A Round-Up of Oscar Party Ideas

Oscar nominee envelope napkin for a red and gold tabletop

Oscar nominee envelope napkin for a red and gold tabletop

If you are hosting an Oscar Party this year, here are some ideas that will make your event more special. You could start the night with your own version of the red carpet.

Ask for a volunteer to arrive early and be the official photographer for the photo shoot. Hang a backdrop screen near the entrance to photograph every guest in their glamorous outfit. Or you can supply props for a movie-inspired photo booth. You could decorate the floor with Hollywood stars or hang your own Hollywood sign in your living room.

Oscar Ballots

Ask your guests to vote, ideally before the party, for the winner for each category. They can simply fill up the Oscar ballot available at The Academy Web site. If you can, compile the results in advance.

Movie-Inspired Menus

Several sites propose a menu for food and drinks that referenced to the best moving pictures nominees. Check out the recipes on CTV.ca or the Oscar menus on Epicurious.


You could fold the napkins like a nominee envelop and dress your table in gold and red as they did on Food Network magazine.

Oscar nominee label wrapped on an envelope napkin

Or you can head to the Hostess with the Mostess blog to download her yellow and black Oscar party theme templates that include “envelope” napkin wraps, drink tags, popcorn bag labels, place cards and more.

Lastly, you can revisit the Oscar Party ideas post I wrote last year. I am still a fan of the Statuette cookies.

  • jamie
    February 24, 2011 at 12:44

    Thank you for the great ideas. The gifts.com blog has some ideas for Oscar Party gifts based on this year’s nominated films.

  • karen ho fatt
    January 25, 2012 at 22:11

    I like the treatment of the napkin with the ribbon and gold decal – very cool and very simple to make.