Hosting an Academy Awards party is a fun way to gather your friends for an evening of Hollywood glitz and glamour. This year the Academy Award will be held on Sunday, February 28th on ABC (7pm Eastern time, 4pm Pacific time). Here are some ideas for Oscar party invitations, decorations, games and food to help you plan an event worthy of a major award!
Academy Awards Party Invitations
There are lots of great options for Oscar party invitations, depending on how formal you want your celebration to be. For free, online award party invitations, check out the selection offered at Evite.
For some more formal invitations, you might consider the ones pictured here, available at Amazon.com. Another idea is to print out your party information in a fancy font and glue it onto glittery golden stars to send each guest.
If you can hand deliver your invitations, a fun idea is to purchase Oscar Awards statuettes and print your party information on the bottom.
You might consider asking your guests to come in their finest red carpet attire, or to dress as a character from one of the nominated films. Let everyone know that you will be handing our a “Best Dressed” award!
You might also include with your invitation an Oscar Award ballot. Ask everyone to fill it out and bring it to the party so they can follow along and see how close their predictions came to the actual winners. Give a prize to the person who made the most correct predictions.
You can always find lots of great online party invitations with a free RSVP manager at Evite,
These themed invitations would be fun for an Academy Awards party!
Academy Awards Party Decorations
Oscar night is all about glamour and glitz, and your party should be as well. Think classic Hollywood, gold, black, white and red, and lots of sparkle when decorating for an Academy Awards party. Here are some suggestions to help get you started…
Let your guests feel like movie stars by rolling out a red carpet leading to your front door. Purchase this step and repeat V.I.P Background for authentic red carpet photos.
Since the main activity of the evening will be watching the show, arrange your furniture so that everyone can be seated comfortably within view of the television.
Glam up your serving tables by sprinkling star confetti and creating a themed centerpiece using things such as red roses in silver or crystal vases, champagne bottles and champagne flutes with metallic curling ribbon, a Hollywood clapper, and awards night statuettes.
Themed tableware can also help pull together your party décor. Here is a Hollywood style tableware set that would work well at an Oscar party.
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Activities for an Academy Awards Party
While the main event at an Academy Awards party is undoubtedly watching the big show, here are a few ideas for Oscar Night activities to help keep the party lively during long speeches and commercials!
Give everyone an Oscar Award Ballot and keep track of whose predictions are the most accurate. Award a prize to the winner.
Create your own Oscar Bingo Cards to keep everyone involved with the show (and get a few giggles). To make these, start with a 5×5 grid and fill in some things that you might see or hear. For example, you might include:
- First time winner
- Music cuts off speech
- Winner kisses date
- Shocked expression in the audience
- Multiple award winner
- Winner accepts in a foreign language
- Winner pulls out written speech
- Political statement
- Winner mentions kids
- In memorium montage
- Standing ovation
- Winner not present
Be creative! Give one card to each guest, along with some M&Ms as markers, and let everyone follow along to see who gets bingo first!
Play “Guess the Celebrity”. Prior to the event, cut out pictures from magazines of different stars in evening clothes, but cut them from the neck down. Paste each photo on a piece of colored paper and number each photo. Next, create a small form for each of your guests labeled 1-10 (or numbered for however many photos you were able to get). Have your guests guess which actor or actress is depicted in each photo. When there is a commercial break in the Academy Awards show, reveal the stars’ full pictures and see which guest got the most right. Reward them with an awards night statuette or other fun party favor.
If you have an over 21 crowd, make up your own rules for an Awards Night Drinking Game. Here are some ideas:
- If a winner cries, take a drink.
- If a winner says, “I am just happy to be here”, take a drink.
- If a winner says, “I wasn’t expecting this and I don’t have anything prepared,” only to launch into a long acceptance speech, finish your drink!
Academy Awards Party Menu Ideas
While you can’t go wrong with posh finger foods and champagne at an Academy Awards theme party, we really like the idea of tying some of your foods to the themes of the nominated movies. Since the Oscars start later in the evening, you might consider serving a themed dessert buffet. Label each sweet offering with a decorative tag of the movie that it represents. This year’s nominated movies are a bit more challenging than usual, but here are a few suggestions for food or drinks associated with the movies nominated for best picture in 2015…
The Big Short — Although this movie was filmed in New Orleans, it revolves around a Wall Street credit crisis, so in honor of The Big Apple, why not serve some New York cheesecake. For a themed cocktail you might serve a New Yorker or a Manhattan.
The Revenant — This one is too easy. Respect the bear by offering some bear claw pastries!
Bridge of Spies — This movie takes place during The Cold War, where we set about making a top secret trade of one of our spies for a captured Russian spy. A great and totally delicious Russian dessert that would be fun to serve is apple sharlotka. This is a Russian take on apple pie.
Spotlight — Spotlight deals with the situation when some Boston based reporters uncovered and exposed the wrongdoings in the Catholic church. To represent this film you could serve some always delicious Boston cream pie.
Brooklyn— This is the story of a young Irish girl who immigrates to Brooklyn and her love for her own home and family in Ireland versus her attachment to her new American home and the Italian boy she meets. To honor the Irish, you could make a minty green grasshopper pie (or offer some Bailey’s Irish Cream as a dessert drink). If you love Italian desserts, a great choice would be cannoli (you can sometimes find these in the frozen section of your grocery store).
The last three films up for best picture this year are Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, and Room. Both Mad Max and the Martian take place in barren, desert-like environments. Perhaps a fun cocktail that could honor these films would be Absolut’s desert cooler.
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