Even though most people can't snag a ticket to the glamorous Academy Awards show, they can roll out the red carpet at their own front door by throwing an Oscar-viewing party.

Here are a few tips for throwing a Hollywood-style event:

  • Choose a themed menu based on your favorite nominated movie to serve your guests before or during the show.

  • When sending out invitations, add a little glamour to your party by requesting that your guests dress up for the event as if they are actually attending the awards. If children will be attending the party, have them dress in their Sunday best or favorite "dress up" outfit.

  • Pull out all of the stops. Serve the meal on your best china. (Why not? When do you get the opportunity to use it anyhow?) Uncork a bottle of champagne. Decorate with gold, silver or other metallic objects—for extra impact place those shiny objects on top of mirrors.

  • Download ballots with all of the nominees from Oscars.com. At the end of the party, give a prize to the guest who picked the most award-winners. A basket of chocolates or movie tickets make good prizes.

  • Serve popcorn during the show to create a movie theater atmosphere.

Oscar Party Recipes

Red Carpet-tini >

Give bubbly Champagne a fruity punch with pomegranate juice and raspberry and orange liqueur.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Movie Star Cookie Pops >

Amp up the glam factor at your event with these lemony treats. Display them in a vase and hand out wrapped ones as favors.
—Kara Edstrom, Maple Grove, Minnesota

Movie Night Munchie Mix >

Why not enjoy concession-style snacks at home? I took some of my favorites and combined them to make a sweet and savory mix.
—Dawn Moore, Warren, Pennsylvania

Tuxedo Strawberries >

Dress up special occasions by serving these high-fashion fruit treats! These are easy to decorate, and folks love them.
—Gisella Sellers, Seminole, Florida

Godfather Crostini >

We're going to make you an offer you can't refuse: Spend just a few minutes in the kitchen to serve up an elegant, restaurant-quality appetizer that's a fun twist on BLT's. You can't go wrong with this recipe. Capiche?
—Kendra Allanson, Front Royal, Virginia

Gladiator Chicken Skewers >

A mild, creamy sauce with hints of cilantro and lime balances the cayenne kick in these hearty appetizers. Serve with extra napkins to help little gladiators keep their party clothes clean.
—Susan Seymour, Valatie, New York

American Beauty >

The perfect signature drink for your soiree, this recipe is surprisingly smooth, so it'll go down easy. But be careful: Too many of these and you'll go from American Beauty to Sleeping Beauty!
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Gump's Shrimp & Grits >

As Forrest Gump would say, shrimp and grits go together like peas and carrots in this appetizer. You'll love the rich sauce, the hint of heat and the refreshing citrus flavor.
—Gene Peters, Edwardsville, Illinois

Sausage Ratatouille >

You'll feel like Ratatouille's great chef, Remy, when you serve this veggie-packed dish party guests will rave about. Don't let the ingredient list fool you: Pantry staples and an easy-cook method make this recipe a cinch.
—Janine Freeman, Blaine, Washington

Apple Martini >

You will feel like movie stars when you sip these fancy drinks. Your guests will be impressed when you garnish each pretty drink with a green apple slice.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Key Lime Mousse Cups >

Light, lovely and laced with a splash of tart key lime juice, these fancy little phyllo cups are so refreshing served as an after-dinner dessert treat…and they take just minutes to whip up!
—Suzanne Pauley, Renton, Washington

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