How To Throw An Academy Awards Party

Celebrities can always be seen walking the red carpet at Hollywood events, rocking their beautiful dresses and posing for the camera. I especially love to see when photographers get every angle of celebs outfits and shoes – the whole 360 spin and shoe cam. The Academy Awards, nicknamed “The Oscars” specifically is a huge event in the celebrity world. The most prestigious movie stars get together to celebrate their accomplishments, which leads to an insanely glamorous and luxurious event. Seeing The Academy Awards on television isn’t enough for everyone – some dream of being there in the mix of the event and this is where a red carpet party comes into play.

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The aim of throwing a red carpet or academy awards party is to recreate the entire event with friends, changing the atmosphere to match the one of Hollywood. To kick off this red carpet party, there are some things that are required:
  • The invitation
  • Dress code
  • Ballroom
  • The red carpet
  • Step and repeat banner
  • Red carpet decor
  • Food and drink
  • Entertainment

The Invitation

The invitation you send out to your guests is the first impression they will get of the party. Since you are having an academy awards party, this invitation needs to be the epitome of luxury. Do not go too overboard with glitz and glam, though – sometimes being on the simple side is more elegant. Foil or letterpress invitations are great ways to add glamour to your invitations, without being flashy. Before you send out your invitations, create a guest list with all of your invitees and ensure to limit it to your budget and venue.

Dress Code

Inform all invitees to attend your event in their best formal ballroom attire. When you create your invitations, you should make sure to put the dress code on there, informing your guests to play the part. This means that women will wear long, formal gowns and men will wear their fanciest tuxedo. Think about what you see on the red carpet – this is the type of outfit you are going for. If you do not have a gown or tuxedo that will “fit” the event, try searching for websites that allow you to rent for the night. For example, Rent The Runway is a great website for renting dresses!

Academy Awards
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After you come up with a tentative budget and guest list, the search is on for a venue! Find a place that will match the style of your event – imagine what the real academy awards party would look like and do your best to recreate that…of course, within your budget. When you find the perfect place, make sure you talk to them about the event you are picturing – this way, you will know what they do and do not allow.

The Red Carpet

Shop around for a red carpet long enough to cover the entrance of your venue. The red carpet is the first thing that guests will see when they walk into your event, so make it noticeable! If you can, have lights that amplify the red carpet and make your guests feel camera ready. Another fun touch would be hiring photographers as “press” for the party!

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Step and Repeat Banner

The step and repeat banner is the banner behind your red carpet – it will be in every picture taken on the red carpet. Each year, the banner is different at The Academy Awards, but each year there is a similar trend – it is glamorous. Most usually have light tones like gold and white and typically say The Oscars on there. Make the banner your own – you could even add your name for a more personal touch!

Red Carpet Decor

Red carpet decor is important to set the tone of the event. The decor includes flowers, tables, tablecloths, and more. A great, special touch to add to your event is a sword from Swords of Northshire. Swords of Northshire has replica movie swords on their website, which would be a great addition to your Academy Awards party. For example, they have a Braveheart replica sword. Braveheart won an Academy Award for best picture, best director, best cinematography, best sound editing, best makeup and hairstyle, best director – motion film, and many other awards. Another movie replica sword on their website is from Kill Bill. Your guests will be in awe of the high-quality replica sword and the good thing about purchasing a sword for your party is that it will be of use after the event too. All of the swords are hand forged and battle ready, ensuring that you have the best product possible. Swords of Northshire has many fantastic reviews on their website to help you feel more comfortable with your purchase, too. These two reviews are just two out of over 375 reviews on their website: “I collect all kinds of swords, and I can honestly say the one I just got from swords of northshire is my favorite and one of the best quality blades I’ve ever gotten thank you so much!” “My sword is amazing. Better then I expected. I would recommend anyone looking for a sword of any type to look here first.”

