I have done a pretty good job of watching the major movies that are nominated this awards season, it’s easy to do when there is a great theater nearby and a husband who likes movie dates as much as I do. When it comes to award shows I am guilty of fast forwarding through a few of the speeches and red carpet poses, but that doesn’t take away any of the glitz of the evening. Living close to Hollywood I can definitely feel the buzz that goes through the city on the night of the Oscars. I’m not part of the entertainment industry but I still get excited when I see the limos cruise through the neighboring streets knowing that they are whisking black tie adorned guests to the show. I have yet to receive a ticket to the exclusive after parties, but that certainly won’t stop me from creating a mini version of those star studded gatherings in my own home.

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Use cardstock to create personalized place settings for each guest.

The Oscars is an excuse to shamelessly use glitter as decor. I am good about not using the material too much during the everyday and instead opt for natural materials, but on Hollywood’s big night I think it’s acceptable to embrace the glitz of the evening. This is the perfect place to host a dinner before settling in to watch the show. The best dinner party I had was with a small group of friends, a home cooked meal, and several bottles of wine. The table was decorated a little more than usual and the room was illuminated with candles. The best part of the night was seeing the table in its well used beauty and dishevelment after everyone had moved into the living room. To recreate this feel with a little extra glamour for the Oscars don’t go for the usual, bare table, plates, and glasses, take the time to pick out a tablecloth and plates to match. To get inspiration for this year’s awards I pulled out a slightly metallic cloth and paired it with inexpensive gold dotted plates. For the cocktails I used the dot theme and added gold coasters to each place setting. Little touches like these seem to always be the most memorable because your guests feel special. Lastly I decided to fully embrace the glitter and use inexpensive gold card stock to cut letters for the place settings and flags for drink picks. With a glowing table under dim lights, an award show themed dinner party is the type that allows guests to get comfortable, chat with friends, and every now and then tune into fashion appearing on the screen. Just like my first memorable dinner party, a successful party is proven by the way the table looks at the end of night with cocktail glasses, empty and freshly uncorked bottles, and bits of dessert still being enjoyed by your “audience”. This is where the real glitter of the evening shines.

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Simple flags on skewers add a flourish to mixed cocktails.


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Mirror one pattern throughout the scene with polka dotted plates and coasters.


While planning the menu for the evening, test out a new recipe to mix up for guests the night of the Oscars.

Glamour Shot
Add some fabulous to your evening with this decadent blend of Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon and pure gold
• 1 oz. Baileys® Vanilla Cinnamon
• 0.5 oz. Goldschlager® Cinnamon Schnapps Edible gold flakes (Optional – found at most baking
• Rim shot glass with gold flakes. Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a shot
• This recipe contains no more than 0.6 fl oz. of alcohol per serving.

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