If you want your party to become the talk of the town, then you can’t go wrong with an awards-themed event. If you need some inspiration, you don’t need to think that long — because it’s one of the most prestigious and visible events in entertainment, the Oscar Awards is a great place to start.
Want to make a good impression? Here are just five of the easiest ways for an instant Hollywood-inspired party:
Roll Out the Red Carpet
They don’t call these types of things “red carpet events” for nothing. The luxurious look and feel of the red carpet is a huge part of Awards Night’s polished feel.
Originally used to keep the feet of European royalty from touching the ground, red carpets are now seen under the heels of the Tinsel Town’s rich and famous. Don’t skip out on it if you’re going for an Oscars-themed night out.
Bring in the Curtains
Functionally, theater drapes and stage curtains like the ones used during the Oscars have a real purpose other than decoration. These large pieces of fabric conceal parts of the stage from the audience. However, they can also be used to provide extra charm for your party. Together with your red carpet, even the lightest curtain can add a lot of style. This is especially true if you intend on including performances for your event.
If you have some extra room in your budget, you can even consider renting a backdrop for a more immersive program. For an all-around Hollywood-esque feel, an art deco backdrop might work best.
Put Up Some Movie Posters
If you need some extra cinema-flavored decoration for your party, why not spruce up your walls with some movie posters? Check out your local thrift store for some cheap ones. You might even spot a few vintage posters from Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Get some inspiration from your local cinema, and line up your posters along the venue’s walls. It might even be useful as an icebreaker for your guests when it’s time to mingle.
Serve Some Fancy Drinks
If you’re looking to add more flair to your party, some fancy cocktail glasses can help. But if you want your guests to experience a more authentic Oscars experience, you shouldn’t be serving your run-of-the-mill spirits.
If you can afford it, go for some champagne. In addition to being a classy choice, a couple bottles of bubbly will do a lot to lighten the crowd’s mood. But if you intend to save on the alcohol or not serve it at all, you can still make do with fancy glassware for your juices and other drinks.
Dress to the Nines
Finally, it’s hard to have a true Oscars-themed event without some fancy suits and elegant dresses. All your preparation and hard work will truly pay off when people come dressed their best. Offer your event as a great opportunity for your guests to take their tuxedoes and dresses out of the closet.
If you want to go for a more exaggerated and extravagant vibe, then allow for some fun accessorizing. This includes feather boas, “gold”-adorned hats, and faux pearl accessories.
Admittedly, pulling out all the stops for a gala-themed evening can get expensive. But if you concentrate on the most iconic visual cues, you can easily plan a successfully glamorous event. By the next day, everyone will have loads of fun with their paparazzi-worthy pictures.