Oscar Party Ideas And Games
Millions of people across the world tune in every year for the Academy Awards. It's the biggest and most prestigious event in Hollywood, and if anything, is another excuse to throw a party in the long stretch between the end of the NFL season and setting out our Easter table decorations. If you're thinking about getting some friends or family members together to watch who brings home the most coveted film awards of the year, you can make the experience even better with some of these great themes, cocktail hour activities, festive menu ideas and enjoyable games.
The Red Carpet
The show starts as soon as celebrities start pulling up to the red carpet. It's also the perfect time to start your party with an informal cocktail hour. By not making it the official start of your party you'll allow people to filter in at their own pace before the party begins. In addition to setting out drinks or appetizers, you can also liven up your red carpet with a cocktail hour DIY photo booth. Set the scene with a red carpet of your own, find or create your own glamorous backdrop and provide some movie-themed props for guests to use in their photographs as they start arriving.
Cast Your Ballot
Everybody has their favorite actors, writers and directors, as well as list of films they think deserve to win. Yet, there's a difference between who people want to win and who people think will win. It's one of the best parts about watching the show, so take advantage of it by handing out ballots at the beginning of the night. When guests arrive, you can have them make their predictions and reward the most accurate ballot at the end of the evening with a prize. Pool a couple dollars from everyone to pay for a movie-themed prize, electronics or DVDs. Or just play for bragging rights.
Unlike other awards shows, the celebrities in the audience don't get to enjoy food or drinks while the awards are being handed out. But you can! From your red carpet cocktail hour to the viewing party, you're going to need plenty of snacks to keep your guests from getting hungry. Not every single dish has to have an Oscar or a movie theme. It's perfectly fine to set out some of your old party favorites. But if you want to add to your party theme, put a spotlight on some of your snacks with original Oscar-themed recipe ideas from movie-themed cocktails to new popcorn recipes.
If you know your guests will enjoy proving their film instincts by casting their ballot, then chances are they'll like proving their movie expertise in a trivia contest. There are a number of themes to use at your party, and each can be tailored to your audience. If you know everyone attending has been keeping up with the Oscar race, then gather fun facts from the films that are nominated. If you want to include a wider audience, go with classic movie trivia, questions from a specific time in movie history, movie quotes, or mix it up by including some trivia from all of these categories.
Awards for All
The award you give out for the most accurate ballot doesn't have to be the only award you give out at your party. You can find miniature trophies just like the real awards show to give out for a number of categories, or create some original trophies of your own. In addition to the best ballot, you can give out awards for the best picture at your photo booth, the best dressed during your red carpet cocktail hour, or the best actor for your game of charades. And if you're attending an Oscar party, consider getting together with other attendees to find a "best director" hostess gift to thank the organizer for putting together a fun party.
Glam Gift Bags
If you're handing out some fun awards, not everyone will win. But with treat bags, everyone will still get to take home something to remember the night. Print out custom movie tickets complete with the time and date of your party, throw in a box of classic movie candy or a bag of popcorn to support your movie theme, or print out those photos from your photo booth at a break during the show to customize everyone's gift bag with a memorable photo of themselves. And if you're really ambitious, have guests participate in making their own Hollywood Walk of Fame cookies.