Hollywood's biggest night of the year, Oscars 2012, is right around the corner. Get your ballots ready, movie fans. The 84th Annual Academy Awards will celebrate the year's best films, including The Artist, Hugo, The Descendants, The Help and Midnight in Paris.
What better way to celebrate than with an Oscars party?
Moet & Chandon, the official champagne of the Oscars, has teamed up with Cooking Channel star Aida Mollenkamp to help Academy Awards fans create the perfect party menu. Not only are the menu ideas simple and delicious, they are inspired by some of the year's most highly-acclaimed movies.
Along with the party menu delicacies, hosts can serve Moet & Chandon's exclusive champagne cocktail of the Governors Ball, the Moet Red Carpet Glamour. The cocktail was developed by Chicagoan Adam Seger, who won Moet & Chandon's Moet Oscar Cocktail Contest.
Finger foods are the perfect treats for an Oscars party. No muss, no fuss. Guests can nibble on the miniature delicacies and still have a hand free to fill out their winners ballot.
Aida Mollenkamp designed the Oscars-nominee inspired menu for your 2012 Oscars party.
Smoked salmon, crème fraîche and fennel rillettes combine French ingredients that pair perfectly with Martin Scorsese' Hugo, a film set in 1930s Paris. Crisp tempura vegetables with miso-mustard sauce is a Hawaiian-inspired dish that will having you cheering for George Clooney's The Descendants. Pancetta, thyme and fontina gougères is a modern take on classic French style, echoed in films like The Artist and Midnight in Paris. Meyer lemon icebox pie bites are the perfect dessert for warm nights. The Southern belles from The Help would surely serve these at their luncheons.
The 2012 Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the legendary Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. The show, hosted by actor Billy Crystal, will air on ABC at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST.
Fun Fact: According to the Oscars' official Web site, the first Academy Awards ceremony took place out of the public eye during an Academy banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Two hundred seventy people attended the May 16, 1929, dinner in the hotel's Blossom Room; guest tickets cost $5.
Take a look at the 2012 Oscars party menu, courtesy of Moet & Chandon and Aida Mollenkamp.