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.
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!).
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.
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.
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?
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.
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).
La La Lapis Martini Recipe
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
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!