Every year we have an Oscar Viewing Party, and this year it was my turn to host.
But, I sprained my ankle last weekend and still wasn’t able to stand or walk around for long periods of time; forcing me to turn to my 5 tips for easy entertaining.
Fortunately, my friends offered to take care of the snacks and appetizers to help lessen the load. That freed me up to give the house a good cleaning (and after my long winter’s nap, it needed it).
Tip #1 – Let guests bring food.
If you’re partying with people who you know well, and/or it’s a casual occasion, it’s okay to ask for help. Guests are usually happy to oblige.”
Mr. Hines dusted, vacuumed and mopped, Hannah cleaned her bathroom and bedroom, and I cleaned the kitchen and made sure the living room was guest ready…I had to get a little bit creative with that. So, later this week I’ll share a few ideas on how to create end tables using what you have.
Tip #2 – Make sure every guest has a place to set their drink.”
And, rather than getting carried away with Pinterest-worthy, theme-related decor, Mr. Hines printed ballots on plain ol’ printer paper,
and I wrote a fun message on the chalkboard…which my guests loved.
Tip#3 – Keep the party simple.
There’s no reason to stress yourself with extra details if you don’t have the time.”
Anyway, the food is always the star of our Oscar parties. Every year we try to come up with dishes that are inspired by the nominees for best picture. This year is was:
American Sniper– venison chili, apple pie served a la mode
Grand Budapest Hotel– hummus with pita chips, salad with lettuce, tomato, red onion, green bell pepper and cucumbers tossed in vinaigrette dressing
The Theory of Everything – Educated Guess, a Cabernet by Napa.
Birdman – chicken wings with mole sauce, a red wine from Chile called Chicken Run
Selma– fried chicken and red beans and rice from Popeye’s, homemade macaroni and cheese.
Tip#4 – Serve take-out food to save time and stress.”
After everyone left, Hannah and I quickly tidied up the kitchen. Mr. Hines blew out candles and put chairs back in place. And, with everyone’s help, the house was back in order within 30 minutes.
Tip #5 – Enlist your family’s help with after-party clean up.
Clean the dishes, sweep the floor and tidy the living room; a typical evening routine, but with a few extra dishes.”
Now, the only evidence of a party is the chalkboard. And, that is entertaining made easy!
See you in class,