when you’re snowed in have a A Mini Hollywood Movie Night Snack!
Mother Nature decided that we weren’t done with snow this winter and walloped us with a huge snow storm. Initial snowfall estimates were 10-14 inches and schools closed before the snow began to fall. No school on a weekday means that Gabbi is with us while her parents worked.
For Gabbi and I this meant lots of time watching movies and snacking. Since we were headed into Oscars weekend what better time for a Hollywood Movie Night Party. I hadn’t planned for lots of snacks but wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to style this scaled down version.
Whether you’re entertaining a large crowd or a part of a more intimate setting you can set the tone with a few theme decorations and by pulling serve ware and decorative pieces from your home. Since the guest list for this tiny soiree was a total of three I made sure to buy as less as possible and use what was in my pantry, fridge, and freezer.
There is never a shortage of baking supplies and baking papers so mini cupcakes with mascarpone frosting made the cut. For my Mini Valentine’s Dessert Table, I had purchased white chocolate covered pretzels and didn’t use them so out them came. Party City had an awesome sale last week where you could get 30 pieces of candy free with a $5.00 purchase. I added this to the candy that was in my stash.
Watching a movie without popcorn just won’t do so I popped a batch and served it in my acrylic buckets. I covered the front of the buckets with striped scrapbook paper and glued a gold star cut from paper to the front. In keeping with the theme I propped a movie reel in front. Sparkling water was served in martini glasses with the stem and base painted gold.
Flipping through one of my cookbooks I drooled over pictures of kicked up toast. One of my favorite breakfast’s is sourdough bread with avocado slices and freshly cracked black pepper with a fried egg. Yumola! This is a carb lover’s dream! Crispy rounds of bread adorned with a variety of toppings. Ah the things you can do with a baguette! What is Crostini you ask? It’s just a fancy name for baguette slices that have been brushed with oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and baked until golden brown. That is until you start adding and endless variety of sweet and/or savory topping.
My Crostini bread choices are multigrain baguette and cornbread. Yep, cornbread! Preparing the bread to receive the toppings is easy.
- Slice ½ to 1 whole loaf of French bread into 1/4-inch-thick rounds.
- Brush each slice with olive oil or melted butter.
- Place the rounds on baking sheets and bake at 350 degrees until crisp throughout and lightly golden around the edges, about 15 minutes.
I used the recipe on the back of the White Lily Cornmeal bag. After baking I cut it into rounds using a cookie cutter. The placed the rounds on a parchment lined cookie sheet and baked them with the baguette slices.
My three toppings were Guacamole with Radish Slices and Sea Salt, Artichokes and Olives, and for the cornbread, Black Eye Peas and Smoked Turkey.
Table Décor for our Mini Hollywood Movie Night Snack Bar
A standard 6-foot banquet is covered with a black tablecloth. I hung a red tablecloth over my backdrop stand and placed black fabric over the center section. While at Party City I picked up the Hollywood signs and pinned them and the black/silver fans to the black fabric.
In the center of the table I used an oval red tray to house the spice rack (which looks like bleachers) for the Crostini. In back of the spice rack I propped a large clapboard. Now that’s Hollywood!
Another purchase from Party City were the trophies. The props that I purchased can be used repeatedly for movie night, and awards parties. If you have a family member attending prom a mini party like this beforehand would be a great send off. Also tween slumber parties. Our tween and her friends are heavy into selfies and would get a kick out of adding props and a photo booth to get ready for the paparazzi.
No matter the size of the celebration the theme can be carried out in a budget and time conscious way.
These are the linky parties I participate in. Drop by and show them a little love!