This post is sponsored by The Bentonville Film Festival; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me to produce this post
Anyone who knows me in real life knows I LOVE award shows. From the red carpet fashion to the gushy acceptance speeches to the funny hosts, they’re a FUN way to spend an evening. But you know what makes it even more fun…having your BFF’s over for some great food, drinks and snacks so you can watch and add commentary and get cocktail refills during commercials.
Today, I have a black tie (or yoga pant) affair party plan for you. I totally realize that hosting a soiree can be intimidating, but my formula for effortless entertaining is this: 50% store bought goodies and 50% stuff I make. Let’s party plan!
THE FOOD & DRINK
For the store bought goodies, I got movie theater popcorn, three varieties of movie theater candy for a candy buffet, and mini red velvet cupcakes. Easy, affordable and definite crowd pleasers.
For the items I wanted to make, I thought about foods that are easy to eat, filling enough for dinner (let’s face it- with the red carpet and the show, your guests may be around for 4+ hours) and quick to throw together. So, that’s why Daniel and I chose mini/individual 6-layer dips and chicken, bacon, spinach and cheese empanadas. Filling AND delish.
Best Dressed Dip // 6-Layer Dip
-Two mashed avocados
-One can of refried beans (does not need to be cooked/heated)
-8 oz. of sour cream
-One cup of salsa
-1.5 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
-One diced roma tomato
Directions: Using a heaping teaspoon of each ingredient above, gently layer each ingredient in a 4 oz. dish. Go in this order: avocado, beans, sour cream, salsa, cheese, tomato. Other topping ideas could include jalapeños, olives or cilantro. You can also make this in a small casserole dish and forgo the individual bowls if you’d like.
The Grateful Ate // Chicken, Bacon, Spinach & Cheese Empanadas
Makes 14-16 Empanadas
-Two cans of crescent dough sheets
-8 oz. of chicken breast
-16 oz. of chicken broth
-Three strips of bacon
-One pack of fresh baby spinach
-2 oz. fat free cream cheese
-1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
-/14 cup of mozzarella
-Egg wash (one egg + splash of cold water/milk)
Directions: Boil your chicken breast in broth until cooked. Shred and let cool. Cook bacon in pan, crumble, drain most of the fat. Sauté spinach in the same pan. Add in chicken and cheeses in the pan to help everything melt together. Add salt/pepper to taste. Transfer to a bowl to cool.
Roll out crescent dough and cut 3-inch circles for empanadas. Brush edges with egg wash. Place heaping teaspoon in center of dough, close and crimp edges with a fork. Bake in a 375-degree oven for 11-13 minutes until golden brown.
I gotta have a signature cocktail if I’m throwing a get together, but I wanted something light, refreshing and gorgeous. After some trial and error, I came up with a tasty moscato, strawberry and orange juice concoction. Think mimosa meets moscato.
Sunset Blvd. // Moscato Mimosa
Makes 6 cocktails
-One chilled bottle of your favorite moscato
-6 strawberries, thinly sliced
-6 oz. of orange juice
Directions: In each glass, place one sliced strawberry. Top with about 1 oz. of orange juice and top off with moscato.
THE ENTERTAINMENT & DECOR
The award show itself is the entertainment, but I also created a free printable bingo card. It serves double-duty…guests can write their predictions on the card, and if they’re right, they can cross it off as the show progresses. Opinions will definitely differ, so this is a fun game for sure. The guest to get bingo wins a fun VIP swag bag filled with extra candy, some cute lip balm, an award statuette, and a $10 gift card. Don’t forget to provide pens and a list of the nominees by category.
The decor is kept minimal, but there are a few DIY things included in the set-up. There are some award statue centerpieces as well as some food/menu cards that add a bit of pizazz to the set-up. All of the food and decor is pulled together with a simple black tablecloth and silver sequin runner.
DIY Award Statue Centerpiece
–Water beads (or other vase filler)
-Cylinder vase from dollar store
–Director’s clapboard (optional)
Instructions: Pour one ounce of water beads into bowl and fill with water. Let sit for 1-2 hours to let beads expand. Use the gold tape to add two bands of gold to the bottom portion of the vase. Place award into vase and while holding it in place, use a spoon to drop in the expanded water beads until the black base is covered.
For my main centerpiece, I added height to the centerpiece by using a gift box and a large candle holder flipped upside down. Get creative with items around your home to add height to your food and decor.
The little menu cards that you saw above (and below) can be used for menus, food markers and even guest place cards for a more formal dinner party.
And much like my approach to food, I chose to buy (rather than make) this gorgeous gold and white garland. I’ll definitely use it often, and it came out less expensive to buy it than DIY it.
My final piece of decor was my gold striped vase filled with water beads and topped with a faux red hydrangea. The little arrangement adds a pop of color and class.
I hope I provided plenty of ideas for you to host your own movie awards bash, and I’m honored to have done this post in collaboration with the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF). #MyBFF2016
The Bentonville Film Festival was co-founded by Academy Award Winner® Geena Davis (Founder and Chair, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media) and entrepreneur Trevor Drinkwater (CEO, ARC Entertainment) in 2015.
This year’s BFF will take place May 3-8, 2016, and the reason why this is so important is because at the heart of the BFF is women and minorities. The festival aims to increase awareness and honor those whose films meet at least two of the following criteria: Female or Minority Lead, Female or Minority Director, Female or Minority Writer, Female or Minority Production Company, Gender and Diversity Balanced cast, and/or Gender and Diversity Balanced crew.
As both a woman AND a Latina, I can say that I find it admirable that Geena and Trevor have used their influence in a positive way to help celebrate and create more diversity in film. All the winners of the BFF are guaranteed theatrical, television, digital and retail home entertainment distribution. I can’t wait to see who the winners are after they’re announced!
Thanks for stopping by today! I’ll be back later this week with my favorite spring decor picks. I am loving all the beautiful florals this year. xo!