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— Oscar Party Food & Sample Menus


Sample Menus for Oscar Parties
We've put together a few sample menus (and wine selection info) for your Oscar Party — Star-Shaped Appetizers, Fun Finger Foods for Formal or Semi-Formal parties, Casual Chic Oscar Bash Buffet or a Casual Oscar Pot Luck. Whatever you do... have FUN!

- Star-Shaped Appetizers
- Fun Finger Foods & Champagne
- Catered Event

- Special Movie-Themed Menus
- Casual Chic "Oscar Bash Buffet"
- Casual "Oscar Pot Luck"
- Wine Selection & Quantity

"Star-Shaped" Appetizers
Offer a variety of fun "star-shaped" appetizers. Use 2-3 star-shaped cookie/pastry cutters (different sizes) to cut out "star-shaped" appetizers.

  • Smoked Salmon & Dill Canapes
  • Grilled Polenta
  • Crab Crostini
  • Quesadillas (Cheese, Chicken, Roasted Peppers)
  • Portobello Mushrooms
  • Assorted Intl & Domestic Cheeses
    (hard & semi-soft)
  • Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef
  • Banana & Toasted Coconut Bites
  • Brownies
  • Homemade Cookies

Be creative and experiment with different toppings and garnishes.

Catered Event & Entertainment
If you don't have the time — and aren't worried about a budget — hire a caterer to handle "all the details" for you.
For more elaborate parties, hire Celebrity Look-a-likes (Marilyn Monroe, Elvis) to mingle among your guests.

Wine Selection & Quantity
Depending on your budget, you have several options regarding wine selection.

Tip: Allow approximately a 1/2 bottle to one 750 ml bottle of wine per person for a three-hour party.

For an "upscale" Oscar Party (with wine aficionados), splurge on a selection of "fine" red and white wines.

For a "casual chic" Oscar Party, offer a variety of good mid-priced red and white wines.

For a "limited budget" Oscar Party, buy a case of Charles Shaw "Two-Buck Chuck" wines from Trader Joe's — at under $30, these good table wines are an excellent value. We like the Cabernets and Merlots. Or ask your guests to "BYOB" — bring a bottle of their favorite wine or whatever they'd like to drink.

For beer drinkers, plan on at least one six-pack per two-to-three people.

Be sure to have plenty of sodas, soft drinks, bottled water and coffee on hand for non-drinkers and "designated drivers."


Hollywood Stars Tote Bag Goodies

Buy "Hollywood Stars" Tote Bag and fill it with fun Oscar Party Goodies
"Hollywood Stars" Tote Bag
(Fill Tote with Fun Oscar Party Goodies)

Fun Gifts & Party Favors
Put together a "Hollywood Stars" Gift Tote Bag of goodies — be creative with your gifts. We're not talking expensive freebie "designer swag" like the movie stars usually get — you don't have to spend a fortune if you know where to shop. Go to the "Dollar Stores" or Target for token gifts and candies.

Give out Fun "Hollywood Stars" Party Favors. Hollywood Magnets make fun gifts for homes, lockers, dorm rooms or offices — buy just one, or save with packs of 10 or 100.

Visit our Travel Gift Store to order Special Gifts for your Party —
Buy Fun Gifts to wear or give out to your guests at the party. Gifts feature Fun Travel Destinations, Romantic Gifts, Family "His/Hers" Gifts, Body, Mind & Spirit Gifts, and more...

Fun "Hollywood
and Los Angeles/LA" Gifts

Beverly Hills / 90210 Gifts

"California Girl" Gifts
Rodeo Drive Gifts
"I Love LA" Gifts
Los Angeles Gifts
Hollywood/Hollywood "Stars" Gifts

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Movie-Themed Menus
Create special "Movie-Themed" menus inspired by Oscar-nominated movies (e.g. Roaring '20s, 50's, 60's, sports, travel, sci-fi, romance, Wild West...

Formal / Semi-Formal:
Fun Finger Foods, Champagne & Strawberries

For more Formal and Semi-Formal Oscar Parties, make sure there's plenty of flowing
Champagne, Sparkling Cider and Strawberries.

