How to Throw a Star-Studded Oscar Party on a Budget

Posted on 02/24/2010

Celebrities get to walk the red carpet draped in diamonds and designer duds. Just because you may not have the funds for red carpet style doesn’t mean you can’t go glam for the Academy Awards. Here are some ideas for throwing a star-studded Oscar party on a budget.

Movie Theater Menu - Your party menu doesn’t have to be pricey to fit the theme. Create a movie theater atmosphere with free recipes for perfect popcorn and soft pretzels at Or assign guests to one of the best picture nominees and ask them to bring a dish that corresponds with each movie like shrimp and grits for “The Blind Side” or a peanut dish for “Up in the Air.”

Print Ballots - Head to the official Oscar website for free printable ballots. Your party guests will enjoy making predictions of who will walk away with gold statues. Consider giving the person with the most correct answers a prize like chocolate movie tickets or real ones.

Vote for Best Dressed - Tell your guests to get dolled up. In case they need extra incentive, let them know that there’s a prize for the best dressed party-goer. Another option is pairing each guest with a celebrity you know will be walking the red carpet like best actor and actress nominees. Have everyone vote for the celebrity they thought looked best. The party guest paired with the winning celebrity wins a prize.

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Posted on 02.25.10 at 8:45 AM

I also just came across these free printable Oscar party invites, envelope liners and popcorn bags!


Posted on 02.25.10 at 2:42 PM

there are some more great ideas for planning your Oscar party here easy recipes and some fun game ideas.


Posted on 03.06.10 at 1:32 PM

Don't forget that bargain doesn't mean not fun!

Here are some clever "kinda" Oscar titled recipes titles from Hyundai such as Inglorious Custards or Up In Éclair. Check them out here:

The Envelope Please!
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