2012 Oscar Party Ideas!

The Academy Awards are this Sunday Night! Are you hosting a party or just watching with your family? Either way, these tips + ideas will come in handy for the big night.

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Let’s start things off with one of my favorite designers – Design Editor – her free printables always rock my world and for this year’s Oscars, she didn’t disappoint! There is a Cheers! Oscars Drinking Game + a Red Carpet Report Card. So sip on a few cocktails (recipes below) and watch the movie stars hit the red carpet.

Food has a starring role in The Help, set in the South in the 1960s. These ’60-style dishes are similar to some served in the film: Grandma’s Lemon Meringue Pie, Dollie’s Tomato Aspic, Mama’s Ambrosia. And, for a soul food classic that never goes out of style, try Tasty Collard Greens.

To honor a movie set in Hawaii, filmed in Hawaii, and with a soundtrack of beautiful Hawaiian music, what could be better than authentic Hawaiian dishes like Ahi Poke Salad, Kalua Pig, or Ono Butter Mochi. Note: Ono isn’t a type of fish your supermarket doesn’t carry; it’s simply a Hawaiian word that translates roughly to “tasty.”

Brad Pitt stars in these two nominated movies–Moneyball, about an underdog baseball team, and The Tree of Life, set in West Texas. Allrecipes’ recommendation? Combine Brad’s movies and try hot dogs with this Texas Hotdog Sauce. Or pay homage to Brad himself with the Better Than Brad Pitt Cake!

Cocktails are a must at any Oscar party! Here are a few fitting ones for this year’s award show…(and ladies, they’re made with low calorie vodka)!

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Crystal Cosmo (an ode to this year’s host Billy Crystal)

1 1⁄2 oz Voli Lyte
1 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz Cranberry Juice
1⁄2 oz Agave Nectar
Top with Prosecco (OPTIONAL)
Garnish: Lemon twist In a mixing tin, add ice, Voli Lyte, lemon juice, agave and shake. Stain into a martini glass and top with Prosecco 


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Golden Drop 

2 oz Voli Lemon
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1⁄2 packet sweetener
Shake and strain 


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Sweet Revenge (inspired by “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”)

2 oz Raspberry Cocoa
2 Raspberries
2 Blackberries
1 oz apple cider
1⁄4 oz maple syrup
Martini Garnish: Raspberries 

Muddle berries and maple syrup. Add all ingredients then shake and strain Glass!


The Golden Era (inspired by “Midnight in Paris”)

1 1⁄2 oz Voli Orange Vanilla
2 oz Lemonade
1⁄2 oz agave nectar
1⁄2 pineapple juice
Garnish: Orange Wheel

In a mixing tin, add ice, Voli Orange Vanilla, lemonade, agave nectar, pineapple juice and shake. Strain into a martini glass 


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  1. This is so fun! Will definitely make watching more entertaining! Thx! (Shared on my FB wall, too)

  2. This is sooo much fun. Oscar’s themed party means keeping it simple yet hugely packed with elegance. Thanks for sharing these recipes too.

    Annabella Merlin

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