Tonight the red carpet will be all a glow as the 83rd annual Academy Awards get started. Actors, actresses, producers, and crew from Oscar nominated movies like The King’s Speech, True Grit, and Black Swan will be on display. Salons, make-up artists, caterers, and personal assistants are working overtime.
For those of us without a ticket to the Oscars this evening, hosting an Oscar Party is the next best thing. Here are some hints and tips to help you make you the “star” hostess this year.
Set your own stage. I have seen some wonderful ideas from my favorite go-to resource for all things hosting from Jenn Sbranti, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of http://www.hostesswiththemostess.com. Use some Oscar power colors, black and gold. Use this color combination in your choice of plates, napkins, and table coverings. Jenn also has some unique and fund ideas as to how you can customize champagne flutes or other stemware with Category Nominee Drink Charms. Fun!
What to wear? Most people love any excuse to bring out their tuxedos and black gowns. If this is how you will be dressed for your Oscar party, let your guests know in advance so they won’t feel-underdressed. If you want to focus on the movies, invite your guests to wear interesting pieces from their best actor/actress in certain scenes. Want to take it a step further? invite your guests to dress up in character. If you are all about being cozy, invite your guest to come in their best sweats and snugglie-the Oscars are on for a few hours-be comfortable.
What to serve? If you are keeping with a theme, you can keep your choice of food in theme as well. I found some ideas online usa.com. Event planner and celebrity caterer Mary Geiuliani of NYC had these themed focused suggestions,”fish and chips and mini tea sandwiches for The King’s Speech; trail mix for 127 Hours; and sushi and pizza bites for The Social Network”. My personal favorite, the sushi and pizza bites for sure!!
What to drink? I know that many Oscar party goers like cocktails, but I know that even underage audiences will be tuning in and celebrating. That is why I prefer “mocktails”. I found this version of the Silver Screen at http://www.reelmovienews.com/.
1 (6 ounce) can pink lemonade concentrate, partially thawed
8 ounces pineapple juice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1 bottle Sparkling Apple Juice
1 bottle lime soda
1 pineapple, cut into rings and frozen
In a blender, combine pink lemonade concentrate, pineapple juice, strawberries, and ginger. Blend until smooth. Pour into a punch bowl. Add sparkling apple juice and stir to combine. Just before serving, pour in lime soda. Add frozen pineapple rings.