oscar party 2015

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 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.

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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.

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IMG_7260Aren’t these balloons just everything?

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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.

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Don’t mind us, we couldn’t resist a balloon photo op in the street.

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For a simple photobooth we hung our star garland, also from our first Oscar partyon 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.

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xoxo, Keya and Erica

Oscars 2015 + Printable Download

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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*

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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!

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Get excited folks, because Oscar season is upon us and it’s the best season of them all!

xoxo,

Keya

oscar star crowns

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With just a few days until the Oscars, we have to admit it kind of snuck up on us.  Even though we’ve spent the last 6 weeks dedicating any and all free time going to theaters and checking off all the nominated films, we were not really ready for the actual event.  So while last year was all about planning a huge party, this year is all about doing a few simple things to make the night special.  This may be the easiest project you could do and it will add a little sparkle to your night (which is always a must)!

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We found small rolls of this gold star garland at Michael’s in the gift wrapping section with all the ribbons so you should be able to find it at your local craft store.  Wrap it around the top of your head once to get the correct size and then wrap twice more.  Cut the garland leaving about an inch of extra room then use that to wrap and secure the 3 layers together.

Make one for yourself or all of your friends and you’ll feel just a little bit more glamorous.  We plan on wearing ours with our pajamas and curling up with some popcorn.

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xoxo,

keya and erica

oscar drink stirrer

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How cute are these?!  Easy to make and the perfect way to step up your Oscar party (or you know, on the couch pajama viewing sesh).

ingredients:

cute straws

gold glitter paper

hot glue

Oscar stencil

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To make:

1.) Copy and paste stencil onto a word document and shrink to desired size (mine is a bit under 3 in. tall).

2.) Print and cut out stencil.  Hold stencil up to straw to make sure that it is a good size.  You want to be able to have an inch or so of space at the top of the straw, and room for it to fit into your glass.  Resize stencil as necessary.

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3.) Outline stencil on back of gold glitter paper.  Cut out figures.

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4.) Place a thin line of hot glue down the center of the backside of the figure.

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5.) Place straw on hot glue about an inch from the top of the straw.

6.) Let dry and you’re good to go!

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xoxo, Keya and Erica

oscar party movie themed foods

Coming up with themed food for the Oscars can be tricky.  Especially when the primary food source in many of the best picture nominees this year was cocaine and vodka (we’re looking at you Wolf of Wall Street and Gravity).  And sometimes they hardly eat at all.  But we like to stay true to our themes and, well, we reeeeally like to eat.  So it was time to get creative.  Whilst pulling our hair out trying to come up with ideas, I happened across this beyond great article on Epicurious (Seriously, check it out.  Especially if you want to make a meal and need recipes).  So with inspiration from that and some of our own (possibly over-themed) ideas, we give you our 2014 Oscar Party Themed Food List:

Oscar Bar- For those who feel like throwing a 21+ party with all the fun and well…yeah just all the fun, here are our list of necessary Oscar beverages:

-Champagne to celebrate the complete decadence of Wolf of Wall Street.

-Guinness for Philomena, the drink that ultimately brought her and her son together.

-Coors, which according to our old friend Woody, isn’t even alcohol.  Pop open a cold one and pretend you’re in Nebraska.  I think this drink also applies to our favorite cowboy Ron in Dallas Buyers Club, although he generally seemed to prefer something harder.

-Have a glass of red wine and celebrate that nobody is using it to try to drug you and wrongfully enslave you like our hero Solomon in 12 Years a Slave.

-Russian Vodka was pretty actually the only thing consumed in Gravity so it’s a must.  It’s also one of the major food groups for Cate Blanchett’s pill-popping socialite Jasmine in Blue Jasmine.

Snacks:

-Mini Wonder Bread sandwiches like the one David’s aunt serves him in Nebraska.  And should you feel really inspired, mini meatloaves made in cupcake tins.  Serve with a nice cold BOTTLE of beer.

-Mini Cheese pizzas inspired by the slice that Samantha encourages Theodore to get on their virtual date at the boardwalk in Her.

Samoosas (or samosas), which they do not exactly eat in Captain Phillips, but are a popular easy to serve South African snack that we can imagine our pirates enjoying while not hijacking ships on the high seas.  Another, less-Somalian, option would be a shrimp appetizer representative of the sea where the film takes place.

-Coconut cupcakes, with rounded tops covered in coconuts flakes and American flag toothpicks to make little moons for Gravity.

                      

(Photo cred: The Perfect Palette, Giorgia Zanellato)

Main Dishes:

-Italian for American Hustle.  Especially chicken piccata.

-Steak for Dallas Buyers Club.

-Lobster for Wolf Of Wall Street (Although, may I suggest not chucking it at your guests?  Such a waste.)

xoxo, Keya

oscar madness

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Alas Oscar season is upon us and Erica and I are overcome with joy.  This time of year has a special spot in our heart for multiple reasons.  It all started on a rainy day in freshman year when we were roommates in college, that we decided to watch every single film nominated for the Academy Awards.  Every.  Single. Film.  (Truly, it was the ultimate form of scholastic procrastination).  6 years later the tradition continues!  Our Oscar party last year was also our FIRST EVER BLOG POST.  Yep, that’s right.  And it’s still our favorite.  Haven’t seen it?  Check it out here.

