This time last year I posted my first ever piece on Lux and Concord…an Oscars party planning feature. So it’s only fitting that almost exactly 365 days later, here I am again, giving tips and tricks for throwing a fabulous at home Academy Awards watch party! This time, I’m a full-blown writer for the site, and that means I have even more ideas to share…
First, set the stage for a fabulous evening with decor like custom confetti from The Confetti Bar, which allows you to pick from a wide variety of materials, colors and shapes for the perfect personal touch. And at a bargain, create your own Hollywood sign, with decorated cardboard letters available at any craft store. Lauren Conrad did it for the holiday season, but Oscar Sunday can still count as a holiday, right?
Since the awards are a time investment, you’ll also want lots of snacks that can be grabbed throughout the red carpet and ceremony. While Chicagoans like me will always choose Garrett’s, there are also plenty of other options with the movie theater staple. And if you’re not a baker (like me), Magnolia Bakery has you covered! They offer custom cupcakes – from “black tie” to ones with Best Picture noms in frosting – that you can pick up or have delivered. There is nothing sweeter than cupcakes delivered to your door on Oscar Sunday.
And while champagne is a staple, take your cocktail game up a notch with some from the locations of the Best Picture nominees. Gravity might be tough, but Grubstreet has you covered on the rest. From the “Old Grey Wolf” of Nebraska to Texas’s choice of “Smoke and Mirrors” to go alongside The Dallas Buyers Club. Sip up!
Give an extra touch to your cocktails with striped straws like at old time movie theaters…then add photos of the nominees. One of our favorite fellow bloggers Emily Schuman suggested this, and I love it. If you want to add an extra game to the night, pick celebs’ baby photos and challenge quests to guess the star!
Or add more fun and games to the evening, and schedule dance parties at commercials in honor of host Ellen Degeneres. We recommended an Oscar bingo game earlier this week, but you can also make your own bingo for the red carpet. Will Jennifer Lawrence pull another photo bomb? Will Leo get grabbed by a handsy reporter again? Put it all on the bingo board!
And while all this at-home fun probably sounds great, if you are still looking for plans out of the house, we still have you covered there too. If you want to chat with Chicago bloggers like me, head to the Windy City Blogger Collective’s “Red Carpet Oscars Party” at Crossing Tavern. Or if you ‘re more of a Boston foodie, head to Trident Booksellers Cafe for delicious dishes inspired by the Best Picture nominees.