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 22nd 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.
Here are some fun Invites from Shindigz.com that would go well with this theme.
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.
Star Attraction Tableware
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Director’s Cut Party Supplies
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 Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything — These two movies were both about British geniuses, Alan Turing and Stephen Hawking respectively. Some desserts that might be good for honoring England could be scones or shortbread cookies. In The Theory of Everything there was also a scene set in Bordeaux, France, which would be a great excuse for serving a nice red wine!
The Grand Budapest Hotel — The star dessert of this film was Mendl’s courtesan au chocolat, basically stacked cream puffs frosted with pastel icing. There were also some funny pastel iced cookies shaped like tools that could break inmates out of jail. You could easily frost some cream puffs or sugar cookies to replicate these movie sweets.
Boyhood — At the end of this movie, Mason is offered a psychedelic mushroom chocolate to help seize the moment. Although you should probably omit any psychedelics, you might offer a tray of assorted chocolates to honor this film.
Selma— This film depicted the events leading up to Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous peace march in Selma, Alabama. There are so many great southern desserts that you might choose to go along with this movie, including pecan pie, or peach cobbler. If you are doing a dessert tray, you might make smaller versions of these in muffin tins.
Whiplash — This is a story about a young jazz drummer, Andrew Neimann, trying to make it big at a famous music Manhattan music conservatory. His girlfriend in the movie works at a theater concession, so you might choose to offer some sweet popcorn balls or an assortment of movie theater candies. You could also honor Manhattan by serving some New York cheesecake.
The last two films up for best picture this year are American Sniper and Birdman.
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