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you’re invited: academy awards party 2015.

 you're invited: oscar party 2015.

par·ty1  /ˈpärdē/

1. a social gathering of invited guests, typically involving eating, drinking, and entertainment.
2. a word used by socially awkward individuals to describe something which happens in the privacy of their own home, usually with very few guests, typically involving decorations and much more food than is necessary.
Such was the case of my most hallowed minor holiday: you can have your Valentine’s Day and your Mardi Gras, so long as you leave me my Academy of Motion Picture Awards Party, a.k.a the Oscar Party.

I have an intense, abiding love for the big screen. What more can I say? For as long as I can remember, my favorite thing to do is sit in a darkened theater and let stories and emotions fall all over me. I love it, and I’ve loved it since I child. And so, I celebrate it with food and by plopping myself in front of the television to see if my choices for Best Whatever match up to the Academy’s.
I don’t actually have a “party,” like with actual people. This year it was Mr. Table, the Wee One (who is already exhibiting an early love of movies, yay!) and myself, and I made food to represent some of the movies nominated for awards this year, some of which you’ll see in recipe form in the weeks to come. Shall we?
 you're invited: oscar party 2015.
First up, popcorn, because movies, right? You have to have popcorn to celebrate film, but this isn’t just any popcorn: this is sparkly popcorn. Remember that pink candy popcorn I make every year for the Wee One’s birthday? Well, this is the “gold” version, complete with sparkly sanding sugar and gold dust finish. Subtle in the photos, but in real life, it’s beautiful, and totally reminds me of that fake butter color of theatre-style popcorn. A win all-around.
you're invited: oscar party 2015.
On to the movies: a simple roast chicken to represent one of the big winners of the night (and of the year in general), Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance. I haven’t seen it yet, but plan to soon. My roast chicken is a pretty general fresh herbs and lemon combo…nothing to it, always satisfying, and it takes less time to prepare than repeating Birdman’s full title.
you're invited: oscar party 2015.
 you're invited: oscar party 2015.
Representing “Selma” (and to accompany my Birdman chicken) I made spicy collard greens and cornbread. It’s safe to say both of these will make a second appearance (with recipe) on the blog, because both have already made a second appearance in my kitchen. Fantastic, each of them, and I don’t know if it’s because they’re so simple or because they’re just so good, and heartwarming, and I digress because I’m sitting here blanketed in snow and warm food is the best right now. I know some of you know what I’m talking about.
 you're invited: oscar party 2015.
We honored the rest of the nominees (and some iconic Oscar objects) in cookie form – not all of them, but the ones we could find appropriate cutters for, using the recipe I used for those valentine cookies a few weeks ago. Can you guess which ones represent which movies? Answers below.
 you're invited: oscar party 2015.
Answers: Lobby Boy fez for “The Grand Budapest Hotel“; bloody hand  for “Whiplash“; Rolleiflex camera (obviously a very accurate representation) for Finding Vivian Maier; disembodied Baymax robot face for “Big Hero 6“; weird-looking dial/clock thing for “The Imitation Game“; question mark for The Theory of Everything; nondescript ginger man holding the number 4 for “Citizenfour“; music note for all the original song and score nominees (and sound production, because music, prominent and background, is everything in a film); envelope for a shout-out to all the nominees and winners.
And by the way, I couldn’t find a good way to represent “Ida,” which one for Best Foreign Film, but it was amazing and everyone should see it.
 you're invited: oscar party 2015.
Oh! and we made decorations, just to add to the festivities around here. Gold and black seem to be a good way to do that, and i figured out the easiest way ever to make a tassel garland. People, it takes mere seconds to do each tassel, if you do it my way, and I’ll make up a little tutorial to share soon.

So that’s it! A small celebration for a fabulous year in movies. I’m currently working on catching up with some of the films I have yet to see, and any recommendations are welcome. I’ll be back with the cornbread and collards recipes in a few days, but first, I think I have a breakfast-themed ice cream headed your way.


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  • Reply Elizabeth @ Taste and Sprout February 26, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I know that lots of people that throw Oscar parties, but theming the food to the nominees? Now that is classic! I absolutely LOVE your themed cookies- so cute! You have outdone yourself again Shannon!

