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9 Cool Oscar Party Ideas

The Academy Awards show is an exciting day for just about everyone from the film buff to even the casual movie-goer. Turn the biggest awards show of the year into an event with a viewing party, so you can celebrate the wins right along with the stars! These Oscar party ideas will have you and your guests feeling as glamorous as the nominees.

1. Serve star-worthy eats

Every party needs food. Get fancy with food-centric Oscar party ideas! Serve plenty of appetizers like gourmet popcorn in cute buckets, bruschetta, smoked salmon, deviled eggs, meatballs, and tiny fruit parfaits.

An Oscar party is the perfect excuse to go all out with a charcuterie board. (If you’re short on time, Trader Joe’s sells a wide variety of frozen appetizers that look as good as they taste). Stick with the Oscars color scheme and use black and gold plates, cups, napkins, and utensils.

To create the ultimate movie theater experience at your Oscar party, set up an upscale candy buffet and rent a popcorn machine for extra fun. Use glass jars to display candy like black Twizzlers, gold and black M&M’s from party stores or the M&M website, gummy bears (you can get exotic flavors from Albanese Candy, like pineapple for a pop of gold), and chocolate gold coins.

You can even get actual gold rock candy from Dylan’s Candy Bar that is (almost) too gorgeous to eat! The signature lollipops from See’s Candies that come wrapped in black and gold would also make a lovely addition to your display. When you set up a table full of aesthetically pleasing, delicious candy, your guests will feel like they’ve stepped into Willy Wonka’s factory.  For examples of candy buffet setups, check out this blog.

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2. Give out Oscars to your guests

Join in on the fun and give out Academy Awards of your own! Use ballots and envelopes just like the real deal, and make sure everyone gets their nominations in at the beginning of the party. Use categories like Best Music Taste (like the best score award), Most Dramatic, Best Sense of Humor, Best Sense of Style, Best Storyteller, and Best Dancer (you may have to have some guests show off their moves and skills first).

Announce winners during commercial breaks so that you have something to do when the show isn’t on. You can award them with plastic statues from Oriental Trading or chocolate ones from a party store.

3. Dress up like you’re attending the real thing

Who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up? Break out the formal gowns, suits, tuxedos, heels, and dress shoes. Don’t think you own anything glam enough? Repurpose bridesmaid or groomsmen dresses or take a trip to the thrift shop. Or, if you’ve got a silly, fun-loving crowd, go for eclectic looks a la Met Gala for a fun twist. Complete your looks with bold lipstick, jewelry, and elegant hairstyles. Encourage everyone to participate in dressing up by having a competition for the title of “Best Dressed.”

4. Host your own red carpet photoshoot 

 When else are you going to have a chance to strut your stuff on the red carpet? Set up a red carpet (you can make your own out of red fabric or find one at a party store or on Oriental Trading) and a backdrop. For a cheap, do-it-yourself option, set up some PVC pipes and silver or gold fabric. Grab some gold photo props or typical red carpet accessories like purses and clutches for everyone to hold. Call on your photographer friend (we all have one) to play paparazzi, and have your guests strike a pose.

5. Cast your own votes 

Vote for predicted winners before the awards show begins. Hand out ballots (which you can find for each year in PDF form online) and have everyone fill in the winners. Instead of betting on the award winners, give out prizes like movie tickets to the guest with the most correct predictions.

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6. Create a film-inspired playlist

Assemble songs from current score and song nominees, as well as past winners for one killer party playlist. If you aren’t sure what soundtracks to choose, here are some good ideas to start with: La La Land, A Star is Born, Titanic, Purple Rain, and almost any Disney soundtrack (which is a great idea if you have kids at the party!). The playlist will help drown out any annoying, repetitive commercials.

7. Mix some drinks with movie magic

Create some cocktails themed after the nominated movies or past winners. Or, go for a more generic approach with these Hollywood-inspired cocktails. (If you have kids at the party, classic virgin drinks like Rory Rogers and Shirley Temples are perfect!) If you aren’t up to mixing drinks, champagne is a must. You can even give everyone their own mini bottles for the party. (For an extra special touch, you can order custom bottle labels on Zazzle!)

8. Take your viewing party to a hot new venue 

Why not watch your favorite stars from the comfort of a glamorous space of your own? This Oscar party idea is the easiest way to upgrade an ordinary get-together into an extra special occasion. With Peerspace, you can turn a local art gallery or theater into your viewing party venue. Contact the Concierge service to make sure you have all the A/V capabilities you need to play the awards show live. You can also rent a swanky mansion, loft, or historic home. Venues of all types are available to rent by the hour.

9. Play movie trivia

Choose a few popular nominees and come up with some trivia questions about each one. You can also incorporate questions about past winners as well to be fair to those who haven’t seen all of the recent films. Offer prizes to the winners like movie tickets, movie memorabilia, gourmet candy, or DVDs/Blu-rays.

Whether you are into the music, the acting, or the cinematography of films, everyone can enjoy the Academy Awards show. Come together with friends this awards season to celebrate the magic of Hollywood with these fun Oscar party ideas.

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