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Oscar Party Dinner Ideas

Updated on January 23, 2013
How to Host an Oscar Dinner Party: Ideas and Tips
How to Host an Oscar Dinner Party: Ideas and Tips | Source

Creating Red-Carpet Magic at Home

There’s one night that epitomizes the special Hollywood combination of glamour, celebrity, and red-carpet anticipation: the Oscars. It’s an event anticipated not only by movie stars, but also by the movie-going populace; we watch the Best Picture nominees, look forward to the red-carpet looks, and argue about which films are over-hyped and which ones have been overlooked.

Of course, most of us will never clutch that little gold statue while thanking our spouses, parents, or co-stars—most of us are watching from the comforts of our homes, possibly in pajamas. This year, why not take a little Tinseltown excitement for yourself by hosting an Oscar party dinner? Read on for tips about how to host your own celebrity soiree this Oscar season.

Assign your guests classic movie star names, like Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn, at your Oscar party dinner.
Assign your guests classic movie star names, like Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn, at your Oscar party dinner. | Source

Theme Ideas for Your Oscar Party Dinner

Before you can send out invitations, you’ll have to pick a theme for your Oscar party dinner. If you’re a classic film lover, consider an Old Hollywood Glamour theme. Ask your guests to wear formal or cocktail attire, feather boas and (faux) fur encouraged. Assign each guest a classic movie star name (Clark Gable, Katharine Hepburn) and make a corresponding place setting at the table with a small picture of the star. Break your guests up into studio teams (MGM, RKO, Paramount) and have them fill out group ballots to compete for the most Oscar-win predictions. Pick up a few statues from your local party store as prizes for the winners.

If you prefer more modern-day films, just tweak your Oscar dinner party theme accordingly—assign each guest a current movie star’s name (Sandra Bullock, George Clooney) and loosen the dress code a bit.

Any movie can also serve as inspiration for a cohesive theme--for a "Breakfast at Tiffany's" theme, ask your female guests to wear little black dresses and pearls, serve pastries, and decorate with pops of turquoise. For a "Great Gatsby" theme, ask your guests to wear 1920s chic, serve mint juleps, and decorate with white votives and fragrant flowers. The theme ideas truly are endless.

Consider movie-themed food, such as fried green tomatoes, for your Oscar party dinner.
Consider movie-themed food, such as fried green tomatoes, for your Oscar party dinner. | Source

Food and Cocktail Ideas for Your Oscar Party Dinner

Your Oscar party dinner menu is a key part of your event! Since you and your guests will likely be gathered around the television to view the awards, a sit-down dinner may not be ideal. Instead, try a stream of hors d’oeurves and snacks throughout the night, along with themed cocktails.

For the guests who don’t enjoy alcohol, whip up some Shirley Temples; for those who do, offer martinis a la James Bond or some Francis Ford Coppola wine (in case you’re unfamiliar with the reference, he directed “The Godfather” and “Apocalypse Now”).

For the culinary portion of the evening, start with some fried green tomatoes (green tomatoes can usually be found in upscale grocery stores like Whole Foods) and beef sliders with cheese (call them “Royales” a la “Pulp Fiction”). If you’re feeling ambitious, whip up some beef bourguignonne (“Julie and Julia”) ahead of time and dish it into individual bowls with some crusty bread.

For dessert, consider mini crème brulees (“Amelie”), Sprinkles cupcakes (the favorite sweet of the stars), or red velvet cake (bonus points for shaping it into an armadillo like the one in “Steel Magnolias”).

Of course, these ideas are just jumping-off points—it’s hard to find a film that doesn’t feature at least one meal, so pick your favorite and re-create!

Recreate an Oscars red carpet with supplies from a local party store.
Recreate an Oscars red carpet with supplies from a local party store. | Source

Favor and Decoration Ideas for your Oscar Party Dinner

Oscar dinner party decorations can be cheap and fun! Try your local party store for a paper red carpet to roll out from your front door, as well as gold stars in various sizes and mini statues. Write your guests’ names on the stars and use them to decorate. Snap a picture of your guests as they come in the door (posing on the red carpet, of course) for posting to Facebook or another social network.

To go all out, make mini swag-bags for your guests with favors of your choice—fancy chocolates, mini bottles of champagne, even movie tickets!

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    • SaffronBlossom profile imageAUTHOR

      SaffronBlossom 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you! I am a big fan as well...I have a lot of movie trivia stored away in my brain. :)

    • LindaCSmith profile image

      Linda C Smith 

      6 years ago from United States

      This was a fun hub-as a big fan of the motion picture industry I follow both the Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes awards.

    • SaffronBlossom profile imageAUTHOR

      SaffronBlossom 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you for the comment! I would have loved a fashion party as a tween. :)

    • SaffronBlossom profile imageAUTHOR

      SaffronBlossom 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks jule729!

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      Anahi Pari-di-Monriva 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Voted UP and Awesome! You have inspired me to think outside the box for my daughter's birthday party...she's heading into the fashion tween years so the usual sandbox type party just doesn't cut it anymore! Thanks for great inspiration!

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      jule729 

      6 years ago

      cool! thanks for this wonderful idea!

    • SaffronBlossom profile imageAUTHOR

      SaffronBlossom 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you! Next year I need to take my own advice and throw a party for sure. :)

    • SaffronBlossom profile imageAUTHOR

      SaffronBlossom 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you! This year I waited too late, but maybe next year I will throw a party. :)

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      SaffronBlossom 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you! This is one of the first years that I've seen most of the main nominated films, so I'm excited for the show!

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      Jami Johnson 

      6 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

      This is such a cute idea!

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      Eword Media Unit 

      6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      That can give quite some glamour to a party and quite a departure from the norm. I really like the idea

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      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great ideas! I have always been jealous of people who did theme parties this. It always looked like so much fun! The way you put it, it doesn't seem so hard! Thank you for sharing! UP++

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      Amanda 

      6 years ago from Camas, WA

      Great ideas for an Oscar Party! I have always wanted to have one and now I just might! Thank you for the breakdown of everything! Rated up and Useful!

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