I've had a few people email in to ask if I have any ideas for Oscar parties. With the Oscars airing soon, I thought I'd throw out a few ideas I saw that are totally doable.
Family Fun magazine did a spread a couple years ago on several fun Halloween themed parties - one being "Hollywood Halloween". The party was super cute and creative and some of the ideas would work brilliantly for the Oscars. Let me show you....
First, you need the coveted Oscar. Easy! Goodwill has TONS of barbies. Go pick up a few, spray paint them gold! Then hot glue him to a stand you've painted gold as well. It will have to be something weighted like a tuna can. Make sure you buy the lightest male barbie you can find.
It works beautifully, see?
And see how they used him as a centerpiece by having him hold a ball or roses? Easily done. Pick up a ball of floral oasis and stick in flowers that match your color scheme.
Another decoration is the director's clap board. Grab some black foam core and either draw out the layout with chalk or paint pen and get stick on letters. Add a foam core hinge with a brad.
Food! One of the easiest things they showed was using a coffee mug tree to hold pretzels.
Then purchase a used reel, spray paint it gold and use it to hold dips for your pretzels.
A couple things that are more time consuming and detailed would be to wrap up hot dogs in tissue paper tuxedos.
And also dress up your champagne with felt!
A few great ideas to get your mind working on what is doable for your Oscar get together! If you throw a party, I'd love to show the post photos on the blog! Contact me!
This year, in one room of my house, I constructed a ribbon wall to use as a backdrop for Candy Cane Christmas.
The frame was built out of 1/2 inch pvc. After measuring the area I wanted to cover, I ended up with 4 10 ft pvc pieces. I cut them to roughly 6 ft. And made a square by using the coordinating T joints.
From there, just hot glue strips of ribbon onto the top pole.
I'll warn you, you're going to go through quite a bit of ribbon, especially for a 6 ft wall like this was. I stockpiled ribbon for some time to use for this project - finding ribbon on sale and even scoring big rolls of red velvet ribbon at Goodwill. Tip: if you're making one last minute for Christmas or you want to make one for next year, Michaels has their hoilday ribbon 60% off right now! Plus a 20% off coupon here.
The ribbon lays flat. Unfortunately, in taking these photos, the heat was blowing and the ribbon is moving.
Make sure to trim the bottom of the ribbon to the length you need. You want the ribbon to lay flat and straight and not buckle at the bottom.
This ribbon wall concept would work great for other occasions as well, backdrops for birthday parties, showers and weddings. They would be beautiful outside with the ribbons blowing in the breeze! This red and white one would even be great for Valentine's Day!
Ribbon walls create a great dimension and texture to a focal point! Try one!
Nashville reader Jennifer shared with me her recent party and although it was billed as a Halloween party, the details would work for a super cute fall get together!
"This party was obvioulsy inspired by Owls and I had everyone come to the party as their favorite "Creature of the Night". Owls are definitely my favorite creature of the night! ;) I wanted to give my house a "foresty" feel so I brought in twigs and branches from outside and set them around the house. We also hung silver stars and yellow paper lanterns that gave off an eerie glow and served as my full moon. A fog machine added a misty appearance."
"My dessert table was the spotlight and all of the food was owl themed. I made the cake pops. They were devil's food cake on the inside and I made a batch in chocolate and a batch in orange (to match my invitation). They turned out great and were a HUGE hit at the party.
"I also made the owl cookies, owl brownies, and mice truffles. The owl brownies ("wise old brownies") were inspired by Dylan of Dylan's Candy Bar in New York. I added a piece of sheet moss in the middle to give it more of an "outdoorsy" feel and draped the table in brown burlap. Black fabric was the backdrop and a large yellow paper lantern hung for a full moon."
One of the guests dressed as a black cat and read tarot cards all night for the other guests. Everyone loved it and had a wonderful time!
If you're in Nashville and need an event planner, check out of Jennifer of Mr and Mrs Events
Need more fall and Thanksgiving ideas? Decor, recipes, crafts and other conversations are happening right now on the Seasonal Celebrations Community on BlogFrog. Join us! We'd love to help you create the perfect celebration!
Grilled cheese is a crowd favorite. Most everyone likes one. I love the idea of throwing a grilled cheese party. It's fall, the weather is cooler and what a great idea to invite friends over for grilled cheese and soup.
Jessica of The Garden Patch shows how she upped the ante' and created an adult style grilled cheese buffet.
She included items such as thinly sliced pears, apples, sage, cilantro.. multiple types of cheeses...
along with a variety of meats to add... tomato and onion...
After everyone piled their sandwiches high, she grilled them all the perfection.
A great addition to a game watching party or tailgate!
The time of year is perfect for an outdoor dinner party! Julie of A Reason to Get Together took advantage of the perfect weather and her love of Julia Child to put together a French dinner party in her back yard.
Julie had each of her guests bring a dish out of a particular cookbook as well as the wine that complimented the dish. For invitations, she used Evite which kept track of what everyone was bringing and avoided duplications.
This party was extremely budget friendly and Julie shopped her decor from previous parties as well as her local thrift stores and yard sales. For example, the ties on the backs of the chairs were strips of sheets she found at yard sales.
She created 60 YARDS of bunting herself that draped from the fence and trees. The same patterns of fabric were used as napkin rings.
I love the fabric flowers!
Drop in to Julie's blog to see more photos of this fresh vintage design!
Have you met my friend Tonya of Create Celebrate Explore? She's one crafty talented girl. And meeting her in person, you notice her beautiful smile and sparkling eyes first and then this glorious Australian accent! Charming!
Tonya has twins - a boy and a girl and they recently turned 4 years old. So Tonya put together a Bears and Bees birthday picnic that is precious.
First, the adorable invitations! Love a fabric element to invitations!
and the bears and bees hats that she made herself!
And this adorable and HUGE cake? Yep, Tonya made that as well.
And the treat bags, filled with various bee and bear themed treats and activities.
Visit Tonya's blog where she has more photos and lists all the details of her party with links. Don't forget to follow her on Twitter and also like her Facebook page. :)
More eye candy for those interested in cute presentations of dessert tables comes from Emily's birthday party over at The Estes Family. Here are a few of my fave details...
Love the poms tied to the vintage high chair
Love this LARGE cupcake stand. I love that it's large enough to hold many cupcakes plus the smash cake. It really makes a statement and I love the tulle bottom.
And I love how the colors of the candy aren't separated by color. There has been so many parties lately where the candy is in monochromatic style and separated by color and that's nice too, but sometimes it's fun to have a splash of MANY colors - especially for a child's party.
And my fave detail.... the toothbrushes! Perfect! (Tip: They sell children's toothbrushes in packs of 10 at the dollar store.) A great addition to a candy table! Makes the parents happy and who couldn't use another toothbrush?
View more photos of this party over at The Estes Family. :)