Hosting an Academy Awards viewing party? Here are five of my easiest Oscar worthy party bites inspired by the menu created by Wolfgang Puck for the Governors BallGet all of my Oscar party tips here.

The best thing about Wolfgang Puck's menu is that it is filled with comfort food favorites, not a lot of over the top gastronomy, using quality ingredients instead of flashy techniques. So make your best comfort food dish like Mac n Cheese or you can get items like pizza or sushi from your favorite restaurant. A cheese board is always easy; guests can graze while gathered around the television.

DEVILED EGGS WITH TOPPINGS: What could be easier? Make the deviled eggs in advance and add the toppings just before guests arrive or allow them to add their own toppings. If you really feel like splurging, you can go all Wolfgang and get some caviar or truffles to shave on top. Get the recipe...

HAM AND CHEESE IN PUFF PASTRY: An unexpectedly elegant twist on ham and cheese that is so delicious, my friend Justin put it in his new cookbook. With layers of flaky, buttery puff pastry and gooey, melted cheese, this will become of your favorites, too.  Get the recipe...

CITRUS PICKLED SHRIMP: Without question, this my favorite party recipe. You can make it for a big or small crowd, you can make it in advance, and best of all, it is always a hit.I've made it for casual or very elegant occasions and adjust the way I serve it to the event. Get the recipe...

HOMEMADE TRUFFLES: You must have chocolate for an Oscar party and serving your own homemade truffles is one of those wow factors your guests will always remember. For their "award" or favor, package these in a gold box for friends to take home. Get the recipe...

DARK AND WHITE DOUBLE DRIZZLED POPCORN: What's a movie party without popcorn? Take ordinary popcorn to the next level with lots of melted chocolate. What could be better (or easier) than that? Get the recipe...


For an Academy Awards night viewing party, birthday, movie night party, or girls night in, incorporate signature items Wolfgang Puck includes in his Oscar night party for the stars but with easy, make-ahead and purchase options to make your party prep a breeze.

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SET THE STAGE: Whether you want the party to be casual or glitz and glam, let your invitation set the tone. Ask guests to come dressed red carpet ready or low key casual. Let the party reflect your personality. Evite has several "Oscar" and "Red Carpet" type of invitations to select from and you can get them out fast or you can create a Facebook or other social media event invitation. Take some inspiration from Oscars' designs below. Movie reels, gold men, etc can center your design for the invitation and for the party.

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DECORATIONS: Oscar is gold so I used gold for the main design element. I always like to use what I have paired with a few easy to find items to anchor the décor. If your china has a gold band, start there. I found a few inexpensive mix and match items to round out my supplies including some gold plates and plastic platters from Party City; under $3. Mixed in with some of your nicer pieces, these look great and won’t break the bank. I got gold stars and helium-filled balloons from Wal-Mart.

Note: Some of the Wal-Mart stores do not inflate balloons any more so call first to be sure yours does. I tied cardboard gold stars (also from Wal-Mart) to the balloons to keep them in place and they look like they are floating. You can download printable photos and posters from the Oscar website, too.

MENU: Use Wolfgang's Oscar menu as inspiration for your own party. Wolfgang does lots of elegant bites set up in stations, perfect for a viewing party since guests will be camped out in front of the TV. You want guests to be able to mix, mingle, and graze easily. Look over his menu and choose a few things to make- like your favorite Mac n Cheese, Sliders, or Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Add a cheese board, a platter of sushi from your favorite place, some pizza cut into squares, and a few sweets and you're all set.  Get my top 5 easy and elegant Oscar night recipes...

Photo credit: Tamika Moore/The Birmingham News

BEVERAGES: Champagne or bubbly is always a great way to start the party. I always have at least one signature cocktail pre-made so that I don't have to play bartender all night. Serve in pitchers, a dispenser, or pre-fill glasses and set them on a tray.

ENTERTAINMENT: It is always fun to predict the winners or play Academy Awards trivia. Download this year's full ballot or get ideas for your movie trivia game from the Oscars website.

