Create your very own star-studded event when celebrating Academy Awards Night with these fabulous Oscar party ideas.
Star-Studded Oscar Party Ideas and Tips
Want to celebrate like the stars? You certainly don’t want an honorable mention when it comes to hosting an Oscar party. So get yourself dolled up and check out these fabulous Oscar party ideas and tips.
1. Make It an Oscar Night Theme
Start your party planning by choosing an Oscar-worthy theme based upon one of this year’s nominated films.
Then focus your attention to the food, decorations and music that aligns with this theme.
And, don’t forget to invite your guests to dress accordingly.
RELATED: Online Oscar Invitations.
2. Include Food Worthy for Your A-Lister Guests
Psst, one of the best kept secrets for preparing great Oscar food is to keep it simple just like the pros.
Take, for example, Oscar chef Wolfgang Puck. He is well-known for keeping it extravagant and simple food-wise. He must if you consider that he feeds over 1,600 hungry guests at the Governors Ball. With a staff of over 350 employees, his standard fare includes a variety of hors d’oeuvres, along with a mix of healthy (plus vegan) and decadent offerings.
RELATED: Past Academy Awards Menus
So while you might not have the advantage of a large kitchen staff, you can still create some of the Academy Award night’s most memorable dishes.
Check out these Wulfgang Puck’s recipes:
3. Dress for the Red Carpet
Dress for the Red Carpet with this beautiful V-neck, open back chiffon red dress from Amazon.com.
Of course, you certainly don’t have to go to such extremes, but on this night of all nights, you definitely want to dress your best.
It’s all about the glitz and glamour.
Still not sure what will be a hit? Take a look at these past dress winners and losers from the Red Carpet.
4. Bedeck Your Home with Oscar-Inspired Decorations
When putting on the ritz, don’t forget to take care when choosing your plates, napkins, balloons, and silverware. Strictly speaking, everything needs to be coordinated–gold, preferably. But some of the lesser thought of items should also be included at your Oscar party:
5. Play Award Winning Music
Pump up the volume – the music volume, that is, with soundtracks from this year’s nominated films.
6. Oscar Party Acceptance Speech (Game)
Include a fun game with your guests and have each of them create their own acceptance speech. Give them one minute to thank whoever they wish and make it fun. The winner can take home a mini-Oscar, if you have one. Or, you can just offer applause as the best indication of support.
7. Include the Kids on Oscar Night
While you’re celebrating the Academy Awards, don’t forget about the kids.
Kid-themed party and food is always a hit, especially when you choose their favorite film.
For example, when Ratatouille (Disney Pixar) was nominated, this worked perfectly alongside Les Miséables. At the kid’s table you might offer them Parisian Roll-ups (wiener roll-ups), Ratatouille (see recipe below), Chips with French Onion Dip, crudités (cheese platter), Seltzer water with syrup (soda) and for dessert: mini-cream puffs and chocolate eclairs.
RELATED: Easy Ratatouille Recipe
8. Offer Intermission Fun
There’s always plenty of costume changes at the Academy Awards, so keep the crowds happy during the commercials by playing one of these four movie trivia games.
And, if you think you know it all about the Oscars, try your hand with the Official Oscars Challenge.
9. Share Some Oscar History and Trivia
There are many different stories how the Oscar statuette got named, but one thing is for certain, it is a most coveted award.
Given to the best actor, actress, director and more, it is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences way of highlight the best of the best. The idea of Oscar was conceived in 1927.
It wasn’t until May 16, 1929, when it was given to its first recipient, Emil Jannings, who was named the Best Actor in two movies: “The Last Command” and “The Way of all Flesh.”
Do you think you know everything about Oscar? Here are some quick facts to wow your guests:
Little Known Oscar Facts
• Height: 13 1/2 inches
• Weight: 8 1/2 pounds
• Official Name: Academy Award® of Merit
• Current Manufacturer: R. S. Owens & Company, Chicago, IL
• Statues Awarded from 1929-2019: 3,140
The History and Design of Oscar
Oscar is figured as a knight with a sword and is standing on a five-spoked film reel. The five spokes is representative for the five original branches of the Academy of Motion Pictures: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers.
While it’s design has altered a bit here and there throughout the years, its credit, however goes to Cedric Gibbons, who originally designed the statue and to George Stanley who sculpted what we now know as: Oscar.
Best Book for Trivia: 85 Years of the Oscar – The Official History of the Academy Awards by Robert Osborne. This book offers an in depth look into what make the Oscars so great.
10. And, the Oscar Winners Are…
Everyone wants their favorite actor to win, so why not allow your guests to pit their best guesses against the Academy judges by having them vote for their favorite flick.
RELATED: Oscar General Guidelines
11. More Academy Award Night Ideas, Recipes and Planners
Can’t get enough of the Oscar’s? Then check out this link for more Oscar Night party ideas:
And, for more ideas and party planning tips, be sure to check out Entertaining Ideas with Wisconsin Homemaker.