Having an Academy Awards celebration can be loads of fun, and would be an enjoyable outlet for all of your creative talents. There are no hard-and-fast rules, except one.
1. Schedule the party to be going on throughout the TV broadcast, usually covers about two evening hours. All other rules for how to schedule and create your party are there to be broken, bent or totally ignored.
2. You’ll need to determine the physical needs before you get into the more creative aspects of your event.
a. Where to hold the party: Choose at home, restaurant or banquet hall. If weather permits, consider serving it inside/outside.
b. Menu: Decide whether to offer a full sit-down meal, buffet or snacks. Will you have the food and drinks catered, or will you buy and prepare it yourself?
3. Who foots the bill? As host, will you pay for everything, or make agreements with some or all of the guests to share some or all of the expenses?
4. Invitations: They should go out as soon as you’ve made the decision to host the party. Oscars Night is a popular time for social gatherings, and you want your prospective guests to know about yours before they make other plans. Printed invitations can go out by snail mail, which requires expenses for printing and postage, while online ones you design or find on the internet get to your guests more quickly and can be totally free.
5. Dress code: If you want to make the party humorously formal, the invitations should suggest guests dress up in comic versions of tux and gown, or in costume as Oscar-winning stars of the past. (Queens Elizabeth I & Victoria, Robin Hood, Van Gogh, Chaplin, the Mad Hatter and/or others) Award prizes, such as miniature or chocolate Oscars for the most original costumes.
6. Decor: This is where you can get very creative with Oscar ideas. You can buy or make your own Oscar images, miniature statues, photos of old Oscar winners and other Hollywood-themed items to place around the table and room where the party will be held. If you’re handy with computer graphics, design, print and paste Oscar-related designs on name tags, table signs, napkins, paper cups and plates.
7. Contest: Set chairs around a large-screen TV so guests can watch the proceedings. Schedule phases of the party to coincide with specific events and award-giving on the live broadcast, including cheering on favorites. Pass out pencils and lists of nominees for your guests to use for voting. After the ceremony, offer prizes to those who had the most accurate predictions.
8. Other features: As guests arrive, provide a long red carpet for them to walk as they enter. If you want to give your guests souvenirs of the party, set up your camera, computer and printer to provide instant photos of those moments and others during the event. To keep the photos, provide each with a souvenir folder with Academy Award theme on the cover.
An Academy Awards party can be loads of fun on Oscar Night, and with just the right touches, you and your guests can have a memorable experience you’ll treasure for years.