Call me a dork if you want to, but I love to throw an Oscar party. Every year I bust out my snack trays and print up some ballots for a traditional Oscar shindig, and this year will be no different. The rules for an Oscar party aren't all that different than any other party - you need some food, some booze, and hey, why not a little gambling -- ya know, for "entertainment purposes"? Now some of you out there like to bet money, and sure, that can be fun, but I like to put together prize packages to give away, and besides, the addition of a booby prize guarantees that I can ditch some of the lesser selections in my DVD collection (I'm looking at you, The Goods).

The best part about hosting your own Academy Awards party is that you can get as elaborate as you want: throw down some red carpet, get the champagne flowing, and you can even have mock paparazzi working the room. But I tend to keep things a little more low-key and you're more likely to see popcorn and theater candy (milk duds, Twizzlers, you name it) on my snack table than bottles of Moet. But hey, don't let me stop you; let your imagination (and budget) run wild.

With the big night just a little under a month away, I thought I would get you in the mood with a few suggestions for your Oscar night menu...


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In honor of our brave Na'vi brothers and sisters, I'd suggest throwing together a few Blue Curacao cocktails. Plus if you are looking to work in the military angle, might I suggest a Stars and Stripes...garnish with a piece of tropical fruit and you've got yourself a 'Pandoran Delight'.

The Blind Side
What better dish to represent the sickly-sweet true life sports tale, than the southern dessert classic, Mississippi Mud Pie?

District 9
Really, do I need to say it? Prawn is your only option here, and you can't go wrong with Spicy Prawn Dip.



The Hurt Locker
This one is primed for party snacks, and it's almost too easy to go straight to hummus or a baba gannoujh, but if you want to be a little more abstract, I say you go with a cereal-based snack.

Inglourious Basterds
Throughout most of Quentin Tarantino's revisionist masterpiece, my appetite was the last thing on my mind, but if we are looking for a food choice, you have to go with a strudel. Christoph Waltz may have terrified me right down to my toes, but that pastry did look awfully good.

Up In the Air
Considering airplane food is the worst there is, you might not want to get too authentic with this one. So if your friends are allergic to honey roasted peanuts (in a convenient snack size, no less) maybe you can put out some hot towels as a mid-show refresher.

So I know what I'll be doing on March 7th, but how about you? Will you be hosting an Oscar night party? Leave your unique and inspired prep plans in the comments below...