Host a glamorous Golden Globes party

After the holiday hustle and bustle winds down, red carpet season gets underway with the Golden Globes on Jan. 13.

Hollywood inspired cocktails

To celebrate the evening’s awards, host a glamorous Golden Globes get-together with chic decorations and movie and television-themed eats and drinks.

Golden Globes party ideas

When decorating your Golden Globes party, keep in mind that most of your decorations will also be perfect for your Academy Awards party in a few months.

Golden Globes decorations

Create a star-studded event from start to finish with glamorous decorations.

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    Red carpet: Start the evening off right with a red carpet at your front door. You can purchase a cheap red carpet online, at a costume store or buy a long stretch of red fabric to roll out (make sure the rug is well secured so none of your lady friends trip in their high heels).

  • Star-studded: Make your guests feel like Hollywood’s finest by simulating a Hollywood walk of fame in your home. Buy stars at a craft store and use a metallic marker to write each guest’s name on a star.
  • Hollywood decor: To create the Golden Globes atmosphere, decorate your home with foil star cutouts, star balloons and Hollywood street signs. Everyone will feel like they are really in Hollywood on the big night.
  • Dazzling tablescape: For tabletop decorations, use a gold or star-studded tablecloth and top with gold-trimmed plates (Bonus: These can be used for holiday dining!). Keep the evening glamorous and sophisticated with old Hollywood-style Champagne glasses for your Golden Globes cocktails.

Golden Globes party games

  • Guess the Golden Globes winners: Before your guests arrive, print nominee ballots. Pass out the ballots as your guests settle in and ask them to choose the winners before the Golden Globes begin. Have a pool of prizes for whoever guesses the most nominees correctly.
  • Golden Globes trivia: During commercials, have a trivia contest using questions from the Golden Globes website or make up your own questions.
  • Golden Globes costume contest: When you send out your Golden Globes party invitations, ask guests to dress like their favorite Hollywood star but to keep it a secret. Make one of the evening’s festivities a costume contest. Vote on who has the best costume, the funniest costume or another costume-related contest of your choice.

Golden Globes food and drink


Finger foods are always a good choice for the Golden Globes and other televised red carpet events. No one wants to have a sit down dinner while trying to watch the awards. Create appetizers that coincide with nominated movies and television shows.

For example, Denzel Washington is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama for the movie Flight, so give out mini bags of peanuts or mini bottles of liquor like they do on airplanes. As always, Champagne is a must at a Hollywood party, but you can get even more creative with cocktails inspired by the television series Nashville, like a Whiskey Ginger or a Bushwacker. Most important, just have fun and enjoy your glamorous Golden Globes gala.

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