OSCAR NIGHT

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Sometimes impromptu get-togethers are the most enjoyable. This last-minute Oscar party, inspired by celeb party planner Mary Giuliani's The Cocktail Party: Eat Drink Play Recover(Ballantine Books), wins our vote for fast food and fun. Set up an easy savory waffle bar, mix up an Academy Award–worthy cocktail and get ready to play a round of Oscar bingo! — Alison Ashton

EAT

It's as easy as toasting frozen waffles — and making them the star of a buffet full of store-bought or takeout components. Try one of these themes inspired by Oscar-winning movies.

Zorba the Greek

waffles + tzatziki sauce (or hummus) + cucumbers + tomatoes + olives + feta

Slumdog Millionaire

waffles + tandoori chicken + saag paneer + chutney

Some Like It Hot

waffles + fried chicken + hot sauce + maple syrup

DRINK

Golden Boy Punch

Combine 1 (750-ml) bottle sauvignon blanc, 3/4 cup orange juice, 3/4 cup lemon juice, 1 1/2 Tbsp triple sec and 1 1/2 Tbsp rum. Pour into an ice-filled punch bowl. Just before serving, stir in 1 (750-ml) bottle sparkling wine and 2 (1-liter) bottles club soda. Garnish with lemon and orange slices, pineapple and berries. Add bitters to taste.Serves 12. (Adapted from The Cocktail Party: Eat Drink Play Recover by Mary Giuliani.)

TOASTER TIP

SET OUT A TOASTER OVEN SO GUESTS CAN HEAT UP THEIR WINNING COMBINATION (LIKE PANASONIC'S FLASHXPRESS TOASTER OVEN WITH DOUBLE INFRARED HEATING, $150, PANASONIC.COM).

PLAY

Don't just watch the Academy Awards tonight at 7 p.m. ET on ABC. Go to Parade.com/oscarbingo to print out our game cards.

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