Lights, camera, action! The nominees have been selected and are ready for a grand night of cinema celebration. Are you ready for the 95th Academy Awards? If so, be sure to tune in on March 12 at 5pm PST/ 8pm EST on ABC. We have amazing ideas to help you plan the very best Oscars party. Since 2001, FunFlicks® has put on countless award ceremony parties. Given our experience, we want to help you have an unforgettable time. Simply follow our guide to learn the best tips on initial planning, themes, activities, snacks, and drinks for your Oscars party!
How to Start Planning an Oscars Party
To begin planning your Oscars party, choose a suitable location that will accommodate the estimated number of guests you plan on having. To ensure a successful event, the comfort of all guests should be your highest priority. Consider providing proper seating and tables for everyone so that they can sit back, relax, and enjoy an evening of fun! If you don’t have enough chairs or tables available, rent with a local party service or tell your guests to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. If you are wanting to hold your Oscars watch party in a public location, be sure to get permission for usage beforehand. For any event, be aware of your city’s noise ordinances to avoid penalties or fines. For all outdoor events, make sure to turn off sprinkler systems. Figuring out the best location for your party is the first step to planning an amazing event.
Prepare for the Elements
March can bring a lot of unexpected weather, keep the forecast in mind before choosing a day for your Oscars party. If rainy conditions are expected, plan on having your party indoors. Throwing your party indoors will eliminate the threat of a storm ruining the event. For all indoor events, it is important to make sure the area is large enough to accommodate everyone. If rain is not an issue for your outdoor event, be aware of expected temperatures during your party. If it is going to be cold outside, consider providing heaters and warm drinks for guests to stay comfortable. For hot outdoor weather, provide fans and plenty of water for guests to stay hydrated. Your guests will greatly appreciate your efforts in making sure their comfort is most important.
Invite Your Guests
Once the location and date have been finalized, it is time to start inviting your guests to your Oscars party! Send out invitations via social media, email, or mailed letter more than two weeks before the event. Sending your invitations weeks prior to your party date gives guests the extended notice necessary for attendance. To get an early idea of how many guests are expected to be at your party, include an RSVP notice within your invitation. For downloadable party invitations, visit our event invitations page!
Theme for an Oscars Party
Every party needs a theme, and every Oscars party needs an exuberant theme of film celebration. Decorate the area with streamers, movie posters, and golden awards! If food will be served, don’t forget to decorate tables with covers, utensils, and plates matching the overall theme. Gold, silver, and red are three suitable colors to emphasize in your decor. If you are wanting to capture an overall look for your party, encourage guests to arrive in proper apparel. Formal, casual, and pajama party themes are all great choices for your party.
Encourage a black tie attire dress code for a formal Oscars party. A black-tie formal event requires women to wear long dresses and men to wear tuxedos. A formal theme matches the fancy ambience of the Oscars very well.
If a formal dress code is too fancy for your liking, go with a more casual theme. Cocktail attire is the perfect balance between the two. Men should be encouraged to wear a button-down top with a suit jacket, and women should wear a blouse or a mini dress.
Make watching the Oscars fun with a pajama party! Get the popcorn and relax in your most comfortable clothes. A pajama themed Oscars event takes little effort to dress up for and gets everyone in the mood for movie magic.
Pregame Activities for an Oscars Party
Red Carpet Photoshoot
Roll out the red carpet for party goers to be welcomed in just like the stars. Not only does a red carpet set the scene, but having a red carpet allows for perfect photo opportunities. Keep photo cutouts close and a “paparazzi” photographer even closer to capture the fun. Photo cutouts could include Oscar awards, mustaches, and clapperboards. Always remember your party with memorable red carpet photos!
Cast Your Ballots
Make your voice heard by casting your own ballot! Simply list the nominations for each category and allow your guests to pick their favorites. To make things interesting, gift a prize to whoever predicts the most winning nominations.
Pump Up the Jams
Get your party on with some music! Hire a DJ to pump up the jams or use our state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment to play your own tunes. If you plan on playing your own music, make a playlist beforehand of songs you’d like to listen to at your party. For a dance party, have the dance floor ready for everyone to show their moves on. If dancing isn’t your thing, maybe singing is. In that case, have a karaoke competition before the awards start. Every party needs music; don’t forget about it!
Have fun with a game of Bingo at your Oscars party. To set up, print bingo sheets and fill in each square with things you might see at the Oscars. Remember to include a free space in the middle. Squares can include descriptions such as "Winner thanks their mother" or "Will Smith mentioned." Players can mark off the boxes until they get five Xs in a row, either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. The winner is the first to yell "Bingo!" once they have a line of Xs.
Test your cinema knowledge with a game of trivia. Ask your guests questions about actors, movies, or anything pertaining to the Academy Awards. Such a game is perfect to play during commercial breaks. Whoever answers the most questions correctly wins the game. Boost the excitement by having a mystery prize for only the winner to enjoy.
