Cocktails and more for Oscars night

James Carrier
Have friends over for the Academy Awards and a movie-themed dinner, complete with red-carpet cocktails and tasty hors d'oeuvres

There's no getting through three-plus hours of the Oscars' dancing, singing, and speechifying without a little sustenance.

Here's a fun menu that's as easy to eat on the sofa as it is around a dinner table.

 OPENING ACT
 Red carpet cocktails

Pomegranate Margaritas

Death Valley Martinis

Frosty Lemon Martini

A medley of fast hors d'oeuvres

Blue Cheese Cocktail Crackers

Panko-Crusted Crab Cake Bites with Roasted Pepper-Chive Aioli

Spicy Sesame-Nut Mix

FIRST COURSE DIVA
 Shiitake and Edamame Salad with White Miso Vinaigrette

MAIN COURSE HERO
 Multicolored-Pepper Steaks with Balsamic Onions

SHOWSTOPPING FINALE
 Honey-Orange Upside-Down Cake

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