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
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:
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.