Lights Camera, Oscar!
Invite your inner circle over and raise the curtain for a night of fun and partying Hollywood style.
Host your own glam-filled Hollywood inspired Oscar bash at home, with tasty cocktails an easy to assemble meal, fun and games, and you’re sure be on the ballot for best host!
Set the Scene
Invitations sent via-e-mail with the trailers of the best picture nominations will get your guests excited about coming. Include the time, (countdown to Oscar starts at..) Dress, (red carpet style), and a ballot that can be printed and filled out beforehand.( note: link to ballot on iVillage)
To get in the true Hollywood spirit, pick up a bunch of gold statues, found at your party stores, that can be given out to the winners, (those who won best dressed, best couple etc). Set your table in sophisticated Old-Hollywood style with a black cloth, white lilies cut short and set in small vases or cups, and gems and jewels scattered down the table to add a bit of bling. Here’s my fashionable tablescape, use this to inspire your scene.
Download the movie soundtracks from the nominated movies and put together a play-list that goes from cocktails to coffee.
During the commercials have trivia questions ready for the crowd and give fun prizes for each game such as, gift certificates to the local movie theater, a bottle of champagne, or a disc with the evening’s play-list are all great choices and will add an air of competition and fun!
Serve a signature cocktail and infuse your own best picture personality into your Oscar Bash! Besides, being easy to assemble and mix-up, it will free you up to enjoy your party without playing the supporting role of bartender. Here’s a few easy examples from my book, It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere:
Nominated for best film, this tasty cocktail will be sure to get your party in flight, and have you and your guests Up in the Air and not coming down for a landing anytime soon.
8 oz. vodka
4 oz. Chambord
4 oz. pomegranate juice
2 oz. lime juice
Splash of club soda
Twist of lime for garnish
Mix all ingredients in a shaker filled with 1 cup of ice. Strain into glasses. Top with a splash of soda, garnish with a lime twist and serve.
Showcasing a bit of the surreal world, Avatar is one of the academy’s favorites. This cocktail is perfectly suited for the movie, in taste and in color!
8 oz. Absolut Citron vodka
8 oz. peach schnapps
4 oz. blue curacao
2 oz. sour mix
2oz. pineapple juice
Starfruit or kiwi for garnish
Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher filled with ice. Mix until well-chilled and frothy.
Strain into cocktail glasses, garnish with kiwi stars and serve.
Mix UP! a batch of these tasty cocktails which hail from the land of waterfalls and tango dancing, and you’ll feel like you’re floating on air.
8 oz. dark rum
6 oz. apricot brandy
8 oz. orange juice
4 oz. pineapple juice
Dash of grenadine
Cherries and pineapple wedge for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and mix well. Pour into glasses filled with crushed ice. Garnish with cherries and pineapple and serve.
The Oscars would not be complete without a champagne cocktail. This one is colorful with a light sweetness, a most perfect celebration cocktail. I’ll be serving these up!
La Vie En Rose
1 cup sliced strawberries
2 teaspoons sugar
1 oz. fresh lime juice
4 oz. Absolut Kurant vodka
1 bottle ( 750ml) dry champagne
Muddle together the strawberries, sugar, and lime juice in a shaker, you can use a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon to mash fruit. Add the vodka and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into champagne flutes, covering the bottom third of each glass. Top with champagne, garnish with a sliced strawberry and serve.
All recipes are from Colleen Mullaney’s book, It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere. For more recipes, tips, and ideas on how to live your life more stylish, visit
Photos: Jack Deutsch Photography, Jack Deutsch.com