Tuesday, February 28, 2012

And the Oscar Goes To...

I LOVE the Oscars. Men have sports seasons, women have award season and the Oscars is the Super Bowl of it!

I threw my second annual Oscar party this last Sunday, and even though it didn't go exactly as I planned, I let it go and had a blast.

I invited some fabulous ladies in my life and we all had such a fun time dressing up and having fun with it. Even my dog wore a bow tie; and if I do say so, he was very styling.

I am OBSESSED with candy so this is my annual excuse to live out my fantasy and create a candy bar. I just go to the dollar store and walmart and load up with all the bests: peach rings, M&Ms, skittles, nerds, mile duds, Reece's pieces, sour worms, gummy bears, red vines, etc. I used a bunch of martini glasses, wine glasses, bowls,  and margarita glasses and just made everything look festive. I also bought Chinese boxes from Walmart so everyone could take some to-go candy as their party gift. I think it turned out cute. 

We also had to give Harry Winston a run for his money and show off our bling! haha

We had three games we played. First we printed ballots off the Oscar website and before the show started, everyone put their picks down. At the end, whoever guessed the most correct in each category won! The second game we played was Oscar Bingo. Each square had fun things like people thanking their spouse in their speech, or people crying, or the Help wins an award. First person to get BINGO won. The last game was for best dressed at the party. For prizes, I went to the dollar store and got a sparkly silver bag and filled them with fun movie favors like old glass bottles of soda, candy, popcorn, Audrey Hepburn note pads, etc. 

Now lets talk food. I made three appetizers that I released through out the night. The first was a duo of crostinis. One was a steak and onion crostini, one was a pear and honey crostini with Gorgonzola cheese. 

To make the steak crostini:
What you will need:
1 small steak
Havarti Cheese
1 large white or yellow onion

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Get a small fry pan hot on stove. Add a steak seasoned with salt and pepper to HOT pan and sear each side for about 3 minutes each. Remove from heat and let rest. Cut baguette into about 1 1/2 inch thick slices. Lay each slice flat on cookie sheet. Put in oven for 2 minutes to get toasted...not browned yet. Remove from oven. Put a large frying pan on stove; heat a tablespoon of olive oil. Add onion to large frying pan and cook will translucent. Slice steak into little thin squares. Slice Havarti cheese into small squares

On lightly toasted sliced baguette, add small steak square, cheese square, and a small spoonful of onion. Repeat till all bread slices are full. Put in oven to cook till cheese is melted.  
To make the pear crostini:
What you will need:
1 pear
Gorgonzola Cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put a small pot of water on stove. Add 1/4 cup sugar into water. Pearce pear with a knife a few times and add to pot. Bring to low boil until pear softens. Remove pear from water and let cool. Cut baguette into about 1 1/2 inch thick slices and lay flat on cookie sheet. Slice Pear into thin squares. Top bread slices with pear squares. Drizzle very lightly with honey. Top with Gorgonzola cheese crumble. Put in oven till cheese melts. Remove and put on platter to serve.

Another Appetizer I made was a Honey Roasted Onion Tart. Click here for recipe

Lastly, I made a grilled cheese with a shot of tomato soup. It made for the perfect finger food! 

Can't wait for the next years party. 



  1. I love it!!!! It was such a great success and so much fun. I cannot wait until next year!!!! Here is to a step and repeat :)

  2. I am SO excited that you posted the recipes for all of your appetizers!! That is the best part of all of your parities and I feel like I never know good appetizers to serve when entertaining. I love how simple and easy they all look. Who won what award????

  3. Yum the pear crostini sounds delish!

  4. yum! these recipes looks awesome! and what a fun idea to have a party! love the grilled cheese/soup one!