How to Throw an Oscars Party Fit For a Movie Star

“And the Academy Award goes to…”

If you haven’t yet heard, the 91st Academy Awards (A.K.A. the Oscars®) are taking place Sunday, February 24, 2019. This award show is always surrounded with lots of buzz that leaves millions of people dying to know: “Who will win?” and “What (or who) will they wear?” If you’re one of the many fans who plan to host an Oscars® viewing party, we have all the party planning tips you need for an award-winning performance.

Hor d’oeuvres are in order (literally)

Going with the glam theme, offering your guests a spread of gourmet appetizers will definitely win you the award for best party-thrower ever. Order a spread through Bite Squad to save yourself the effort. Some ideas include charcuterie, shrimp cocktail , crab cakes, crostini, meatballs and stuffed mushrooms. It will leave your party people feeling like Hollywood royalty—and their stomachs feeling full. Planning for a large crowd? You can also place a catering order ahead of time so you can focus on all the rest of the party planning.

Keep the bubbly flowing

There’s probably going to be a lot of celebrating going on throughout this hours-long award show, which obviously means sparking wine is a must. If you’re balling on a budget, don’t fret! You can easily serve those $8 bottles of bubbles and spritz it up with a splash of elderflower liqueur, fresh berries and mint, muddled citrus and more. You’ll save yourself a few bucks and make your guests feel oh-so-fancy.

Place your bets

Add another layer of excitement to the night and get some pools going among your guests. Have everyone predict who they think will win in the big categories: Best Leading Actor and Actress, Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Actress… whichever categories you feel passionate about. You can charge a small amount of money for each submission (even $1 per category will do!) or you can just do it for bragging rights. No matter what people win, it’s a great way to keep your guests engaged throughout the night.

Rock your own red carpet look

Encourage your guests to wear their fiercest get-ups and take lots of #selfies throughout the night. Then create and tag them in an online album after the event that they can look through. You’ll be able to look back on that night for years to come and your guests will be thankful you thought ahead for them.

Ride-share it home

And of course, after all of the celebrating, one thing your guests should definitely not do is drive home. Make sure that your guests have a designated driver or a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft bring them home after your party wraps up.

Cover these bases for your Oscars viewing party and you’ll be #winning with all your guests!