The awards are finished and the empty champagne bottles are in the recycle bin. I really do enjoy watching them and tear up every time someone accepts an award for the first time (FINALLY, LEO!!). This year for our Academy Awards party, we made it pretty low-key. We had no dress code, prizes, or heavy foods. However, I did want to make it a special time for all of my friends and family.
I made chocolate chip cake cookie bars from Insolence+Wine, but I tweaked the recipe a little bit. The original recipe is made with white cake mix and 3/4 c chocolate chips. For mine, I used yellow cake mix, dark chocolate chips and 1/2 c chocolate chunks. They turned out pretty good. I will admit, I am not a great baker. It is hard for me to follow recipes without making them my own, so I usually end up doing something that messes with the consistency.
We also had mini chocolate bundt cakes with chocolate ganache frosting and berries from Hip Foodie Mom‘s recipe. I obviously could not make them as pretty as she does, but they tasted pretty darn good. Since they are made from scratch with “healthy-er” ingredients (cocoa, coconut oil, coconut flour, etc.), this was my favorite dessert to indulge in.
Finally, I made sopapilla cheesecake bars. If you have never had these before, understand they are not healthy AT ALL, but they are so easy to make and a definite crowd pleaser.
My little popcorn bar made its first appearance at our Academy Awards party last year, so I brought it back this year. I went to Crave Popcorn Co. in Plano and picked up a large bag of original popcorn. This little shop is located right off of Preston and is one of my favorite popcorn places in North Dallas. They offer so many delicious flavors and options. I place a few flavorings by the bowl and set up a few different mix-ins. Does anyone else like to add candy to their popcorn?
Just because we had an Academy Awards party doesn’t mean did Academy Award things or played up the theme this year. Like I said before, we kept it low-key.
We printed our ballots and made it a friendly competition to see who could guess the most correct. It was decided next year we would have a $10 buy in and winner takes the whole pot. All of us watched the awards, chatted during commercials (and some of the speeches that were less interesting), drank champagne, beer, whiskey and had a great time of community together. I love throwing parties and hosting people in our home. Typically, we don’t need to have an excuse to have friends over and have a good time, but the Academy Awards made for a fun background and reason to get everyone together.
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