Host an Awards Night Viewing Party

With the holiday’s officially behind us, Award Season is now in full swing.  Whether you’re a film buff or music lover, there’s a show for everyone.  Award shows are great for red carpet moments and celebrity-watching, but they also give you an excuse to throw a soiree!   Gather your friends for the hottest ticket in town – an Awards Show viewing party.

When planning your party, be mindful of the experience you want your guests to have.  Do you want Old Hollywood Glam, or perhaps you favour a more relaxed vibe?  Do you want to serve swanky hors d’oeuvres or keep it casual with movie theatre munchies?  Pops of gold and black are a classic combo to add elegance.   A popcorn bar with different toppings served in boxes is great for a relaxed, casual event.  Either way, it doesn’t take a lot to achieve an awarding winning vibe.

Invite the crew over early, have them strut down the Red Carpet and don’t forget a photo booth to document the evening.  Kick off the night right and serve your guests champagne or cocktails –  bonus points if you create cocktails influenced by the nominees (Queen Bey Spiked Lemonade, anyone?).

Finger foods will steal the show at your Awards Night Party.  They’re easy to pass around and are perfect for feeding a crowd of star-struck guests.  The award for Best Feature Appetizer goes to Parmesan and Thyme Sablés.  These delicate, crumbly shortbread cookies are the epitome of classy snacks.  They’re perfect on their own, with a glass of white wine, or served with a dollop of fruit preserves (fig is my favourite) and a thin slice of prosciutto.

You may not get to mingle with the stars in real-life on awards night, but you can still embrace your inner celebrity when you host an Awards Night Party.  It’s the perfect excuse to get dolled up, invite your friends over and enjoy great food and cocktails.  Be sure to serve these Parmesan and Thyme Sables to impress your guests regardless of the theme.  Black tie optional.  Cheese Mandatory.

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Parmesan and Thyme Sablés

½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperatures

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp finely minced fresh thyme

2 oz grated Parmesan (about ¾ cup)

1 cup all-purpose flour


In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until fluffy.  Add in salt, thyme and grated parmesan.  Mix until well combined.  Add in the flour and mix until almost combined, but still crumbly.

Turn the crumbly dough out onto a lightly floured surface and work with your hands until a cohesive dough is formed.  Only work the dough until it has just come together.  Roll the dough into a log about 8 inches long.  Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for about an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Remove the chilled dough from the fridge and remove plastic wrap.  Cut the dough into ½ inch thick rounds and place on the lined baking sheet about 1-inch apart.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges.  Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.  Serve on their own, or with fruit preserves and prosciutto, or on a cheese board.