HOST AN OSCAR PARTY

I love this party idea for a girls’ night out.  A friend of mine hosted an Oscar party for just the girls a few years ago and it was a winner!  Because the Academy Awards are always held on a Sunday evening (technically a school night), I like a more casual approach and wouldn’t require guests to be red carpet ready in terms of attire.  But if your crew loves to be dressed to the nines, by all means, go for it!  

A red carpet to greet your guests is still a must whether you’re going casual or formal.  Party City has 15ft and 40ft options here

red carpet

Once your guests arrive, have each of them fill out their own Oscar ballot.  Click here for the printable version of the one below.

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You can’t celebrate the movies without popcorn!  Offer several different flavors like cheese, caramel and cinnamon and set it up buffet style like the one below.  You can actually download this printable party kit here.  My favorite item is the popcorn cones with bow ties!

popcorn barimage credit: Bird’s Party Shop

A candy buffet is a brilliant idea for an Oscar theme because it requires no time in the kitchen.  The presentation possibilities are endless but I like the simple one below for this adult party.  Don’t forget the Junior Mints!

candyimage credit: life in yellow

Keep the beverage choices simple with a signature drink.  It wouldn’t be the Oscars without champagne and when I found this recipe called ‘Red Carpet-tini’, I knew I’d found the one.

red carpet tiniimage credit: Taste of Home

If you have any movie memorabilia around the house like film reels or prints, add it to your party decor.

movieimage credit: Shindig Events

At the end of the evening, tally up who had the most accurate predictions from their Oscar ballot and award that person the grand prize. You can include movie passes, theater candy or a DVD of last year’s Best Picture winner.

prizesimage credit:  Linen, Lace & Love

You can also put together “swag” bags of goodies for the rest of your party guests.  Make the one below by following the DIY steps here.

goodies bagimage credit: Studio DIY

More “nominated” ideas:

If you want to make your own popcorn, I found some unique recipes here.

To give your party a different twist, check out this Oscar PJS & Pearls theme – love!

Bingo is always a fun game to keep people engaged in the show.  Print these 2014 Oscar Bingo cards and you’re good to go.

Be sure to visit my Oscar Pinterest board for more inspiration.

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Weekend Bits – Links I Love

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Halloween is less than a week away and I can’t wait!  In between watching World Series games (Go Royals!), I want to catch some of my favorite scary movies to start getting into the spooky spirit of things.  You ready to get your scare on too?  Here are the 31 scariest movies of all time.  Sweet dreams . . . mwahaha!

The little ghosts and goblins will have more time to trick or treat this year since Halloween falls on a Friday night.  Make sure everyone has a safe, fun time by spending just a minute to go over this Halloween safety guide.

Carb haters be darned, here are 15 pasta recipes to make this fall.

When preparing to entertain, we all stress over making sure the house is spotless but here are the 5 things guests really notice when they come to your home.

From “poisoned” apples to “broken glass” cupcakes, I love this round up of the 10 best Halloween desserts.

Skip the pumpkin guts and try one of these 17 no-carve designs for your jack-o’-lantern.  My favorite is the matte black with glitter.

Happy Sunday!

 

image: alwaystheholidays.com

Weekend Bits – Links I Love

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Baseball fever is at an all time high here in my hometown of Kansas City.  Our beloved Royals are making an unbelievable run in the playoffs for the first time in 29 years.  29 years people!  If that doesn’t give us an excuse to celebrate, I don’t know what does.  So I’m leading this week’s favorite links off with this baseball themed party idea.

Need a break from your skinny jeans?  Boyfriend jeans are as comfy as they are chic.  Here are 3 ways to wear them.

Cool autumn nights call for fire pits and s’mores.  This round-up of 15 s’more recipes takes the tasty treat to a whole new level.

You know how you see jeans and sleeves rolled perfectly in the store but when you get home, you struggle to replicate the look?  Well now you, too, can tuck, tie, roll and twist your clothes like a stylist.

My favorite pin of the week will make you want to take your jewelry out of the box and incorporate it in your home decor instead.

