Throwing an Oscars Viewing Party

For those who are throwing an Oscars viewing party this weekend or just want to make your at-home experience a little more fun and festive, here are my ingredients for an easy breezy Oscars party:

1. Throw up some gold and silver balloons = instant flash of celebration.

party balloons

2. Use colorful straws to accompany your beverages and put a bow-tie on them.

bowtie straws

3. No Oscars party is complete without some champagne.  Go on, get bubbly.

champagne on ice

4. Instead of slaving away in the kitchen making a large meal, bring out the sugar and snacks.

popcorn

macaroons

chocolate cupcakes

5. And if you really want to get into the celebratory mood, don a fantastic dress!

christopher kane floral dress

Have a great weekend everyone!

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In Honor of Bubbly

I had the pleasure of attending the Masters of Wine champagne tasting last evening at San Francisco’s Ferry Building.  The champagnes were divided into vintage, non-vintage, blanc de blancs, dose and non-dose champagnes (dose refers to champagne with dosage, or the sugar that’s added after the second fermentation and indicates the sweetness level of the champagne).  My favorite of the night was the Pol Roger champagne under dose. Although I would have liked to have had a more formal event where Masters of Wine experts taught us how to drink and describe champagne, the event did allow me to catch up with my girlfriends while sipping bubbly.  I guess it met the most important criteria, right?

From Taittinger, Bollinger, Moet & Chandon to Dom Perignon, the top cuvees were definitely on hand. Here is a picture of one of the tables:

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And for some inspiration…

I love collecting barware for my growing ‘bar-at-home’ and recently bought the edge flutes (below) to add to my repertoire.  Don’t you just love these modern and pretty champagne glasses?  Get to your nearest Crate & Barrel and grab some for your next dinner party!

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Edge flute (top) and Verve flute (bottom)