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February 11, 2009 > Host an Oscar Viewing Party

Host an Oscar Viewing Party

By Mona Shah

Glamorous, glitzy or home-theater cozy, it's time to plan a party to celebrate the award-winning films and film stars of 2008. Televised coverage of the 81st Academy Awards on Sunday, February 22, provides a full evening of entertainment but a few creative ideas from local artist, Adriane Dedic, will turn your party into the memorable event your guests will relish.

Play up the Hollywood theme from start to finish, beginning with tantalizing invitations in the shape of a movie clapboard, film strip, Cinema Theater, or award trophy. Unique, quality invitations are personalized and printed for you at

Set the scene with large cinema cut-outs, standing cardboard movie stars and movie star posters, movie reel tins, yards of film strip ribbon, Hollywood Blvd. street signs, Movie set lights, a director's chair and megaphone, trophy statuettes, gold and silver foil stars, wood clapboards, and, of course, the red entry carpet (vinyl or fabric works fine). Local party, craft, and fabric stores are an excellent resource.

Champagne elegance with gourmet hors d'oeuvres are perfect for your glamorous affair. Movie theater fast foods fit the bill for your cozy home theater. Or you and your guests can cook up creative dishes that represent your favorite films. Ideas for film themed foods are on An obvious choice would be savory Indian dishes in honor of the film, Slumdog Millionaire, which won best film at the Golden Globes.

Encourage your guests to come in the character of their favorite stars, legendary movie icons, or dress in over the edge glitzy glamour. Make sure the appointed paparazzi snap a photo as each guest walks the red carpet upon arrival. Hand out ballots that also let guests vote for their favorite in each category. Gifts for guests who pick the most winners can be a movie journal, Movie soundtrack CD, movie tickets, or a statuette trophy.

It's not too late to plan all the details. Showcase your creativity to make your Film Party an award-winning event. For more information, or to order your invitation, email

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