Movie fans all over the country eagerly watch the Academy Awards ceremony on TV. I’m a big movie fan, but the TV show does nothing for me personally. I like to see what the women are wearing and who won the major awards and I’m always curious to find out if any of the movies I’ve seen during the year are nominated. But I can get the scoop Monday on a morning news show.
I like to make the event more fun by hosting an Oscar party. It’s the perfect opportunity for a wine or champagne tasting party (it gives guests something to do during the boring segments of the show!). Have everyone bring a bottle of their favorite beverage. Since it’s Sunday night and no one will want to dress up, tell your gal pals to get decked out in all the bling they can find. The more glitz, the better. Even diamonds look great with jeans!
I pulled this little bar together in half an hour with things I found around my house. You know me, I love to entertain so I have lots of stuff to set all kinds of tables, but you will be surprised at what you own too. It doesn’t matter what your interior design looks like, carve out a little piece of Hollywood glamor in your own family room.
Place a table near your TV for easy access. I covered mine with a gold vinyl tablecloth I bought at Goodwill (I used it for a Mardi Gras party a few years ago).
Then find all the gold, silver and crystal you have stashed away. What better occasion to use the “fancy” stuff than a celebrity style party.
Crystal candlesticks can be picked up for a song at Goodwill and antique stores. Choose a variety of sizes to give height to the table. I added a pair of mismatched silver tapers, but you can use gold ones too.
Bring out your best champagne flutes and wine glasses. A pewter compote topped with a
silver tray makes an elegant way to display glasses. Throw on whatever jewelry you aren’t wearing. It’s all about the bling, baby!
Even simple snacks look elegant in a cut crystal candy dish. Pull out all the stops.
Scatter gold stars and faux diamonds around the table for more shimmer and shine.
As your guests discuss the bouquet, clarity and body of the wine, be sure they jot down their comments in a wine journal. In fact, these make great party favors. Give one to each person as they arrive. Everyone leaves with details about the bottles they tasted and will remember the ones they liked best. Tally the votes and announce the winning wine with drum roll and fancy envelope.
For the fun of it, invest in a movie journal too. Have each person critique their favorite or worse movie of the year.
I took down the painting I had on the wall behind my make-shift bar (didn’t go with the theme) and added a carved gold frame from an old picture to fill in the blank. You can use a movie poster for a backdrop.
My challenge was to create a fun party setting without spending any money on props. You can serve caviar or potato chips, Dom Perignon or diet soda. Doesn’t matter, get carried away with the theme, invite the neighbors and have fun cheering or jeering!