Get Ready to Host Your Own Oscar-Inspired Party
The 2015 Academy Awards Ceremony is a month away. That can seem like a long time if you are one of the nominees waiting to hear who wins. But if you want to host an Oscar Night event, it’s time to start planning your big gala.
So what does it take to host an Oscar party?
First decide on your guest list. Will this be an adult only event? Come up with an Oscar-worthy invite like these from printaholic.com. Invite your partygoers to dress up in their best designer attire or to come as one of the characters from this year’s list of Oscar nominated movies. Then nothing says swanky like rolling out your own version of the Red Carpet with “media outlets” and “paparazzi” recording your guests’ arrival.
At the party you can set the mood with glamorous decorations like these from camillestyles.com and delicious hors d’oeuvres like these ideas from
However if you want to host a family event, you may have to come up with your own lists of nominations. (None of the 2015 Best Picture picks are really child friendly.) This year’s Oscar nominees are determined by voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just as are winners from of the Golden Globes (selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association), Critics Choice Awards (chosen by members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association) and Peoples Choice Awards (the general public who vote through the People’s Choice website). So you can form your own voting body and nominate contenders from 2014’s more family friendly movies.
Depending on the age and interests of your attendees, you could let your guests pick their own favorite movies to put on their ballot or choose from the following categories:
Send out invitations that look like a movie ticket and use a long piece of red fabric for your guests to walk down. Don’t forget to take plenty of pictures of your “celebrities” as they arrive at the event.
While you tally up the votes for this year’s winning movies, have guests play Pin-the-Mustache on a poster of a favorite actor or musical chairs with tunes from past winners of Best Original Song. You can also make a list of movie characters or titles and have your kids play Charades.
Pull out craft supplies and have guests make their own statuettes for the big ceremony. Your guests might even be inspired by Philip Lord. After The Lego Movie was snubbed by the Academy this year, Lord, one of the movie’s directors, snapped together his own Oscar.
Keep food simple with these mini party food ideas and lots of popcorn for the moviegoers. After announcing your guests’ picks of the year, choose one of the “nominees” to watch as a group and then send everyone home with their own Hollywood-style swag bag filled with celebrity or movie-inspired trinkets.
If your partygoers are young enough, you might even have them tucked in bed in time to catch the announcement of this year’s big Oscar winner on Sunday, February 22.