Oscar Sunday is almost here. And what better way to watch Hollywood’s biggest night than with friends celebrating just like the stars? No time for Oscar-worthy envelope invites? A simple Evite, Paperless Post or even Red Envelope text to a few of your friends will be just as exciting. Here are a few other tips on how to host the ultimate Oscars watching party, just in time for the main event.

1. Dress to Impress

Whether it be PJs or Classic Hollywood, give your guests a theme and motivation to whip out the snuggles or stilettos. You can even give out awards to “best dressed” to stir up a little friendly competition. Speaking of competition, play a game like Oscar Bingo and/or print out ballots and guess who will win and tally up the score at the end!

2. Make a (Grand) Entrance

Nothing says the Oscars like the iconic red carpet. Roll one out for your guests to strut in your front door with style. Don’t have a red carpet lying around? Red fabric from the craft store can do the trick! And add a little extra pop with some dramatic lighting to glitz up the place.

3. Black, White and Gold All Over

Print out black and white photos of your favorite films, get out your gold accessories and get creative. Use random movie props, old trophies, cameras and 35 mm film as decor.  

4. Pop it Like it’s Hot

Munchies are not a must, but an affordable way to impress your guests is with a DIY popcorn bar. Pop a big batch of Orville and set out a variety of flavors and condiments to dip and season the salty snack. Better yet, use one of these delicious recipes - Siracha, Rosemary and Bacon? Hello! Serve in stamped brown paper bags or old time popcorn containers. Enjoy!

5. Don’t Forget the Bubbly

No party is complete with out a spritzer of some sort. Black cherry champaign and/or a fizzy, fruity concoction will be sure to seal the deal. Embellish with a side of star-fruit or raspberries, for a sweet treat to wash down the popcorn and wet your Willy.

No matter what, hope you enjoy a fun-filled, relaxing night of stargazing and recognizing great work. View the nominees at http://oscar.go.com/

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