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Feb 10, 2014

5 Awesome Oscar Party Ideas

Are you thinking about hosting an Oscars-themed party for the 86th Annual Oscars this year?  Invite a group of friends and family over and tune in on March 2nd to see which stars will go home with a coveted statue.

Oscar Party Idea #1:  Make it an Old Hollywood Glam Party

Reminisce with a glamorous Old Hollywood-themed party.  This event’s décor would include lots of movie reels, statues, the colors black and gold and plenty of feathers.  Think 1920s and the art deco phenomenon.

Libations: champagne toast followed by cocktails (martinis and mint juleps!)
Red Carpet Recipe Ideas:  Seafood, such as crab-stuffed mushrooms or lobster ravioli

Or, get a bunch of menu inspiration from these sample menus right here.

Old hollywood glam

Oscar Party Idea #2:  Predict the Winners

Print out a list of all of the categories and nominees and give one to each guest.  Hand out pens or pencils with each list and ask guests to predict who they think will win the Oscar.  At the end of the night, tally up everyone’s scores and give away your own Oscar statue to the guest who made the most correct predictions!

Want to make your own statue?  Paint a male doll solid gold and glue it to a stand.  Or, if you would rather make edible statues, whip up a batch of sugar cookies using a cookie cutter in the shape of a statue.  Use frosting to glue the sugar cookie to a round chocolate cookie which will serve as the stand.

Make your own oscars

Oscar Party Idea #3:  Pick Your Favorite Movie and Theme Your Party

Was your favorite nominated movie Captain Phillips?  Center your party theme on it by turning your house into a nautical wonderland.  Serve up some seafood and fruit cocktails, too.

Maybe you want to set your party in the late-70s after Oscar-nominated American Hustle.  Recreate that world in your own home with plenty of sparkles, sequence and the appropriate music.  Serve plenty of cocktails and rich finger foods.  Maybe even dust off the fondue pot and serve up that 70s classic!

Gravity is also nominated for Best Picture.  Give your party a whole new atmosphere when you decorate your house like outer space after this Sandra Bullock and George Clooney hit.

It doesn’t matter what movie you choose; all you have to do is get creative!

Theme your party around a movie

Oscar Party Idea #4:  Construct a Popcorn Buffet

Maybe you don’t want to incorporate an entire theme for your casual get together, but would still like to do something special for your party.  Try creating a popcorn buffet with different flavored popcorn varieties.  Some crowd favorites include caramel corn, cheddar cheese popcorn and buttered popcorn, but don’t be afraid to get creative.  Mix some M&Ms into one bowl of popcorn.  Offer different popcorn seasonings.  Make a batch of spicy chipotle popcorn or upscale chocolate and praline popcorn.  It’s easy to make your own seasonings or add your own goodies to a batch of popcorn.  Simply separate your flavors in big bowls on your buffet table and let guests come up and try whatever combination they think looks delicious!

Bonus:  in lieu of standard small bowls, give each guest a popcorn tub or box to use just like the movie theaters do.  Serve other movie theater favorites like sodas and candy.  You could even provide a candy table with Twizzlers, Snow Caps, Sour Patch Kids, Peanut M&Ms and other popular movie theater candy.

construct a popcorn buffet

Oscar Party Idea #5:  Come as Celebrity Couples (or Singles)

Ask guest to come dressed as their favorite actors.  Couples can dress as famous Hollywood couples, and your guests’ actors don’t have to be limited to just those in attendance at this year’s Oscars.  Go back to the beginning of Hollywood time—and get creative!  Have your guests try and guess who each person is, or, if you’re having a large party, provide nametags for each guest so that everyone will know which “actors” are in attendance.

Décor should still center on cinema, but instead of having an Old Hollywood party, turn your house into a modern red carpet movie premiere.


At this rate, we will still be in a winter wonderland come Oscar time.  Consider incorporating some of our 10 Winter Party Ideas into your Oscar viewing party!

Keep guests warm and cozy with one of our six warm winter cocktails!

Of course, TONS more wonderful Oscar party ideas can be found on our Oscars party Pinterest board.

Devora Millman, Director of Sales at BG Events & Catering
Devora Millman

Devora is the Director of Sales at BG Events & Catering.

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