It was so fun to host a girls’ night Oscar viewing party, and this year, in our new house.
While I had hoped that my 52″ blow-up statuette could greet guests outside, the wind just wasn’t working with me. So in he came to the front hall…
…along with this wreath that was flapping in the wind and falling apart…it ended up on the bathroom doorknob. Weather annoyances aside, I was happy with how the glittery girlyness came together.
To drink, I made “silver screen punch”, a recipe I found on the official Academy Awards website. It’s champagne-based, with some raspberry vodka, pineapple juice and blended frozen strawberries. It went down pretty easily and straws made it disappear that much faster! I love these little stripey straws – you can find them all over Etsy. I bought some gold washi tape to make little flags for them and busted out my recycled frappucino bottles for serving.
I am still perfecting the jello shot…for the Super Bowl we made a couple batches and I used more Knox. They were almost chewy they were so stiff, but it made for easy cubing and pretty presentation. I backed off on the extra gelatin this time – but almost too much – after sitting out a bit, they were too soft. Note for next time – one and a HALF packets of Knox for the perfect consistency! I was trying to work in gold and shimmer anywhere I could…I remembered powdered food coloring from a cake class I took at Michaels forever ago. I dry-brushed some on the shots with a tiny paint brush to “class up” the jello shot to be Oscar-appropriate hehe.
A party is no good without sweets and I made sure there were plenty. Pink cotton candy, gold buttercream mints, pink rock candy and gumballs, and “popcorn” cupcakes (vanilla with yellow-tinted marshmallows) in pink striped popcorn-style cupcake liners. Julie even took a picture of the table and the hostess.
While they are somewhat time consuming, these “popcorn cupcakes” are super easy to make – I used a boxed mix (Duncan Hines French Vanilla – what else?) and a canned vanilla frosting. Tear mini marshmallows in half and stick them back together at weird angles – twist them and pinch them as you go – to create “kernels”. Roll the frosted cupcake tops in the marshmallow kernels and then use a small paintbrush and a few drops of yellow food coloring in water to brush on a little “buttered” tint. And if you must add bling (duh!) brush a little gold glitter food coloring on top for extra sparkle…it’s hard to capture in a photo, but the “popcorn” on these was festive and shimmery!
To balance out the sweet was the salty…pink popcorn boxes with buttered popcorn (no light stuff here…the Oscars only come once a year!) and two Gourmet Veggie pizzas compliments of our local Papa Murphy’s. (Have you tried that pizza? It’s as good as anything I could make at home, LOADED with veggies, and convenient for party prep!)
I was out of steam to cook the dinner cuisine myself, considering I flirted with the line of insanity in other areas of party prep, including separating pink cotton candy from blue to fit my color theme…(Page voluntarily took a photo because he thought this was so nuts)…
…and spent two episodes of Friends pulling apart a bag’s worth of mini marshmallows and re-sticking them back together to create the aforementioned cupcake “kernels”.
There are so many areas in which I’d love to go more all-out but I do sometimes wonder if friends already think I’m a little too obsessed with what is becoming an annual thing…
(But seriously…how fun would this wall cling graphic be next year as girls walk the red carpet hallway? I think I also need a strobe light to simulate flashbulbs. Add to cart.)
It’s hard that the Oscars always fall on a Sunday evening, and in the central time zone, run well past 10:00 when people have to get up the next morning for work and school routines. This year, I encouraged comfy lounge sweats attire, but it WOULD be fun some year to dress to the nines…or even bust out our wedding and/or prom dresses for fun. Maybe we’ll even invite the guys one of these years…does beer go with the Oscars?
More than anything, it was fun to spend the night with these fun girlies (photo texting with my bestie out in Philly who was having her own satellite party for one!)…
See you girls next year!!!
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