tips for hosting an oscars party

Though the first chords of Christmas songs have barely begun, sometimes it pays to plan ahead. To next year, then, and to January, which is a very busy month for movie buffs as it represents the start of awards season. The Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Grammys…it’s all happening.

It is however the Academy Awards ceremony scheduled for Sunday, 9 February 2020 that has award show fanatics already bursting with excitement. While it’s perfectly acceptable to watch the Oscars dressed in a pair of comfy PJs from the comfort of your couch, if you really mean business then you might want to go full-throttle next year and host your very own glam Oscars viewing party. To pull off a memorable shindig to match the spectacle of the event itself, you might want to try these; our 4 steps to the IDEAL Oscars party.


When hosting an Oscar viewing party, your choice of venue is of vital importance. Not only do you need to find a venue that is conveniently located for your guests, but also one that has all the amenities you may need such as in-house catering, screening facilities, and secure parking. If you’re planning to include entertainment other than watching the ceremony, you’ll have to ensure that the venue is equipped with all the necessary gear. You may have to organise your own production hire including stage lighting and a sound system depending on the type of entertainment you have in mind.

tips for hosting an oscars party


If you want your Oscar viewing party to be memorable, you need to ensure that you pay close attention to every little detail as far as your setup and decorations are concerned. The timeless black and gold colour scheme of the Oscars is easy to incorporate into dazzling décor, as they are two colours which work so well together and give off a glam vibe from the off. 

Go further. While a red carpet and golden statuettes are an absolute must, out-of-the-box touches such as a movie theatre candy display, bedazzled popcorn boxes, and personalised champagne flutes will cement your reputation as the hostess with the mostest. Give your guests the royal treatment by gifting each with an exquisite Oscar swag bag filled with goodies such as mini bottles of liqueur, imported chocolates, handcrafted soap or candles, shopping or spa vouchers, and movie memorabilia.

tips for hosting an oscars party


As the awards ceremony typically lasts about 3 ½ hours, serving food and drinks is vital. If not, guests will be hungry, thirsty and crabby before long. One way to get your guests in the mood for a red carpet-worthy soiree is to serve food and drinks that are every bit as elegant and inspirational as the awards ceremony itself. While there is no rule that states that you can’t serve a sit-down dinner at your viewing party, a gourmet selection of appetizers and snacks accompanied by a selection of wines and champagne will be ideal. Let your imagination roam free to come up with a variety of delectable hors d’oeuvres that can include items such as a lavish cheese, olive, and pâté platter, prosciutto or salmon-topped crostini, and pink champagne truffles.  

tips for hosting an oscars party tips for hosting an oscars party


Sure, everyone likes that feeling of ‘I told you so’ or ‘I knew it’, so prior to hosting your event, encourage guests to cast their own votes for ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Actor’ and the rest. In doing so, you’ll open up an extra layer of intrigue to your event, and generate discussion which will make the three and a half hours fly by. If the debate gets a little full on, then that will only add to the excitement of the party. A word of warning; you might need to hire security if things get out of hand!