Plan your January Awards Party

January 6, 2013

In January we tend to change our pace from the flurry of activities of December. We’re still winding down from the holidays and settling into the New Year. It seems to be a time of year when you’re either really busy or the complete opposite.

Whatever the case may be for you, I hope you’re taking time to unwind, especially on Sundays. If you’re a fan of movies, TV, and music this is a prime of year. It’s award show season! The Golden Globes, the Oscars, Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, the People’s Choice awards, and the Grammy’s all take place within the next two months (dates listed below).

These shows provide us with hours of entertainment; the red carpet, the celebrities, the fashion and the hosts of the event can be fun to watch but these shows are also are known to drag on for hours. Make it fun –pick your favourite awards show, invite some friends and family over and host a get-together. The Oscars in particular are the perfect excuse to throw a party. I’ve seen people go all out and host elaborate parties complete with movie-themed costumes and food. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, just have a little fun with it.

Take a break from the traditional Sunday meal and make a meal out of smaller, tapas-style plates for your party.

Award-Worthy Recipes

I polled the Be Well team and we came up with a list of award-worthy suggestions for you to try:

Leanne’s Picks

Leanne suggested two recipes with the ideal bite size portions: Marinated Mushrooms, and for your sweet tooth, Brownie Bites.

Mairlyn Smith's Marinated Mushrooms

Brownie Bites

Ellen’s Picks

Ellen’s top choices are Mussels with Chorizo and Apple Chutney for the Ultimate Grill Cheese Sandwiches. She suggests “cutting sandwiches into smaller pieces –they make great apps!”

Mussels with Chorizo

Apple Chutney Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Jenn’s Picks

Jenn’s recommendations are Chicken fingers with Honey Dill Sauce because they make the perfect finger food and the “honey sauce is great too” she says.  As a snack, her choice was Middle Eastern Popcorn, always a good accompaniment when watching movies or movie awards shows.

Chicken Fingers and Honey Dill SauceMiddle Eastern Flavoured Popcorn

Wendy’s Picks

My picks were Turkey Meatballs with Braised Apples because they’re quick and easy to make and the delicious Sticky Toffee Date Mini Pudding Cakes because they’re already winners. They tied for first place in the Red River College Canola Bake-Off.

Turkey MeatballsSticky Toffee Date Puddings

Which award-worthy recipe will you choose?

Take your choice out of our eight award-worthy recipes, pick your favourite awards show listed below and have some fun making your awards predictions!

Award Show Schedules

The 39th People’s Choice Awards – Wednesday, January 9

70th Golden Globe Awards – Sunday, January 13

19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Sunday, January 27

54th Annual GRAMMY Awards – Sunday, February 10

85th Academy Awards (the Oscar’s) – Sunday, February 24

Let me know how your party and recipes turned out!

Be Well…Wendy

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