The 84th Annual Academy Awards are coming up on February 26th, and I am very excited. It’s not the show itself that has me pumped, or even the movies nominated. (My kids are 2 and 1, how many times do you think I have been to the movies in the past year?) I am excited for the super-fun Oscar party I have planned. Even if award shows aren’t your thing, who doesn’t need one more reason to party?
The best part is that you don’t have to be highly knowledgeable about movies (like our amazing film reviewer Elizabeth Parker) to throw an awesome Oscar party. All you need are a few activities, a few friends, and a few glasses (bottles?) of wine to enjoy the Academy Awards.
Here are my tips for a fun and festive Oscar party:
Start early. The ceremony may start at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern), but the real show starts with the red carpet coverage. Joan Rivers doesn’t have the market cornered on choosing the best and worst dressed stars; your guests can also choose their favorite and least favorite looks. For my party, I’m making little “yes” and “no” signs we can hold up as we evaluate the celebrities’ styles. Break out your kids’ construction paper and glue and make some signs of your own to add to the Oscar fun. Have each guest choose their best and worst dressed of the event. You might be surprised at the discussions (arguments?) that will come up!
Get invested. I’ve only seen two of the movies nominated for Best Picture this year, so why should I care who wins? Well, everyone cares more when there are prizes involved. Print out a list of all the award nominees, and make sure you have enough copies for each guest. Before the show starts, have everyone circle their predicted winner for each category. The person with the most correct guesses is the winner! Be sure to have a prize for your Oscar champion, maybe a nominated movie on DVD, or their very own little Oscar.
Play games. Things get a little slow toward the middle of the Academy Awards. You’ve got the technical awards, weird dance numbers, and musical performances to get through before the big awards are announced. Keep your party from falling flat by busting out some Oscar games. See who among you has seen the most Best Picture winners. Dazzle your guests with your knowledge by busting out some Oscar trivia. Take a drink every time you recognize someone in the “In Memoriam” montage. By planning ahead for these lulls in the program, you’ll keep your guests from bailing on you before the Best Picture Oscar is given out.
Will you be attending an Oscar party this year? Have any tips to add? Let me know in the comments!