Your Guide to Awards Show Party Foods

Are you a pop culture buff but a little sketchy in the kitchen? Don’t fret. Whether you’re planning a night on the couch to watch the Oscars (March 10), the Razzies (March 9), or the Tonys (June 16), here are some easy, tasty, Sporked-approved ways to make your watch party an award-winning affair.

The Best Oscar Party Food Ideas

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Go for the gold with awards show finger foods that are sure to get a standing O. 

Our Favorite Frozen App and Dip Combos

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Think of these app and dip combos as the best picture and best director of the snack world. 

The Best Chips for Dipping

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Everyone loves a good dip—but the chips shouldn’t be an afterthought. Whether you have bean dip, salsa, or French onion dip on the menu, make sure to buy the best scoopers. 

Best Frozen Appetizers Under $5

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Entertaining on a budget? An Oscars party doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are tasty apps you can find for less than five bucks at the grocery store. 

The Best Frozen Apps at Trader Joe’s

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If you’re looking for snacky stuff for an awards show watch party, TJ’s is a pretty great place to go. Here are our favorite apps in their frozen aisle. 

The Best Microwave Popcorn

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Popcorn and movies go together like Chewy and Han or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Fire up the microwave and treat your guests to something buttery.

All the Best Cookies from Our Taste Tests

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Was your Oscars bracket a bust? A cookie will make you feel better, even in bittersweet moments. 

The Best Canned Cocktails

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Don’t feel like stocking a whole bar or mixing drinks for guests when you’d rather be watching cringey acceptance speeches? Opt for the best canned cocktails. 

The Best Canned Espresso Martinis

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The Espresso Martini is the go-to drink for celebs (if it’s good enough for both Timothée Chamalet and Larry David, it’s good enough for your awards show party), even when it comes in a can. Crack the best ones and pretend you’re rubbing elbows with A-listers.

The Best Cocktail Mixers from Our Taste Tests

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The best mixers make the most of whatever you happen to have in the liquor cabinet. Stock up on these NA bevs to mix with booze or to drink all on their own. 

About the Author

Sporked Staff

The Sporked Staff tastes everything and anything. They are obsessive about groceries and finding the best of any type of food or drink, from frozen fried shrimp to Dijon mustard to gummy candy. And they're always on a hunt for the best new products. When they aren't eating professionally, they're eating recreationally. And often they're browsing grocery store aisles, just for fun.

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