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Hollywood Themes | Entrance Décor

Updated on April 2, 2013

Hollywood Themes - Entrance Décor

Hollywood themes need to make a statement, right from the beginning - the entrance. A lighted marquee, a red carpet, staunchions to hold the celebrity seeking crowd back and a uniformed doorman holding open the door for your guests are just a few simple but effective ideas to incorporate into your Vintage Hollywood theme.

There is something romantic, nostalgic and exciting about Vintage Hollywood themes. Old Hollywood Glam is an era we all like to visit. The entrance is key in transporting your guests from their humdrum lives into the celebrity life of Hollywood themes!

Enjoy this collection of ideas and décor for your Vintage Hollywood theme entrance.

Image Credit: Welcome to Hollywood by redposterboy

As General Chair and Décor Chair for a non-profit charity ball one year, we decided to use the Hollywood Theme. I have a Décor Worksheet I always use when planning décor for any event so that's where I started.

Here is a sample Décor Worksheet filled out

and a

Blank Décor Worksheet you can use.

Through my Décor Info Sheet ideas, I have a theme, color scheme and a general idea, I needed to go through the décor areas, starting with the entrance and decide what type of décor/atmosphere I wanted to create.

The first impression of your guests is very important and lays the groundwork for expectations. You can simply place a sign on an easel at your entrance announcing your event or you can transport your guests from the very beginning.

I vote for the latter!

Photo Courtesy of Morgue File

5 Steps to Creating

Hollywood Themes Entrances

With this in mind, I did some internet research. I wanted to see what the actual Academy Awards® entrances were like in past years. Obviously, my venue was nothing like the Kodak Theater but there would be other things I could do to create that ambience.

This particular local event always had valet parking done by a local school club. The guests would drive to the entrance, exit their vehicle, and the valet group would park it for them. Our nonprofit organization provided pizza and sodas for the group members that worked the event as payment (at the same time our guests were eating dinner in the dining room). In turn, they would keep all the tips from guests.

Image Credit: NCinDC at Flickr

It was a win-win situation with little cost. You can incorporate this at your event as well. Be sure to check insurance and regulations for your governing city, county or state. It is a great choice for the comfort and convenience for your guests.

1.Since we had the valet already in place, I decided to play up on the Academy Awards® theme when celebrities arrived in their limos. I asked two friends of my son to play "doorman". One would open the vehicle doors for the arriving guests and the other would open the venue door as they entered.

I wanted them to look the part, so I found items to make "Doorman Costumes" for the young men.

Doorman Uniform Costume Suggestions - Dress them like a Hollywood Doorman

A military style coat (especially with braiding) is what vintage doorman wore. It was a prestigious career with stylish clothing. Check eBay or your local thrift store for affordable options for your Vintage Hollywood theme Doorman.

2. Next, my research and memory told me that there were always a lot of paparazzi and fans snapping photos and asking for autographs as celebrities arrived.

I enlisted the help of a local non-profit teen organization. The local high school is a treasure trove of teen clubs that are always in need of money. For a small donation and some pizza, I got my paparazzi.

I attended one of their meetings and explained the theme, what I was trying to accomplish and then asked for volunteers to be paparazzi and fans. There were about 25 kids at the meeting and all signed up to help.

I asked that they all dress like the old-time "Press" members and fans, including ideas such as:

a. Borrowing overcoats/trench coats and hats from a family member for the "Press" representatives. I also suggested sticking a piece of paper into the hat band that stated "Press" in big bold letters and that they carry small notebooks and pencils like they were seeking a "quote" from one of the arriving celebrities (guests). I suggested anyone owning a camera to bring that along to flash photos as the stars arrived.

b. Fans and autograph hunters could dress in old cloth or faux fur coats and scream and yell as guests arrived as well as holding pens and paper begging for autographs from the guests.

The Paparazzi Must-Have Fedora

What self-respecting male member of the paparazzi would show up to a Hollywood event without his fedora? Bring a sense of the past by dressing your paparazzi members with a fedora.

Trench Coast for Paparazzi at Hollywood Themes Parties

Try a trench coat like this one from a Halloween costume. It would be perfect for a member of the paparazzi.

Gotta Have a Notebook for the Reporters

A wire bound notebook is essential for reporters. They have to get all the gossip down for their papers!

Add to your "Live" Paparazzi

Hollywood Stand Ups as Décor

Even if you can only find a handful of volunteers, use décor suggested below to add to the paparazzi gallery. Click on the images for more information.

Metallic Gold Paparazzi # 3 Each

Hollywood Paparazzi Each

Paparazzi Silhouettes Set/3

DIY Marquee Project - A Hollywood Lighted Marquee is a Must!

3. I decided I needed a marquee just above the entrance doors to bring it all together. I drew a design on paper and added the supplies to my shopping list.

This link is for step by step directions to make a Lighted Hollywood Marquee.

Red Carpet Décor

the Infamous "Red Carpet" for all VIP's

4. What is an Academy Awards® style party without stanchions and a red carpet? I found an affordable red carpet for us to use at the entrance.

Walking the Red Carpet - at a Hollywood Event

Spruce up the entrance with a red carpet. Your guests are "stars" after all!

Another Red Carpet for Your Hollywood Premeir

This is a thin red fabric that is budget friendly. Use it as the red carpet at your entrance. 15 feet long.

Stanchions to hold back the crowd

for all Hollywood Themes

5. Stanchions were something I thought would add to the effect of an aisle and keeping the paparazzi and fans "away" from our arriving guests. This element gave the theme "authenticity" and was fun too!

Where to get stanchions: Click on images for more information and pricing.

Elegant Red Rope Railing Set

Lighted Balloon Railings Set/5

Stanchion Party Props Pkg/7

These 40" tall, white plastic stanchions would work great for holding back the crowd! The bases can be filled with sand or gravel to add to the stability and the ball caps snap the chain into position.

Affordable and you can use them over and over!

Now, we have a plan.

So far:

  1. valet parking of guests vehicles
  2. doormen to open their car doors and again to open the venue door
  3. paparazzi and fans to schmooze them as they arrive
  4. a lighted marquee announcing the wedding or event
  5. stanchions to hold back the fans and paparazzi
  6. a red carpet for them to walk on
  7. hosting a coat check with attendants just inside the venue

The entrance area décor is decided. Let's move on.

This is an ongoing series and the next installment is about designing the cocktail area: Hollywood Themes | Cocktail Area Design/Décor

Collage constructed of Photos Courtesy of Morgue File

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    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Awesome Hollywood themes.

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      What a fun lens, it's like going to a wonderful Hollywood party.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love your entry door, now that would be fun to decorate an entry with a door like that. Vintage Hollywood is wonderful!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love your entry door, now that would be fun to decorate an entry with a door like that. Vintage Hollywood is wonderful!

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      RickBasset 6 years ago

      I think Liz Taylor would have approved! An so do I!

      Blessed by the "Wedding Decorations" Angel!

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      SandyPeaks 6 years ago

      This looks like fun!

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      Entrance Mats 5 years ago

      The stanchions look great! Have you ever tried tensabarrier?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading your lens. You did a fantastic job!

      One squid thumbs up vote issued for this lens :)

    • sushilkin lm profile image

      sushilkin lm 5 years ago

      cool lens!

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      sarahrk lm 5 years ago

      I love the Oscars and cannot wait to watch them.

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      oranagade 5 years ago

      What great decorations to make a special evening come true for those lucky people! Anything that decorates with this kind of style is for me!

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