Her secret to a good time? Comfort food and conversation starters.
"We served 3,000 Wolfgang Puck Kobe beef mini sliders at [last year's] Governors Ball," she says. "And nobody cares if they have a gown or a tux on. People are hungry, and they want easy comfort food."
The same rules apply when celebrating Oscar night at home. So Cecchetto created a white chocolate martini – with a dark side – in honor of Best Picture nominee Black Swan.
"The white and dark chocolate tie in beautifully with the film," Cecchetto says. "This drink just gives you nothing but glamour."
Curious about Cecchetto's martini? Here's the recipe to serve it at your own Oscar party:
Black Swan MartiniMakes two drinks
½ cup half and half
4 oz. white chocolate, roughly chopped
2 oz. vodka
2 oz. simple syrup
2 tsp. chocolate syrup
1 tbs. black sugar crystals
1. In a small saucepan, gently heat half and half. Off heat, gradually whisk in white chocolate until melted. Transfer mixture to a bowl and refrigerate until cool. Stir in vodka and simple syrup.
2. Dip rims of martini glasses in water, then dip in black sugar. Put 1 tsp. chocolate syrup in each martini glass. Tilt glass to form stripes. Pour in martini mixture and serve.
The 83rd annual Academy Awards will air live Sunday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on ABC from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.