Written on February 24, 2012 at 11:26 am , by Karla Walsh
Katie Lee knows how to host one festive, tasty event. The food critic, cookbook author and former Top Chef host and judge has thrown countless parties and has big plans for Oscar Sunday this year! But before her big soiree, we caught up with Lee to snag her top three Academy Award-worthy tips:
- Get everyone involved. “Bring the glamour of the red carpet into your living room. Details as small as gold or silver cocktail napkins, draped red table cloths and glitzy champagne glass charms can make a big impact.”
- Add festive details. “Create simple ballots on festive stationery that allow your guests to predict the winners of each category. The guest with the most correct picks wins a fun prize!”
- Set up party stations. “Encourage guests to mingle by creating separate food and drink stations around the room. This will allow your party to flow well, but also encourage guests to meet one another throughout the night. For an added attraction, theme each station to one of the best picture nominees!”
Chili Parmesan and Peanut Popcorn (Inspired by Moneyball)
- 18 cups plain popped popcorn
- 1/4 cup I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spread, melted
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 3/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- Put popcorn in large bowl.
- In small bowl, combine melted spread, chili powder and salt; drizzle over popcorn and toss until evenly coated.
- Add peanuts and cheese; toss.
Nutrition information per serving: 110 calories, 8 grams of fat
Now that we covered the savory, Lee passed along a sweet idea. Click below for the recipe!
Written on January 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm , by Karla Walsh
With the Super Bowl just days away, many will be hosting gatherings for friends and family to cheer on the athletes (and let’s not forget, enjoy the commercials and halftime show)! Just like around holidays, some consider this as an occasion to indulge—the Super Bowl happens only once a year, right?
According to a recent National Restaurant Association survey, 42 percent of Americans say that nutritious options are a mandatory part of their game day spread. While it’s certainly better than none, this means about six in 10 get-togethers may not have healthy choices for fans. For some, a Super Bowl party just doesn’t feel right if a pizza delivery man isn’t invited! We enjoy throwing parties that include options to please all palates and dietary needs (click here for some of our favorite nutritious, crowd-pleasing snacks), but understand that some don’t consider bruschetta and sushi to be traditional football-viewing fare.
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Now tell us: Do you consider parties to be a time for all-out indulgence or do you stray from tradition and offer nutritious food options for you and your guests? What will you be snacking on during the big game?