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Stepping Out
Hooray for Hollywood and Oscar!
Host an awards party with red carpet appeal
By Karen Bloom
Courtesy Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Celebrate Oscar's big night with a Hollywood-style bash.

Get your A-list together and roll out the red carpet for an evening of star-gazing. Everyone’s favorite awards show, otherwise known as the 86th Academy Awards, held on Sunday, March 2, this year, is a great time to gather all of your movie-loving friends together for an awards night fete.
This year’s nominated films lend themselves to all sorts of creative party ideas. You might get your retro vibe going with an “American Hustle”-style gathering celebrating those silly 70s with food and favorite tunes from the era, and even some 70s-inspired attire.
Or plan an out-of-this world party, a la “Gravity,” with some sparkly décor and related food and drink. There are so many possibilities for some movie-inspired fun.
Start the evening off by putting together a CD or iTunes list with movie theme songs that can be playing when guests arrive. For bonus fun, see how many songs your guests can match up to the movies.
Make sure you have ample — and comfortable — seating ready. The ceremony is long, so set up chairs or oversized pillows on the floor for comfy front row seating.
Unlike Super Sunday, commercials are not a big draw on awards night. So use those commercial breaks for mingling and party activities — such as movie trivia, movie quotes, or a mini-marathon of Name That Movie Tune perhaps.
It’s always fun to pick the winners. Make copies of the Oscar ballot and have your guests fill them out when they arrive. Award prizes to those movie buffs who picked
Of course, be sure you have plenty of food — but keep it simple with make-ahead dishes and finger foods that guests can easily munch on comfortably, probably in front of the TV. And don’t forget that staple of movie treats — popcorn! Jazz it up with different toppings such as candies, nuts, seasonings, etc.
Try these recipes, honoring this year’s top films, to get the party started.

Spiced Popcorn Party Mix
2 large egg whites
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne
9 cups freshly popped unsalted popcorn
2 cups miniature pretzels
1 1/2 cups salted roasted peanuts
1 1/2 cups whole almonds, toasted


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