Friday, February 17, 2012

How To:Roaring 20's Oscar Party

Check out these incredible dresses...looks like the 1920's are back and seriously in style!
Source: Vanity Fair
A scene from the Artist with the leading lady.
No doubt you've seen the fan-fare around 1920's style, fashion and film lately. Between The Great Gatsby coming out soon and The Artist taking center stage at the Oscars this year, the roaring 20's are indeed quite loud. There's 10 days until the famous awards take place; we think this is a fantastic theme for your Oscar party! 
Theme Ideas:

Black and White

Have everyone dress on black & white- no exceptions. Decorate your venue with only black and white and hand out black and white favors. black & white signature cocktails will be a hit, too. 

Speakeasy/ Gangsta

Remember, Speakeasys were secret locations because they were illegal during prohibition. Send out secret invites and only let in those who know the password.
Source: Modern Reject

The Jazz Age

Ask everyone to dress up as their favorite jazz artist and play the fantastic tunes all night long. 


Hire professional dancers to teach the Charleston and other dance trends of the time.
Here's a excerpt from "Fashionable Food" on the 1920's food revolution and what it had to do with Italian cuisine...

"Prohibition, with its tremendous impact on the eating habits of the country, also had a great deal to do with the introduction of Italian food to the masses...prohibition changed all that. The food served in the speakeasies--with Mama doing the cooking and Papa making the wine in the basement--was not quite the same as the food the Italians had eaten in the Old Country. Sicilian cooking was based on austerity...But America was rich, and protein rich country, and the immigrants were happy to add these symbols of wealth to their cooking--and happy that their new American customers liked the result. Meatballs, rich meat sauces, veal cutlets cooked with Parmesean or with lemon, clams stuffed with buttered herbed crumbs, shrimp with wine and garlic, and mozzarella in huge chunks to be eaten as appetizer were all foods of abundance, developed by Italian-Americans..."

---Fashionable Foods (p. 37-8)

Sample Menu for your Oscar Party:

Clams stuffed with buttered herb crumbs
Shrimp Cocktail
Veal Cutlets
Basil infused Meatballs
Gnocchi with Butter Thyme Sauce
Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops
Artisan Ice Cream

Find some great Italian recipes at Giada De Laurentiis

Also, we found a sample menu from the Waldolf-Astoria in NYC circa 1924
Canape of Anchovies
Cream of Celery with Toasties
Celery Olives
Aiguillette of Striped Bass Joinville
Potatoes a la Hollandaise
Medaillon of Spring Lamb, Chasseur
Asparagus Tips au Gratin
Breast of Chicken a la Rose
Waldorf Salad, Mayonnaise
Venetian Ice Cream
Assorted Cakes Coffee
Apollinaris White Rock."

Source: Epicurious


French 75
Shake well with cracked ice:
1 1/2 oz London dry gin
1/2 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
Strain into highball glass full of cracked ice and top off with chilled champagne. 

Shake well with cracked ice:
1 1/4 oz cognac
1/2 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Strain into chilled, sugar-rimmed cocktail glass 

Mint Julep

Source: Go Nola

1. Fill a tall glass or silver tumbler with crushed ice
2. Put 2 sprigs of fresh mint in another glass
3. Add 1/4 oz. of water
4. Add 1 tsp. sugar
5. Muddle ingredients well
6. Add 3 oz. of bourbon
7. Stir gently, but thoroughly
8. Strain into glass with crushed ice
9. Garnish with fresh sprigs of mint  

Stay tuned for Part II, where we'll dish fashion tips on what to wear to your Oscar Party! Check out a teaser below....
Source: Petite Fashion

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