If you like entertaining (like I do), you’ll find any excuse for a party. And the Oscars are a perfect reason! They have Hollywood glam built in (and I love some glam!) You get to see all of the fabulous (and not so fabulous) dresses that the stars are wearing…much more fun when you can comment on them with your friends… And the show provides your party entertainment. Hosting a party has never been so easy.
Not sure how to put your party together? Click Next to see our 15 fabulous Oscar Party ideas for decor, food and drinks.
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The first step to any oscar party is the red carpet entrance. If you really want to have a star-studded entrance, create some gold stars out of cardboard, vinyl or construction paper and glue them down on the carpet.
You can make your own from carpet remnants, fabric or rolls of construction paper…or buy a pre-made red carpet runner* from a party supply store. This version is inexpensive but still sturdy enough for many people to walk over without getting damaged.
In either case, make sure that the edges of the carpet are secured well to prevent people from tripping over them. Red duct tape* works really well for this task…use it tape down all of the edges. It will even work outside on the sidewalk!
DIY Stanchions and Ropes
DIY Stanchions and Ropes (Source no longer available)
Once you have your red carpet in place, the next obvious step is to add the red velvet ropes! You can make your own stanchions and red carpet ropes using PVC Pipe and insulation tubes…okay, it’s not actually velvet but it looks like it!.
If you don’t want to take the time to make them, you can also buy ready-made stanchions and ropes*. Just set them up and you’re done!
Add some paparazzi cardboard props* outside the ropes for some extra photo ops for your guests.
VIP Entrance Sign
Make all of your guests feel special with a VIP Entrance sign. You can hang one on the front door, like this one*.
Or attach it to a post like this one*. These store-bought signs are not particularly sturdy, but usually work well enough for a one night party. You might want to stick the post in an urn or some other kind of planter to make it a little taller.
Add some extra glam to the party by using metallic fringe party curtains. This party used silver and black curtains hung over the walls (and from the ceiling).
You can also get them in gold and black*…whatever will match your decor.
Bow Tie Napkins
Dress up your table by making your napkins into bow-ties. In this case, I used black napkins with diamond-shaped napkin holders to make it look like a bow-tie. And the gold and black goes pretty well with the oscar party theme!
Or you can make them out of black paper napkins like they did at bhg.com. Fold the napkin into thirds. Pinch the middle in and then wrap with a ¾” piece of black fabric or paper. You can use black velcro dots* to hold the ends of the wrapper together.
DIY Tuxedo Poppers
To continue on the bow-tie theme…another fun decoration is these DIY Tuxedo poppers. Give them away as part of a grab bag, or use them for table decor. Either way, they look great! Find the instructions on how to make them at hwtm.com.
DIY Bow Tie Champagne Glasses
Your whole table will be dressed up if you add these bow-ties to your champagne glasses…and what’s an oscar party without some bubbly, right? These DIY Bow Tie glasses from celebrationsathomeblog.com are perfect for the occasion!
Red Carpet Bingo
Getting your guests involved always adds to the fun. Everyone will be paying attention as they try to win a friendly game of red carpet bingo. These bingo cards have certain awards or actions written in the squares…whenever one of those actions occurs, cross off that square. Then (just like regular bingo), whoever fills a line first wins. You can download the bingo card printables from bhg.com.
DIY Oscar Statues
These fun DIY Oscar statues (made from spray-painted ken dolls) are great for decorations or to give away as prizes. You can have your own “oscar” categories…best dressed, most glam, best shoes, etc. Or give them away as prizes for your Bingo winners. Either way everyone will get a kick out of them! See the step-by-step instructions at diycandy.com.
DIY Movie Clapper
Add to the movie-themed decor by making one of these movie clappers. You can use it as table decor or as a prop, if you like to ham it up…clap it as people come in or as new awards are introduced during the show, or to announce your own awards (as you give out the statues). Click here to find the instructions at somethingoneverything.com.
Cheese Wedge Tuxedos
How cute are these cheese wedge tuxedos?. And they’re actually pretty easy to make. Slice the cheese into triangles and cut the bow-ties and buttons out of olives. See the full tutorial at cutefoodforkids.com.
These tuxedo strawberries are a little more work than the cheese wedges, but they look and taste great! Get the instructions on how to make them from tasteofhome.com.
Film Reel Ice Cream Sandwiches
These film reel ice cream sandwiches are too die for! A perfect treat for your Oscar night party. Click here to get the recipe from hungryhappenings.com.
Champagne Chantilly Shooters
Add some Hollywood glam to your drink table by serving these Champagne Chantilly shooters from sprinklebakes.com. They look and taste great!
Coco Chanel Martini
For a classic Hollywood drink, try serving martinis, like this Coco Chanel Martini from sumptuousliving.net. They are sure to add some elegance to your bar!
With all of these fabulous Oscar Party ideas, your celebration is sure to be a success!
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This post was originally published on February 10, 2016 but was updated with new content on June 20, 2021.