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Food and Drink

In my opinion, passed hor d’oeuvres would be a great addition to your party. Tapas style foods are always higher end and seem fancier. Of course, having someone pass around food the entire night does raise the cost of the event, so a great secondary option would be to have small bite-sized food sitting around your ballroom. Cheese boards, chocolate fountains, cold soups, crostinis and more are perfect options to step up the food at your event.


The entertainment is always the star of the show! From musicians and speakers to magicians and dancers, you cannot go wrong. Honestly, if you incorporate all of the other aspects of this party; you could probably even get away without having “live” entertainment. A great way to save costs on this is to have your own speech, create awards for your friends and announce them yourself, and have a set playlist on your phone or computer that will play during the event. This will definitely get the party started!

The Academy Awards is an elaborate event that people watch and awe over, each year. Bringing the event to your friends in the form of a party is an amazing way to have the best time of your life and getting an excuse to dress up and have fun! Do not forget to have fun while planning and make sure to check out Swords of Northshire; if you need a high-quality movie replica for your fancy red carpet party!

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  • Masshole Mommy

    I have never been to an Academy Awards party. I should throw one next year 🙂

    May 31, 2017 at 11:50 pm Reply
  • Erinn Sluka

    This is a lot of fun. I can see throwing one for a girls night or teen party. Great ideas

    June 1, 2017 at 9:38 pm Reply
  • Carol Cassara

    I don't think I've hosted a party with a theme like this before. This is awesome and it's really going to be a lot of fun for you and your friends! I love the ideas!

    June 1, 2017 at 9:38 pm Reply
  • nellwyn

    My roommates and I threw an Oscar party in university and it was so much fun! Maybe I should do it again next year

    June 1, 2017 at 9:38 pm Reply
  • Athena Nagel

    I have also never been to a party like this. Personally unless it were the actual Academy Awards – I would probably decline an invite. I am not really a formal party person – invite me to a cookout anyday.

    June 1, 2017 at 9:38 pm Reply
  • NYC Jet Setter

    What a fun idea!! I should throw one of these.

    June 1, 2017 at 9:38 pm Reply
  • Terri Beavers

    I love hosting parties of all sorts so I just might try to throw an academy awards party sometime. You've got great tips here that will be super helpful.

    June 1, 2017 at 9:38 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    What a super idea! My kids would love to do something like this I think! 🙂

    June 1, 2017 at 9:38 pm Reply
  • Sarah-Louise Bailey

    Oh now I would love to go to an academy awards party, perhaps I'll have to try and throw one myself and get everyone partying the night away

    June 1, 2017 at 9:38 pm Reply
  • lorena victoria perez murcia

    I would love to be at oscars once in my life this tips are really good I will keep them for my next event.

    June 5, 2017 at 3:08 pm Reply
  • Annemarie LeBlanc

    What a fun party idea! I would love to host something like this. It is going to be so much fun and I could only imagine the glitz and glam my friends would come up with. Haha.

    June 5, 2017 at 3:08 pm Reply
  • Hey Sharonoox

    This sounds like a fun idea. I would love if someone throw me a party like this.

    June 5, 2017 at 3:08 pm Reply
  • Anam Anam

    I love your points especially as I love organising parties. I need to follow your tips and throw one like this.

    June 5, 2017 at 3:08 pm Reply
  • misty nelson dawn

    What an awesome post and it really looks Interesting for me, Glad you share this ideas

    June 5, 2017 at 3:08 pm Reply
  • Kate | Highlights Along The Way

    This is a great idea! I will definitely try this with my friends!

    June 5, 2017 at 3:08 pm Reply
  • Lalia Frolick

    The Academy Award aren't really my thing, but this idea sounds like fun! It's always great to spend time in company you enjoy, and even more so when there's great food involved ;)!

    June 5, 2017 at 3:08 pm Reply
  • Blair Villanueva

    Yay this is fun idea and an opportunity to dress up! We can also party like a celebrity.

    June 11, 2017 at 8:02 am Reply
  • ConciergeLibrarian

    You know what! This sounds like a fantastic idea and I think I am going to use this at our family reunion

    June 11, 2017 at 8:02 am Reply
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