Now that you have your Oscar Menu planned now onto Oscar decorating ideas for this Sunday:
A tip to to stay with a color scheme. If you have to purchase new items get items that you can reuse, are dishwasher safe and that go with the items that you already have. A nice theme is red, white, black and the metallic colors.
Twig & Thistle DIY printable Oscar invitations, 3-D Oscar, and Academy Award popcorn box. The site has a very cute idea of saying "and the invitation goes to..." before the name and address.
Oscar Shape DIY for toppers, decorations and etc. This is a printable Oscar shape for all of your DIY projects for the night. You could make smaller ones for cupcake toppers and pretty much anything!
You could spray paint gold or black spray paint an inexpensive wood mannequin. I found one on Amazon that was listed for $9.15 and it was prime eligible. Just pose it like the Oscar and use it to decorate.
Make sure to make a printable ballot on nice card stock or play via facebook . Make an Oscar themed Ballot Box or envelope. While watching the red carpet have people fill out their Oscar Ballot. You could also do a variation one for who should win and one for who will win. You could do that in different color paper or colored pens/pencils/markers. Award a prize for the person that gets the most correct. I suggest a movie ticket to a local movie theater for the winner.
If you want added flair make a couple of these DIY chalkboard paint Hollywood clappers with the list of the appetizers, drinks, sweets and etc for extra flair.
I found these selling for $4 each if you don't have a lot of times. You could use them in a photo area or menu board.
Here are more DIY labels from Hostess with the Mostess: they are in the color scheme of black and yellow.
I like a little vintage popcorn bag which is the less expensive choice but has a nice flare. There are popcorn boxes but they tend to be more paper waste and they are going to be thrown away. Before the party you can fill the bags with pre-popped popcorn like Kurly Korn and another for Smartfood Popcorn. Then you can stack them in a big white ceramic bowl. Or you can have a popcorn station and place different popcorns in clear cookie jars. I saw a nice one also on Etsy from Party Delights.
This is a great cupcake stand for the movie popcorn cupcakes made with jelly belly butter popcorn from "What's New Cupcake" or "Hello Cupcake!". The original recipe calls for marshmallows shown here. You could also dip it in crackerjack as well or use white, light yellow and dark yellow sugar pearls.
For place setting if you are doing a sit down dinner or just for flare fold napkins to resemble an award envelope. If you do a buffet just cascade them down or stack them.
Print on nice photo paper the movie posters of all the movies that you like that are nominated for Oscars. Frame these movie posters them into nice frames or Multi-frames. I found before my Platinum Hollywood Wedding these great film negative multi-frames for my engagement photos. You could probably DIY to a regular photo frame you might have at home.
Photo booth/ Red Carpet:
These days everyone takes pictures with their camera phones so set up a back drop and set up a fun box of props. There is no need to get a professional photo booth although they are really fun! Or if you can find Polaroid camera and the film you could use Polaroids to go retro. But that can get really costly. You could get a professional back drop, get a fun piece of fabric for the back drop (maybe one that you already have around), hang the wrapping paper and you could just cut/paste words or pictures. If there is a favorite movie of the year you could reset up a scene from the movie by blowing up a scene and removing heads so you could have your guests in the scene. It really depends on how much time you have and how much originality you have.
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Ideally you would get dressed up in cocktail/black tie gowns but it depends on your friends. I always love to have a nice red carpet look for the Oscars. But watching the Oscars in Yoga pants and a sweatshirt works as well. I am especially happy because this past year my favorite book was made into a movie: The Great Gatsby. This means that you can bring out the beautiful dresses, pearls, estate jewelry and champagne!
If there was no budget: