyone!  Yum!  

I’ve tried a lot of butterbeer recipes and this one is my favorite.  Although, I don’t add the rum extract and I dash in some butterscotch schnapps for the adults.  Yum!


Hummus Three Ways

One of the new treats I tried out for this year’s Oscar Party was hummus three ways.  I figure if the gurus on Top Chef can have all their dishes three ways, why can’t I?  And I do think it turned out sensational (if I do say so myself). 

To make this hummus extravaganza happen, I picked up votives at Ace Mart for a little under $0.50 a piece.  Heather contributed black bean hummus (which she’ll have to blog in the future), Costco contributed a tub of Sabra’s roasted pine nut hummus and I made a batch of Giada’s white bean hummus – my version is always heavy on the parsley.

Chop veggies in sticks.  For the black bean hummus I had carrots and celery (I did spring for the extra effort of chopping whole carrots so they would be tall enough in the glasses) and for the roasted pine nut hummus, baby cucumber spears.  I followed the directions for Giada’s pita chips but rather than cut the pitas into triangle shapes, I created sticks by cutting strips of pitas then cutting the strips in half.  They fit perfectly into the small votive glasses and were the perfect tool for scooping out yummy hummus!

To make sure the edges of the glasses stayed clean, we pipped the hummus into each cup – it’s faster and easier than cleaning edges!  All the types were a taste sensation and the little cups were all gone by the time the party was over.  I can’t wait to try this again next year!


Oscar Party Wrap Up

Three loads of dishes, a couple of hours of hand washing, and some light furniture rearranging later, this place is finally getting back in order after a sensational Oscar Party!  The party menu went off almost without a hitch and of course couldn’t have happened without my early bird arrivers – Sarah, Heather, Mandy, Georgia, Leighton and Robin – who helped with all the last minute details.

Couldn’t make it to Austin this year?  Well here’s the wrap up of the party!  The wrapping paper pinwheels recycled from Christmas really set the mood for the front room of the house. 

This year was a first for the dessert table and I’m officially in love with the idea!  It really added some good flow to the party.

Of course the classic strawberry tower had to be the center piece.  This year’s new additions were chocolate dipped raspberries  and individual tiramisu shooters.  How fun are these things!?!  This might be the only way I make tiramisu from now on!  and we can’t have the Oscar Party dessert table without chocolate covered Oscars

With all the desserts on their own table, the savory table had some room to breath.  Plenty of room for the signature party drink the twisted cosmo and tons of delicious food!  The new addition this year was hummus three ways – I’ll have to give you a full write up on that one in another post.  Then we had a tons of “food on a stick” because, as my friend Laura says, everyone loves food on a stick.  Two kinds of kabobs: Ginger Soy Chicken and Balsamic Rosemary BeefMore food on a stick – antipasto skewers

Delicious Greek cucumber cups
 and prosciutto asparagus spirals – thank you Pinterest!  then of course an Oscar Party staple: spanakopita Then on the coffee table, a few more nibbles for the seated party guests.  You really can’t have an Oscar Party without brie!  Some fab prizes for the game winners this year helped with the party decorations too  and a good time was had by all……good thing I take off from work the day after this party! The dishes take almost all day 🙂  Already planning for next year!


Oscar Party Votives

I made these a few years ago for Oscar party and they have really stood the test of time.  They help to wash the room in a sparkly glow and they are so easy to make I decided I needed more for this year.  Supplies are simple: Pick up a few straight-sided glass votives – I got mine at Wal-Mart for 0.98 cents a piece – and some sparkly red chenille pipe cleaners.  A hair elastic and some wire snips (or a pair of scissors that you don’t care about) are all the tools you need for these votives. 

Cut the pipe cleaners into thirds.  You don’t have to be too particular – you’re going for an uneven look.  Be sure to leave a whole piece to finish off the votive. 

Slip the hair elastic over the votive and then begin tucking pipe cleaners behind the hair elastic.  Keep going until you’re all the way around the votive glass.

Grab that extra pipe cleaner you set aside and wrap it around the votive.  Give it a quick twist and clip the ends. Then remove the hair elastic.

You’re done!  For just about $1.50 a piece I’ve got adorable votives to scatter about the room and give that spark-ly party glow.


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