A few days ago I shared my Oscar Nominee-inspired menu, and now it’s time to take your Oscar party to the next level with games, decor, and other entertaining ideas.
Decor: We are keeping the decor super simple by covering the tables with star fabric and putting flowers in popcorn containers.You can also lay out a red carpet for guests to walk on as they arrive or layout fancy paper goods and champagne flutes.
Games: Use any of these three games to keep people excited and mingling, instead of just falling into a tv-watcing stupor
1. As people start arriving, you can play an easy game of celebrity to get people mingling. Before the party write names of famous people on adhesive labels, then attach one to each guests’s back as he or she arrives. Then each guest has to ask other party guests yes or no questions in order to figure out the name on his or her own forehead. The winner is the person who can figure out whose name is on their forehead by asking the fewest number of questions.
2. Before the awards ceremony starts, make sure that each person fills out an Oscar ballot. To make this game more fun, set up a candy bar in the Oscar-watching room and give each guest a bag that they can add one piece of candy to each time that his or her Oscar ballot prediction is correct. Award a prize after the Oscar ceremony to the person who has the greatest number of candies left in his or her bag. This variation makes the classic ballot game not just a test of prediction abilities, but of will-power to resist eating the candies too.
3. During the ceremony itself, play Oscar bingo, where people try to create rows, columns, or diagonals of 5 based on clichés listed on the bingo cards. Visit How About Orange for wonderful downloadable bingo cards and Oscar ballots.
Prizes: Give out creative Oscar-themed prizes for the winners of your Oscar-themed games. Plan on making 2-3 prizes for each game in case of a tie. Plus with these super practical gifts, if guests don’t win them all, you can save them to use yourself!
For celebrity give out STARbucks cards by attaching a Starbucks gift card to the winners.
For the winners of the Oscar ballot predictions, give out movie gift cards so that they can go see the rest of the Oscar-winning movies in theatres.
Give the winners of Oscar bingo iTunes gift cards so that can watch their favorite movies at home or on the go.
Party favors: Party favors are absolutely not necessary, but they can be a fun add on if you feel like going the extra mile. You could give out copies of your favorite movies, fake-oscars to match your guest’s personalities, cozy blankets for guests to snuggle up in during the awards ceremony, or a bucket of popcorn and candies for guests to have their own movie night at home. Check out the free printable party favor labels over at Paper and Pigtails
Have a fabulous Oscar-watching night lovely readers! How are you spending your Sunday night?