What to Wear
Your wardrobe for an Oscars party can truly be whatever you want it to be. The award show often runs late, so feel free to get comfy and watch the show in your pajamas. If you want to make the night feel more festive, ask your friends to come dressed as their favorite nominated film character. This can be easy (Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea essentially wears everyday clothes) or detailed (coming dressed as the fox “Nick Widle” from Zootopia or “Harley Quinn” from Suicide Squad).
How to Decorate
The Oscars are all about glitz, glamour, and the celebration of Hollywood, so decorate accordingly. With La La Land receiving a record 14 nominations, this year’s Academy Awards are all about a love of Los Angeles and filmmaking. So, decorate your home with your own Hollywood sign and icons of cinematography (clapboards, film reels, cameras, etc.). Make sure the awards themselves are represented through your very own red carpet (complete with a photo booth acting as paparazzi), mini Oscar statues, and all gold everything.
What to Drink
You don’t have to look far for drinks inspired by the best movies of the year. To Hell or High Water resulted in a fiery take on the margarita. The heartbreaking film Moonlight has a special tequila cocktail named after it. And the fireworks between Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land gave birth to a fun, foamy bourbon cocktail, straight out of the Jazz Era. If you want to keep it simple, pop a bottle of Champagne or prosecco for some bubbly fun.
Tequila or High Water
- 1 Ounce tequila, preferably Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila
- 1/2 Ounce lime juice
- 1/2 Ounce simple syrup
- 4 Ounces Champagne (chilled)
In an ice-filled shaker, add tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup.
Shake and strain into glass.
Top with Champagne.
- 1 Ounce tequila, preferably Sauza Gold Tequila
- 1/2 Ounce triple sec, preferably DeKuyper
- 2 Ounces orange juice
- 2 Ounces lime juice
- 2 Ounces agave nectar
- Orange wheel, for garnish
Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker.
Shake and strain over ice into a salt-rimmed glass.
Garnish with an orange wheel.
Song and Dance Cocktail
- 1 1/2 Ounce bourbon, preferably Jim Beam Black
- 1/2 Ounce Aperol
- 3/4 Ounces strawberry syrup
- 3/4 Ounces lemon juice
- Egg white
Combine all liquids (except egg white) into a cocktail shaker.
Double strain into a clean cocktail shaker.
Add egg white and shake until well combined and the egg white has emulsified.
Strain into coupe/footed rocks glass and allow the foam to settle.
Add confetti firework stencil
What to Eat
No food is better suited for the movies than popcorn, so make your own popcorn party mix to munch on while you watch the show. Whether you go sweet with Peanut Butter Pretzel Caramel Popcorn, savory with a Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn, or classic with caramel corn
Peanut Butter Pretzel Caramel Popcorn
- 8 Cups plain popcorn (about 1/3 cup popcorn kernels)
- 2 Cups pretzels
- 1/2 Cup honey
- 1/3 Cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 Cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- Salt, to taste
- 1 1/2 Cup chocolate-covered pretzel bites,
In a large bowl, pour in the popped popcorn and pretzels; set aside.
In a small saucepan, mix the honey and sugar and bring to a boil.
Let it simmer for about 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and add the peanut butter.
Stir vigorously until all the peanut butter is melted, then mix in the vanilla extract.
Immediately pour the peanut butter caramel over the popcorn and pretzels.
Gently stir until well-coated.
Season with salt, to taste.
Stir in pretzel bites. Serve!
Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn
- 5 quarts plain popped corn (freshly air-popped recommended)
- 1 Pound thick cut bacon, chopped, fried to just about crispy and well drained
- 1 Cup butter
- 2 Cups brown sugar
- 1/2 Cup light corn syrup or maple syrup
- 1 Teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
- 3 Ounces bourbon, preferably Woodford Reserve Bourbon
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F.
In a pot over medium heat, melt 1 cup of butter.
Mix in brown sugar, corn syrup, and sea salt and then stir until boiling at the edges.
Lower the heat slightly and let boil until the caramel is 250 degrees F.
Remove from heat and add the baking soda and bourbon.
Once fully incorporated, stir in the bacon.
Divide the popcorn into two very lightly greased roasting pans and coat with the caramel.
Mix well and then put the popcorn into the preheated oven for 45–60 minutes, mixing every 10–15 minutes so the kernels of popped corn are coated in bourbon bacon coating.
Once done, pour onto either parchment paper or wax paper to cool and break into pieces.
What to Do
Before the big show kicks off, have your friends fill out their own Oscar ballots to see who can guess the most winners this year. Then, watch the Oscars — duh! The 89th annual Academy Awards are set to air live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. EST. This year’s show is will be hosted by comedian and late night host Jimmy Kimmel, so prepare for plenty of Matt Damon jokes.