Confession: I have only seen one of the movies nominated for Best Picture in this year’s Academy Awards, and only a couple of the other nominated films are of any interest to me. Is that terrible? I went to college with television and film students. Some of my dearest friends are in the industry, and yet, I am so out of touch with movies these days.
What I DO love is any excuse to throw a fun party, and the Academy Awards is definitely a fun one!
Oscar Party Food
I like to serve sweets at any party, but I feel like the people who attend the Academy Awards probably aren’t really appreciating the beauty of desserts and therefore it is our duty as everyday citizens to chow down on some tasty brownies and bite-sized cupcakes for them. It’s only right.
You can also sprinkle a little gold dust on some popcorn (it is movie-themed, after all) and serve it in classic popcorn containers.
Cheese and cracker platters are common entertaining staples, but for an Oscar party, consider serving a “golden” colored cheese, such as this beautiful 5 Year Gouda (or any aged Gouda that has visible crystallization, giving you both gold and diamonds!).
Oscar Party Drinks
Bubbles is the obvious choice but for good reason: what better way to celebrate than with a sparkling wine?
Here’s a list of some of my current fave sparkling wines:
J Vineyards 1008 Brut NV, $45 (made with a hint of distilled brandy…so good!)
2010 Argyle Blanc de Blanc, $50
2011 Soter Vineyards Mineral Springs Brut Rosé, $65
Sokol Blosser Evolution Sparkling, $20 (wallet-friendly and still amazing!)
Oscar Party Decor Ideas & Printables
Some ideas for a simple, inexpensive Oscar Party worthy of winning a party host award:
- Roll out the red carpet for your guests
- Decorate your tables with inexpensive gold statuettes (pictured in this post)
- Sprinkle inexpensive foil gold star decorations throughout
- Dress up trays, plates, vases, utensils, glasses – you name it! – with gold star washi tape
- Download and print out my FREE Oscar Party Printables
Another very simple yet effective tool to help you create a star-studded Oscar Party: Wine Glass Writers.
Wine Glass Writer
All of the writing on the glazed ceramic plates, paper plates, and wine glasses you see in this post are done with Wine Glass Writer products.
Now, I have used a lot of different methods (dry erase marker, anyone?) and I can honestly say that I LOVE having the Wine Glass Writer at my disposal for many different purposes when I entertain at my house.
I use my Wine Glass Writers to:
- label wine glasses (obviously, right?)
- label food trays
- decorate wine glasses and food trays (see the little stars I did on the foot of the wine glass above? SO simple but cute for an Oscar Party!)
- write out menus on a display plate or picture frame
- write personal notes on wine bottles that I give as hostess gifts
About Wine Glass Writer
Founded in 2010, the Wine Glass Writer is a family-owned company (you know I love & support family-owned businesses!) that has grown to become the #1 wine glass writer in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.
The Wine Glass Writers are certified non-toxic and work on glass, mirrors, metals, and glazed ceramics. They just need about 60-90 seconds to dry, and my favorite part about these versus other writers: the writing STAYS on until you are ready to clean it off.
Markings can be easily wiped off with a soapy sponge. If you have just poured a chilled white wine into a glass, you’ll want to be sure to write above the liquid level. I find that the writing wipes off glass fairly easily with a damp paper towel, but a damp sponge or cloth definitely works better on glazed ceramics.
I also tested a writer on chalkboard material, just for kicks, and the ink wiped off with a soapy sponge, although keep in mind the ink was only on there for a few hours.
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Currently, there are 12 colors of writers available (see above for their full product line). I seriously love this product so much that I have worked it out with the awesome family behind Wine Glass Writers to give away TWO sets of their entire product line! Two lucky readers will win one full set each (retail value: approximately $40)!!
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