How to host the ultimate Oscar party

Awards season is not only an exciting time for the entertainment industry but also the perfect opportunity to get your loved ones together for a party. While other shows are fun to watch, the Academy Awards is indisputably the most prestigious and formal event of the year.

Planning 

First, it’s important to craft the ideal guest list. While you don’t want to leave anyone out, you have to make sure you have enough seating so that everyone will have a comfortable spot to watch the ceremony. If you have multiple televisions in your home, consider setting up a few different viewing areas. If you’re short on couches and chairs, try placing pillows on the ground for extra seating, suggested Style at Home. Send out personalized invitations via email that give guests all the details, from arrival time to dress code.

Invite your guests over a few hours before the show starts so they can eat, drink, mingle and watch red carpet coverage. Before they arrive, decorate your home with black and gold accents for a splash of Hollywood glamor. Try plastering your walls with old movie posters. Dim the lights and use twinkle lights to create a dazzling ambiance.

Food and drink 

Instead of a sit-down meal, offer your friends plenty of tasty hors d’oeuvres to nibble on as they chat and catch up. Things like movie theater-style popcorn and mini hot dogs are always popular but don’t be afraid to step outside the box. Style at Home suggested whipping up a menu with an Asian fusion theme since this concept is simple, delicious and impressive all at once. Things like sushi rolls and shrimp skewers can easily be bought at the grocery store but look quite elegant when arranged nicely.

A night of glitz and glamor is incomplete without champagne, but spice things up by creating a few signature cocktails. Appletinis, crafted with apple vodka and sour apple liqueur, are sure to please. Red Carpet Tips suggested mixing up a delicious punch of pink lemonade, pineapple juice, strawberries, champagne, vodka and a splash of grated ginger. Serve all beverages in elegant glassware.

Entertainment 

While the Oscars are full of exciting moments, recognition awards also have their fair share of down time. Keep guests entertained by planning a few fun games and rewarding the winners with custom trophies. Hand out ballots with all the nominees at the beginning of the night and see which of your friends makes the most accurate predictions. Try suggesting a formal dress code and give a prize to the guest that wears the most glamorous outfit. Another fun award is the “lookalike” prize, which you can give to the party goer that most closely resembles one of the nominees.

By: Abigail Richards