If you are looking for an excuse to bring a little glamour to your life, throwing a Hollywood awards themed party might be the answer. Full of all the glory, glitz and glamour that is Hollywood, a party modelled after the Oscar awards makes a great platform for celebrating almost any occasion or even no occasion at all.
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Nominate Your Guests
In Hollywood, the night that nominations are announced is almost as big as the night of the awards themselves. Play up the connection to the big night by sending out simple, classy invitations to your event. If you can swing it, order them from a professional stationer, and request a double envelope. This will allow you to mail the invitation in one envelope, but still have another envelope on which to write, "You have been nominated for Best Supporting Guest at a party". Place the invitation with the party details inside this second envelope.
Set the Scene
Whether you are hosting your party at home or have rented a hall, make the entrance to your affair extra special by literally rolling out the red carpet. Use a roll of red, plastic tablecloth to create a scarlet runner for your guests to walk on as they enter. If space allows, station a few friends with cameras along the way to create that big awards night atmosphere.
Wherever your red carpet leads, set a festive and elegant scene. Purchase simple gold and silver stars from a party store. Hang these from the ceiling with fishing line to create a star-studded effect. Complement the look with black tablecloths, and dim the lighting slightly.
If you are looking for ways to occupy your guests during the course of your event, have them play charades. To put a real "Oscar" spin on it, choose names of movies that are in the running for awards this year or that have won awards in past years, and have your guests select one of those names from a hat. Award the winners with small plastic "Oscar" statuettes for their performances.
The After Party
Give a nod to those famous Oscar after parties with a cocktail reception that includes champagne, fancy hors d'oeuvres and lots of music. Enlist a few friends to serve as wait staff for your shindig, and have them deck out in black and white attire. Give them each a tray with delicacies such as caviar, shrimp cocktail and other decadent bites. If you have a less discerning palate or prefer something a little less highbrow, substitute the fancy food with more familiar and economical fare, such as pigs in a blanket.
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