Academy Awards Party


academy awards party ideas

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, March 4th 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.

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For some more formal invitations, you might consider the ones pictured here, available at 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,


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Academy Awards Party Decorations

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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.

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Inside, dim the lights and hang globe string lights, gold stars, metallic star curtains, and balloons in your party colors for a festive feel.

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
  • Crying
  • 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

You always go glam when serving an array of posh finger foods and champagne at your Oscar party. Or, if some of the nominated films have foods associated with the themes or cultures in them, use these as fun inspirations for the foods and beverages that you serve. Here are some tried and true ideas that we like:

  • STARS EVERYWHERE! — Cut sandwiches or cookies into star shapes for some fun Hollywood flair, or insert sparkly star shaped party picks into any finger foods or cupcakes in your food buffet.Academy Awards party food
  • POPCORN — What is a movie event night without popcorn.  Make it especially cinematic by serving it in theater popcorn boxes.
  • CANDY BUFFET — Another great movie going treat is candy. Set out some classics and let your guests choose their favorites.
  • DRESSED UP DOGS — A tray of hot dogs wrapped in white and black napkins and tied with a red bow to resemble tuxedos make adorable Oscar party treats. We found instructions for making these at
  • CHOCOLATE DIPPED STRAWBERRIES — If you are serving champagne or sparkling cider, consider a plate of chocolate dipped strawberries as the perfect partner.

For even more Oscar night ideas, be sure to check out our Creative-Party-Themes blog, or follow us on Pinterest!

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  1. I just want to let you know that this year’s academy awards is March 2, 2014 not March 7, 2014.

  2. Agh, thanks! I think that was not updated from last year’s show.


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