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Potluck Oscar Party Ideas or Red Carpet Dining at Home

The suspense is over. The writers are back at work writing and so let the 80th anniversary of the Oscars brighten up the land, Hollywood Boulevard, and fashions forever.  Lots of people will be having friends over to cheer their favorites and boo their boredom. Here are some Oscar party potluck ideas.

You can have a potluck asking guests to bring food from the five nominated movies. Since I have only seen two of the nominated movies, I have no clue what I’m talking about here but let’s ad lib anyway.

The nominees for best picture are

Atonement – On a summer’s day in 1935, a series of events and the ways in which they are misinterpreted change the lives of sisters Briony and Cecilia Tallis and their housekeeper’s son, Robbie.

Okay, the film has British overtones. What did Brits eat in the 1930s? Were they in the Great Depression like the U.S.?  Think bangers and mash and scones  with real butter and strong tea with cream and for good measure lace the tea with brandy. I’m quite sure the Oscars will be as boring as ever.

Juno – When Juno, a smart, outspoken 16-year-old, finds herself pregnant, she decides to give the baby up for adoption, yadda, yadda.

I saw Juno and loved it. So what do pregnant 16 year olds eat? I would say lots of junk food and fast food pizza, mac and cheese, a big bowl of M&Ms, sliders and the side fixings. Juno is fun and so this food should be too.

Michael Clayton – When one of the star attorneys at a powerful corporate law firm suffers a guilt-fueled breakdown that threatens to derail a planned merger, the firm’s fixer, Michael Clayton (George Clooney), is called in to take care of the situation.

I saw this movie and I’ll be damned if I can remember anything food related. There was one scene where the lawyer who is having the breakdown is walking down the street with dozens of baguettes. There you have it baguettes but c stop there buy some of the best olive oil for dipping and some marvelous smelly cheese and fresh ripe tomatoes for divine sandwiches. Wash it down with high balls and Maker’s Mark bourbon on the rocks.

No Country for Old Men – When Llewellyn Moss comes upon a corpse-strewn drug-deal-gone-wrong in the middle of the barren West Texas range, he takes the bag of cash he finds at the scene and soon draws the attention of the county sheriff investigating the crime. (I have always wanted to find a bag of cash.)

I guess the key words here are West Texas as I have not seen the film. So thinking along the line of Texas, let’s go with BBQ, Texas style and some bottled beer; not too fancy.

There Will be Blood – In his ruthless pursuit of wealth, misanthropic oilman Daniel Plainview tricks a local farmer into signing away his valuable drilling rights and rejects his own son, H.W., when the boy loses his hearing in an accident. The title makes me lose my appetite. 

Oilman makes me think of some gritty god forsaken place.  I’ve been told that a line is uttered, I drink your milkshake.  Apparently, this line is so popular, it’s going to out milk, I see dead people.

So make milkshakes but think outside vanilla and chocolate. Milkshakes can be alcoholic by adding Kaluha and Bailey’s Irish Cream. Invent new flavors like cherry pie and hot buttered rum. Or make bloody Marys.

This milkshake making event could be the highlight of your Oscar party.

Don’t forget to provide guests with a ballot (it need not be all the nominations) and ask them to vote for their winners. Sweeten the pot by asking everyone to chip in $5, $10 or $20. Have a few tie-breaker questions and the winner or winners can take all.

If you’re planning a party or going to one, please share your ideas.

I’d love to see Juno win because we all need a good laugh these days but comedies only get nominated but never win.

See you at the Oscars, baby.

  1. Love your writeup and it definitely got the ideas flowing. This year (2009)I decided to go with an Indian theme because of Slumdog Millionaire. I plan to cook Indian food with all of my guest and then watch the show afterwords. This is one of my first Oscar Party i am throwing and a friend of mine recommended that i try WK Pacs to make the cooking easier. Check it out: http://waverleykitchens.ning.com/page/movie-awards

  2. Potluck Oscar Party Ideas or Red Carpet Dining at Home at Circle of Food – Healthy Food Blogvery nice great article thank you.

  3. Potluck Oscar Party Ideas or Red Carpet Dining at Home at Circle of Food – Healthy Food Blog great article thank you.

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