Last night I hosted my first Oscar party and many guests commented that it was their first time ever attending one. I think a Facebook friend said it best, "the Oscars are my Super Bowl."
No, I don't love the Oscars which was a common assumption made at work today as my co-workers devoured leftover mini cupcakes. I just like any excuse to host a party :)
I contributed drinks and desserts, while guests brought food for dinner with my only request being that it didn't require silverware. With ease-of-eating-in-the-living-room in mind, I made mini cupcakes.
Parties are not a good time to try out new recipes, so I went with a pumpkin cupcake recipe that I've made many times and people always seem to love.
I also chose to make mini cupcakes because they were the perfect size to hold Hollywood food picks I found at Bartz's Party Store. I also picked up paper popcorn boxes in their Oscar party section.
I'm a huge candy fan, so I stocked up on classic movie theatre candy...or at least what I remember being popular from 1993-1998 when I worked at Marcus Theatres in Madison. We snacked on popcorn and candy after dinner which completed the movie experience.
Anytime you invite food bloggers to a party, you know the food is going to be good. Unfortunately, I didn't get a photo of everyone, but I did capture Erica and her crab cakes, Molly and her caprese bites and salami bites, and Alysha with her crackers, carrots and dip.
Also in attendance were Lisa who brought popcorn and Inger who made sliders, including a "Life of Pi" curry slider that I really liked! I was shocked to learn they were made with tempeh, which I didn't think I liked.
The Oscars were pretty boring this year, or maybe it's just the company was so good that I preferred to chat rather than watch the show. Either way, I think it's a fun reason to have a party and I would definitely host again next year.