his year I'm a little bummed since I usually host an annual Oscar Party (nine straight years!), but with my current work schedule, we couldn't do it this year. I still wanted to get in the mood and share some great ideas I've come across if you are in fact hosting your own Oscar Party.
First, I always recommend keeping the guest list small. This isn't the Super Bowl, people actually want to hear the presentations, who wins and the performances. I would say we usually kept it to around 12-15 guests, and we always ran a pool for the most correct guesses on the winners. Everyone would bring $5 or $10 for the pot, and I would always add a prize for the worst contender. It is easy enough, have a stack of printed ballots
as guests arrive, and a basket for the entry fee. Once the show starts, have everyone take someone else's ballot, and start marking the points. It does keep everyone involved in the show, and makes the last few awards even more interesting.
Second, make sure to have a help yourself bar ready to go. Have all the essentials ready like glassware, a tub of chilled bubbles, wine openers and beer. Another fun idea is to have split bottles of champagne on ice with gold straws ready for guests to grab and take their seat. They are a lot easier to handle then fancy champagne flutes. Have a fun signature drink that can be made ahead of time. This will make it easy for you to watch the show, and know your guests have anything they want at their disposal.
(photo from chinoiseriechic blog
For food, keep it easy as well. Always have snacks at a snack bar ready to go, like fresh popped popcorn, movie theater style candy, etc. You also need to serve a dinner item, since most guests will be there for about 4-5 hours. We have had some great options like grilled sliced tri-tip with aioli, mashed potatoes and salad, to the Counter Burger
make your own burger bar. Obviously, it depends on how much prep-time you want to do and what style your party is.
I also have noticed local caterers and restaurants in San Francisco offer take away Oscar Party meals, like Luella's Oscar Party Meal in a Bag
. How great to be able to order these, pick them up Saturday night, and have your entire party meal ready to go the next day. (Wait, why am I not throwing my party this year!?).
And to wrap it up, here is a post on the Zoe Report
blog about the 6 Must Haves for an Oscar Party at Home.
Hope this all helps you with your own events! If you have any fun tips to share, please add them, we always love to hear how others make their parties shine as well.