My family loves movies and my brother is a film major so we have always watched the awards shows and tried to see most of the nominated films. In my opinion (and probably many others), the Red Carpet is the BEST part of the Oscars. I love seeing all the gorgeous celebs and what they are wearing. Start your night off right by inviting your guests over early to watch the Red Carpet together. In addition to having your guests fill out their guesses for the winners for the night (can print your own ballots off the Academy Awards website), you can also have them vote for “Best Dressed” and “Worst” for the red carpet. Since the red carpet starts earlier, have some appetizers for guests to snack on with their champagne.
Another fun idea is to set up an actual red carpet for your guests to walk down when they arrive. Take pictures and act like celebs with fun accessories like extra-large sunglasses & fun costume jewelry. If there is time, get some large cut-outs of well-known celebrities for your guests to take photos with on the carpet.
Since your guests will be spending most of their time in front of the TV, set up a buffet or heavy appetizers around the room. There are several different directions you can go for the menu. If you want to keep the atmosphere light and fun, go with a “movie” themed buffet with all classic movie treats including popcorn, nachos, pretzels bites with cheese and of course, candy! This is the perfect event to set up a candy bar with all movie favorites. Five Below has a large selection of boxes of candy that you would find at the movie theater for cheap prices. Your guests can snack on treats during the awards or take some home for later.
Another option would be to go fancy and elegant with prosciutto wrapped asparagus, crab stuffed mushrooms and shrimp cocktail served in mini-martini glasses or shooters.
Along with your candy bar, set up a Champagne Bar with fresh raspberries, sugar cubes and other fun fillers for your guests to top their bubbly off with. For other drink ideas, check out Pizzazzerie for cocktails made for the nominees. Their “Black Swan” cocktail sounds delicious!
Lastly, make sure you have prizes for your guests! To keep everyone interested, have trivia questions throughout the awards show asking about the Academy Award’s history, past winners and nominees. You don’t have to hand out anything big, just something small for your party winners. Mini-champagne and mini-wine bottles would be perfect for your guests to celebrate their win at home or for non-drinkers, mini-sparkling cider.