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Oscar Party Part 2: Setting the Stage

25 Feb

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.

Adorable Oscar flowers from Jack Fo blog

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

Great printable labels from Paper and Pigtails

Have a fabulous Oscar-watching night lovely readers! How are you spending your Sunday night?

Best Picture-inspired Oscar Menu

22 Feb

While I chose not to watch the Super Bowl this year, I am excited, as always to watch Hollywood’s glamorous stars grace the red carpet at Sunday’s Academy Awards. Beautiful dresses, touching acceptance speeches, and getting to cheer for my favorite films all make the Oscars a night of excitement that I look forward to every year. It is a wonderful time to scout for prom dress inspiration, have a festive night in with the people you love, and to remember that even celebrities depend on their friends and families to achieve their success.

This year, along with standbys like popcorn and pizza, my family and I are cooking up an array of appetizers and desserts inspired by this year’s best picture nominees. I’ve been having tons of fun getting started in the kitchen with my amazing mom and little sisters, because although I stuck with mostly simple recipes, making nine dishes of any sort is always a challenge. The crab cakes, lollipops, and keys for the cupcakes can all be made in advance to lessen your kitchen time on Oscar weekend.

Here are my Best-Picture inspired recipes to jazz up any Oscar party!

Cookies and Cream Rice Krispy Treats from Cookies and Cups

  • Midnight in Paris: Chocolate Eiffel Tower Lollipops

    Follow these instructions to make chocolate lollipops using an Eiffel Tower mold, or any other oscar-related shape you choose. These make an adorable and affordable party favor too!