The main thing you'll need is a TV (with HD, if possible) and enough seating for your guests. Then add food, drinks and a little extra fun:
Use a star theme for the food: Pick up a set of star cookie cutters (we like Wilton's Nesting Cookie Cutters) to shape finger sandwiches, cookies, pita bread and sliced veggies. Make or purchase pizza and top with your own star-shaped pepperoni. If you use a purchased pizza, pop it in the oven for a few minutes with the pepperoni on top so it melds together. If the party starts after everyone's had dinner, just make popcorn and set it out on bowls along with some star-shaped sweets.
Serve Coca-Cola: Anyone who's watched American Idol over the years will get it, especially if you serve it in big cups with the Coke logo on it like the ones the judges traditionally drink from. Be sure to have diet and caffiene-free on hand, and, if you'll be serving alcohol, offer some rum to mix in for the adults, as well as alternatives such as water, juice, wine and beer.
Play along: The biographical segments for a chosen few contestants can indicate a singer the producers expect will go far -- or not. Until the contestant starts to sing, viewers don't know for sure, making the audition shows a big game. Make your predictions, and keep track of who calls it correctly the most often.
Think you can do better than the contestants? Rent or borrow a karaoke machine, and let your friends put their singing voices to the test. The real-life "auditions" will be a blast for all ages -- and who knows? You may discover the next American Idol in your own living room!
Get the full scoop on American Idol at PopEater -- and foor more party ideas, check out Holidash's Oscar Party coverage.