How to Host an Oscar Party

How to Host an Oscar Party
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How to Host an Oscar Party

Set a theme

A theme always makes a party more fun. You can keep it simple and have people dress for the Oscars themselves, or you can choose a favorite movie or award category as your theme. No matter what, be sure to go all out. We're talking red carpets, custom food and gift bags.

Turn on the AC

The day of the show, be sure to crank up the AC so that by the time guests arrive, it's nice and cool. This way, the body heat from a large gathering won't result in people sweating through their gorgeous ensembles.

Include more seating than necessary

Always plan for more people than you actually think you'll have. Having a place to rest is particularly important with watch parties, so always include more people in your seating plan than you think will show.

Use paper plates and utensils

When you plan a party, always plan for the clean-up. Using paper (or plastic) plates and utensils will allow you to tailor more easily to your theme, and it will make your clean-up a lot easier.

Keep the food classy

The Oscars are a very fancy occasion, so make sure that your food fits the bill. Plus, you don't want to make people eat something that's messy and could potentially ruin an outfit.

For example, these Broccoli Quiche Bites are tasty and tidy.

Cook ahead of time

Hosting an Oscar party is a lot of fun, but it's not more important than getting to watch the show. Cook everything ahead of time so that you don't miss all of the awkward acceptance speeches.

Have fun with cocktails

With cocktails, your options are limitless. So really tailor your drinks to your theme and have fun with your creations. This is the time to try something new!

If you can, record the show

If you have DVR, use it to your advantage. Record the show just in case you miss something during all of your hosting duties. That way, you can go back and watch it later.

Have a photo op

Bring all the glamour to your house by having a designated photo area for people to pose for their close-up!


The glamour of Hollywood hits the small screen each year for the Academy Awards. Our favorite actors, directors and all-around gorgeous people will carefully select their red carpet outfits, write their acceptance speeches and practice their best smiles. Gather your friends and host an Oscar party to celebrate the evening!

Check out the slideshow above to see our tips for hosting an Oscar-worthy watch party!

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