An Oscar party isn’t just for the stars. When the 89th Academy Awards air Sunday, Feb. 26, bring Hollywood’s biggest night to your home with your own celebration. We have a list of party ideas, food and games to get you started. Who knows? Maybe you’ll take home an award for best party.
Oscar party ideas
A fancy night deserves some fancy invitations. Print out these snazzy invites from the DIY blog Hey Let’s Make Stuff, and tell your friends that you’re having a party.
Suggest a fun dress code if you’d like, even if it’s simply “dress to impress.” The beauty of an Oscar party is that you have nearly 90 years of red carpet fashion inspiration to choose from. Have guests channel the Golden Age of Hollywood in old-school glam looks from the ’30s and ’40s , or host an ’80s-themed bash when dresses with poofy sleeves and big hair were some of the hottest trends. If you want to think outside of the box, ask your friends to recreate unique Oscar looks like Bjork’s Swan Dress from 2001 or dress like their favorite movie character. Don’t forget to take pictures for the paparazzi!
Need music? Play these Best Original Song winners. From Broadway ballads to Disney to more modern pop, it’s an award-winning playlist.
No matter what, don’t let your guests go home empty-handed. The nominees get gift bags, and your guests deserve them too. Put all that swag in a DIY gold star tote bag, like this one from Kristi Murphy.
Oscar party food
Fancy food is always an award winner. Finger foods and dressed-up snacks will give your party an air of sophistication. But don’t count out popcorn – a dressed-up batch of kernels is a great way to pay tribute to a classic movie food.
It also helps to have a drink in hand to toast to the winners as well. And since winning is sweet, don’t forget to give your guests some sweet desserts. Happy snacking!
Tuxedo cheese wedges (Cute Food for Kids)
Hot dogs in suits (Better Homes & Gardens)
10 pretty popcorn recipes (Cosmopolitan)
Edible white chocolate popcorn bowl (Hungry Happenings)
For toasting to the winners…
DIY glitter champagne bottles (Evite)
24 carat Champagne (Brit + Co)
Sparkling pomegranate punch (Food & Wine)
The golden night cocktail (Salt & Wind)
Rose sangria (Sweet & Savory by Shinee)
Oscar statue-shaped sugar cookies (People)
Film reel ice cream sandwiches (Hungry Happenings)
Oscar party decorations
Roll out the red carpet! Gold, glitter and stars transform any space into a Hollywood movie set. And any homemade Oscar party needs homemade Oscar statues.
Even the big ceremony got in on the fun with massive cardboard cutouts in the climax of Hugh Jackman’s 2009 opening number, seen below:
Twig & Thistle has a simple template for your own paper Oscar. Or if you want something more three-dimensional, give your friends their own Academy Awards. With these instructions from DIY Candy, all you need is gold spray paint and Ken dolls.
And here are a few more DIY decorations:
Cardboard film reels (MLive)
Star garlands (Green Wedding Shoes)
Clapboard menu (Martha Stewart)
Oscar party games
The night may drag on, but these games should keep you and your guests interested. Up the stakes and set up an Oscar pool. Or just vote for your favorites and see how it stacks up against the winners. Either way, Moviefone has this printable ballot for the 89th Academy Awards.
What year had the oldest and youngest actresses ever nominated? 2012. What was the first color film to win best picture? “Gone With the Wind.” Test your friends and see how well you know your Oscar trivia. Diva Girl Parties and Stuff has a list of trivia questions to get you started.
And if you want a reason to pay better attention to the acceptance speeches, Punchbowl.com has printable bingo cards for the 2017 awards. Hand them out to your friends and see who gets five when someone gets cut off mid-speech. You can send the winner home with a gift, just like the actors!
Still need to see the Oscar-nominated films? AAA members get discounted movie tickets at AAA.com/MovieTickets.
What do you like to see (and eat) at an Oscar party? Let us know in the comments!