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Roll out the red carpet, grab all your film-buff friends, and host the hottest awards party of the year with an Oscar night watch party. Our cast of A-list drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and decorations will make your party worthy of Hollywood's top stars. Black tie optional, popcorn mandatory.
Gather friends for the hottest ticket of the season: a front row seat to the Academy Awards in the comfort of your glammed-up home. Get yours started with grenadine-topped champagne and sparkly stir sticks. Find out how to make them with the party kit, below!
The awards don't air until later, but the red carpet will be rocking much earlier. Start your party an hour or two before the show so you can eyeball all the fashions. These preparty favors let you and your girls get all prettied up, too!
Offer to swap champagne for a signature, red carpet cocktail. A quick dip in citrus juice and edible glitter gives this pink Prosecco concoction a paparazzi-approved look.
We'll take a round of black cocktail napkins with a twist, please! The slick stunners can be made in three easy steps:
1. Fold a square black napkin into thirds.
2. Scrunch the middle.
3. Tie a small piece of black fabric around the middle of the napkin. Twist ties also work just as well!
Quick! Before the show begins, make your own award predictions on our free downloadable ballot. Gold-dipped pencils and chic clipboards (available at your local office supply store) fancy them up in an easy, inexpensive way.
Simple party hors d'oeuvres like this blackberry plus prosciutto on a crostini get instant 5-star ratings when topped with star-studded garnishes. Make your own using toothpicks, paper stars, and hot glue, or look for some on the cheap on Etsy.com or at your local crafts store.
The star of all movie snacks? Popcorn, of course! Serve the iconic theater snack in paper popcorn containers. Use plain white or colored -- either way, these festive boxes make it easy to mingle and munch all evening long.
Nothing says party like a sophisticated olive and cheese tray. Apricot-draped feta and fresh rosemary give this medley of umami a leg up on the competition.
For a starter that will steal the show, slow-cook homemade turkey-oat meatballs in a bubbling blend of lime juice, soy, and molasses.
This elegant appetizer featuring cream cheese and crabmeat on butterflied shrimp earns nominations for both Best Presentation and Best Taste.
Champagne flutes make great glasses for sweet treats. These dressed up desserts -- complete with a gold spoon and tied with a black bow -- make it easy to grab and enjoy between commericials.
Entertain guests with a fun Oscar trivia quiz or download our printable bingo cards. The rules are easy-peasy: Watch the awards (and the commercials) for appearances of instances on your card. Use gold star stickers as markers. The first person to fill a row wins.
Rich, dark chocolate and market-fresh raspberries costar in this showstopping dessert.
Give guests the celeb treatment with an adorable bag of Oscar night swag: chocolate stars, mini bottles of liqueur, and red-hot lipstick. Look for bags at your local crafts stores, then stamp away.