6 Low-Key Ideas for Your Awards Night Watch Party
No need to break out the formalwear.
Award season is in full swing, and Hollywood's Golden Night will bring together the best of the best in cinema. Who will take home Best Picture? You'll just have to wait and see. If you're ready to pop open the bubbly and watch the red carpet coverage this Sunday, then we've got everything you need to party like a celeb from the comfort of your sofa. Cheers to that!
Print out our award-night bingo cards.
Keep yourself and your friends entertained through the commercial breaks with these scorecards. Fill out your predictions before the awards start. Then, during the show, have everyone tally their correct predictions.
Bring life to the traditional cheese ball.
Add pretzel sticks to take these three tasty cheese ball bites on-the-go.
Cheap champagne? Mix it with gin.
The French 75 cocktail is a winner every time.
Dress your glass in black-tie formal wear.
Turn a simple cocktail napkin into a clever bow tie.
Doll up yourself, too.
Copy Adele's famous winged eyeliner look with our tutorial.
Did your favorite movie/actress win? That calls for a celebration!
Make these simple raspberry basil lemon jelly shots, and toast to golden statuettes heading home to your much-loved stars.
A Gilded Table
To translate the "Golden Age of Hollywood" theme into a beautiful table design, start with a clean white-on-white canvas and incorporate bright pops of gold. A DIY table runner made entirely out of metallic gold confetti creates a glamorous focal point, while beautiful white blooms add a stunning finishing touch.
Take a Seat
Each place setting consists of a white dinner and salad plate, white napkin and bright gold flatware. Hand-write guests' names on white card stock, then slide into a festive place card. These were made by simply covering a florist frog pin with gold spray paint, then sprinkling with a heavy coat of glitter.
Once guests have taken their seat, delight taste buds with a seated first course. This salad includes mixed greens, sliced blood oranges, salted almonds and sweet dates. Delicious and simple to assemble, it can be prepared in advance and will make a lasting first impression on hungry guests.
Take Your Pick
Once the first course has been served, invite guests to help themselves to a buffet stocked with delicious hors d'oeuvres. Small bites like deviled quail eggs, duck a l'orange and lobster lollipops are a modern take on classic hors d'oeuvres, and are substantial enough to serve as guests' dinner.
How Sweet It Is
When the main course is drawing to an end, set up a gilded and glamorous dessert buffet. Guests will be delighted to indulge in cupcakes shimmering with gold luster dust, panna cotta with shooting star shortbread and, most whimsical of all, Oscar-shaped sugar cookies atop a chocolate fudge brownie stand.
Get Out the Games
Print out these bingo cards, and hand one out to each guest when the awards ceremony begins, along with a sheet of metallic stickers. Compete to clear off a row of squares with each memorable moment in the award show, and reward the first guest to score bingo with a bottle of champagne or pair of movie tickets.
Oscar Night Party: Inspiration Board
For a night as elegant as the Academy Awards, my decor elements come together to say "Hollywood glamour," and what better way to do so than with lots of gold and sparkle? Set against a modern white palette, layers of metallic glitter, tinsel and confetti convey festivity and are sure to make each guest feel like a winner.