Delicious Oscars Party Snacks & Drinks
Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna
Giada de Laurentis’ "Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna" is sure to warm your soul. Six to eight servings only take about an hour and forty minutes to complete. This Food Network® dish is a great choice if you want to serve a comforting meal that almost everyone will enjoy.
-1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature, for greasing the baking dish
-All-purpose flour, for dusting
-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
-12 ounces cremini mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
-1 medium onion, chopped
-1 teaspoon kosher salt
-½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
-2 cups heavy cream, at room temperature
-1 ¾ cups whole milk, at room temperature
-⅓ cup all-purpose flour
-2 cups grated Pecorino Romano
-2 cups shredded mozzarella
-Two 5-ounce bags baby spinach, coarsely chopped
-¼ packed cup chopped fresh basil
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1 recipe Fresh Pasta, recipe follows, or nine 8- by 5-inch fresh lasagna noodles
-1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella
-Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
-2 cups cake flour
-1 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
-4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
-⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
-¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
For more on Giada de Laurentis’ “Creamy Spinach Mushroom Lasagna,” follow the steps on Food Network® below:
Quench your thirst with the taste of a sweet Lemon Drop. This cocktail beverage is easy to make and a bar favorite around the world. To make it, all you need is:
-2 oz vodka
-1 oz lemon juice
-½ oz triple sec
-1 oz simple syrup
-Sugar for the rim
Once you have all of your ingredients, be sure to have an ice shaker ready to mix up your ingredients and cocktail glasses on deck. A single serving takes less than 5 minutes to make.
How to Make a Lemon Drop
- Pour vodka, lemon juice, triple sec, and simple syrup into an ice shaker until chilled
- Coat the rim of your cocktail glass with sugar
- Strain drink into your cocktail glass
Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad
Are you wanting to make a healthy dish that almost everyone can enjoy at your Oscars party? Thankfully, Creme De La Crumb has an amazingly fresh “Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad” recipe that requires little preparation and is easy to make for small or large crowds. For six servings, this dish takes only about 10 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to complete.
-6 cups salad (Tiffany used a combination of arugula and baby spinach, but any spring green mix will do)
-1 red apple
-1 green apple
-1 cup walnuts - roughly chopped, (such as Diamond or California)
-4-6 bacon strips - cooked and chopped (optional)
-⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
-⅓ cup dried cranberries
-1 cup apple juice
-4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar in a pinch)
-2 tablespoons honey
-½ teaspoon salt
-¼ teaspoon black pepper
-¼ cup oil
Candied Walnuts (Optional)
-1 cup walnut halves
-1 tablespoon butter
-¼ cup sugar
-¼ teaspoon salt
-¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Click the button below to visit Creme La Crumb’s “Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad” recipe page for more information on how to make:
The Negroni is one of the most popular mixed drinks in the world for its delectable yet invigoratingly bitter taste. Such a classy beverage is the perfect alcoholic drink to serve at your Oscars party. If you plan on accommodating a large crowd, consider having a bartender ready to make Negronis for your guests. Luckily, few ingredients are needed, and a single glass takes very little time to make.
-1 oz gin
-1 oz Campari
-1 oz sweet vermouth
-An orange peel
You’ll need a mixing glass and ice at your bar in order to mix necessary ingredients. A single serving takes less than 5 minutes to serve.
How to Make a Negroni
- Pour gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth into a mixing glass with ice
- Stir thoroughly until the drink has been chilled
- Garnish your glass with a sliced orange peel
Screen for an Outdoor Evening or Indoor Party
Our fleet of inflatables is the best quality of screen that you can rent at an affordable price. Whether the party is going on in your backyard or in a stadium, there is an inflatable screen for everyone to enjoy. Our assortment of inflatable screens have a seamless viewing surface and can be blown up in minutes. We’ll be sure to get everything up and running before sunset. At every event, we bring high-definition speakers that will knock your socks off and a theatrical projector with a crystal-clear display. For optimal viewing, an inflatable event should take place in a setting with minimal lighting and winds of under 15 mph.
LED Display Screens
If you want a screen that can display day or night in almost any environment, renting an LED screen is the best option for you. Using electroluminescent technology, our LED screens generate light safely and effectively at any time of day. Hence, it isn’t a problem if you want to watch a movie in the morning or at night on our LED screens. Our panels and trailers are rated IP65, which means they are both rain and dust proof! All of our mobile LED trailers have onboard generators used to power the display. Therefore, no power supply is needed. Similar to our inflatable screens, our fleet of LED screens come in a variety of dimensions for a variety of crowd sizes. Event technicians across the country are available to bring our LED trailers anywhere for you to enjoy the 2023 Oscars on.