    • Reply shannon February 27, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Thanks, Elizabeth! You know, it all started with a semi-simple idea to just find cookie cutters to represent all the movies…and then quickly changed into actual food (I am prone to making a larger deal out of things when i don’t need to). 🙂 I’m kinda glad it did, because well…i had actual food to eat instead of just sweets, so a win there, and it was easy to make, which means i got to watch the entire broadcast uninterrupted. 🙂

  • Reply Faygie February 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Your idea of a party is my favorite kind – small! 🙂 I’m not really into the Oscars, so no party here. I’d love to throw a summer Olympics party next year, but I don’t really know anybody who’s as obsessed with them as I am. Although a party of 1 doesn’t sound TOO horrible, actually, as long as there’s good food involved! 😉

    Oh, and did you see? I ACTUALLY POSTED ON MY BLOG. Nothing fancy, but a real post!

    • Reply shannon February 27, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Viva la tiny parties! 🙂 I’d totally be up for a summer olympics party – I still watch them now, but as a kid? Obsessed with the gymnastics part of things, as well as diving.

      NO WAY: i’m reading it right after i hit the send button because IT’S BEEN SO LONG AND I’VE MISSED YOUR POSTS!

  • Reply natalie @ wee eats February 27, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I really wish I lived closer so I could come to your parties! I love the cookies – they look AMAZING!! and i CANNOT WAIT for that cornbread recipe!

    • Reply shannon February 27, 2015 at 10:37 am

      ME TOO! I could use a friend to be antisocial with, for reals. I’m typing up the cornbread recipe as we speak; probably Mr. Table is going to force me to make it again this weekend.

  • Reply Abbe @ This is How I Cook February 27, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I wish I lived next door. I would have crashed the party. With champagne, of course!

    • Reply shannon February 27, 2015 at 10:36 am

      I would have LOVED that, Abbe: if you lived next door, you would have totally been invited to my extremely tiny party. 🙂

  • Reply John@Kitchen Riffs February 27, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Fun stuff! And you really do need champagne for an Oscar Party. Don’t worry — Abbe’s buying. 😀 We like movies, a lot. What we don’t like is going out to the theater to see them. So we haven’t seen most of this year’s winners yet. But we will. Eventually. In our house. With popcorn. And probably drinking champagne. 😉

  • Reply Amrita March 2, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    OMG these were all such great ideas! I do this every year too because i LOVE film.
    And I actually prefer to watch it alone because I don’t like to miss a moment (who will they cut to the audience next?!) but this year we watched with friends, which, I was only really okay with because we now have a DVR and I was still able to watch it quietly in peace the next day.
    I was gonna make fried chicken because that would cover Birdman, Whiplash (drumsticks), and Selma but then I decided I didn’t want to fry anything so I switched to classic popcorn too. I did make the dessert from The Grand Budapest Hotel but they kept slipping and sliding off each other so I served them in a gigantic mound 😛
    I didn’t care much for Birdman but The Imitation Game and Theory of Everything were great (I sobbed so much at the end of The Imitation Game)

    • Reply shannon March 4, 2015 at 9:32 am

      OH it is so good to hear you say that, Amrita: i don’t actually have many friends super into film (or maybe who take it as seriously as i do) and i also really relish watching both movies and the awards shows SOLO. Most people do like to talk over stuff, or discuss, and it’s nice to concentrate. I totally agree.

      I love that you also did food theme for the Oscars…great minds. 🙂 Frying would have been a lot of work (i thought about doing that, and then wings, and then discarded the whole thing for the roasted chicken because just less mess and time). OMG you actually tried those giant stacked puff things? you’re amazing…even just to try it; the serving mound almost makes it better and somehow even more Wes Andersony.

      So The Imitation Game is on my list to watch this week or next: i haven’t seen it and i imagine i will dissolve into ugly tears for SURE with that one. I should note that i cry at basically any movie because I get super into the storyline so…yeah. tears will happen. Theory of Everything is on my list also.

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