Casual Entertaining: Last-Minute Oscar Party

Casual Entertaining: Last-Minute Oscar Party

Bethany Seawright
Feb 25, 2011

Now that I no longer live in the epicenter of Oscar mania (Los Angeles), I find that the annual awards often sneak up on me. Invariably, I'm knee-deep in projects and deadlines, when suddenly I catch a whisper that the Oscars are this weekend. Hmm, I say to myself. I wonder if I should do anything about that?

A party would be nice. Oh, and there's How About Orange's Oscar Bingo. That looks like fun…

And the next thing I know, a party plan is hatched. The first order of business is figuring out how many people we can 'comfortably' fit in our very wee living room. Usually, I just serve cocktails and pile everyone in. But I've decided on games this time, which means guests are going to need a seat and room to keep track of a bingo card. It turns out six people is pretty much maximum capacity for this event. A few minutes of hashing out things out with my boyfriend, and a guest list is born.

Now, for my favorite part — food and drinks! We don't have a lot of time (I work all day Saturday and Sunday), nor a lot of money (I'm a graduate student, for gosh sakes!) So, we decide that we'll provide Prosecco, and that guests should bring whatever else they may want to drink and a food item to share. Menu? Done.

What about those games?? We decide that we are going to both fill out ballots and play bingo. There will be two opportunities for prizes, one for each game. The ballot winner will receive a cash prize, courtesy of the five dollars we ask each guest to donate for the pot. And we will buy six 'booby' prizes for a grab bag to award each time a person gets bingo. We'll ask the guests to arrive about an hour before show time, so that there's plenty of time to fill out a ballot, choose a bingo card, grab a drink, some grub and get settled.

Decorations will be minimal. This is not a Martha Stewart type affair. (Not that I have anything against those!) It's just that I don't have the psychic energy to travel down that road for this event. Therefore, I will convert my drafting table to a drinks table, throw a white cotton table cloth over the dining/kitchen table for food and call it a night. (Well, OK, maybe I'll pick up some 'dramatic' flowers on my way home Sunday night…)

And that's it. We're ready to go! Viva la Oscars!

How about you? Will you watch the awards this year? Are you throwing or attending a party? Do you celebrate, and if so, how?

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