You still have a little bit to plan your Oscars party, and we’re here to make that a little easier, so you can relax and enjoy the night.
Beverages - You’re going to want to stick with some classy drinks, and what’s classier than craft beer? In place of champagne use Stella Artois or their Cidre in flute glasses. Shock Top Raspberry Wheat can be given a fun twist when garnished with black- and raspberries. Hoegaarden’s Original White Ale with a slice of lemon is sure to impress. As a cocktail choice, offer Crabbie’s Ginger Beer with the ingredients for one or more of these recipes. In honor of The Imitation Game, try offering Fuller’s. And toast the winners with one of the aptly named Victory’s beers, like Storm King or their Helles Lager.
Food – Food for this sort of event can remain fairly simple and fun. Popcorn and classic theatre candies can really amp up the going-to-the-movies feel, and doesn’t demand a sit-down meal. For variety, set out an array of popcorn toppings (garlic powder, powdered cheese, paprika, hot sauce, lime zest and chili seasoning are just a few ideas), and let your guests choose their own. Serve in brown paper bags or mini popcorn buckets. If you want something a little healthier, set out a charcuterie board with meats and cheeses that pair well with your drink choices.
Decorations – Gold and red are your main colors of the evening. It’s easy to class things up with these colors while still keeping things minimal. Gold stars or garlands on the walls and above doorways add some glitz without going overtop. Helium-filled black or white balloons with varying lengths of matte gold ribbons can be set in corners of the room to keep the party feel seamless without being distracting. And of course, a red carpet is a must. For this, you can buy a few yards of red fabric or cut up a plastic red tablecloth, and set it up leading from your door to where you will be watching. Then the smaller details will really pull the whole thing together. For stemmed glasses, tie a red and a gold ribbon around the stem, and use it to attach an Oscar statuette-shaped card cutout for your guest to write their name on. If you have dimmers, use them. If not, keep the overhead lights off and use lamps.
Activities – The main activity, of course, will be watching the Academy Awards, but why not make it fun? Have everyone fill out a ballot with who they believe will win each award, and give a prize (gift card for a nice dinner, six-pack of beer, or a copy of one of the award-winning movies) to the person who gets the most answers correct. For some pre-show entertainment, quiz guests on quotes and facts from previous Oscar-winning movies, actors and directors while they prepare their snacks. Present each person with a right answer with an Oscar Cookie.