How to Host Your Own Oscar Party

by: Grayson Leverenz
updated for 2010

Americans love the movies. We love the stars. We love the stories. We love the surround sound. We love the movies so much in fact we spent over $10 billion at the box office in 2009, and that doesn’t include the popcorn.

On Sunday March 7, 2010, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosts the 82nd annual Academy Awards®, or the Oscars as it’s nicknamed after the golden statuette winners receive. The event promises lots of celebrities, lots of high fashion and more than a few surprises. Click here to see the list of nominees.

Those of us not lucky enough to score a ticket to the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles have the perfect opportunity to throw a cocktail party at home. Here are some tips for hosting your own Oscar Night:

Wear: Cocktail attire. It’s fun to get dressed up every now and then, and it totally works with the theme of the Oscars.

Eat: Fancy appetizers like these “10 Elegant Appetizer” ideas from The Food Network. They all look delicious, but the Shrimp with Chile-Cilantro Rub looks out of this world.

Drink: Hollywood Martinis or one of the 3,000 other drinks found on That’s the Spirit.

Watch: Alex Baldwin & Steve Martin co-host the awards on ABC at 5pm PT / 8pm ET. Catch the stars arriving a couple of hours before on The Red Carpet pre-show.

Play: The new Oscars Games on the official show website. Registering takes a minute, but the games look fun from Trivia to predicting the winners.

Enjoy the show!

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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