How to throw a great Oscar party
Less than two weeks to go until the highlight of the awards season “” the 87th Academy Awards. This year, while the glammed up stars watch Neil Patrick Harris host the live proceedings in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre (just feet away from the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre), you can host a swanky soiree of your own, and YES! Weekly has pulled together a few tips to make it easy. After all, what are the pillars of hosting a great shindig? Friends, decor, entertainment, and food and spirits.
If you are going to have an Oscar party, now is the time to get the invites out. You can do a Facebook event, send out evites or go the old fashion snail mail paper invites. If you choose to go with the paper invitations, Party City has custom invites that are fit for Hollywood royalty. Don’t forget to specify on the invitation if there is a theme or if you would like your guests to bring something, for example bring your own champagne, bring a picture of your favorite Oscar winner or cocktail attire required. Personally, I think it’s more fun to dress up; glamor is contagious and if there ever was a night for glamor, it’s Oscar night.
Now that your guest list is complete, and the invitations are sent, it’s time to think decor. You could go simple and do flowers and candles, but we suggest checking out Party City’s Hollywood decor. You could go for the obvious film and clapper board decorations or the classy gold, after the little man on the statue himself, or old Hollywood themes. Either way, we recommend looking into getting a mini red carpet of your own (you can also use white Christmas lights to jazz up the carpet). Then you can set up an arrival station complete with a Red Carpet entrance for your guests and take selfies fit for Ellen DeGeneres’ Twitter.
Well this is kind of a no-brainer because the Oscars are technically the entertainment, but what do you do during the many commercial breaks and awkward awards between the Best Screenplay and Best Picture categories? We’ve come up with a few games for you to entertain your guests with, and don’t forget, prizes never hurt.
For a mixed group
If you are having a large gathering or one where you are blending friends and coworkers that don’t really know each other, the name game is a great icebreaker. You write the names of various Oscar-winning actors and actresses on sticky labels and when your guests arrive, you put one on each of their backs. They then must walk around and ask questions to figure out who their person is.
For the group that enjoys libations
This is a fun one for a drinking crew. You know that people’s speeches always run long, so have shots ready. Every time the lovely people at the Academy Awards try to get the show on the road by playing music before the speech is over “” everyone does a shot. Or if you are hard-core drinkers, take a shot every time someone thanks God.
For the loquacious
Have your guests compete on giving the best acceptance speech. It’s fun and goofy, and you might just learn a little something about your friends.
For the gamblers
It’s always fun to join a pool for March Madness, so why not do one for the Oscars? Print out ballots and have everyone fill them out before the show starts. Don’t forget to have guests put their names on them before you collect them. You could have everyone throw in a few bucks to give to the winner, or you could pick up prizes for your games beforehand. Before the event, you can also choose your picks at the official Oscar website where you can use your Facebook to begin the game, then make your predictions and share your ballot and invite friends to play along. You could also set up a station in your home using your laptop and invite your guests to play along during your party.
Mini Kobe Beef Burgers, Smoked Salmon Pizza with Dill Cream and Caviar, Chicken and White Grits, Chicken Pot Pie, Oscar Party Cheese, Smoked Salmon on Flatbread with Caviar and Creme Fraiche, Macaroni and Cheese with Aged Cheddar plus more Tantalizing Treats including assorted meats, cheese dishes and pastas “” hmmm, after looking at the daunting menu that Wolfgang Puck will prepare for Governors Ball (check out the pics of the food on the website), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ official post-Oscar affair), we pulled a few more-manageable recipes for your party from the all-empowering allrecipes.com. Try the Beef and Brie Sliders, Smoked Salmon Pizza, Mini Chicken Pot Pies, Mini Macaroni and Cheese Cups, Baked Crab and Artichoke Dip and Bacon Wrapped Barbeque Shrimp. Then for dessert try the Better Than Brad Pitt Cake (fitting right?), Easy Decadent Truffles (try using gold sugar for a glitz effect), Mini Cheesecakes and Chocolate Covered Strawberries (you could get fancy and make them look like tuxedos). Then choose a signature drink for your event. Here are some examples: Annex Theater Champagne Cocktail, Mary Pickford, Lemon Drop Martini, Champagne Dreams Cocktail, Pom Blanco or Tart n’ Sand. But if you aren’t one for being in the kitchen for any reason, you can still get Oscar-worthy food in the form of takeout from the Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar at the Friendly Center and Loco for Coco for beautiful treats.
Last thoughts and best wishes
If you want more than what is televised, check out the WATCH ABC app for desktop and mobile devices; you will catch the Oscars Backstage, which lets you choose from three channels that will be covered by 20 additional live cameras. We hope you have a fun Oscar party. Be safe, eat a lot, and tag YES! Weekly in any pictures you post to social media; we can’t get enough of them.