Throw an Award Show Theme Party Your Friends Will Never Forget
Posted byErin Ollila
If you’ve been hoping to plan a theme party for quite some time, award show season presents the perfect opportunity to get dolled up and enjoy your evening with friends. Plus, the setup and cleanup are relatively easy. All you need is a little imagination, a lot of humor, and the willingness to dress like you’re walking the red carpet.
Your invitation sets the foundation for your entire theme party. Design them to look like awards or to resemble the envelope that conceals the winner. Slip your guy friend $10 to dress up in his sharpest suit to hand deliver the invitations to your guests. Remember to put all the necessary information on the invites, like the time and attire. You’ll want your guests to appear before the show begins, and make it clear that you expect them to impress the shutterbugs in their best evening wear.
Food and Drink
Small bites are the classiest option for award show parties, and also the easiest to eat when you’re dressed to the nines. Think cheese plates, dips, canapês, fancy popcorn, sliders and mini-sized desserts, such as shot-glass trifles or parfaits. Award ceremonies last for hours, and your guests will likely be nibbling on food throughout the evening.
Don’t be shy to ask your guests to contribute a themed treat. (Just collect it from them before they walk the red carpet — spinach dip doesn’t make the best arm candy.)
Don’t forget about the drinks! Name classy cocktails after actors, actresses, musicians or films. For example, make a Lily Collins (instead of Tom Collins) and an Ariana Grande margarita for a music award show. The possibilities are endless, so have fun as a mixologist and create a new signature.
A red carpet is an absolute necessity for an award show theme party. You can probably find one at a party store. Another option is purchasing a small bolt of red fabric from a fabric store and DIYing your own runway. At the end of your entrance, set up a theme party event backdrop, play paparazzi, and stream the festivities live on social media. Mini lights strung around the room set the ambiance for an A-list evening.
To make for the easiest cleanup, plate your food on trays that can be carried or left on a main table where the drinks are located. Then you’ll have one central area that needs cleanup.
Now that your guests have arrived in style, are well-fed and enjoying your celebrity-themed drinks, it’s time to have a little friendly competition. Pass out printed ballots for each category and let your guests take their best guesses on who or what will win. The guest with the most correct predictions can take home her own gold statue. Another option is to host your own awards — such as best dressed, best speech, most congenial — and let your guests vote for the champion.
- Posted by Erin Ollila
- On February 23, 2017