We. Love. The. Oscars. You know this. Planning on throwing an Oscar bash? We highly recommend that you do (they’re the best). Here are a few of our favorite ideas for this year.
Every Oscar party needs giant balloons, right? We ordered ours online, filled them up at the store, and stuffed them into our tiny car. Learn from our mistakes and bring a van. This year, instead of champagne, we set up a bar cart so guests could make their drink of choice.
Aren’t these balloons just everything?
A red carpet is a must! We stuck ours under the bar cart for fun #shoestagrams.
Inside we set up a simple buffet. Popcorn, movie candy, little appetizers, et voilá. Recognize those film strips? We made them a few years ago for our first Oscar party and love them still. The piñatas are a score from Party City.
Don’t mind us, we couldn’t resist a balloon photo op in the street.
For a simple photobooth we hung our star garland, also from our first Oscar party, on the wall. Other easy options could include gold foil curtains, large gold stars, or red butcher paper. To give them the “photobooth look” we used the Party Party App by A Beautiful Mess.
xoxo, Keya and Erica
If you’ve been following along with this blog for a while you know that the Oscars are BIG DEAL over at The Little Things. A very big deal. Our first post on this blog was about our Oscar Soirée, which you can see here. As the month goes on we’ll share some of our favorite Oscars DIY’s with you and also a few new ones. But this post is about getting to the heart of the matter- watching all of the nominated films. The list was just released so… ready.set.go! By my count you have 35 days to watch 60 films. But some of those are shorts, so no big deal. This year was the first year that we got savvy and started watching the golden globe noms in preparation (go figure, only took us five years to come to this brilliant idea?). It’s been helpful, but we still have a lot to watch (eeek).
Thinking about doing to Oscar challenge, but not sure? I recommend finding a friend or a group of friends to watch the movies with and then heading over to happy hour (dare I say…best hour?) to discuss the films over drinks and snacks. Just think about how cultured you’ll look, pouring over your lists and notes, while spewing margarita-fueled comments on Birdman’s cinematography. #moviebuff
Don’t want to see all the movies, but still want to be in the know? Here’s a list of the top nominated films, which is a good jumping-off point (*=Best Picture):
- Birdman: 9 nominations*
- The Grand Budapest Hotel: 9 nominations*
- The Imitation Game: 8 nominations*
- American Sniper: 6 nominations*
- Boyhood: 6 nominations*
- Interstellar: 5 nominations
- Foxcatcher: 5 nominations
- The Theory of Everything: 5 nominations*
- Whiplash: 5 nominations*
- Mr. Turner: 4 nominations
- Selma: 2 nominations*
I’ve also included a downloadable print-out of every film nominated and what it’s up for. You can download it here. (click to view, or right click and select “save link as” to save it to your computer). I also noted each of the films that are also available on Netflix with and N next to the title and I for instant and DVD for DVD only. It’s pretty handy and only a single page for easy movie referencing and marking off what you’ve seen!
Get excited folks, because Oscar season is upon us and it’s the best season of them all!