How to Throw a Kick-Ass Academy Awards Party

Academy awards

How fun are the Academy Awards? It’s my favorite awards show, hands down. Even if I haven’t seen all the movies that are nominated, I love watching the red carpet and checking out the outfits. The gorgeous dresses, the hideous get-ups. The hair, the accessories. Totally into it! But let’s face it…watching four hours of that can get boring if you’re by yourself or just one person. You know what you need? A kick-ass party! Let’s get to it, shall we?

First you’ll need a guest list.
Make sure to invite a sprinkling of people that are funny and give good commentary. It’s also a great time to invite people over that you’ve never had over. It’s nothing formal, very casual, and you have hours of entertainment so you never have to worry about the scary lull in the conversation. There will always be a movie star to make fun of. Don’t know who to invite? How about these fine folks? They look fun.


Second Champagne!
As soon as each guest arrives, hand them a glass of champagne. After all, this is a fancy red carpet event. You don’t have to serve champagne all night, feel free to switch to wine or cocktails. Perhaps have a signature Oscar cocktail? Don’t forget to have water and other non-alcoholic bevvy’s available.


Third you need a menu.
The best things to serve at your Academy Awards party is finger food. Appetizers. Hors d’oeuvres. Canapes. Whatever you’d like to call them. I suggest yummy cheese from Venissimo served with sliced baguette & sliced hard Italian salami. Clusters of red and green grapes sprinkled around the food, hummus with pita bread & fresh veggies (get interesting with these, not just carrots and celery. Think baby bell peppers, sugar snap peas). Here’s where things get fun, folks. There are tons of commercials with this thing, and also some pretty boring speeches. During that time you get up, go in the kitchen, and pop some amazing frozen appetizer in the oven. You’ve already stocked up on a bunch, the only prep work is shoving them on a baking sheet. What results is a wide variety of constant hot food. Everyone gets super excited when you pass that stuff around. Just grab anything you see in the freezer section at Trader Joe’s. Or anywhere for that matter. But I say the classier the better. Because I like to pretend that I’m classy.

In addition to pre-made frozen delectables, here are some tried and true appetizers that will make people think you know how to cook: Rosemary Mozzarella Skewers, Pear Pancetta Crisps, Blackberry Brie Bites. You can also have your guests each bring an appetizer or dessert to contribute.

Fourth How about some games?
Let’s make things fun, shall we? Print out these ballots and give one to everyone so you can all be involved and care about who wins/loses. Maybe have a prize for who gets the most! And make the loser do dishes. You’ll also need these Oscar Bingo Cards. Or be creative and make your own.

Fifth What’s the Oscar’s without popcorn?
Print these bad boys and fill ‘er up.

printable popcorn box

Sixth What to wear
You can do anything you want here. Totally fancy red carpet attire, casual, or get creative and have everyone dress up as their favorite character from one of the movies nominated. Make people guess who you are!

blake lively red carpet

So there you have it, folks. Your guide to throwing a kick-ass Academy Awards party. Let’s make it amazing, shall we?

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