Throwing the Perfect Movie Award Night Party

 

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

At Fiesta Dinnerware, we’ll take any opportunity to throw a party. Food and friends – it’s what life’s all about! So with the biggest movie award night just around the corner, we decided it’s lights, camera, action for a party themed around one of our favorite movies of the year…La La Land. Our décor, food, drink, and party favor all are inspired by this beautiful film about a jazz musician and actress searching for fame in LA.

Here are some ideas to plan your own movie award night viewing party:

Lay out the red carpet. Since our theme is based on La La Land, we’re rolling out a “piano carpet” that we found online. Ask a few friends to act like the paparazzi as your guests arrive.

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Dress for the occasion. How often do we get a chance to dress up? Do like the stars do and dress to the nines! You could even go a step further and ask your guests to dress like their favorite actor or actress.

Provide a star-studded backdrop. Try using a giant movie poster as your backdrop. And don’t forget plenty of props like hats, boas and sunglasses.

Make show stopping snacks. Set up a buffet table with gourmet snacks. Be sure to coordinate your dinnerware and serveware with the theme of your party. With our La La Land theme, we’re using a Fiesta Dinnerware color palette of Lapis, Cobalt, White, and new color Daffodil (look for Daffodil in stores and online this June!).

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

We’re serving a variety of simple foods, but it’s the extra touches that make each dish special. Our menu includes:

Truffle Oil Parmesan Popcorn: Make or buy premade popcorn. Drizzle with a combination of melted butter and truffle oil. Sprinkle with shaved parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. We found some fun glammed up movie theater popcorn bags in which to serve the popcorn. People can scoop it right out of a Fiesta Signature Bowl.

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Chicken on a Stick: At one point in the movie, the main character Sebastian mentions that he’d like to open a jazz club called “Chicken on a Stick” in honor of Charlie Parker. It’s a no brainer what we’re serving after a comment like that!

We’re grilling chicken skewers and serving them with a variety of sauces, like barbeque, honey mustard and peanut sauce. Our friends at Oh So Delicioso have a recipe for a yummy Peanut Dipping Sauce.

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Serve the Chicken on a Stick on a Medium Oval Platter with the dipping sauces in our Bouillon Bowls set on top of a Small Bread Tray. Three of the bowls fit perfectly in the Small Bread Tray.

Cheese Tray for a Star: We’re having some fun with a set of star cookie cutters in various sizes to get our cheese tray Hollywood ready. Just cut different types of cheese into star shapes and serve with crackers and some dried fruit. We served our cheese tray on a Square Handled Serving Tray.

The new Bistro Crescent Plate is the perfect size and shape for serving small bites at a party. Don’t you think?

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Camera Ready Cupcakes: Is it possible to have a party without cupcakes? It would be hard to convince us otherwise. Vanilla cupcakes are always a hit. Need a recipe? Look no further than The Sugary Shrink. We’re sprinkling ours with gold stars to dress them up.

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Here’s a fun Fiesta hack: turn a Cup upside down and place an Appetizer Plate on top to make a mini cake stand. Or a Hostess Serving Bowl upside down topped with any plate or platter for a larger cake stand.

Create a signature drink. Champagne will always do in a pinch, but creating your own signature drink makes the party all that more glam. We’re serving a La La Lapis Martini (recipe below).

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

La La Lapis Martini Recipe

Ingredients:
Lemon wedge
Ice cubes
1/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail
2 tablespoons (1 oz.) citron vodka or vodka
2 tablespoons (1 oz.) blue curacao
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 

Directions:
1. Moisten rim of chilled martini glass with lemon wedge. Sprinkle sugar onto small plate, and dip moistened rim into the sugar to coat lightly. 
2. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add cranberry juice, vodka, curacao, and lemon juice; cover and shake.
3. Strain into martini glass and garnish with lemon wedge.

* Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker

Cast your ballots. Before the show starts, provide a ballot sheet listing all the nominees. Ask your guests to cast their votes. Whoever predicts the most wins, gets a prize of their own!

Present your party favors. After the best picture is announced, give your guests some swag. We decided at our party, everyone goes home a winner. It’s golden statues all around: chocolate pops decked out in edible gold, of course!

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Are you planning a movie award night party? If so, please share your party ideas with us by tagging Fiesta Dinnerware on Facebook or Instagram.

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Hummus: Healthy Homemade Comfort Food

Healthy homemade hummus recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog | www.alwaysfestive.com

While we’re still in the throes of winter, spring is just around the corner. If you’re anything like us, our minds are thinking beach, but our tummies are thinking comfort food.

