There is never a bad time for
a themed party,
am I right?

We happen to have a great theme coming up this weekend….The Oscars. Even though I enjoy a good themed occasion, I also respect that the thought of planning a themed party can cause anxiety in others.

Never fear, Sam is here. I have a few simple ideas for you that can make your Oscar viewing  evening fun and interactive.

Let’s start at the beginning. Just like celebrity photo ops on the red carpet, your Oscar guests need to have an opportunity to smile for the camera. Setting up a photo booth is inexpensive and easy.

For the backdrop of the photo booth I’ve used a gold tablecloth I found at WalMart for less than $2.00. Tablecloths are great for backdrops as they are inexpensive, light in weight and they come in many colors and textures. You can even assign a hashtag, #oscarparty2018, for your friends to use when sharing photos on social media.

Gold Tablecloth used as a backdrop for tablescape If you are creative and adventurous printable props can be found online. However, prepackaged props can be found on the party/wedding aisle of any box store for less than $5.00.

Once your guests have been greeted by the paparazzi official business is in order, the Oscar Ballot for 2018.

I immediately hear many groans and murmurs of, “I haven’t watched half of the movies up for nominations.” Guess what? Me either. But, just like many teams are picked for the Final Four during March Madness by who their mascots are, I believe Oscar winners can be picked by the attire the stars are wearing as they walk the red carpet. There is no reason to take this all too seriously. Remember the objective is to have fun and enjoy.

Here is a 2018 Oscar Ballot you can use by simply printing it on copy paper or colored card stock.

Sam Jerry Oscar Party 2018 Ballot

2018 Oscar Ballot

Filling out the ballots opens your guests up to conversations and trivia. In fact, it would be simple to print off a few movie trivia items or a few of your favorite lines from your favorite movies. This is your party!!!

Next, your guests will need a beverage and food to snack on. This can be as simple as BYOB and potluck or you can have a few finger foods and maybe a signature drink for the evening. When throwing a party I like to have one signature drink available as well as water, tea and a few mixers, in case there are guests who bring their own adult beverages.

I think sometimes we can get hung up on what food to serve and how much. Easy is the name of the game for gatherings.

Remember, the purpose is to hang out, laugh and enjoy a night of pseudo glamor.

On the menu: Popcorn. Yep. No movie party is complete without popcorn. Popcorn goes a long way in the snacking department and it’s easy to jazz it up a little.

bowls of flavored popcorn for Oscar Party

For spicy popcorn add a little cayenne to the pan with the popcorn kernels. Another idea is garlic powder and butter or you can either make or buy caramel and drizzle over your popped kernels of corn.

Simple, right? Then display the different types of popcorn in bowls on your food table.

Below you will find a recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Bites.

Use a cookie cutter to cut the store bought pie crust into any shape you like. I think stars fit for this occasion.

As the evening progresses and ballots are checked there must be a winner at the party, right?

Here is a cute idea for a golden statue to be given to the person who picks the most Oscar winners of the evening.

ken doll and gold metallic spray paint

It can be completed by gathering just a few materials.

  • Ken doll $5.00.
  • Spray paint, less than $5.00.
  • Black craft or spray paint for the base, less than $5.00

The base for the statue can be either scrap wood or you can pick up a piece at a hardware or craft store. I used a scrap piece of wood.

Once the doll and the base are painted, simply glue the doll to the base and Ta Da you have created your very own golden statue to be given to one lucky winner.

I have found when many people are thinking of planning a party the reasons for not going through with it is usually the feelings of not having enough room for guests or not having the money to host.

Please stop thinking that. Here’s the thing, you have the room. People will mingle. The friends that show up for a gathering are there for your friendship not your house or how much you can feed them or what kind of drinks you serve them.

The object here isn’t to be perfect, it’s to enjoy life a little.

Let me know if you throw an Oscar soiree. Take pics and post to my page on Facebook or tag me on Instagram.

Cinnamon Sugar Stars

Course Dessert


  • 1 pie crust, homemade or store bought
  • 1 tbsp butter melted
  • cinnamon & sugar mix
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Preheat oven to 450*

  2. Roll out pie crust and brush with butter.

  3. Spread the cinnamon and sugar mixture over the buttered crust.

  4. Use a cookie cutter, I used a star, and place them on a cookie sheet.

  5. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until lightly golden.

  6. Over medium heat, combine the heavy whipping cream and chocolate chips in a saucepan and stir until the chocolate is melted and blended with the cream.

  7. Pour the chocolate mixture into a ramekin and serve along side cinnamon stars.

Be you. Be beautiful. Be imperfect.


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