Plan a fun menu of decadent "finger foods" and hors d'oeuvres... and fabulous desserts:

  • Ahi Tuna on Wasabi Crackers
  • Jalapeno Cheese & Chutney Stars
  • Mini Blinis topped with Crème Fraiche and Caviar
  • Truffle Mousse Paté
  • Kettle Potato Chips topped with Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraiche and Chopped Chives
  • Crab-stuffed Mushrooms
  • Proscuitto-wrapped Figs
  • Camembert/Brie atop Pear/Apple Slices (brush w/lemon juice to prevent browning)
  • Sui Mai Dim Sum
  • Assorted Sushi
  • Roasted Peppers Tapenade Crostini
  • Grape Tomato, Fresh Basil & seasoned Mozzarella (on colored toothpicks)
  • Proscuitto-wrapped Melon
  • Crostini with Fig-Olive Tapenade & Goat Cheese
  • Smoked Salmon & Dill Canapes
  • Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce
  • Roasted Asparagus Spears wrapped in Prosciutto with Honey Mustard
  • Garlic Mushrooms
  • Crostini with Thyme-roasted Tomatoes
  • Stuffed Mushrooms w/Fresh Breadcrumbs
  • Spinach Balls
  • Chilled Jumbo Prawns with Cocktail Sauce
  • Cheese & Pineapple cubes (on toothpicks in fresh whole Pineapple)
  • Spanakopita Pastries
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Chocolate-covered Shortbread Stars
  • Oscar Brownies
  • Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes with Vanilla Ice-Cream

Costco and Trader Joe's both offer a wide variety of delicious hors d'oeuvres, fun munchies, fabulous desserts, Champagnes and fine wines.

Oscar Party Lobster Feast

Buy Fresh Live or Cooked Lobster Dinner Party

Buy fresh cooked or live Maine Lobsters for your Oscar Party — you can't beat lobster for a party!
More Lobster Buying Info

Casual Chic:
"Oscar Bash"
Keep your Oscar Party simple — make it a fun "Oscar Bash" and dress "Casual Chic."

"Oscar Bash" Buffet Menu
Whip up something easy for a large group (buffet style works well).

  • Lamb & Rosemary Shepherd's Pie
  • Poached Salmon
  • Lasagne
  • Irish Beef Stew
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Spicy Chili
  • Baked Ziti
  • Chicken Coconut Curry
  • Paella
  • Enchilada & Black Bean Casserole
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Smoked Salmon
    and Capers
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Garlic Fries
  • Portobello Mushrooms
  • Cumin Couscous
    with Veges
  • Mediterranean
    Kale Salad
  • Organic Arugula with Goat Cheese & Mini Red Grapes
  • Baby Spinach Salad with crumbled Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts

Serve a decadent dessert:

  • "Make-Your-Own Ice-Cream Sundae Bar"
  • Assorted Cheesecakes
  • Chocolate Lava Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Cream Puffs with Chocolate Sauce
  • Creme Brulee
  • Chocolate Lava Cakes
  • Tiramisu
  • Mini Fruit Tarts
  • Homemade Pies
  • Fresh Berries & Whipped Cream
  • Giant Chocolate-covered Strawberries


"Oscar Pot Luck"
Better yet...host a casual "Oscar Pot Luck Party." Pot Lucks are a lot of fun, especially if you're on a budget.

"Oscar Pot Luck" Menu
Make a big batch of Popcorn and have everyone bring a dish (appetizer, salad, entree, dessert...and what they want to drink).

In past years, we've served everything from assorted Costco and Trader Joe's hors d'oeuvres, to goodies from Beppo's, Max's Diner, In & Out Burger... and more. Here are a few Pot Luck suggestions:

  • Mini Crab Cakes
  • Mushroom Turnovers
  • Coconut Shrimp
  • BBQ Chicken Wings
  • Sliders (Mini Burgers) with BBQ Sauce
  • Potato Skins
  • Ham & Cheese Quesadillas
  • Mini Quiches
  • Garlic Mushrooms
  • Jalapeno Poppers
  • Assorted Cheeses, Veges & Dips
  • Sushi
  • Shrimp Cocktails
  • Stuffed Olives
  • Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Beppo's Thin-Crust Pizza
  • Amici's East Coast Pizza
  • Max's Deli food
  • Chinese Dim Sum
  • In & Out Burgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Sliced Vege Wraps
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Mini Brownies
  • Krispy Kreme Donuts
  • Cupcakes

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