Sunday, March 4th will mark the 90th annual Academy Awards, recognizing the year’s most notable movies, and most impressive actor performances.
It’s set to be a good show: Jimmy Kimmel will be returning as host, and Christopher Plummer will set a record as the oldest person ever to be nominated for an Oscar, at the age of 88.
For many, predicting who will take home best actor, and critiquing the fashion wins (and epic failures) is a time-honoured tradition, best enjoyed in the company of your sassy social circle. If you’re already planning a viewing party, or looking for a little inspiration, check out these 8 glitzy treats you can pull together as hostess of your own red-carpet affair.
Blackberry Thyme Sparkler
Break out your chi-chi Champagne flutes to class up these pretty ombré cocktails. If you have gold-rimmed glassware, go for it—if not, this recipe uses gold baking sugar to add a little extra glitz to each glass.
The cocktail itself is equal parts bubbly and refreshing, using homemade blackberry syrup topped with bubbly, finished with garnishes of thyme and fresh blackberries.
Crab Cake Bites
To avoid smudging red-carpet lips, serve up mouth-watering hot apps in snackable bite-sized portions. These easy-to-pull-together baby crab cakes are made with a crunchy panko-base and baked in mini muffin tins. If you’re planning to stuff for face, while watching the red carpet show, these are a classy AF (and super delicious) snack choice.
For A-list treatment, hook your guests up with their own bucket of ‘adult’ popcorn. If you’re like us, you’re addicted to toasted sesame desserts. The flavour profile is a mouth-watering match with honey, giving a grown-up twist to classic caramel corn. And the use of black and white sesame dresses up the traditional film food with a little extra something.
Tuxedo Cheese & Crackers
Speaking of black and white affairs, it might be time to upgrade your cheese and crackers to formal attire—and it will no doubt get the gram action going at your party. Cut a variety of cheese into wedges, like brie, gouda and mini Babybel. Black olives add extra finesse, or you can garnish with peppercorn buttons.
Building an epic platter may feel intimidating, but it’s actually pretty easy (click to follow the step-by-step guide). It’s all about dynamic flavour combos, a rainbow of colours and careful placing for visual balance. Trust us, your party guests will be wow-ed.
Round out your savoury fare with a few sweet treats! Glitter is once again trending in 2018, and there’s no need to limit the look to your fashion and beauty choices – why not up your donut game with edible glitter glazing your desserts.
Champagne Truffles in the Half Shell
Keep the gold theme going with DIY gold-painted oyster shells. These beautiful pearls are white chocolate truffles with an infusion of champagne – what could be more delicious or show stopping for your screening party?
Oscar Statue Cookies
Have fun with this one! Why not poll for winner-predictions during the red-carpet walk, and then award winning predictions with a statuette cookie for each category?