My very favorite party of the year! An Academy Awards Viewing Party with a thematic menu, featuring courses inspired by each of the ten ‘Best Picture’ nominees. And this year, having teamed up with Amy, who made incredible ballots and film-inspired decor, it was the very best. I can’t lie or feign modesty, this party gets me pretty excited and worked up. Going into the night, my favorite idea was for Inception: a Turducken (a thing inside of a thing inside of a thing)!! A close second: The King’s Speech with Tongue Tea Sandwiches (surprisingly delicious). And the most fun? Toy Story 3’s Little Kid Dessert Bar (see details and all other courses below). And new this year? A Documentary Drinks Menu (e.g. dirty martini for Inside Job and virgin mint tea for Restrepo). Amy printed mini film posters to label the food and placed movie stills throughout the party. Um, she also had a little Oscar stamp made and got pretty carried away with gold embossing (show-off). Favors? Popcorn and candy bags for a home movie night. If I could throw such a thematic party every week, I’d pretty much live in a state of ecstasy. I’m already excited to start going to movies and get inspired for next year!!!