Opulent Oscar Party on a Budget

by Jiney ChoFebruary 7, 2013

All of the Hollywood’s elite celebrities will be attending the Oscars Award Ceremony on February 24, 2013. Why not host your own party? Homes.com has put together four easy ideas on how to throw an extravagant Oscars party with all of the glitz and glamour but without the Hollywood-sized price tag!

1. Formal Frocks Required

Everyone loves a reason to dress up! Invite your guests to dress for the red carpet. Ladies can dress up in style by wearing an old bridesmaid dress or by renting a dress. Many sites like Rent the Runway, Lending Luxury, and Girl Meets Dress allow you to rent expensive designer dresses for only a fraction of the price.

Photo Opportunity: Set up a photo booth area for your guests to take photos when they arrive. Use a VIP backdrop with a red carpet runner or red curtains as accents. Tag guests with fun descriptions on popular social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram!
Opulent Oscar Party

2. Oscars Ballot

Print out ballots with the categories and nominees and let guests pick their winners before the show begins. Have a prize for the person with the most accurate ballot at the end of the night.

And the Award goes to: Put together an award winning prize bundle for your winner. Include candy, popcorn, a movie theater gift card or a DVD for them to take home. To add a little glam, use a gold basket and bedazzle the items inside. Need ideas on what DVD to get? Check out Homes.com’s top picks: we have a list of our favorite romantic movies, our fan favorite holiday movies and our top five horror movies for inspiration.

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3. Cinematic Snacks

A prize winning party wouldn’t be complete without superstar snacks! Put together a popcorn bar with the quintessential movie snack and everyone’s favorite toppings. Serve champagne or sparkling grape juice with tags reading “Best Actress,” “Best Movie,” and the like.

Hosting an iconic dinner party? Set up a grilled hot dog bar with traditional (ketchup, mustard, onions, relish) and “specialty” (hot sauce, cheese, salsa, coleslaw) toppings. Even pop idols like your guests will enjoy the casual elegance; plus, hot dogs go well with popcorn!

7-HOMESSweet and salty are superstar snack flavors that deserve their own stage

4. Decadent Decor

Use red, black, and gold decor for your guests of honor; the red for the red carpet, the black for the black ties, and the gold for those precious little statues. Add to the Hollywood feel by framing photos of your favorite movie stars or pop icons to display.

Decorating Your Opulent Party on a Budget: Celebrate in your own home by adding lively accents. Try swapping your everyday throw pillows with red or gold ones, or tie your curtains with gold ribbon. You could even drape red and black streamers from the curtain rod for added glam! Add a mix of movie props, such as a director’s megaphone, gold trophy, clapboard, or a film reel, as fun centerpieces and added accents. You can always visit a nearby thrift store and get inspiration from our DIY tutorials to decorate on a budget.

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There you have it! Four tips to help you celebrate Hollywood’s royalty in style without needing a movie star’s paycheck. If you’re looking for more movie night ideas or thinking about moving to Hollywood to become a star, be sure to check out the Homes.com idea gallery for all of your entertaining and home needs!

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