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The best part of this Oscar challenge of ours, is that we watch movies that we would never see otherwise.  For example, the short films are GREAT, but how often do we sit down and watch short films?  Or documentaries for that matter (not to sound uncultured, but reeaally)?  The documentaries were actually some of my favorite nominated films this year, their reality being fascinating.  I mean, if you don’t know what The Act of Killing is about, check it out and do your best not to be morbidly shocked and dually captivated.  So once a year, the Oscars force us to take a break from our tween lit/RomCom/Mindy Project loving viewing schedules to get. serious. with. the. movies.  It’s the best.

Have you been watching the Oscar films yourselves?  We hope so!  If not, you have exactly 6 days to see as many as you can.  Go, go, go!  Below is a list of the top nominated films, which is always a good place to start.  Plus, all of the documentaries are available on Netflix Instant and the Oscar nominated shorts are available on iTunes and amazon starting Tuesday Feb. 25th so make sure to check those out as well!  They also usually have showings at your local theater.

Here is a list of the top 10 nominated films:

  1. American Hustle  10 nominations
  2. Gravity  10 nominations
  3. 12 Years a Slave  9 nominations
  4. Captain Phillips  6 nominations
  5. Dallas Buyers Club  6 nominations
  6. Nebraska  6 nominations
  7. The Wolf of Wall Street  5 nominations
  8. Her  5 nominations
  9. Philomena  4 nominations
  10. Blue Jasmine  3 nominations

Are you going to be hosting an Oscar party this year?  If so make sure to check out last years Oscar Soirée post for DIY ideas.  Also, drumroll please… all this week we’ll be posting Oscar party food and DIY ideas so get excited and keep checking back!

A full list of film nominations can be found here.

Here is a downloadable ballot to fill out before the show!

Mark your calendars: Academy Awards begin March 2, 2014 7e/4p!

xoxo, Keya

P.S. Do you have any Oscar traditions or favorite films this year?  We’d love to hear ’em!

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We love the Oscars (okay, we’re borderline obsessed)! Once the Oscar nominations are released we panic, adjust our schedules, and begin the process of seeing every film on the list. Then after hours of movies, discussion, and popcorn eating, the sacred night descends upon us.  Normally, we prepare lots of nominated movie inspired foods, curl up on the couch, and sit in rapture as the show unfolds.  This year we decided to break tradition and drag our friends and family into our evening. They may not have enjoyed being forced to dress up or the (surprise!) paparazzi on the red carpet, but the good food and contagious Oscar energy is undeniable and we soon had them under our spell.  Eschewing our past evenings of pajamas and chocolate pie (for The Help, of course), we decided to have one of our typical over-the-top parties.

Take a peek at our evening…

Guests arrived at 5 pm and strolled the Walk of Fame up to the house.

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They made a quick stop on the red carpet to be photographed by the paparazzi in front of our sponsor backdrop (made with white butcher paper and a stencil of our logo)! The occasion was perfect for dusting off our prom dresses!

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The focus of the room was the television (to watch The Oscars, of course!) So to dress it up, we painted 8 ft. film strips to hang from the ceiling on either side of the TV.  Easy to make, all you need is butcher paper, black paint, and a ruler!  And if you’re as messy as us, we recommend a drop cloth.

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We also made Oscar statue cookies, one for each category, using a mummy shaped cookie cutter from CopperGifts.com (we used item#5452) and inspiration from bakerella !

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Nothing says the movies like popcorn! (And we love our popcorn!) We set up a popcorn cart and halfway through the show popped fresh popcorn for our guests to enjoy after dinner. And what’s popcorn without a few toppings?

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Our favorite part of the party was watching the show with our fellow movie stars!  Our biggest and most time-consuming project was creating a 5’x8′ backdrop to hang behind the couch, which made it look and feel like we were sitting in the front row of the theatre.

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We used the same mummy cookie cutter that we made the Oscar cookie statues with as a stencil to decorate the back of everyone’s ballots.

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Another time consuming, (and rewarding), project was creating 165 feet of star strands.  We used a star punch to cut out all the stars from glitter paper and glued all of them to clear fishing wire.

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We hung the strands from a chandelier, creating a tent shape behind the table.

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Our centerpiece was made of 3 dozen roses stuck into a wet foam ball, guarded by two golden statues (drawing mannequins that we spray painted gold).

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We served chilled champagne, dressed up in bow ties and bendy straws.

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We call this dressed up charcuterie! We decorated the cheese and crackers with olives.

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We had greek and kale salads, homemade hummus with pita wedges and sliders for dinner.

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The party was a success and we’ll have to do it again next year!

xoxo,
Keya and Erica

Photo Credit: Erik Shafer