Oscar Party Menu

Oscar party menu is set! I hope all my guests will be hungry because here’s what I plan to serve up:

Oscar Party Menu

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Bites

Rosemary Balsamic Steak Kabobs

Spanakopita

Teriyaki Ginger Chicken Kabobs

Sugar and Nut Glazed Brie with Pears

Cheese, Crackers & Grapes

Dill Dip, Carrots, Wheat Thins & Cucumbers

Italian Antipasto Skewers

Hummus Three Ways

And for the dessert table…

Oscar Party Desserts

Chocolate Dipped Raspberries

Chocolate Mousse

Pomegranate Mediants

Gold Dusted Chocolate Oscars

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Tree

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Chocolate Truffles with Sea Salt

– Martta

Chocolate Oscar Statues: Luster Dust Testing

The chocolate Oscar statues are one of the most memorable treats from at my Oscar Party (You can check out my original post on making them here), they always get lots of oohs and ahhs.  So after years of turning out the same adorable statues, I think it’s time for a little product breakdown. Chocolate Oscar StatuesThis year I’m testing a few different types of luster dusts that are available at my cake decorating store:

Chocolate Oscar StatuesThe color mist offers great coverage, but the color comes out a bit flat and the gold seems to “pool” in some locations which can make it a bit splotchy.

The addition of the luster dusts on top of the color mist gives a solid color and sparkly appearance.  I wasn’t terribly impressed with the Wilton shimmer dust – the statue still looked a bit flat to me.  But both the Sugar Art and CK luster dusts turned out a nice looking statue.  I think the CK luster dust has a very slight edge because the color seems to be just a bit brighter.

Sticking with just the luster dusts alone gives a real depth of color due to the chocolate color coming through.  However, even after several layers of luster dust, I still can’t quite match the bright appearance of the statues that had a coat of the Wilton Color Mist first.

Overall, I think I’ll be going with the Color Mist and CK Luster dust this year – I like this particular combination of solid gold coverage and bright sparkle.

Now to make 40 more…..

–Martta

Update: My Color Mist didn’t quite hold out for a batch of 40 so you may want to consider more than one can if you are making a lot of statues.

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.

–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!

–Martta

Oscar Party Menu

I’m so excited Oscar Party is almost here!!

I sat down and did some serious menu planning this weekend.  I decided this year it’s time to break out to a dessert-only table.  This just gives me more room at the main table and forces a few people to circulate into other parts of the house since it’s getting pretty crowded in that main great room area.

So let’s start with the dessert plans (because you know you want to start there):

First up, the star of the show – Gold Dusted Chocolate Oscars 

And 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 

and Tiramisu Shooters 

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.  If Top Chef can have everything three ways, then I think it’s reasonable that I do too.  I plan to put each hummus in individual mini glasses pre-stocked with crudités.  Thank goodness for cheap glasses at the Ace Mart restaurant supply!

Greek Cucumber Cups

More Pinterest inspiration: Proscuitto Asparagus Spirals 

Ginger Soy Chicken Mini Kabobs 

Rosemary Balsamic Mini Kabobs 

Antipasta Skewers (I love me some Pinterest!)

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.  Can you really go wrong with anything that has brie in it?  No, especially since you soak those nuts in brandy for 24 hours in advance of that party……mmmm!

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.

–Martta

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Gingerbread House Party Menu & Wrap Up

It was another year of FURIOUS competition at gingerbread house party.  Every year I’m so impressed how people step it up in the face of such stiff competition!  We had four teams with about 40 competitors and kids total – it was a full house! 

(PS – Mandy Nevin – that is totally Georgia getting busted in the middle of this picture feeding the dog people food….)

This whole party is sugar overload so I try to get savory snacks to munch on:

Ok, ok there were a few sweet snacks too….I can’t have a Christmas party at my house with out my traditional Christmas time treats of Danish almond cookies and Gingersnaps

Oh and we can’t forget the fudge

Or the gift fudge that I give to each of the competitors as a thank you for coming

You know, it’s really just the basics 🙂

But forget the food, this party is about competition!

Everyone was totally into it, bringing loads of supplies and great plans for their houses!

Even the kids had a house to work on while the adults competed.

We ended up with a Penguin’s Playground complete with marshmallow polar bears and a slide into the pool for the penguins to splash around.

A Summer Retreat with banana tree outback, a fire pit on the beach, snowmen with spaghetti arms and little surfers out on the water.

A “green” gingerbread house complete with windmill and broccoli for bushes.  Oh and let’s not forget the asparagus trees planted in Reeces cup planters!

But the winner was another green design which included solar panels, an electric car, windmill out front, water retention pond and a second floor bed room with “bamboo” flooring.

I have no idea how folks are going to top this next year!

–Martta

 

Oscar Party Menu

The menu is set!  I like to go with a heavy hor’dourves for my Oscar Party and the final list is in:

Teriyaki Ginger Chicken Kabobs

Rosemary Steak Kabobs

Spanakopita

Sugar and Nut Glazed Brie with Pears

Prosciutto, Manchego & Strawberry Crostini

Dill Dip with Crudités

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Tower

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Tower

Chocolate Truffles with Fleur de Sel

Chocolate Truffles with Fleur de Sel

Milk & Dark Chocolate Gold Dusted Mini Oscar Statues