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Decorating tips for an awards party

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Entertaining for red carpet watching

It's officially award season! You may not be able to strut down the red carpet in designer gowns, but you can still host an Oscar-worthy party at your own home. From centerpieces to red carpets to glittery printables, we've got you covered to throw a party worthy of an award!
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Decorating for a glamorous and glitzy awards party can be as fun as attending one if you follow these simple design and decor tips. To make the event even more real-life, have your guests show up in fun sparkly dresses and tuxedos!

Pick a theme & color scheme

What kind of awards party do you want to have? Pick a theme and decorate accordingly. If you're going for a more vintage, Marilyn Monroe-esque Hollywood party, have your guests dress the part in tuxes and fun dresses. Feature a red carpet (made from vinyl tablecloths or felt) and incorporate vintage accessories and props, like fancy Champagne flutes, silver bar accessories, old-school printables like these lights, camera, action cut-outs, vintage frames, chalkboard menu signs and table numbers. If you want something more glitzy and modern, add sparkly elements to your party like these DIY Champagne flutes or add fun glittery poms to drinks and apps.

Feature glitzy printables & games
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Feature glitzy printables & games

Decorate without spending an arm and a leg by using fun awards-themed printables and games. Buy a set, like this one, which comes with everything you need, from invites to cake toppers. You simply buy, print and decorate! You can also make your own printable artwork by typing Grammy-nominated song lyrics or Oscar movie quotes into a Word document, adding colors and fun fonts, and hanging in frames around your living or dining room. If you want to kill two birds with one stone, feature custom-made ballots (like these) with names on them and put them at everyone’s place settings. The games double as place cards and a fun activity during dessert.

You can also use printables to spruce up your cupcakes, appetizers and drinks. Print off a few of these fun award-themed toppers to put on your cupcakes or cakes. You can also add these fun tags to the stems of your Champagne flutes for added pizzazz. If you’re serving popcorn to go with a movie theme, make easy paper popcorn flutes and decorate them with vintage printable popcorn labels.

Feature a photo booth

Can't afford a photographer to snap photos of your friends or family? Set up an in-home photo booth for a vintage-themed gathering and let your friends take their own photos. Simply set up a camera on a tripod and have your guests use an automatic timer or remote control to take a photo. You can also leave disposable cameras around so guests can snap photos of each other on a whim. Add glitzy props, like a sparkly Oscar statue, tiaras, fake diamonds and glasses for a fancier party, or use cut-out mustaches, a printable Grammy, guitars and frames for a more casual Grammy party. Secure a fun backdrop, like a printable poster of the Kodak theater, or add fun frames and artwork to a plain white wall.

Add an award-winning centerpiece
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Add an award-winning centerpiece

Whether you're having a sit-down dinner party or a buffet, a statement centerpiece is a great way to set the tone for the party. Add large white ornaments, elegant features and beads to a silver vase for a large, chic centerpiece. For a more retro fete, stick a few glittery black elements into a vase filled with white blooms and place a few black silhouette Oscar statues next to it. You can also add a few sparkly stars to a tray of brightly colored drinks for a centerpiece that also doubles as a drink station. Or forgo a large centerpiece and create a fun, sparkly table runner out of gold confetti.

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