14 Easy Ways to Host the Ultimate Oscars Party

Win best host award this year by following these Oscar party tips and throw the best DIY Oscar party ever!
Lia Griffith

It's red carpet season and no awards show is more revered and beloved than the Oscars. Throw your own award-worthy viewing party to celebrate your favorite movies and partake in Hollywood festivities. Admire the red carpet glamor, soak in those acceptance speeches, and enjoy the inevitable award show drama with all of your besties - from the comfort of your own sofa! With some creative food options, dazzling decor, and some swag for your guests, you can throw the red carpet soirée of the season! Check out the ideas and tutorials below and start working on that invite list:

1. Classic Black Tie Invitations

Twig and Thistle

Black and white invitations are forever chic and timeless: This simple address tweak hints at the contents before the recipient even opens the envelope! So much fun! At Twig and Thistle, you can download a free invitation printable too. Up the glam factor by tucking a bit of confetti inside the envelope.

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2. "Best of the Best" Party Balloons

Studio DIY

Decorate for the big night and hand out some awards of your own with these super simple balloon ideas from Studio DIY. Grab a bunch of helium-filled balloons from the store and write your categories on them in gold permanent marker or paint pen. If you can find them, replica Oscar statues make great weights, but you could always make your own (check out #3 below) or use a gold-wrapped balloon weight from the store. Reward your friends for their gorgeous manicure, party attire, or fancy 'do with a glitzy balloon door prize.

3. Cardstock Oscar Statue

Lia Griffith

These little glitter Oscar statues are a low-cost way to bring smiles and on-theme decor to your night. With just a few sheets of glitter cardstock, you can deck out your buffet table or mantle, or weigh down those "Best Dressed" balloons from above. Check out Lia Griffith for a printable template and a pattern for a cutting machine.

4. Oscar Winner Prediction Ballot

While we're still not 100% confident we know the difference between sound editing and sound mixing, everyone has opinions about acting performances and best picture nominees. Print out this pared-down ballot to let your guests predict the winners in the more widely-known categories. Grab a few prizes for your guests with winning guesses and enjoy watching the results together. Bets and chatter are encouraged.


5. Metallic Tassel Garland

Let's Get Thrifty

Transform an empty wall or doorway with a chic metallic tassel garland. Made with a bit of tissue paper and some string, this simple craft comes together quickly and adds a festive vibe and a lot of drama to your space. Hang some from the mantle, above the TV, or around the edge or your buffet table to give your space an instant upgrade. Check out a great tutorial from Let's Get Thrify here.

6. Glittering Gold Circle Banner

Paper Source

Another quick banner that provides a lot of bang for your buck, is this simple circle swag that can be made by literally anyone. It requires only a bit of string and metallic gold circle labels, so you can assemble it quickly without additional supplies or any mess. Simply stack two labels, sticky sides together, with the string in the center and press together. Layer with your metallic tassel garland for the perfect photo backdrop! Learn more at Paper Source.

7. Tuxedo Champagne Flutes

Celebrations at Home

It's not a party without a bit of bubbly! Whether you opt for the high end stuff or are pouring some sparkling cider, give your champagne flutes a bit of swagger with this black tie DIY. With just a few materials and a hot glue gun, your glassware will definitely be in the running for "best dressed".

Check out the tutorial at Celebrations at Home

8. Movie Theatre Candy Display

Just Judy Blog

Can it really be a night dedicated to movies without a cinema-size box of candy? Whether you prefer chocolate or fruity sweets, provide your guests with their theatre favorites to munch on as the winners are announced. Set up a few rows of boxes on the coffee table, or if you're feeling ambitious, check out this peg board display tutorial from Just Judy Blog! You can keep this well stocked year-round in your family room for all your future movie nights or Netflix marathons.

9. Glamorous Glitter Cups


The design is in the details! Even a simple glass of water or soda feels chic in these glitzy gold cups. With a bit of spray adhesive and a lot of glitter, you can seriously up your host game in a matter of minutes! Check out the simple tutorial from Evite now!

10. Oscar Night BINGO

While it's hard for us to imagine, not everyone shares our love of red carpet events. Keep them watching with these Oscar-themed BINGO cards. Round up a few gift cards or small prizes for winners to encourage audience participation and you may end up recruiting even the proudest of red carpet skeptics. Download the free printables here.

11. Cinema Food Labels


Sometimes inspiration comes from the least likely source. These little label stands for your Oscar night buffet? Tinker Toys! Whether you have some laying around or make a stop at a thrift store, this DIY is quick, easy, and inexpensive. Use a bit of black and silver paint to transform the wooden wheels into film reels and scatter them on the table to label all your delicious party foods.

Check out the Tutorial from Fiskars

12. Film Reel Ice Cream Sandwiches

Hungry Happenings

If you're anything like us, you need no excuse to add ice cream to your menu. How cute are these film reel ice cream sandwiches!? The recipe is straightforward and the payoff is adorable. Plus, you could always whip up a double batch and stash a bunch in the freezer for later...just saying.

Get the recipe at Hungry Happenings

13. Glitzy Gold Popcorn Boxes

Nicest Things

We've got party ideas for your sweet AND savory snacks! Even popcorn can go glam for the Oscars! Grab some plain popcorn boxes from your craft or party supply store and deck them out with a little gold. Use a paper punch to make a bunch of gold circles, or hand-draw them with a gold marker. Then set out some popcorn and a few topping options for a treat your guests will love!

14. Red Carpet Cupcakes

CT in Style

One more sweet treat option for your night. These red velvet cupcakes are the perfect party dessert. Decadent red velvet cake topped with rich cream cheese frosting is a sure fire hit. Topped with a glittering gold star pick? Truly Oscar-worthy! Use a star punch to turn cardstock into these toppers (and maybe punch out some extra stars for tabletop confetti) or find some gold star stickers for a quicker option. Make sure to use gold foil liner cups for your cupcakes and you'll have yummy treats as glamorous as they are delicious!

Get the recipe at CT in Style


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