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Oscar-Inspired Party Menu Ideas

Real Fried Chicken for The Help

This weekend there will be plenty of Oscar parties, most often with party menus inspired by the Oscar nominees. Up for Best Picture this year: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. Here are some party food ideas that tie in to the plots and settings of the best films of 2012.

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  • Bacon-wrapped Hot Dogs 1 of 14
    Bacon-wrapped Hot Dogs

    Moneyball: A baseball movie calls for buttered popcorn, hot dogs with spicy mustard, roasted peanuts in their shells, boxes of CrackerJack and plenty of cold beer. Make the ultimate hot dogs, and the rest you can pick up at the store!

    Cheeky Kitchen has the recipe!

  • Pigs in Blankets 2 of 14
    Pigs in Blankets

    The Tree of Life: Set in urban America in the fifties, any vintage party food would make a good pairing: pigs in blankets and devilled eggs were all the rage at that time.

    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!

  • Black & White Panini 3 of 14
    Black & White Panini

    The Artist: Elegant panini made with black olive tapenade, white cheeses and horseradish, these make substantial finger food. Cut sandwiches into quarters or smaller if you want two-bite party nibbles.

    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!

  • Homemade Cracker Jack 4 of 14
    Homemade Cracker Jack

    Moneyball: Does anything say baseball like a box of Cracker Jack? Make a batch yourself to set out on the coffee table - it's the perfect TV nibble.

    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!

  • Pulled Pork Sliders On Sweet Hawaiian Rolls 5 of 14
    Pulled Pork Sliders On Sweet Hawaiian Rolls

    The Descendants: Set on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i, a whole pig roast would be perfect party fare. Or if you can't swing it, pulled pork sliders on Hawaiian rolls.

    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!

  • Classic Cream Scones for High Tea 6 of 14
    Classic Cream Scones for High Tea

    War Horse: filmed in rural locations in Devon, it would be perfectly fitting to serve scones with Devonshire clotted cream. High tea, anyone?

    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!

  • Chocolate Cream Pie 7 of 14
    Chocolate Cream Pie

    The Help: There is no more fitting dessert than a chocolate cream pie, inspired by The Help. (But not too much...)

    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!

  • The Ultimate Hawaiian Pizza 8 of 14
    The Ultimate Hawaiian Pizza

    The Descendants: Set on a Hawaiian island, any Hawaiian fare would be a good fit. Of course Hawaiian pizza is a classic - skip takeout (it will be busy anyway) and make your own deluxe version.

    Cheeky Kitchen has the recipe!

  • Devilled Eggs 9 of 14
    Devilled Eggs

    The Tree of Life: Devilled eggs are quintessentially fifties - few parties didn't have them out on the coffee table.

    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!

  • Victory Garden Chicken & Vegetable Soup 10 of 14
    Victory Garden Chicken & Vegetable Soup

    War Horse: Victory gardens (also known as war gardens) were small-plot edible gardens planted in back yards, on rooftops, in public spaces and other designated areas during World War I and II in an attempt to supplement the food supply and aid in the war effort. Make a pot of veggie-packed minestrone to celebrate the produce people learned to grow for themselves.

    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!

  • Thomas Kellers Buttermilk Fried Chicken 11 of 14
    Thomas Kellers Buttermilk Fried Chicken

    The Help: It's impossible to watch The Help without getting a craving for real fried chicken. This is the real thing - make it from scratch, and serve it with homemade cornbread, collard greens, and of course a chocolate cream pie for dessert.

    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!

  • Buttered Crêpes with Caramelized Peaches 12 of 14
    Buttered Crêpes with Caramelized Peaches

    Midnight in Paris: Thin, buttery crêpes are very French; set up a crêpe station with ice cream, simmered fruit, chocolate sauce and whipped cream, and let guests assemble their own crêpe sundaes.

    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!

  • Roasted Strawberry Sundaes 13 of 14
    Roasted Strawberry Sundaes

    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: Ice cream plays a role in a meaningful scene toward the end; it also makes great party food. Let guests make their own roasted strawberry sundaes - scatter blueberries overtop too to make them a patriotic red, white and blue.

    Simple Bites has the recipe!

  • Endive with Blue Cheese and Toasted Almonds 14 of 14
    Endive with Blue Cheese and Toasted Almonds

    Midnight in Paris: Fancy party nibbles featuring bleu cheese is tres French: Simple Bites has a few 3 ingredient appetizers that can be assembled in no time, and look irresistibly elegant.

    Simple Bites has the recipe!

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