Wait! Don’t put your New Year’s Eve gowns and tuxedos away just yet! There is another big party (or at least excuse for a party) coming up in February! If you are thinking “Super Bowl” you wouldn’t be wrong, but, you don’t wear tuxedos and gowns for the Super Bowl! No, no! Think about ultra glamour, red carpets… Hollywood. If you said the “Academy Awards” then you guessed right!
Honestly, can you think of a better excuse to liven up an otherwise dull (and often dreary) Sunday evening at the end of February? An Academy Awards Oscar party can be just as fun as being there live, if you know what to do and how to do it!
Begin with invitations. Invitations should be traditional paper, and, very glitzy! Lots of sparkle to help generate excitement for the party the moment the invitation is received. Online vendors such as partyinvitations.com have an excellent selection of paper invitation for Oscar parties. The 2016 Academy Awards will be hosted on February 28, 2016, which means invitations should go out no later than Friday, January 29, 2016! (Invitations should be ordered and sent to print no later than January 8, 2016.)
Don’t forget to specify your dress code on the invitation! It is, after all, the Oscars! Gowns and tuxedos are a must to help set the tone of the evening! (If you were in Hollywood attending in person, you certainly wouldn’t be going in a pair of jeans or sweatpants!)
Now it is time to start thinking about your menu. This is a party where you want people to mingle and circulate so très elegant finger foods are absolute musts for any Academy Awards party. Food Network has some excellent suggestions for those who like to prepare food themselves or contact your favorite catering company for ideas and suggestions regarding what to serve.
Speaking of servers, go ahead and splurge. Hire a professional wait-staff if you have the budget or if your budget isn’t that high, enlist your kids or neighborhood kids to act as servers for the evening. In addition to payment, a good additional incentive is allowing your servers to eat what is left-over!
As with any party, it is a good idea to hire a professional bartender. Not only will he or she instinctively know who is legal to drink and who isn’t legal to drink, he or she also has the training and experience to know when to cut someone off who has indulged just a little too much. It may sound like an extravagance to hire a professional bartender at first, but, in the long run, you’ll be very happy you did so!
Don’t ignore the bar, and, champagne should be the drink of choice this evening! No one is saying you have to bust your budget and buy cases of Cristal or Dom Perignon, but, you should include champagne in your budget. Champagne Laurent-Perrier Brut is a good low budget choice with a decent rating and costs around $40 per bottle. If your budget just won’t allow for champagne then sparkling wine such as Mumm Napa Brut Rose which runs between $15 to $20 per bottle or an Italian Prosecco such as La Marca Prosecco which runs between $12 to $15 per bottle are perfectly acceptable substitutes.
Finally, don’t forget the television! Not only will you and your guests be able to see who and what everyone is wearing, you won’t want to miss a minute of the awards show from the always fun filled opening to the winners speeches to the closing of the show. Be sure to place the television in an area where everyone can see it without obstruction!