Posted by Porcshe N. Moran
Watching movies is one of my favorite pastimes, and the Oscars are one of the few award shows that I enjoy watching each year. It is nearly impossible to not get swept up in the glitz, glamour, and pomp and circumstance of Hollywood's biggest night. This year, my fiancé and I hosted a small Oscars viewing party at home. While our gathering was not quite as extravagant as the Governor's Ball or Vanity Fair's annual soiree, it was still a lot of fun!
Our living room was party central which meant bringing in some tables and adorning them with red tablecloths, silver tinsel and sparkly balloon weights that served as centerpieces. To keep post-party clean up simple without sacrificing style, I purchased plastic black plates, black paper napkins and disposable cutlery that had a sterling silver finish. I used Google Drawing to create signage for the "snack bar" and "dinner & cocktails" areas.
I had the intention of preparing some homemade gourmet appetizers for the party, but my busy schedule got in the way. I opted instead for catering from a local supermarket which was much easier, and tasted great. The menu consisted of boneless buffalo wings, Italian bruschetta, vegetable pizza and a fresh fruit platter with watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew melon and fruit dip. For drinks, I served Barefoot Bubbly's Moscato Spumante and Stone Hill Winery's Spumante Blush. We also set up a movie theater inspired snack bar complete with candy (Junior Mints, M&Ms, Sour Patch Kids and Airheads), popcorn and soda.
A party centered around a three hour TV event can get a little dull, so I planned some games to liven up the evening. During the red carpet coverage and the main show, we played Oscars themed bingo. We also filled out Oscar ballots before the show to track how many of the winners we guessed correctly.
I wanted my guests to feel just as special as the celebrities that are feted on Oscar night, and the best way to do this was with swag bags. My female swag bag was a glittery silver box topped with a bow. I filled it with a bar of lavender soap, a fresh linen scented candle, some white chocolate truffles, and an elegant black and gold magnetic notepad. The male swag bag was loaded up with goodies such as a mini LED flashlight, a couple of nice pens, a notepad, an LCD cleaning kit and an 8-in-1 multi-use knife.
How did you celebrate the 85th annual Academy Awards? For more photos from my Oscars viewing party follow @PNMMedia on Instagram.
Hello! I am Porcshe N. Moran. My nearly two decades of professional experience covers print and digital journalism as well as strategic communications, content marketing and copywriting.