Academy Awards or Emmy Awards Party
Looking for a party theme for a corporate event? How about a great theme for a graduation party? Or maybe you just want to have a few friends over to watch the Academy Awards and have deliciously fun "theater food" served buffet style. If any of the above gets your film reeling, read on...
Film Award Parties are becoming increasingly popular. They are easily identifiable, highly customizable and as with any great party theme, has built-in decorations, music, dress, food and activities. What more could you ask for?
So here's a few fun ideas for making your own excitement when you host an Academy Awards or Emmy Awards Party.
Corporate Academy Awards Party
Party America hosted its own award's night for several hundred of our closest friends and associates! It was a huge success. So, we prevailed upon our merchant group to share their secrets, and they were nice enough to do so!
The perimeter of the room at our conference center was decorated with large stand-alone cardboard scenes showing a night skyline with white twinkling lights. Black and gold balloon bouquets were placed everywhere, as well as a red carpet leading into the main room. We had large silver and gold star cutouts hanging from the ceiling. The hallway leading to our event room had its walls covered with one large image of a cheering crowd (with faces from our corporate office) standing behind a rope barrier (superimposed). We had "Joan and Melissa" greeting the crowd, except they weren't quite as pretty, and were Rick and Scott. They joked with everyone and commented on their dress, and this was piped into the main room so that everyone who had already entered got to watch on a large screen. We had a small stage with our own statuettes of Hattie (our Party Hat Mascot) on individual lucite bases with the winners' names engraved on acrylic plaques. All guests arrived in formal outfits, with men in tuxes and the women in long formals. Everyone looked great and it was fun seeing our associates dressed so nicely. We had our own Hattie Awards ceremony to honor our vendors, associates and franchisees. The honorees loved getting their awards. Many had tears in their eyes and were genuinely moved. We even had video commercials made the day before by teams who were given subject matters. These were played to the audience as commercials during the awards and voted on at the end for best Commercial.
This is a wonderful way to acknowledge employees and associates at a corporate retreat. It's fun, great for team building, entertaining, and has real benefit within a corporate culture.
Graduation Academy Awards Party
Honor your fellow graduates at an Awards party. Best Comedian, Worst Student, Best Athlete, etc. Graduates will have a chance to look back over their year(s) together, and remember the highlights and lowlights of the past. Have everyone get dressed up as if they were attending the Academy Awards. Serve fun concession stand classics, buffet style. A week before the event, have the graduates form teams and make their own commercials (limit length to 1-2 minutes). Give them the subject and let them know it will be shown at the Awards Party and voted on. Examples might be "first day of your new job", "first day of college", etc.
Academy Awards or Emmy Awards Party
Invite your friends over and watch the Academy Awards or Emmy Awards in style! Since both shows generally air on a weeknight, keep it simple. Awards night is an easy party to host because it has its own built-in entertainment. So all you'll need is some tableware (use disposable plates for fast and easy clean-up and great designs), ballots, a tiny bit of know-how in the kitchen (see easy menu ideas below) and you'll have it together without breaking a sweat.
Decorations and Props
Have your guests arrive dressed up as if they were attending the Academy Awards. Purchase inexpensive, glamorous Hollywood sunglasses for all partygoers and hand them out as they arrive.
Take photos of guests so that they too can feel hounded by the paparazzi (and to use as a souvenir of the party).
Before the big show begins, play the soundtracks from the nominated films. Easily purchased for $1.00 at the Apple ITunes Store. (Also has TV sound tracks.)
Decorate with large silver and gold star cutouts either purchased or homemade, and long shimmer columns.
Use black, gold and/or silver paper plates tablecovers, skirts and napkins.
Decorate your buffet table with Hollywood confetti and glitter.
Dangle unwound rolls of film from your ceiling or purchase inexpensive Hollywood Lantern Garlands, Star Swirls or Hollywood Film Ceiling Decoration.
Play an Academy Awards game to play as an ice breaker before the show begins.
Hand out ballots before the ceremonies begin, and after tallying all the scores at the end, hand out awards for most and least correct picks.
Don't forget that everyone will be interested in watching the show. So focus activities around it. And remember to dim the lights!
Serve a buffet of, what else but Concession Stand Classics, updated of course. Make it easy and not too messy for guests. And keep manageable for easy clean-up. Popcorn, candy, and hot dogs are great alternatives to a fancy meal. And nothing goes better with the big screen than a Root Beer Float!
Popcorn (served in movie theater boxes). Or kick it up a notch with Cheddar Cheese Popcorn:
3 Tablespoons melted butter
1/4 Cup cheddar cheese powder
1/4 Teaspoon mustard powder
1/8 Teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
4 Cups popped popcorn
Salt and pepper
In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, cheddar cheese powder, mustard powder, cayenne pepper and the popcorn. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss lightly and serve immediately.
Hot Dogs. Have bottles of mustard, catsup and relish. For a unique twist, try grilled Aidell's Sausages or Italian Sausages wrapped in French Rolls.
Nachos (cut into edible slices)
Pizza (cut into edible slices)
Have a large bowl filled with Theater Size Candy such as small boxes of Milk Duds, Junior Mints, Reese Pieces, Red Hots, etc.
Don't forget the Eskimo Pies, Ice Cream Bon-Bons and Root Beer Floats!
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