February may be filled with plummeting temperatures, blustery weather and post-holiday blues, but for some people, it kicks off the height of television line-ups—award show season. Get ready for celebrity hosts, red carpet critiques, wardrobe malfunctions and—the best part—award show watch parties! If you are hosting or attending an award show watch party, make charcuterie your feature dish with these tips.
Frequently Asked Questions Q. Should we have a theme? A. Add another layer of fun and pull out all the stops with a red carpet party. Encourage your friends to dress to the nines in their red carpet best! You can serve top-notch meats, artisan cheeses and famous sides and top it all off with champagne.
Q. How much food should I get? A. If you’re able to plan in advance, send out invitations (paper or e-vites, whichever you prefer). Have your guests RSVP if possible. If you’re hosting on the fly, professionals suggest you count on one ounce of meat per person. Take a guess at how many people will show and plan accordingly.
Q. Which items should I definitely include? A. When feeding a crowd, stick with your favorites. Serve popular meats, cheeses, breads and sides and avoid trying out brand new recipes you’ve never tasted on a crowd. Avoid serving nuts if you know any of your guests have an allergy. And you can’t go wrong with serving booze—you might need it by the 10th acceptance speech.