I have always enjoyed movies. I remember going through a phase as a teenager when I watched the classic movies from the 50s starring Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby. I loved the high drama of Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest, Rear Window and Vertigo. When I returned to university a decade ago, we studied Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire in my American Literature class. I watched that movie about a dozen times in order to write my paper. It’s now one of my favourite movies!
Nowadays, I don’t have as much time to watch movies. I try and catch some of the newer releases on Netflix when I can. But I always tune in to watch the Academy Awards! I love seeing all of the Hollywood celebrities dressed to the nines, and trying to figure out who is going to win the coveted Oscar. I have even attended informal Oscar parties hosted by my friends in the past.
If you are hosting an Oscar Viewing Party this year, here are a few ideas to plan your party:
Oscar Viewing Party invitations
Make your Oscar Viewing Party elegant by sending out a special invitation. Punchbowl has free Oscar Viewing Party invitations you can use like the one pictured above.
Ask everyone to dress up Oscar style
Why not look as good as the Oscar crowd when watching the Academy Awards. Plus, if all of your guests are dressed up, you can post some really elegant photos on Instagram! You might even be able to get a photo like Ellen DeGeneres did at the 2014 Oscars.
Serve a light buffet of appetizers and drinks
The Oscars start at 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 20, 2020 (on ABC and, I believe, CTV in Canada) so your guests should have had dinner by then and you need only provide appetizers and drinks. If you want to splurge, champagne is the perfect drink for your party, but you could also consider prosecco, which is less expensive, or a signature cocktail. You’ll definitely want to start your party by 7 p.m. so that you can watch the Oscar pre-show, which includes red carpet interviews of many of the Oscar nominees. As far as finger food goes, aren’t these the cutest Cheese and Cracker Tuxedos?
You could also try these easy Low Carb Avocado Shrimp Cucumber appetizer.
Choose a cream, black and gold colour theme
Choose napkins, plates, candles, flowers and tablecloth in a colour theme of cream, black and gold for a super elegant Oscar night look. You can even make these cute bow tie napkins from black napkins for your guests to wear.
Create a ballot or bingo card listing the major Academy Awards and nominees
Hand out a bingo card or ballot listing the Best Movie, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director nominees and have each of your guests complete the ballot based on whom they think will win. At the end of the night, add up the scores and award the winner with a small prize. Ideas for an Oscar-themed prize could be a bottle of wine, gourmet coffee, mascara, or nail polish.
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