February 23, 2011

The Oscars are about Hollywood glamour, but when you’re throwing a red carpet party, sometimes less is more. When deciding on your menu, there are a few quick tricks to keep in mind that will save you time. But don't worry, your food will still appear as elegant as Natalie Portman’s dancing in Black Swan.

1. Splash of color. Since this is a red carpet event, why not make your champagne red, too? A touch of color gives your cocktail some flair. Here’s a recipe for a Champagne-Pomegranate Cocktail (from MyRecipes) that’s easy, but still maintains that classic glamour of the Oscars. Try garnishing the drink with pomegranate seeds to add a touch of sophistication.

Champagne-Pomegranate Cocktail

  • 2 tablespoons  pomegranate juice per cocktail
  • 1  750-ml. bottle of champagne or sparkling wine

Pour 2 tablespoons of pomegranate juice into each glass. Top off cocktail with champagne and add pomegranate seeds.

 2. Ice, Ice Baby. Liven up any drink with a few fun ice cubes. Try placing various berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries) in an ice cube tray, and fill it with water to create ice cubes. Once the cubes melt in the drinks, your guests will have floating berries.

3. Let them eat cake. Dessert is always necessary at an Oscar party, whether it be cake, cupcakes, or chocolate. Tartlets are great to serve because they are delicate and easy to eat. Here’s a recipe for Chocolate-Hazelnut Tartlets that’s perfect for a last-minute fix. I traded in the flaky tartlet shells in the original recipe in favor of phyllo shells to give it a bit more crunch. Play around with the filling and create a platter of different flavors. Your friends won’t believe it when you tell them it only took 5 minutes to create.

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