For some reason unbeknownst to me, Oscar night has always been huge in my family. My mom made ballots for us (occasionally ahead of time so we could study the nominees and make educated guesses on the winners)--the ballots would include the main nominations as well as the best and worst dressed. I think it was supposed to have started out as a joke but ended up being taken quite seriously--now we all wear formals to watch the show.
This year, I'm going to make these chocolate dipped Oscar Strawberries to be served for the big night. For the tux: color brown dipping chocolate (not chocolate chips) with food coloring until the color resembles black. Dip each strawberry in white first, then tilt and dip two ways to create the "jacket." Pipe on a bow tie and buttons. For the Dress: Dip strawberry in white, pipe on a design, then dip a spoon in chocolate so it runs and quickly move the spoon back and forth over the strawberry to create decorative lines. Freeze the strawberries for 3-5 minutes to give them a great shine.
I'll probably also do some other appetizers, such as the artichoke spinach dip and perhaps a cheese tray (goat cheese, borsan, Gouda and Gruyere). You could go way overboard on refreshments but I'm trying to keep it simple so I don't stress myself out.