Who can resist ogling our favorite coterie of celebs as they peacock in pursuit of fame and trophies? Whether you’ve watched every single film and miniseries that’s been nominated this year or are mainly planning to gawk at the gowns on the red carpet, one thing remains certain: Appropriate viewing-party food is a must.
When the main event is taking place in front of the tube versus around the table, only portable finger foods will do. After all, it’s much easier to navigate a remote in one hand while holding a Martha Stewart-approved cocktail shrimp in the other. Or, for that matter, one of Ina Garten’s thyme-roasted Marcona almonds. Yum.
Click through this gallery to find recipes for that as well as supercute mini meatballs, Chinese lollipop wings, Wolfgang Puck’s famous truffled mac ’n’ cheese cups, creamy kale dip for a killer crudité centerpiece, and pull-apart lobster rolls galore. There’s truly something that will sate every palate.
Then, to offer guests some sweet relief during the fourth-hour slump of awards show programming, try one of our portable dessert recipes, such as uber-dark peanut butter cups, raw chocolate macaroons, or salt and pepper caramel brownies. Short on time? In a pinch, the semi-homemade cheesecake pops should do the trick.
Finish off your menu with one of our party-friendly cocktails, like the Knockout Bourbon Punch by 2 Birds 1 Stone in Washington, D.C., or New York mixologist Julie Reiner’s riff on a champagne mojito — “The Old Cuban.” Everybody wins.