An Academy Affair
In order to make your party a roaring success—and a good time for yourself—you should keep a few things in mind. Step one is deciding how many people you want to invite. "First of all, you have to see what kind of television you have," Wolfgang says. "It has to be comfortable. Also, you have to see how many people you want to feed. I know when I do a party for 20 people at home just for the cleanup itself you need a cleaning lady!"
Another suggestion is to serve something that can be easily assembled. "You could do a Chinese chicken salad for example. Make a nice platter with it. You can actually go and buy a roasted chicken or you can cook it yourself. You can shred or slice the cabbage and everything the night before and keep it in a bowl or Ziploc bag. Make the dressing ahead." Wolfgang says. "Then just toss it together."
He also says how you present your food is important. "I would just set it up like a homey buffet, but have it really nicely presented," Wolfgang says. "Make a table and put some things underneath the table cloth so certain [dishes] are higher up and certain things are lower down."
As for dessert? "Instead of making one cake, I think I prefer to have smaller things," Wolfgang says. "Little cookies or lemon bars or chocolate bars and things like that."
And don't skimp out and buy plastic champagne flutes, Wolfgang says those are perfectly fine for a pool party, but not for Academy Awards night! He does suggest buying paper plates to help with the cleanup—but be sure to look for high quality. And if you're lucky, you might be able to find them in Oscar gold!