Create your own movie quote trivia game. Match the quote to the film. "Ditto", "You had me at hello", "You know I love you more than my luggage",,, you get the picture. Or you can download my Movie Quote game, complete with instructions.

Create a party mix of tunes from your favorite Oscar winning movies. Most are available on iTunes or you can get a soundtrack of Academy Award tunes at most stores. Spotify will have an Oscars mix ready to play to make it really easy.


The predictions. The red carpet. The gowns. The winners. The losers. The parties. That's when it gets really interesting for me. Here's Wolfgang Puck's menu for the 2015 Academy Awards Governors Ball. If you read through it, you'll see that outside of a lot of expensive caviar and truffles, it is full of comfort food you can easily make at home for your own Academy Awards viewing party. You'll find mac n cheese, pizza, sliders, grilled cheese, chocolate chip cookies, and other comfort food favorites along with easy to create stations like his famous cheese board, sushi bar, and dessert buffet.

Get the full behind-the-scenes preview here...

Governors Ball Menu February 22, 2015 

Menu created by Chef Wolfgang Puck with Matt Bencivenga Pastry Team: Kamel Guechida, Della Gossett, Jason Lemonnier 

Tray-Passed Hors D’Oeuvre

Spicy Tuna Tartare, Sesame Miso Cone Mini American Wagyu Burgers, Aged Cheddar, Remoulade Smoked Salmon Oscar Matzo Assorted Pizzas Lobster “BLT” with Bacon, Tomato, Chive Aioli and Brioche Aged Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomato Smoked Hominy Toasts, Avocado, Salsa Verde Crispy Artichokes, Citrus-Chili Gremolata Beet Latkes, Pastrami Duck, Apple Mustard Parsnip Chips, Caponata, Capers  

Cocktail Bites

Homemade Pretzels, Pimento Cheese Five-Year Aged Gouda & Parmesan Reggiano Deviled Eggs with Spiced Crab Roasted Nuts with Rosemary, Cayenne, Sea Salt and Brown Sugar Breadsticks & Seeded Lavosh  

Sushi & Shellfish Bar  

Passed Small Plates – Served Hot  

Baked Potato with Caviar Chicken Pot Pie, Black Truffles Parsnip Soup with White Chocolate, Pears, Rosemary and 24k Gold Baked Macaroni and Cheese Crispy Potato Galette with Smoked Salmon and Caviar Wagyu Shortrib, Hay-Smoked Kabocha Squash Puree Celery Root Agnolotti, Black Winter Truffles Dover Sole, Fennel, Chili, Orange Miso Vinaigrette   
Passed Small Plates – Served Chilled 

Lobster Salad with Artichokes, Asparagus, Fava Beans, Baby Beets and Citrus Vinaigrette  (Artichoke Salad with Asparagus, Fava Beans, Baby Beets and Citrus Vinaigrette) Chinois Chicken Salad Chilled Sweet Pea Soup with Black Truffles  

Chocolates & Sweets

Coffee Oscar Lollipops Peanut Butter Strawberry Jelly Lollipop Chocolate Chip Cookies Chocolate Mint Truffles Strawberry Marshmallow Rocher Vanilla Caramel Nougat Gianduja WP Artisanal Chocolate Truffles and Bon Bons    Truffle Coconut Macaron Violet Crème Brûlée, Blackcurrant Jelly Passion Fruit Pate de Fruits Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta, Raspberry, Cherry Bittersweet Chocolate Cupcake, Marshmallow Frosting Assorted Chocolate Barks and Bars White Chocolate Cream, Wild Strawberry Push Pops  Hollywood Chocolate Mousse, Citrus Crème Brûlée Assorted Mini Cookies Dark Chocolate Brownie  

Small Plate Sweets 

Mexican Spiced Chocolate Brownie, Earl Grey Ice Cream, Cocoa Crumbs Apple Millefeuille, Brown Butter Sauce, Apple Cider Jelly Tiny Vanilla Bean and Hot Fudge Sundae