The Academy Awards is Hollywood's most anticipated night. Get in on the glitz and glamour of the Oscars by throwing your own Academy Awards-themed party. We've rounded up all the best invitations, decorations and party games that will make you a star hostess. Simply follow our step-by-step party planner-then get ready for rave reviews.
Tell all your favorite movie buffs about the soirée using Evite's Oscars party invites. These electronic invitations can be personalized to your taste and sent to your guests via e-mail. Simply register on the site; once you're signed up, you can send out invites fee-free. After the word is out, log in to your account to follow guest RSVPs so you can plan for food and drinks accordingly.
Everyone's got one sparkly gown that just hangs in the back of the closet, waiting for its day in the spotlight. Well, the wait is over. Since all the celebrities will be wearing their finest couture, why not turn your Academy Awards get-together into a costume party? Encourage guests to dress up in their own gorgeous frocks and glammed-up costumes. It won't take much more to give your shindig that exclusive Hollywood vibe.
Lights, Camera, Decorations
Keep the film theme rolling with props that recall a classic movie set. PartyCity.com has an entire section of decorations dedicated to a Movie Party Night. Don't miss Hollywood-themed goodies like director clipboards, a camera piñata and your very own red carpet for the entryway.
Appetizers for Your Consideration
Let the night's most popular films inspire your party menu. Show your support for The Blind Side, set in Memphis, with Southern-themed dishes like Slow-Cooker BBQ Ribs and Corn & Cheddar Cornbread. Popular Oscar contender The Hurt Locker takes place in Iraq; why not introduce a little Middle Eastern flavor to your soirée by serving Babaganoush with warmed pitas and Hummus with Crudite? Finally, in support of Precious as well as co-hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin-who both started off their careers in New York-serve popular NYC dishes such as Classic Pizza, Smoked Salmon Spread with bite-size pieces of bagel and, of course, New York-Style Cheesecake.
And the Winner Is...
Want an easy way to keep your guests entertained? Create an Oscars-themed bingo game that everyone can participate in! TeAchnology.com allows you to customize your own 3x3 or 5x5 bingo cards. Fill in the blanks with nominated movie titles and generate a card to print out. Make sure you create several different versions of the cards-otherwise all the guests will be yelling "Bingo!" at once. To play the game, have guests mark the applicable space for each movie that wins during the ceremony. The first card that creates a row of marked spaces wins a prize
Film fans always think they know which movie will take home the Oscar. Introduce some healthy competition to your party with an Academy Award guessing game. Oscars.org has a printable ballot that lists all the award nominees. Have your guests mark their picks and drop the guesses in a box before the ceremony starts. At the end of the night, whoever made the most correct guesses goes home with a fun party favor.
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