Include a ballot in your invitations. You can print
out the same ballot Academy members get
right here. "You can have
guests mail their ballots back to you by a certain date or have them
bring out that night."
This year's theme is the Oscars in 3D. The menu, featuring local
produce and sustainable seafood, is comprised of fifty dishes, from
one-bite hors d’oeuvres to small-plate entrees. Signature favorites
such as smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with shaved black
truffles, and Pastry Chef Sherry Yard’s gold-dusted chocolate Oscars
will return to the party along with new creations like lobster tacos
with tomato and pickled shallots, and beet salad with pistachio
butter, burrata and citrus balsamic.
Get a red carpet -- carpet stores can give you cheap remnants -- and
put it at front door for that touch of glamour.
Rent a velvet rope if you want to feel really exclusive -- you could
even use it to control the line for the bathroom!
Set the stage with movie music! Get the soundtracks to this year's
nominated films, or past favorites like Chicago or The Godfather,
A buffet-style dinner will let your guests graze without missing any
important Oscar moments.
BartenderGirl.com Event Planner suggest a few options if you're serving mixed
Use BartenderGirl.com professional Bartender Service to mix drinks.
Buffet style. Mix drinks in advance and leave them for people to
take. Works best for non-carbonated mixed drinks. However is
best recommend to use BartenderGirl.com cocktail wait staff
TIP: Never add ice to a drink. Instead, pour the drink into a
glass already full of ice. This chills the alcohol as the glass
fills up. -- Fait Accompli
Every good Oscar® party needs a signature cocktail. Instead of
popping a bottle of champagne and calling it a day try this sweet
and tangy take on a margarita from The Chew’s Daphne Oz. It’s almost
as good as winning the coveted award.
■ 1/4 cup Silver Tequila
■ 1/4 cup Pineapple Juice
■ 3 tablespoons Lime Juice
■ 3 tablespoons Fresh Mint Leaves
■ Seltzer, to top
Or try Moet’s Official Governors Ball Cocktail
■ 1 cup fresh lime juice
■ 1 cup fresh lemon juice
■ 1 oz. Hum Botanical Spirit
■ Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Reserve
■ Rose petal
Oscar Rita ->
Learn how to make it!
Moet’s Official Governors Ball Cocktail
Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri
Punchless Pina Colada
A thoughtful host always provides non-alcoholic alternatives for
their guests and we don't mean just putting out a bottle of club
GENERAL HOSTING TIPS
In Fete Accompli, Shriftman and Harrison suggest you rearrange
furniture for optimal for optimum comfort, and in case of an Oscar
viewing party, rearrange in a way so that everyone has a good view
of the TV.
Do you live in an urban neighborhood with nighttime parking
restrictions? If available, get temporary parking passes for your
guests so parking isn't an issue.
Stock up the bathroom with plenty of toilet paper and hand towels.
Get scented liquid hand soap for the bathroom, Shriftman and
Harrison recommend, rather than having all your guests share the
same bar of soap.
GIFTS AND PRIZES
If you're having people guess the winners, why not reward the person
with the best guesses? At the end of the evening, tally the ballots
-- you can have each guest score another person's ballot -- and hand
out three of four prizes.
A few gift suggestions from Cheryl Cecchetto.
CDs of the five nominated Best Picture films
or CDS of the films nominated for Best Score.
A copy of the nominated movies.
Make your guests feel like Hollywood stars by
putting together a parting gift bag.
Shiftman and Harrison suggest filling gift bags with small items
like perfume, gift certificates, lip gloss, and chocolates. They
also recommend making all the gifts unisex, or creating separate
gift bags for men and women.
Commemorate the occasion by embossing gold paper with the Oscar date
and put that on a ribbon or card, Cecchetto suggests. "You always
want your guests to remember the event, so give them something to