With the 88th annual Academy Awards quickly approaching this Sunday, it's time to figure out what you're going to wear before you host the ultimate viewing party. I've got your party menu covered with these Oscar party appetizers that are sure to take home the trophy for Best Appetizers of the year. So you should probably also get an acceptance speech ready for Best Host.
Viewing parties can go one of two ways. First, they can be super fancy. Wear a gown, pour champagne, and roll out the fake red carpet and pretend you’re really heading to the show. Second, the parties can be super chill with sweat pants, your cat, and two hours of live-tweeting. Both parties are great, don’t get me wrong, but how many nights do you have a silly excuse to wear that fancy dress you own but never have a chance to wear?
I say skip the sweats, drink champagne, and pretend you are a star this Sunday. These appetizers (with the exception of the killer popcorn recipe at the end) skew towards the fancy party, and since appetizers are always the best dishes of the night, with the exception of dessert of course, I highly recommend going all out.
1. Beef and Horseradish Crostini
If there is ever a time for fancy finger foods it's an Academy Awards party. Try this killer recipe from The Kitchen Alchemist for a dish that is sure to impress.
2. Spicy Goat Cheese and Butternut Squash Triangles
I can't promise that the stars are also eating this dish, but I imagine so. I mean, how good does that look? Head over to Adventures in Cooking for the recipe.
3. Easy Soft Pretzels
These easy soft pretzels are just that: easy. Plus, pretzels are always the perfect snack. Always. Thanks to The Comfort of Cooking for the recipe.
4. Butternut Squash and Pecorino Tart with Crispy Shallots
It doesn't get much fancier than tarts with cheese and fresh vegetables. The Kitchn's recipe is sure to please the crowd. Just make sure you get a piece yourself.
5. Ricotta and Blueberry Toasts
These toasts from A Beautiful Mess are not only adorable but are the perfect marriage between savory and sweet.
6. Easy Chicken Satay
Your guests might be craving something more than just small bites, so try this easy chicken recipe from Damn Delicious.
7. Guac (For A Crowd)
Guacamole is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Try this recipe from A Cozy Kitchen which has already been designed for a crowd. Hooray!
8. Caramelized Onion, Blue Cheese Flatbread
Back To Her Roots whipped up the most delicious looking flatbread I've ever seen. Perfect for a crowd and perfect for the Oscars!
9. Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Peaches with Balsamic Glaze
Trick your guests into thinking you are a master chef with this recipe from Foodie Crush.
10. Bacon Ranch Parmesan Popcorn
When the more complicated apps are down, whip out this twist on a classic from What's Cooking Love. Who can't love bacon popcorn?
11. Buttered Popcorn Cupcakes
If you are looking for an even sweeter treat, try these adorable cupcakes from A Beautiful Mess.
For more ideas, check out Bustle on YouTube.
Images: The Kitchen Alchemist, Adventures in Cooking, The Comfort of Cooking, The Kitchn, A Beautiful Mess, Damn Delicious, A Cozy Kitchen, , Back To Her RootsFoodie Crush, What's Cooking Love, A Beautiful Mess