Eat Your Feelings with a Comfort Food-Filled Oscars Party

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Women's nightout

Photo by: Christopher Futcher ©Christopher Futcher

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It's award season, and the biggest event is just around the corner. When planning an Oscars party, it's always fun to have a theme, but if you design yours around the 2016 Best Picture nominees, you'll just have one big bummer after the next.

If the heavy material in the nominated films — The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room and Spotlight — is too much to bear, we give you full permission to eat your feelings on Feb. 28. Round up some friends and break out some comfort food as heavy as the films' content. That means extra cheese, please, lots of decadent chocolate desserts, and, of course, drinks on drinks on drinks. Check out our comforting menu below.

The Appetizer: Waffle Chicken Sliders

Everyone loves breakfast and everyone loves fried food. Combine them in the perfect match in slider heaven: chicken and waffles. You could also make different kinds of sliders for a mini sandwich bar, including a take on childhood comfort food with turkey-filled Sloppy Jane Sliders.

The Main Course: Macaroni and Cheese
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Put out a casserole dish of the ultimate comfort food:  macaroni and cheese with bacon. Instead of going the traditional party route with cute little ramekins full of pasta, put out big bowls — you deserve it.

The Drink: Coney Island Iced Tea

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This spin on the Long Island iced tea features lots of tart, refreshing lemon in addition to the blend of liquor — rum, vodka, gin, tequila, orange liqueur — which makes it more like an Arnold Palmer. The Coney Island Iced Tea will knock you on your feet fast, so be sure to put it down if Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins an Oscar for The Revenant.

The Dessert: Cookies and Cream Fudge Brownies

Chocolate on chocolate is what you need. Get out any aggression by breaking up sandwich cookies. Stir the pieces into a fudgy batter — and sprinkle more on top — for cookies-and-cream brownies.

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