This weekend we had our fourth annual Oscars gathering. I hesitate to call it a party, but I guess it is a party. This year we had about a dozen friends – mainly neighbors – come over, and my husband went over the rules before the Oscars began.
Oh yes. Our party had rules.
The kiddo was under the weather, and he still needed to be in bed on time (or close to on time, as he had taken a nap at 4:30 p.m.) So the rules were: Loud talkers downstairs, quiet/non-talkers could be upstairs. The party would end no later than 10:30 p.m. because we had jobs come Monday morning and needed to be somewhat alert. (Last year, we had people at our house until the bitter end of the awards show – around 12:30 a.m. It was awful.)
New this year (besides the addition of rules) were Oscar cookies! I was a bit upset when the husband announced to our gathering-goers that the cookies would be making an appearance. I didn’t know if they were going to come through, or not. Thankfully they did.
I made the cookies on Saturday. I used my go-to sugar cookie recipe (from Real Simple) and I think the cookies will get a post of their own. The cookie cutter was a little pricey, but it was made in Kansas and I’ll be able to use it at least twice a year (it’s really a mummy, but it looks so similar to an Oscar statuette!)
My dad made popcorn on Saturday night, which we stored in plastic bowls and a large covered pot. His popcorn is the. best. I promise you. And most of it was gone by the end of the party.
The husband made buffalo chicken bites and a vegetable frittata. He found the recipes in All You magazines, and they were supposed to be geared towards Oscar parties. They were fun and so good. (The chicken was gone quickly.) Our guests also brought stuff to share. (Oh, and we provided beer and some wine.)
Overall, the party went over well. My husband was on noise-patrol, and he only had to get loud talkers off the first floor once. It was funny to see our guests go to their respective floors – those who knew they were loud, and those who were serious about watching.
We also do a ballot pool. Everyone contributes $2 per ballot, completes their ballot and whoever gets the most winners correct wins the cash. This year, we had a tie.
I thought the show was just ok this year. (What I saw of it.) I watched the end of the Oscars this morning. I definitely could not handle staying up so late.
Did you watch the Oscars? I watch them, even though I only see one or two of the movies. I absolutely loved Silver Linings Playbook!