For a delicious snack that’s healthy, nourishing and comforting, we turned to our friend Chef Maria Loi of New York’s Loi Estiatorio restaurant and author of The Greek Diet for her famous Hummus recipe.

Chef Maria Loi's healthy homemade hummus recipe from the book The Greek Diet (featured on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog) | www.alwaysfestive.com

We served our hummus with fresh veggies and warm pita bread. In the spirit of the Greek Islands, we went with a color palette of blues and white for our Fiesta dishes. Lapis, Turquoise and White are as crisp and fresh as the carrots, celery and snap peas we served for dipping.

This recipe makes plenty for a party. Using our Appetizer Plates, Square Handled Serving Tray and 2pc Dip and Spreader Set, it’s simple to serve a group.

A healthy homemade hummus recipe, featured on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog | www.alwaysfestive.com

If you’ve never made your own hummus, it’s nothing like the kind you buy in the grocery store. It’s so simple to make.

In this recipe, while you’re welcome to use canned chickpeas, we encourage you to try using dried chickpeas instead. Served slightly warm along with fresh warm pita bread — you’re in for a treat!

Maria's Hummus
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Ingredients
  1. 1 red bell pepper
  2. 2 cups dried chickpeas or one 16-ounce can chickpeas
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda (if using dried chickpeas)
  4. 1 medium onion, quartered
  5. 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  6. 1/4 cup tahini
  7. 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  8. Red pepper flakes (optional)
  9. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  10. Salt
  11. Warmed whole-grain pita bread and/or vegetables, for serving
Instructions
  1. Roast the pepper by placing it over an open flame at medium-high heat on your stovetop. Rotate it consistently using tongs until the entire outside is charred, about 10 to 15 minutes. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to steam for 15 minutes. Remove the pepper from the bowl, peel the skin using your hands, remove the seeds, and chop. Set aside.
  2. If you're using canned chickpeas, skip to Step 4. If you are using dried chickpeas, place them in a medium pot. Cover the chickpeas with water, stir in the baking soda, and allow them to soak overnight.
  3. The next day, rinse and drain the soaked dried chickpeas. Heat a medium pot over medium heat until hot. Add the chickpeas, onion and enough water to cover the contents of the pot by 3 inches. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue to cook the chickpeas for about 45 minutes, skimming as needed to remove foam, until soft. Drain the chickpeas and reserve the onion. Allow the chickpeas to cool.
  4. If using canned chickpeas, saute the onion over medium heat until translucent, about 5 minutes. Combine the roasted pepper, garlic, and tahini in a food processor or blender. Process, scraping down the sides of the processor as necessary, until smooth. Add the chickpeas, sauteed onion (or reserved onion if using soaked chickpeas), lemon juice, and pepper flakes (if using). Process, scraping down the sides again if necessary, until smooth. With the machine running, gradually add the 1/2 cup olive oil and process until the mixture is emulsified. Add salt to taste and more pepper flakes, if desired. Spoon the hummus into a serving dish.
  5. To serve, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and pair with warm whole-grain pita brea and/or fresh vegetables, including celery, carrots, and sliced red and green peppers.
Adapted from The Greek Diet: Look and Feel Like a Greek God or Goddess and Lose Up To Ten Pounds in Two Weeks
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A healthy homemade hummus recipe, featured on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog | www.alwaysfestive.com

Do you have any healthy comfort food recipes you enjoy during the winter? We love to hear what our Fiesta community has on the menu. Please share with us on social media at Facebook and Instagram.

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New Color Combinations

We’ve loved playing around with color combinations since Daffodil has been announced. Above is our Nautical color scheme, which includes Daffodil, Turquoise, Cobalt, Scarlet and White. Find the rest of our Daffodil color combos below, courtesy of Colorama, our virtual tablescape designer.

Citrus punch: Sunflower, Lemongrass, Tangerine, Ivory, Turquoise. Accents: Slate, Sage, Daffodil

Cottage: Lapis, Poppy, White. Accents: Daffodil, Turquoise

Urban: Ivory, Slate, Cobalt. Accents: Claret, Poppy, Daffodil

Mid Century Modern: Slate, Sage, Ivory. Accents: Shamrock, Daffodil, Claret, Lapis

Modern Fresh: Turquoise, Lapis, Shamrock, Ivory. Accents: Poppy, Daffodil

Spicy: Daffodil, Poppy, Sunflower, Scarlet, Claret. Accents: Lemongrass, Tangerine

What ideas for our new color do you have? Show us with the help of Colorama and share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram!

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