If you’re looking for 2014 Oscar Party Ideas, look no further than a classy Oscar theme menu based on the movies that are up for awards! I came up with drinks, appetizers, main menu items, desserts, and favors you can serve at your Hollywood bash.
In addition to the delicious food, make sure to make a table tent for each buffet item, explaining its connection to this year’s best films. For example, try identifying the film, award, and the food item all on one card: “The Great Gatsby (Best Costume Design): Shrimp Cocktail”. If serving a sit-down meal, print out formal menus to put at each place setting instead. In the end, you’ll have a fun, interactive menu that is not only savory but also familiarizes your guests with films that are up for Academy Awards this year. After deciding on a menu, take a look through some of our Hollywood Party Supplies for decoration inspiration!
Drinks and Appetizers
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (Best Visual Effects): Some of the best scenes in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films are of hobbits and dwarves sharing a mug of beer. Chill glass mugs in the freezer and serve beer fresh from a small keg (or bottles if you prefer) when guests arrive. Call your drink station the “Green Dragon”, which is the iconic hobbit tavern in the Tolkien world.
The Great Gatsby (Best Costume Design): This extravagant film set in the 1920s gives you the opportunity to serve lush drinks and appetizers. Serve glasses of champagne from a silver tray, and pop a few raspberries or blackberries into each flute for a colorful and classy touch. For an appetizer, pass around individual shrimp cocktails displayed in low, wide champagne glasses. Guests will love the lux touch that they’ll instantly connect with the luxurious world of Gatsby.
Gravity (Best Picture): While this thriller set in space keeps its audience on the edge of its seat, there’s no reason you can’t have a little fun with the menu item to represent this film. Create rocket shaped fruit skewers by alternating chunks of strawberry and marshmallow on a wooden skewer. Add a triangular piece of pineapple to one end (for the rocket nose) and a piece of cantaloupe (for the rocket tail). Delicious and cute!
Captain Phillips (Best Picture): This film starring Tom Hanks delves into the issue of modern pirating when a ship is attacked by Somali pirates. Try serving cocktail meatballs as “cannonballs” in acknowledgment of the beginning of pirating hundreds of years ago.
20 Feet from Stardom (Best Documentary Feature): This documentary focuses on the backup singers that helped form the music industry but have also taken a back seat to the industry’s stars. To represent these often unrecognized singers, serve a cheese and cracker plate, but use a miniature cookie cutter to cut musical notes from different types of cheese. Check at your local cake supply store for cookie cutters that might work.
Philomena (Best Picture): This film, set in Ireland, gives you the opportunity to serve delicious Irish fare. Try a baked potato bar with all the fixins, including cheese, sour cream, bacon, and chives. Also, take a look at our St. Patrick’s Recipe Roundup for instructions on how to make corned beef, Irish soda bread, and Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes!
Dallas Buyer’s Club (Best Picture): Set in Texas, this film encourages you to break out the barbeque and serve some delicious southern classics. Grilled barbecue chicken and grilled corn would be simple and savory options.
The Wolf of Wall Street (Best Picture): If looking for an easy main course, try serving traditional New York style pizza to represent this film set in the Big Apple.
Desserts and Favors
Blue Jasmine (Best Original Screenplay): Serve dishes of blue raspberry sherbet garnished with blackberries to play off the name of this film nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Since the film is about a well-to-do socialite, serve the sherbet in wide, low champagne glasses for a lux touch.
Frozen (Best Animated Feature): This animated film has delighted children of all ages this winter, so make sure to serve a variety of white desserts in honor of Frozen. Mini powdered donuts, white frosted cake pops, and white chocolate dipped pretzels are all fun, easy-to-make desserts.
Saving Mr. Banks (Best Original Score): This film, which explains how the iconic Mary Poppins movie was created, pays homage to Walt Disney and the author of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers. In honor of the original film, give guests “A Spoonful of Sugar” by filling favor bags with pixie sticks. Don’t forget to tie a tag to each favor, thanking guests for making it a “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” day!
Good luck designing your 2014 Oscar menu, and don't forget to save a spot at the dinner table for the Party Girl!