Oscar Night Party Ideas

Tonight's the night!  Oscar 2013... a fun evening to have some friends over to watch the awards.

Didn't plan ahead for a party for Oscar Night?  It's not too late to put together a great little party.

How about a nice little gathering with bite sized appetizers… depending on where you live will affect what you might want to serve…. for those on the east coast in the US… Oscars come late in the evening… so bite-sized hors’dourves might just be the ticket.

You might also want to end the evening with a small tray of sweets too…. a little something to serve with tea or coffee….


When planning a menu keep in mind the “do-ahead” factor….. preparing ahead is key… after all.. you don’t want to be slaving in the kitchen missing all the fun.

Consider completing preparing ahead your selection of appetizers and simply saving the baking step for last.

Consider oven temperatures and baking times when choosing which appetizers to make.

Quantities will depend on a number of factors… things to think about… time the party starts… number of people and of course budget.

If you’re starting late… then I figure they’ve already eaten something before coming ….even if it was light….. and this will be considered extra munchies for them….

I like to serve a variety of about 6 different kinds of appetizers…. figure about 6 pieces per person….

I also make sure to have a vegetable or fruit tray with dips…. and one chip and dip item… one or two small choices of sweets to end the evening.

If the festivities are starting a bit earlier… then one of the appetizer/hors’dourves will be substantial…. such as Stromboli or Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Squares…. or Sweet and Spicy Cocktail Meatballs.

For a very late starting party…. I would consider a very light munch…. a cheese tray perhaps with wine…. and coffee and tea with an assortment of 2-3 small desserts or baked items….

For more ideas see the Party Planning for past party planning posts…. see the Appetizer and Hors’dourves label for more recipes…. Desserts and Cake labels for those recipes…..

And don't forget my Coffee and Tea Buying Guide for a Crowd and Tips for Making Coffee and Tea for a Crowd.

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Here are some ideas to get you started thinking…. I’ve included baking temperatures and times where applicable to help you sort them out…

Baked Finger Foods... that can be prepared ahead and final baking just before serving:

Mini Spinach and Bacon Quiches... Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes.

Tiny Ham and Pineapple Pot Pies... These are just adorable! Bake at 425 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.

Taco Bites... Bake at 375 degrees F for 8 minutes.

Lil Smokies in a Blanket…. Bake at 375 degrees F for 11-15 minutes.

Tomato Basil Pesto Tartlets... Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms... Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Easy Boursin Stuffed Mushrooms... Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.

These foods can be baked somewhat ahead and served warm or at room temperature:

Raspberry Brie Tarts

Spinach Cheese Puff Pastry Swirls

More Substantial Foods:

Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Squares

Stromboli…. is a perfect choice…. you can prepare one or more ahead… slice it and serve at room temperature… you can vary the ingredients between the different Strombolis.

Italian Spinach Bacon and Cheese Sandwiches…. these sandwiches can be made with small party bread…. perfect snack or horsdourves size…. the smaller size will eliminate the need for a fork and a knife…. they will require use of the oven… but you can bake them first… before foods that take longer… and serve them at room temperature

Mini Ham and Swiss Party Sandwiches…. I just posted this today… they’re quick and easy and can be made completely ahead… and won’t break the bank… don’t like Ham and Swiss? … make any combinations of meats and cheeses you want…. salami and provolone… turkey and pepper jack cheese….you can even make tuna melts… just make the tuna salad and use whatever cheese you want … be creative!

Sweet and Spicy Cocktail Meatballs

Classic Swiss Fondue

Requires no cooking or baking and can be made completely ahead:

Boursin Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Fruit Tray with Dips... try a terrific Yogurt Sauce

Vegetable Tray with Dips... Try a Ranch Spinach Dip

Chips or Crackers and Dip...

Corned Beef Bread Dip - an unlikely combination that will surprise you.. just delicious!

Baked Cheddar and Bacon Dip - fabulous flavors in a hot dip served with crackers ...yummmm!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip - a quick and easy recipe
The Finale:

Bite-Sized Fruit Pies

Linzer Torte Bars

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