I'm not exactly the hugest movie buff, but how did I not see until last week that hosting an Oscars viewing party is the perfect fit for me? The glitz, the glamour, the metallics, the sparkles, and the stars are all some of my favorite things, so it was only natural that I finally threw my very first awards show party this past Sunday.
This party was a bit more impromptu than my usual events, as it wasn't even a thought until T suggested in the middle of last week that we host a joint party. Nevertheless, I was totally up for the challenge and adventure of hosting a fun soiree and all I can say is...thank goodness for the speed and convenience of Amazon Prime, which really helped the whole thing come together!
I knew I wanted to stick with a classic Hollywood glamour theme, so the first thing I had to order was a huge bunch of stars. I decorated the back of my studio apartment door with a cascade of stars and then used the rest as chargers on the food tables. The food tables were also adorned with gold star-shaped plates and white/gold netting that I had picked up for super cheap at a post-holiday clearance.
My favorite part of the decor was the long red carpet that led from the front door to the photo booth area (which you'll see down below). As much as I wish I could take credit for this brilliant red carpet prop, it was all T's idea!
The Oscars started at 8:30 p.m. EST this year which is pretty late to start a party on a work night (hey, give me a break, I'm in my 30s!), so we decided to forgo any dinner items and jump straight to dessert. We started things off by greeting every guest with a chocolate whipped cream welcome shot, and we served raspberry-lime prosecco sparklers as the signature cocktail.
The dessert table featured a few salty snacks (chips/pretzels/popcorn) and a big assortment of sweets, including vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, brownies, chocolate-covered pretzels, M&M cookies, and a very popular cake batter dip. In fact, the cake batter dip was such a hit that by the end of the night, people were literally pouring it into their champagne flutes and drinking it!
I can never resist a good paper craft, and this party was no exception! Each champagne flute was decorated with an "And the Oscar goes to..." tag, and I put my star puncher to work making custom confetti to scatter throughout the apartment.
Speaking of my star puncher, I also used it to create two-sided food picks to decorate the desserts in a variety of metallic, textured papers. I also couldn't resist making some glitzy pom pom stirrers to dress up the drinks.
FUN & GAMES
It just isn't an awards viewing party without some games to add some fun to the commercial breaks! Of course, we had to run an Oscar ballot contest (complete with custom ballots designed by T), and we also devised a house drinking game (and with rules like "Drink anytime someone thanks the Academy," things got quite spirited very quickly)! We also played Acceptance Speech Mad Libs, where each guest got the opportunity to make the (absolutely ridiculous) fantasy Oscars speech of their dreams.
The most popular activity of the party was the photo booth that we created with some gold foil curtains and the red carpet! Everyone was able to pose with our little Oscar and have a moment or two of celebrity red carpet glory.
We encouraged everyone to dress up, since you never know when the paparazzi will be watching!
We couldn't resist paying homage to a classic Oscars moment by recreating the infamous Ellen group selfie in our photo booth! I'm not sure how we managed to squeeze everyone in there, but we did it!
What's your favorite way to watch the Oscars?
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