How to: Guide to hosting a star-studded Oscar party

It’s award season and the mother of all award shows, the Academy Awards, is almost here. Ellen Degeneres will host the 86th Annual Academy Awards March 2 at 6 p.m.

In honor of this lavish event, Oscar fans will break out the glitter and red carpet in order to host the best party in town.

The host/hostess must take into consideration five things when planning an extravagant Oscar party: the invitations, the food, the drink, the decor and the extra details.

Printed party invitations are a classy way to invite friends to a swanky soiree, and they are perfect for an Oscar party.

Personally address each one, even if they will just be handed out in person.

Two must-haves at this year’s Oscar parties are tuxedo cake balls and maple-bacon popcorn. Party guests will ogle over the sheer cuteness that are delicious tiny tuxedoes. The recipe can be found at

On the saltier side of things, there is the maple-bacon popcorn.

The preparation is easy. Bake ten slices of bacon in the oven at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, crumble the bacon into bits, combine and heat 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and 2 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan, drizzle the mixture over the popcorn, sprinkle some salt and pepper and enjoy!

Every party has a great signature cocktail. Introducing: the Oscar Smash. Begin by lining the rim of a glass with a lemon wedge and dipping it in a plate of sparkling sugar (available in the baking aisle). Then drop two raspberries in the glass for garnish, pour 1.5 ounces of pear vodka, 1.5 ounces of pineapple juice and 1.5 ounces of cranberry juice. Voila!

To make the party venue look posh and ready for Oscar night fun, the decor is important. There are several ways to turn an apartment or dorm into a Hollywood-looking affair.

A long piece of red fabric can be placed in the entryway to make guests feel like celebrities when they enter the party.

Naked Ken dolls can be spray painted gold to look like Oscar awards.

To top it all off, the details take this party to the next level. To make guests feel special and like they’re the celebrities, create an Oscar award for each guest.

The awards can include best dressed, closest predictions, best shoes and best hair.

Confetti poppers are another fun way to celebrate Oscar winners. To make an Oscar-themed confetti popper, purchase pre-made plastic treat poppers online or at a party supply store. Paint the treat pop stick gold and cover the top of the treat pop with white paper or ribbon.

Then use a hole punch and black construction paper to punch out little tuxedo buttons. Tie a bow using black ribbon and hot glue the bow and buttons on the treat pop.

Fill the top with confetti and glitter, put the cap on and wait for the perfect moment to let the confetti fly.

Award season is the perfect excuse to break out the glitter and that adorable pair of satin pink heels.

There’s no better time than Oscar night to drink fancy drinks, look Hollywood chic and put glitter on everything that stands still.


Story by Madison Wepfer, Staff writer