Awards Season Entertaining

We’re in the thick of awards season right now: the absolute best time for star-gazing, smutty red carpet commentary and themed cocktail parties. If the Golden Globes seem long gone, tune in to the Grammys this Sunday, February 10th and the Oscars on February 24th. I’ve always wanted to throw a Grammy or Oscar party, and if I did, I’d be looking at a few photos like these for inspiration:

Glamorous, black-tie affairs translate well into black, white and gold party decor. The tasseled metallic garland is a fun touch, and what can I say, I’m someone who appreciates colour-coordinated food.

I love the idea of a “dress your drinks” station with polka dot straws and gold pom-pom swizzle sticks. Little touches like that make a party feel festive.

A pink, silver and gold theme would be perfect for a girls night in.

No Oscar night party would be complete without ballots to fill out while everyone is watching the red carpet. Go for a fun DIY version.

Everyone’s party favourite: cupcakes. Give them a glam but understated twist with gold liners and sprinkles.

Popcorn is a must for an entertainment-themed party. A large bowl on the coffee table makes for easy access, but I also like the idea of using old-fashioned cartons and serving them alongside classic movie theatre candy like Milk Duds.

How cute are these black bow tie placecard holders? Use the names of Oscar nominees in lieu of wine charms on mini bottles of bubbly .

Try serving red and white candy, like Twizzlers — my fave! — in an old-fashioned tray.

The mood should suit the event, and awards season parties shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Be creative and quirky — may the best hostess win!

Photo credits:
1. Celebrations at Home
2. Camille Styles
3. 100 Layer Cake
4. Studio DIY
5-6. Camille Styles
7. Celebrations
8. Celebrations at Home
9. Twig & Thistle

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