Gather friends for the hottest ticket of the season: A front row seat to the Academy Awards in the comfort of your glamorous living room while being served the finest hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Our ideas and recipes will make your party worthy of Hollywood's top stars.
Treat your party guests like they're attending a Hollywood A-List gala. Wear your finest formal attire and encourage guests to do the same. Pull out elegant glassware to serve champagne and signature party drinks. Spruce up your home with elegant touches, such as fresh flowers and glitzy accessories, to create a glamorous setting. Welcome guests with the red carpet treatment (an inexpensive yardage of red fabric can create your own walkway) by snapping photos like the paparazzi as guests arrive. Invite your guests to act as entertainment news personalities: Have them critique the attire of the next arrivals or interview them about their dresses and accessories.
Editor's Tip: Present your guests with embellished gift bags filled with a few pampering gifts, just like the ones the stars receive.
Give your guests movie-star treatment by pulling out all the stops. Hire a bartender, or ask a friend or family member to play the role to keep guests refreshed throughout the night. Extra helpers can mingle through the crowd with trays of hors d'oeuvres.
Cater to the red carpet theme of this Academy Awards party by serving red cocktails. A few specialty drinks or a signature cocktail can accentuate the glamorous aura of the evening. We've collect four favorite red cocktail recipes in the free guide, available below. For those with other preferences, have an assortment of popular drink ingredients, as well as non-alcoholic options, on hand.
Glam up an ordinary buffet table by breaking out the silver accessories for a spread that sparkles. Dress the table with crisp white linens and black accents for a black-tie effect. Arrange appetizers on crystal platters. Use silver cups for condiments. Place chrome and glass bar tools out for easy access or display them for their sleek look. Add easy, elegant arrangements of flowers and candlesticks for decoration. Even a tall stem of orchids can increase the sophistication level when displayed in a coordinating vase.
Editor's Tip: Party supply stores have inexpensive decorations that play up the movie theme. Find a few fun trinkets appropriate for the party, and then dress them up with fresh flowers, shimmery ribbons, and sprinkles of glittery confetti.
Decorate the appetizer table with a centerpiece that is as glamorous as the Oscar-nominated film stars. Shimmery silver-white balls and elegant feathers arranged on a cake plate make a striking focal point. Or let black-and-white plumes billow out of an ice bucket for a retro 1940s Hollywood glam effect.
While the Academy Awards show plays in the background, host games to entertain guests during the commercials and between awards.
-- Get our free game cards for a playful rendition of Best Picture Bingo, below.
-- Quiz guests with trivia from past Oscar presentations.
-- Have guests draw a name or select one from the list of nominees. If the nominee wins, award the guest with a mini statuette or prize. Speeches are optional.
-- Create an Academy Awards voting ballot for guests to complete at the start of the evening, then draw from the correct answers at the end of the evening for novelty prizes.
Be sure to have bottles of champagne chilling to toast the night's big winners. It automatically adds elegance to any event. If possible, skip plastic glasses. Either rent glasses or borrow champagne flutes. A festive assortment of styles will make the party feel like an award-worthy event.
Editor's Tip: Give bottles of wine and champagne a whimsical black-tie treatment by wrapping them in black felt trimmed like a tuxedo jacket and embellished with a red fabric bow tie.
Give your guests the Hollywood star treatment with a spread of upscale appetizers. A sprinkle of caviar gives these bite-size snacks high-society style. Get our Appetizers Quantity Guide, available below, so you'll now exactly how much food to prepare for your party.
Snappy Gorgonzola cheese and fresh thyme give these green olives a leg up on the competition.
Don't let the petite size of this bite-size appetizer fool you. Topped with herb-tossed roasted mushrooms and melted Parmesan, these crostini boast award-winning flavor.
The star power of super spicy chipotle pepper powder gives this smoked salmon dip rave reviews.
This elegant appetizer featuring lump crabmeat on butterflied shrimp earns nominations for both Best Presentation and Best Taste.
Served with a sesame-lime sauce, these gingered turkey meatballs will steal the show.
Brown-butter-glazed pears dress this classic comfort dessert dish in party clothes.
Rich, dark chocolate and gooey caramel costar in this show-stopping dessert.