Throw an Award-Winning Oscar Party at Home

You don’t have to be in Hollywood on Oscar night to party like a star. Here are some easy ways to throw a fabulous Academy Awards watch party at home with friends and family.

By this point in February, most of the country has spent the better part of the past few months bundling up, shoveling ridiculous amounts of snow and scraping ice off our windshields each morning before work. Oh…and hibernating too.

Speaking personally, the deep freeze of the winter months sends me into hibernation mode and I tend to see less of the people I care about most. If you’re like me and are looking for a fun way to reconnect with friends and family, and happen to be a fan of movies and the celeb filled Academy Awards, then throwing your own Oscar viewing party at home might be just what the doctor ordered! Here are some sure fire tips to help you pull off an Oscar party worthy of any A (or B) Lister.

  1.  Make it an Event! – The most obvious but very important first step is to build some “buzz” around your Oscar party within your close circle of friends. Set the right tone by creating and sending award show inspired eVites via eVite. Hat tip to the good folks over at Business Insider on the great find!
  2. Take a queue from Justin Timberlake and Barney Stinson…suit up! – If you want to kick the awesomeness level of your party up a notch, require that your soiree attendees come dressed up, like they were really at the Oscars! Suit up
  3. Roll out the Red Carpet – One of the signature parts of Oscar night are the red carpet arrivals and interviews that happen right before the actual ceremony begins. You can buy a 15 foot red carpet runner for $7 at Party City. Right before your guests arrive, roll that red carpet out! Designate someone in your family as the paparazzi and take some photos of your decked out guests. Post to Facebook and Instagram immediately! If you really want to be creative, you can even film them and edit a fun video together after the fact.
  4. Bubbles – As your guests enter your home, usher them to your dining room where you would have already dressed it up for a cocktail hour (or half hour). You should have some light hor dourves on tap and make sure to have something bubbly for your guests to drink. Either sparkling cider, champagne or soda. Since the Oscars are the most upscale of all the award shows, bust out that nice China you keep in the kitchen cabinet for most of the year. Or head over to your local party store and purchase some fancy looking plastic champagne glasses, chargers and plates. Most important part: enjoy good conversation
  5. The big screen – A bit before the show begins, lead your guests to the room with your biggest screen. This should be where you all watch the Academy Awards. For a few bucks, you can spruce your space up by making it festive with some award show related decorations. Party supply stores like Party City have a slew of  cheap Hollywood inspired decorations you can purchase to add some pizzazz to your shindig.  Want to go the extra mile? Rent or buy a popcorn machine! 
  6. It’s all fun and games – What’s a party without some games? Download or print ballots from places like The New York Times or Fandango and hand them out before your party begins. You can even up the stakes by giving away a prize to the winner who guesses the most categories correctly. Here are a few other cool game ideas:
      • Oscar Bingo
      • Film Trivia
      • Six Degrees of Separation (i.e. How are Ben Affleck and Steve Urkel connected? Well, Affleck was in Armageddon with Bruce Willis who did Die Hard with the Father from Family Matters, which was the show headlined by Steve Urkel! lol)
      • Guess Who I Am
      • Oscar Party Pool

7. Celebs get gifts – Word on the street is that Oscar presenters get amazingly expensive gift bags just for showing up and reading a few words off the teleprompter. While you won’t have the budget for that, be sure to leave each guest with a small gift bag to take home as a token of your appreciation. You can get Hollywood themed party bags at any party store and you can get as creative as you’d like with your gifts: Chocolates, candy, cards, $5 gift cards or anything from the bargain bins at Target!

And there you have it! With a little bit of pre-planning and very little cost, you can have an Academy Awards party at home to make any A-Lister jealous. Be sure to also look out for the “Official Oscars Challenge” as well! You can play against friends and others for the chance to win exclusive gifts and prizes.

Cheers!

*Header Image courtesy of Flickr User: Shari’s Berries

Consumer Engagement Manager in the Marketing Department of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. In his role he works on all national TV and online advertising initiatives, heads the brands’ internal video production as well as a slew of other projects. He’s held other roles within the Marketing Department ranging from Previews & Product Development to the day to day management of the coldwellbanker.com redesign. Besides being a marketer, Gustavo is a musician, writer, film & TV buff, avid sports fan, cereal aficionado, traveler, Tumblr and Tweeter.

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