The Oscars are just around the corner (March 2!), and this is an event that is bigger than the big football game (that shall not be named) in our house. We’ve held an Oscars party for the past 5 years, and we’ve gotten a little more creative with every year. (And this year, we have even more fun props to add to the mix.) Seeing how this is one of the only parties that we seem to get right each year, I thought it would be fun to share tips and past ideas.
1. Oscar cookies! I bought this mummy cookie cutter and it happens to look like an Oscar statue. Use white icing and you can spray the cookies with an edible gold mist to give them the shine they deserve! I found the gold mist by Wilton at JoAnn’s and I used two cans of it on our batch of cookies. (These cookies were a hit – and now I do sugar cookies at almost every party we host!)
2. Name tags featuring the actors/actresses who are nominated. Everyone gets a name tag when they arrive. If their actor/actress happens to win, they can also give their own acceptance speech! The name tags are a fun little ice breaker, especially for guests who may not know each other.
3. We have two televisions. The serious watchers are upstairs, while the talkers go downstairs. Our toddler will be asleep early into the evening, and there are some people who really want to watch the awards show (*raises hand*). Send the talkers to another area in the house to socialize if you have the serious watchers.
4. Awards-themed snack foods. A quick google search will give you great ideas. (And, helloooooo Pinterest!) We did the popcorn last year, along with the cookies. This year, I have to come up with something and I’ll try to relate it to a movie, once I know the movies that are nominated.
5. Movie clapper boards. I scored these on Pick Your Plum, and I suspect they’ll be making another appearance in the next month. You can write on them with chalk and they would just be a lot of fun for any table. This is the first time we’ll have them at our party. Pictures to come, obviously.
6. Ballots and an Oscars pool! We print out ballots for each guest (available on the Oscars website when nominations have been announced) and everyone pays $2 into an overall pot. Partygoers fill out their ballots before the show begins. At the end of the night, we figure out who ended up with the most correct winners. The person with the most correct winners wins the cash. Only once have we had a tie, and they split the money. (If guests leave early, they just need to write their names on their ballot so the host can “grade” them at the end. It’s no big deal.)
Do you host or attend an Oscars party? Have any tips to share? (The Oscars nominations are today. I’m sure this won’t be the last time I talk about the awards show!)