As the ultimate night of old Hollywood glitz and glam, the Academy Awards is a yearly celebration of awe-inspiring movies, gorgeous celebrities and, of course, over-the-top dresses. Although most of us won’t get the chance to make a red carpet appearance, there are several ways to celebrate the night in style — whether you’re spending time with your family or a large group of friends. In 2013 that night is Sunday, February 24. You can see the nominees here.
To give your own living room that elegant Tinseltown feel, you don’t need a celebrity-size salary; in fact, you need just a few carefully selected accessories and some creativity. These ideas, taken from a stash of ubercrafty bloggers, will help get you started.
Get Crafty With Your Centerpiece
For an award-winning table on a small budget, create your own Oscar statuette. Although it might look complicated, Kathleen fromTwig & Thistle offers an easy-to-follow template that almost guarantees a solid end result. Experiment with the paper color and pattern for your own unique twist.
Don’t Go Overboard With Your Theme
Although it is great to have hints of Hollywood, not every decoration needs to scream “Oscars.” With a fun Oreo “cake” and white flowers, Kathleen from Twig & Thistle ensures that the elegant color scheme (and not the movie references) takes precedence.
Offer An Entertaining Party Game
Instead of just waiting around for the winners, make the entire show a party by playing this Oscar-themed bingo game with guests. A freedownload, courtesy of Jessica from How About Orange, lets you check off a box when lines are botched or celebrities are sighted.
Let Your Guests Participate
Since this is, after all, an awards show, have your guests pick their favorites beforehand with a fun Oscar ballot (a printable version is available here). To turn it into a tabletop decoration, Kelly from Studio DIY packaged it nicely inside a clear and gold tube and added sequins for a little sparkle.
Dress Up Like the Stars
Who says adults are too old to play dress-up? For a festive party twist, Janna, Joli and Kara from The Gossip at Girlfriend Galas suggest including fun accessories, such as sunglasses, hats, boas and crowns, to make sure everyone gets their red carpet moment. To capture the moments, use disposable cameras or rent a photo booth.
Give Your Guests Something To Take Home
This sparkly creation by Kelly from Studio DIY makes for a great guest goodie bag. Just fill it with yummy treats and send everyone home with something to remember you (and your party) by.