The grand and glamorous of Hollywood meet on the red carpet Sunday night for the 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony. This celebrity spectacle is a fabulous excuse for hosting a party of your own. Even at the last minute, it can be easy and fun.
Make it a Red Carpet Affair:
First, establish a dress code. Encourage friends to wear their glitziest attire. Black tie. Formal dresses and high heels.
Then, literally roll out the red carpet. This one item in your entry will set the stage for the entire evening. For fun, hire a photographer or have a friend play paparazzi and snap photos of every person as they arrive.
Stage Your Table with Fabulous Décor:
It’s time to break out your best china, silver and crystal. Look around the house for decorative objects that you can use to bling out your table – choose gold and silver, black and white, and even pops of red.
Accent crisp black and white linens with beaded runners. Arrange appetizers on silver and crystal platters. Put nuts and condiments in crystal glasses and silver bowls. Use plenty of candles and fresh flowers. And don’t overlook the powder room. Set out linen guest towels and a crystal bowl full of breath mints.
Fabulous Food & Cocktails:
Greet your guest with a flute of champagne topped with a pretty floater of pomegranate liqueur. Then serve the bubbly throughout the evening.
Most eating will take place in front of the TV, so be sure that what you serve is portable, yet decadent. Crostini and stuffed mushrooms. Tenderloin sliders. Try these 7-Minute Salmon Caviar Sushi Bites from our partners at Food & Wine.
Your Own Oscars Gift Bag:
Don’t let your guests leave without a goody bag. Fill a cute reusable tote with boxed chocolates, an aromatic candle, natural skin care products, and maybe a fun bauble or two.
Follow these steps and you might get the vote for Best Director. Tune in Sunday at 7pm EST/4pm PST to find out.