I must admit it's been way too long so I apologize! The new year rang in and I've been a busy party guru but I haven't forgotten about you all.
It's now the end of February and I'm sure everyone has experienced a bit of the winter blahs. But don't worry, I've got the perfect remedy - it's time to roll out the red carpet, go Hollywood glam, and throw a fabulous Oscar party!
The following are some budget-friendly tips and ideas to throw an award-winning Oscar viewing party that is sure to be the most talked about event of the year:
Guest list - As this is a viewing party, it will involve a lot of couch surfing so keep the guest list intimate and really create that VIP feel.
Invitations - Go eco-friendly and use a free online event invitation tools such as Evite. The link I've provided offers specific award themed templates that are perfect for this type of event.
Remember to include the important details such as the who, what, when, and where, but also add in the dress code for this event. This is one of the most extravagant events of the year so encourage your guests to outfit themselves in their best party gear.
Decor - You can never go wrong with creating a simple yet elegant ambiance with candles and a splash of colour with fresh cut flowers. Check out your local dollar store for affordable candles, holders and vases and visit your local flower market.
Also check out Party Packagers for all of your Oscar party decor needs. They have everything from red carpet runners, themed plates, napkins and cups, streamers and even tiaras and top hats.
Another fun idea is to put up movie posters. It will likely be challenging to find posters of this year's nominees so go with the classics. Check out the website movieposter.com to find movie posters in Toronto.
The Red Carpet - Part of the Oscar experience is to enjoy the red carpet and watch all of Hollywood's elite walk down in their gowns and tuxes, so be sure to invite your guests early enough to watch the various pre-award shows.
Create excitement as your guest arrive by having your own red carpet. If you don't want to purchase a runner you can buy inexpensive red fabric to create your own. Have a camera on hand to take photos of your guests as they enter your house and get them to strike a pose.
Fun & Games - Pre-print Oscar ballots for your guests to fill out during the red carpet coverage and have a prize for the winner with the most correct votes. The Oscar site has a great ballot template to download for you to print.
Another fun game that can be printed off and played during the awards is Oscar Bingo. Download these templates here.
Menu - You can play off the best picture nominees and create a menu surrounding those titles. Check out these ideas on Epicurious.
For myself personally, I love a cocktail party that's elegant but fun, so here are some menu ideas that already have my mouth watering:
- Red Carpet Popcorn with Truffle Oil
- Three Cheese Mini Macs
- Aged Cheddar, Pear & Carmalized Onion Grilled Cheese
- Bistro Sliders with Pickled Onions
- Smoked Salmon Dip with Belgian Endives
- Mini Vanilla Cupcakes
Beverages - Champagne is the beverage of choice when celebrating at the Academy Awards. However, there are many delicious sparkling wines such as Prosecco from Italy or Cava from Spain, that are affordable substitutes.
Check out Natalie Mclean's Top Bubblies which offers a great range of product available at the LCBO and includes a review and price.
Always remember to be a responsible host and ensure there are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks and offer a fun mocktail by using a sparkling cider as a substitute for champagne.
P.S. How adorable are those little bow ties added on to these champagne flutes!
The best thing about party planning is getting creative and having fun with it! If you like my ideas on how to re-create the glitz and glamour of the Oscars, then please share this on Twitter or Like it on Facebook with the links below. If have any other ideas you would like to share, please feel free to add a comment as I would love to hear from you!
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