The Oscars are almost here and if you’re planning to host a screening with friends and family, you’ve only got a few days to get it together! Luckily we are your go-to source for A-list party ideas and menus. But first, you want to make sure you’ve at least seen the movies nominated for best picture, right? Grab some popcorn and a comfy spot on the couch or host a movie madness party to catch up on the year’s best films. The top contenders are a varied bunch that assure a little something for everybody. We think the menu for your red carpet soiree should reflect that same theme. Since your guests will be gathered around the television, finger foods are an absolute must. Keep it fun by serving a different appetizer to represent each movie. Here are our 2013 hollywood-inspired recommendations:



It's been said that President Lincoln’s tastes were simple and that he never had much of an appetite. However, he did enjoy eating fresh fruit, nuts and oysters. Why not pay tribute to our 16th president (and the movie about his life) with this broiled oyster appetizer that we are sure he would have loved?


Beasts of the Southern Wild

The main character of this film, set in a rustic Louisiana bayou community, is a heart-warming little girl named “Hushpuppy.” What better to serve than the bite-size, deep-fried Southern staple that bares the same name? In this recipe, a Lowcountry classic is transformed into a crispy, satisfying fritter and served with a tomato-corn relish.


Zero Dark Thirty

We chose to represent this controversial film about Osama Bin Laden’s capture with a traditional Middle Eastern spread. Spoon red pepper hummus into these cute cucumber cups and serve!


Silver Linings Playbook

This movie is set and filmed in Philadelphia with the Eagles, Philadelphia’s professional football team, being central to the story. Pay homage to that fact by serving Philly Cheesesteak-Style Sandwiches. For easy-to-eat hors d'oeuvres, make mini cheesesteaks on dinner rolls.



This French-language drama is a love story focusing on an elderly couple facing health issues. Celebrate that love with a sugar-topped pastry puff that is as sweet as it is French.



Persian Street Vendor Kababs are the perfect thing to serve because they represent the colliding of two cultures - American and Middle Eastern, much like this thrilling film about the Iran hostage crisis in 1979.


Les Miserables

Jean Valjean, the main character in this musical, was sentenced to prison after stealing bread to feed his sister’s children during the depression in early 19th-century France. We promise there will be no punishment for stealing bites of this garlic-herb bread that would be a perfect base for any dip or spread.


Life of Pi

The plot of this fantasy adventure film revolves around a boy who survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal Tiger. Whereas finding food (or becoming food!) was no doubt an issue for him, you and your guests won’t go hungry if you make these very appropriate Tiger’s Eye Brownies.


Django Unchained

This film was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and set in the antebellum era of the Deep South. With that in mind, we can all agree that back then the South was all about Bourbon. Mix a bourbon cocktail with peach flair to round out your menu and impress your guests.

What other award-winning recipes are you making for the Oscars?