Every year one of my best friends has an incredible party for the Oscars. She rolls out the red carpet. Literally! When you arrive at her house there is a red carpet rolled out along her walkway that you stroll up to get to her front door. She has tiki torches burning, and once you are inside her party, you are greeted with wine, a specialty drink and a buffet full of the most amazing food. There is always a chocolate fondue fountain, along with enough calorie packed appetizers to keep even the most finicky of eaters happy. And to entertain you during the show, you receive an Oscar ballot and a pencil. Your job is to bubble in your choice of who you think will win each category for the Oscars.
During the show there are prizes drawn at random, provided by my friend, and at the end of the show whoever got the most guesses right on their ballot receives a grand prize, which is pretty awesome! But no one goes away empty handed. My friend creates Oscar cd’s that are compilations of the songs from all the movies up for the Oscars. Also in our goodie bags are usually things like a bit of makeup, after all, we like to look as good as the stars, and one year she sent us all home with infused vodka!
Keep in mind my friend works for a large corporation, Barnes and Nobles, and she has a great deal of experience planning things. She does it for a living!
This year, when I heard the news my friend was going to be in
during the Oscars, I decided I couldn’t very well sit at home and watch the Oscars alone. Boring! I was used to being pampered like a star! I got a whim and decided to have a mini Oscar party myself. What was I thinking? I’m no party planning expert! I quickly made sure to tell my friend’s not to expect the red carpet treatment. After all, with two young kids running around my house I’m not even going to try to live up to K’s Oscar Party. California
There will be no cd mixes or infused vodka at my party, but there will be lots of good food and plenty of wine and Cosmopolitans. After all, girlfriends cannot come together without a good Cosmo.
Just in case you get a bee in your bonnet and you want to have an Oscar get together on Sunday, I thought I’d share some of the yummy recipes I’m planning with you.
Scrambled eggs & gravlax on little toasts
2/3 cup heavy cream
4 tsp butter
Good-quality baguette, thinly sliced toast, toasted
3.5 oz sliced gravlax (or smoked salmon), each slice cut into 4 pieces
Little bowls of crab & lemon risotto
5 cups chicken broth
1 tbs olive oil
4 tbs unsalted butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 ½ cups Arborio rice
Finely grated zest of one lemon, plus extra to garnish
1 tbs lemon juice
6 oz fresh crabmeat
Tomato & goat cheese galette
½ package frozen puff pasty, thawed
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
10 oz soft goat cheese, crumbled
2 tbs fresh thyme leaves
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tbs olive oil
1 egg, beaten with ¼ cup milk
Arnancini (risotto fritters)
1 cup all purpose flour
2 lightly beaten eggs
2 cups dried breadcrumbs
Shrimp and caper finger sandwiches
1 cup mayo
½ cup salted capers
2 tbs finely chopped mint leaves
1/3 cup lemon juice
16 slices wheat bread
1 ½ obs cooked shrimp, peeled, deveined, slice din half lengthways.
Dessert – Bought! I don’t do desserts very well!
If you want the *how to* for any of these recipes simply ask in your comment, and I will comment back with the directions.
Now for the fun stuff. Who do you think is going to win and do you have any recipes I must make?
Have a great day!
Julie Johnstone, The Marchioness of Mayhem