If you grew up dreaming of lands far, far away, you’re bound to celebrate the release of Oz the Great and Powerful, in cinemas in 3D March 7. We’ll take the mystery out of what to wear and how to decorate when you host a themed party of your own.
What to wear
In this film, you’ll find the Emerald City just as enchanting as you imagined it in your childhood. With fabulous characters, mysteries and drama in store, there is plenty of inspiration for your entertaining wardrobe. We’ve rounded up seven picks to get you started.
Evanora, a witch played by Rachel Weisz, grabs your attention with her dark feather-lined wardrobe. Play to your own dark side with this black feather necklace made from leather and a gun metal chain. (Supermarkethq.com, $53)
Michelle Williams’ character, Glinda, wears an elegant crown. While a crown may not be appropriate for today’s fashion, this scalloped bangel bracelet will make you feel like a queen. (Zappos.com, $46)
Little black dress
An Oz the Great and Powerful-themed party is the perfect chance to break out your little black dress. Just like Mila Kunis’ character, Theodora, this taffeta short-sleeve dress is dark and mysterious. (Eve’s Apple, $90)
This hot air balloon necklace will make you soar — just like James Franco’s character, Oscar Diggs soars over the Emerald City in a towering balloon in the film. (Amazon.com, $26)
In this magical world, Emerald City shines bright with its vibrant green conveying intrigue and enchantment. These emerald green earrings will add a splash of this captivating colour to your evening attire. (Overstockjeweler.com, $38)
Cast a magical glow as you enter the room with the embellished SASS Angelina party dress from Meyer. You’ll sparkle in its champagne fabric, just as Glinda sparkles in her gowns. (Myer, $90)
Throughout his journey through the Land of Oz, Oscar must sort out the good from the bad — but you can root for both sides in these wing-heeled shoes from Asos. Their classy combination of black and white allows you to choose if you’re feeling naughty or nice. (Asos, $153)
How to decorate
Turn your home into a fairytale with over-the-top decorations inspired by Oz the Great and Powerful. Use promotional images from the film as a reference for colours, characters and concepts. Allow yourself flexibility and create an interpretation of what you see.
For an Oz the Great and Powerful-inspired event, don’t foget to look up! Line the ceiling with clusters of colourful paper lanterns and hot air balloons. Place these clusters over focal points within the entertaining space, such as over the dining table, the refreshment stand or even the sitting area. Decorating overhead will make your space feel like a new world.
Solid colour balloon lanterns, one dozen
(Oriental Trading Co., $15)
Hot air balloon paper lanterns, one dozen
(Oriental Trading Co., $11)
Centrepiece and place settings
On your table, recreate the magical gardens that make up this enchanted, far-away world. Start with a yellow tablerunner in a chevron or herringbone print. Next, fill large rectangle vases with moss spheres or clusters; then, arrange long-stemmed artificial flowers inside. Place several vases down the length of your tablerunner to create the look of a wild garden.
For the place settings, use deep emerald chargers as a foundation, then select dinnerware featuring a decorative floral print. For the glassware, select glasses with touches of green to tie into your theme. With this combination, your settings will look like patches of flowers sprouting in the meadow.
Yellow and white zig zag table runner, 11″x72″ (Ultra Pom, $9)
Green 13-inch round charger plate (The Webstaraunt Store, $2)
Amelia dinner plate
(Pier 1 Importers, $8)
(Pier 1 Importers, $12)
No party is complete without favours for guests — and your Oz the Great and Powerful-themed favours will be truly charming! Simply fill a felt top hat with candies and novelties, then embellish the display with black feathers and a magic wand. These favours pay tribute to Oscar’s top hat and the magic he finds in both the evil and pure characters he encounters on his whimsical journey.
Black felt top hat
(Party Supplies Delivered, $6)
Black craft feather quills, one dozen (Factory Direct Craft, $3)
Princess star wands, one dozen (Party Supplies Delivered, $3)