How to Throw and Oscars Party at Home
Part of making your house feel like a home is welcoming your friends and family into your space to create memories. And if the holiday season didn’t give you an opportunity to do enough of that, we are smack dab in the middle of the awards season! Up next? The Oscars. So, let’s talk about some ways you can make your Oscars viewing party as epic as the Oscars themselves.
First, let’s focus on the decorations:
Pick two theme colors and stick to them. I recommend gold and black—after all those are the colors of the Oscar itself.
An inexpensive way to make a statement is using twinkle lights or candles to bring up the glam factor. Or if you are going for overall fun, try a room full of helium filled balloons secured to the floor with a string.
Don’t get too invested in decorations, after all, most of your guests will be focused on the TV. However, if you have a red carpet, pull it out!
Next, food and drink:
Watching the Oscars is an investment, especially if you include the red carpet so sustenance is essential; plan on having several snacks, including a few heartier options.
To keep with the elegance of the Oscars, you could offer single bite, hand crafted appetizers like dumplings or mini loaded potatoes.
Or you could celebrate the Oscars like Ellen DeGeneres did in 2014 when she ordered pizzas to the awards ceremony itself. If Meryl Streep will eat pizza at the Oscars, then how could anyone be too fancy for pizza at your place?
And can you even have an Oscars party without popcorn? I think not—nothing goes with movies like popcorn.
If you are going to offer alcohol at your party, then champagne is a must! If you are looking for something with a bit more flair than bubbly consider whipping up some pre-prohibition cocktails like the Gin Rickey or an Old Fashioned.*
Do you need activities?
Everyone has gathered to watch the awards and no doubt there will be lots of conversation throughout the night... especially after a few Gin Rickeys… but you could offer something a little extra. Consider handing out an Oscars ballot. Everyone puts down their guesses as to who will win for each category before it starts. Then you can see who of your friends comes out on top!
Lastly, don’t forget to thank your guests; maybe something like this…
“I’d like to take this time to thank my mom who taught me how to make those cute little dumplings you all loved. I’d also like to thank my husband who supported my dreams for this party by hanging these
lovely twinkle lights and blowing up balloons for hours. And last but not least, I want to thank you all—the ones who made this party a reality by joining us tonight.”
*As always, if consuming alcohol, do not drink and drive. Be smart and have a plan to get home safely.