How to Throw an Oscars Party Fit for the Stars

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

This cocktail will pull a heist on your heart


  • 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.

Tequila Moonlight

For a cocktail that’s as unique as the movie

  • 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
  • Salt
  • 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

This drink will transport you right to the “City of Stars”


  • 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.

Dry Shake.

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

A Super Bowl party snack that balances sweet and salty, there’s a snack out there for you.


  • 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

Popcorn + bacon = a match made in heaven


  • 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.