And the Oscar Goes to: How to Throw an Academy Awards Viewing Party

Still crying over that misplaced Vanity Fair Oscar Party invitation? Don’t! The shocking truth about Oscar parties: they’re easy to throw. You don’t need to be a celebrity or multimillionaire to host a glamorous party for your family and friends. All you need is a little gumption and this quick how-to guide.





The first step to throwing a fantastic Oscars viewing party is giving your guests a glimpse at Tinsel Town, so roll out the red carpet. It will make them feel like local celebs to take a stroll down a bit of red. Worried about the cost? Use a roll of red paper or visit your local party store. As guests arrive, be sure to have a Polaroid camera on hand to capture the moment. Gift the picture to your guests before the night ends.


Red Carpet Attire

For such an affair, attire is essential.  Ball gowns and tuxedos are optional but the classier the better. Create ballots for the top three (or four or five) best dressed attendees’ and let the voting begin! During a commercial break, award an Oscar to the best dressed. Getting red carpet ready should be fun and stress free. has some great accessories to jazz up any outfit.


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 Shop 20s and 50s costumes for a classic red carpet look



No Oscar viewing party is complete without the proper decor. A quick way to putting on the Ritz is decorating using the Oscars iconic colors: black, gold, and silver. If you don’t want to decorate the entire house, stick to the finger buffet. Sprinkle confetti stars of various sizes over the table; black and gold balloons will work wonders.  Use gold, black or silver paper products and plasticware for serving. If you’re crafty, look online for some easy printables.


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Stressing over the menu? Make a popcorn and dessert bar for your guests.  Place plain air-popped popcorn in the container of your choice. Allow your guests to flavor it with a sweet or savory topping like chocolate or garlic salt. Create a black and white dessert table. Your options are endless, from chocolate covered pretzels to black and white parfaits.  If you have a little more time, consider adding sliders, sushi, or mini pizzas to the table.

Your party won’t be complete without a swag bag for each of your guests. Be sure to place their red carpet photo inside and any sort of treat or sweet you’d like. Microwave popcorn, candy, and a soundtrack mix CD make for a great themed gift.



Before the excitement begins, have everyone fill out an Oscar ballot and predict the actual winners. Award a prize to the person with the most correct and a gag gift to the one with the least correct. Oscar Bingo is another way to stay involved during the show. Award prizes to the first two to yell OSCAR! Play Movie trivia during commercial breaks to keep the excitement flowing. Not a trivia fan? Have a list of movies and movie stars, and have guest match as many actors/actresses with the films they’ve starred in.

The Oscars are a great reason to throw a party. You don’t have to be a part of the A-List to host an A-list party. By, using one or more of our tips, you’ll be on your way to one star-studded affair.


85 Academy Award Nominees

Best Picture

Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix, Denzel Washington

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emmanuelle Riva, Quvenzhané Wallis, Naomi Watts

Best Director

Amour (Michael Haneke), Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin), Life of Pi (Ang Lee), Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell), Lincoln (Steven Spielberg)