What makes a great Oscar party? We think it’s all in the creativity; present a fabulous dinner, some unexpected surprises and be creative. With this year’s 86th Academy Awards quickly approaching we thought we would share our Oscar party ideas to give you some inspiration.
We hosted the party at our home on Kauai, “Lotus Ridge”. Due to the warm climate we decided to keep the party casual. Even though our ten guest’s arrived in shorts and flip flops we made sure they were greeted in red carpet style.
Every great party starts with a signature cocktail, so we decided to serve Meyer Lemon Mojito’s using Meyer lemons from our tree. Follow the link above for this recipe.
During cocktails we served a very light appetizer, of Tuna Tartare Poke. We served the Tuna in mini-martini glasses and created a tower using glass tiered serving plates. We placed two glasses near the tower, one with mini-forks and one with chopsticks. The platters were decorated with miniature metal fish and kaffir lime leaves.
These were a great hit and a wonderful way to start the evening. Follow the link above for this recipe.
To get everyone in the mood, we decorated the table with miniature movie posters, printed on 3″ x 5″ photo paper. We taped two different mini-posters back-to-back onto wood sticks, so that different movies could be seen from either side of the table. We placed several sticks into small flower vases to create arrangements and alternated the mini-movie displays with flower arrangements down the center of the table.
We enclosed place cards in red envelopes at each place, so that guest’s had to open them to see if they were the winner of that seat. (not shown)
We wanted a delicious, easy dinner that would allow our guest’s and us to enjoy the evening without having to spend time in the kitchen during “Red Carpet” arrivals. We thought it would be fun to have an interactive dinner so we decided on Slow Roasted Pork Wraps with Thai Rice with Lemongrass, Basil & Mint. The meal requires a fair amount of advance prep, but very little at dinner time. We created a bar filled with fresh and delicious veggie’s and condiments and allowed everyone to assemble their own wraps. Dinner was a big hit and most people went back for seconds and thirds. The wraps and rice are absolutely delicious, healthy and full of flavor but not heavy. Follow the links above for these recipes.
After dinner we went to the media room, where we had a special table containing additional cocktails, bottles of flat and sparkling water, a popcorn machine, movie candy and of course ballots and swag. We used glass cylinders in different heights to create a Willy Wonka array of candies in mini sizes.
Each guest received an Oscar Swag Basket, containing laminated recipe cards of the evening’s menu, custom made stationary, a brightly colored rubber watch from Amen Wardy of course, homemade flavored lemon, parsley salt, homemade caramels, Lotus Ridge pens and caps and CD’s containing our favorite party tunes.
Then we tuned in to watch the speeches, the gowns and the gaffs. Don’t forget to have game prizes on hand we have a cool selection of Whimsical Gifts in our SHOP.