Go Royals!

 

image: The Kansas City Star

Weekend Bits – Links I Love

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Bring on the pumpkins, mums and hay bales! I’m ready to decorate for fall and I usually start with the front porch.  Looking for inspiration, I found this round up of 22 different ideas for your porch (including my favorite pictured above).  Placing a hay bale vertically to add some height is brilliant!

Destroyed denim is crazy popular right now but striking the right balance to avoid the grunge look can be tricky.  This post shares 10 ways to dress up up your denim.

If you are/were a Sex and the City fan, you’ll have fun reading these 50 things you probably didn’t know about the show.

The fall season brings out the baker in me much to the delight of my family (not my waistline-ha!).  I can’t wait to try out this delicious looking chocolate chip banana bread.

Who knew lipstick blots make very cool DIY artwork?  My favorite pin of the week would be easy to replicate…use your favorite lipstick shade to blot, then outline and frame!

 

image source: Pottery Barn

Weekend Bits – Links I Love

As a kid, were you ever afraid of jumping off the high dive or riding the tallest roller coaster at the theme park?  I can remember climbing to the top of the ladder for the high dive at the public swimming pool and then forcing everyone behind me to get off the ladder so I could climb back down (talk about embarrassing!).  But when I finally got my nerve up a few years later and forced myself to take the leap into the water, it was absolutely exhilarating!  My lead off link this week is a post written by a friend of mine and she shares how she’s coming alive by embracing fear.  This is a must read!

Coffee, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways… I just added 5 more and they’re in delicious dessert form.

Don’t worry, be happy!  Here are 10 Fascinating New Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know About Happiness.

Try something new with your scarves this fall, learn how to tie a scarf like a french girl.

I love when big name designers collaborate with stores like Target and Kohl’s to bring high end looks to us common folk.  Starting tomorrow, you can shop designer Altuzarra’s fall collection at Target.  Use this roundup link of the collection to make your wish list.

Make it a great day!

Weekend Bits – Links I Love

This morning I can feel the fall season creeping in since it’s a crisp 61 degrees here in Kansas City as I write this.  However, yesterday morning it was close to 90 degrees at this same time.  Herein lies the challenge of the seasonal wardrobe transition.  But there is hope; here are 10 September style tips to get your through the month.

I would say my iPhone usability skills are fairly average but I’m taking it up a notch after reading “21 things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do“.  #2 is my favorite.

Staying on the subject of smartphones, can an app really make you happier (especially if it’s not Candy Crush or Bubble Witch)?  The Happyness app helps you optimize the best part of your day.  This link shares the details.

Here is some new ammo in the “eat your vegetables” battle you face with your kiddos (or yourself). Here are 8 genius ways to fix veggies.

Losing weight is probably the number one reason people begin to eat healthier but this article reminds us of 5 other great reasons that have nothing to do with the scale.

If you’re looking for a good laugh, here are the 30 most horribly awkward baby photos of all time.  I’m dying at the 4th picture from the top!

Happy weekend!

 

Weekend Bits – Links I Love

It’s Labor Day weekend so you know what that means…SALES!  Oh yeah, I guess it also marks the official end of summer but I don’t want to think about that just yet.  My needs are simple this weekend; I want to shop and hang out at the lake.  To get your shop on, start with this post that highlights some of the best sales along with some super cute picks.

Soon your jewelry box may include a bracelet that doubles as a charger. Yep, you read it right. It’s called a QBracelet and the metallic accessory juices your phone while you wear it.  Check it out here.

As a Kansas City native I thought I had explored almost every inch of the city.  But after reading about this local blogger’s favorite spots, I found one or two more to try!  And thanks to the Twin Stripe blog for highlighting our fair city.

And one more shopping link because that’s the kind of mood I’m in.  Here are 50 pairs of fall booties and they’re all under $50.

Toast the end of summer with this Bella bella bellini cocktail that has only 94 calories a glass and 3 grams of sugar. Cheers to that!

Happy Labor Day!