If you’re like me, you don’t really need an occasion to host a party, but, if you must find an occasion, the Oscars is the perfect reason to do so.
I love a theme that can create group participation, and this theme is party gold. If you have friends who are fun loving, they will also be thrilled with this party.
My advice to you is to give everyone at least six weeks’ notice to prepare for this oscar party.
So I always say start with a great invitation. I know, I know — some of you like to go the Evite way, but just imagine how you would feel if you received a fab invitation in the mail. I highly doubt that the Academy sends out Evites to their A-list invitees – so your VIPs deserve nothing less, too.
If you don’t want to go through the expense of ordering fancy invitations, there are many free printables on the Internet that you can download and print at home. (Take a look at Catchmyparty.com, Makelifelovely.com, or Hostesswiththemostess.com.)
But since we are the “Party Divas,” you know we are overachievers and had to create fancy glitter invitations.
So for an added layer of fun and fabulousness, ask your guests to be their own designer and create an original designer look for the red carpet walk and paparazzi pictures.
Since this is an awards party, of course there will be Oscars for the best and worst dressed (awarded in fun, of course).
So now that we have gotten the invitations and the attire out of the way, it’s time to create an exciting presentation to welcome your VIPs.
As with the Oscars, the entrance is crucial, and since you are asking your guests to arrive “red carpet ready,” there must be a red carpet.
Here are a couple of items that can be used. If your budget allows, you can always rent a red carpet, but if not, you can take a trip to your local craft store and purchase about three yards of red felt or a red fabric. (Be sure to secure it to the floor, because we don’t want any red carpet mishaps that end up on the morning news.) There is also a plastic-backed faux red carpet that can be purchased online.
Find an area in your house that you can create a backdrop and lay your red carpet out for the paparazzi to photograph the VIPs in their designer outfits.
To create a simple backdrop, use things like an inexpensive white, black or red sheet that can be tacked on a wall. New Year’s Eve decorations are probably on clearance, so grab some gold stars and gold tinsel curtains, and add a few pieces to your backdrop.
If you’re not on a strict budget, Oscar Standees are available on Amazon; alternatively, if you want to be a little bit crafty, you can use a projector and insulation foam board to cut one out.
Now let’s get the party started!
My rule is that you don’t have to make it from scratch to impress your guests, just display it in fun ways. Set up a gourmet popcorn bar made from microwave popcorn in large vases, or a punch bowl with assorted candies displayed in small dollar store vases. Try a mini veggie dip served in votive candleholders, or chip and dip served in plastic martini glasses, and so forth. Be sure to give your dishes a cute name; they can be named after a nominated movie or character – or just your favorite movies.
Before the party starts, have your guests write down on index cards their choices for best picture, actor, actress, etc.
If their answer matches the actual winner, then during the commercial break they must give an acceptance speech. Nominees can be printed and framed and placed throughout the house to make it easy to pick winners, or a pre-printed sheet can be made with all the categories for them to choose from.
Everyone is a winner! At the Oscars, all the fabulous attendees depart with a great swag bag of gifts. Make your guests feel like a million bucks as they leave in their “limos” (a.k.a. minivans, or Porsches if they are truly A-listers). Ideas for swag bags can be candy, cupcakes, gourmet popcorn, or trinkets placed in a mini gift bag.
So get your A-list of friends together and throw an awesomely fun party! Be sure to post pictures on the Fayette Woman Facebook page of all the fun. Keep Calm and Party On!