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And the Award for the Best Hollywood Party Goes to…You!

Posted on 26th January 2014
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And the Award for the Best Hollywood Party Goes to…You!

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Hollywood Academy Awards parties are becoming increasingly popular and the theme is one that can be easily modified to suit your own requirements. During the awards season the theme has the advantage of having readily available party decoration and party costumes in the shops although on-line stores tend to have these available all year round so you can stage your own awards party whenever you want.
But like any successful party, planning is important and in this blog we outline a few fun ideas to make your party a truly memorable Awards Party;
Perhaps the most important element is choosing a date for your party. One consideration in selecting a date will be whether you need to find a venue or that it will be possible to hold it in the home making use of garden or yard. There are or course benefits of choosing a separate venue for your awards party in that it will be easier to decorate as normally the wall will be plain and ceiling will be higher giving greater scope for your decorative imagination.
Of course, cost is also a very important consideration. For swish corporate events there will be a more generous budget for decoration but lack of budget doesn’t preclude the theme from being adopted for a private party, it simply means that a little more imagination will be required!

Wall Decoration Treatments

Any event location will benefit from some decoration treatment being applied to the walls. Party planners and professionals will have available night time skylines complete with twinkling stars and these will be used to cover at least part of the room. You could look to hire something similar from them but if this isn’t possible and you have a little time, you could create your own using sheets of hardboard cut to shape and simply painted. To give these more interest you can integrate twinkling white fairy lights to represent the stars or lit windows, whichever fits with your scene. Make sure that these are rated for outdoor use if that’s where they will be used. Alternatively use the boards with the fairy lights and cover the front loosely with some cheap fir resistant net.
One of the quickest methods to cover a large area of wall cheaply is to use 'wall grabbers' or 'wall scenes'. These are pre-printed large scene backdrops and detailing pieces which are printed on clear plastic and have 'non sticky' glue applied allowing them to be positioned on the wall and then removed as required. There should be a wide range of these available for Hollywood Awards theme parties.  Shimmer curtains cover large areas of the wall for little cost. If the lights in the room catch these curtains, they will be reflected back into the room adding to the magic. Constructed from lightweight mylar foil, these are susceptible to movement in any breeze so this should be considered when they are being positioned.


Black and gold or black and silver are classic colour combinations to add the maximum glitz to any event or celebration. If budget allows, balloons can be professionally arranged and bouquets flown from purpose designed table centers. If the decoration budget doesn't allow for this, balloons can be air-filled and used to create columns by tying two balloons of the same colour together, and then looping two pairs (one pair of each colour) together so that the colours alternate. These can then be made into a column by holding then upright by inserting a length of lightweight electrical conduit into the centre – this should run the whole height of the required column and you may want to spray paint this in-order to blend it in. Top the column with a single black balloon so that the top of the conduit is hidden. Once created, these columns can be positioned around the room.

Floor Treatment

Can there be any better way to welcome your guests than to lay out a red carpet leading into the venue's main room..? If the budget can't stretch to a luxurious length of red carpet, there are very effective rolls of faux red carpet which makes the same impression.  It is important to ensure that, whichever method you employ, make sure that these are either fixed securely or are non slip.
Use a low-level fog machine will add significantly to the atmosphere and can be used to hide the floor. You may have one of these available from Halloween or you can hire one fairly cheaply. If the budget doesn’t stretch this far, it’s one of the easiest to drop as it’s only really important whilst the room fills up with guests.

Ceiling Treatment 

Compliment the twinkling stars of the wall treatment, not use star cut-outs to continue the night time theme across the ceiling. Again, these will also catch the lights in the room. Alternatively there is a variety of available Hollywood or Academy Award ceiling hangers which can be used.

Guest Greeters

What could be better than being greeted at the event by a couple of famous celebrities? If the budget allows, these can be hired in for the night - see event management. Alternatively some good fancy dress, makeup, wigs and perhaps masks can be used to transform anyone's appearance. Greeters should 'greet' the guest and have a couple of words with each.
Alternatively, you can purchase a life size cardboard cut-out which can be positioned at the end of your red carpet and which will make a great photo opportunity. Again another twist on this, why not film the arrival of your guests and beam' it live the main room for the guests who have already arrived to watch whilst others arrive. A great touch would be to encase your video camera in a mock-up of a TV News or movie camera.


Two real alternatives exist. Firstly and most simply, it would be formal dress with Suits for the gentlemen and long dresses for the ladies. The second alternative is to either set the theme based on one film or genre of film, or allow the guests to come as any film star or film character. The latter is easiest and allows guests to express their own persona through their costume selection.


Pre-designed and commercially available invitations already exist and these are readily available on-line or from your local party shop. If you’re creating your own, you can use any downloadable image that fits the scheme. Make sure that the theme of the event is fully explained in the invites you send out and keep a list of fancy dress costume ideas by the phone so that when confused guests ring, you can offer advise and ideas on the spot.

Appreciate their Efforts 

If your guests have gone to the trouble of dressing up for the party, it’s always nice to appreciate their efforts. Get your guests to nominate winners in a range of categories – leave ballot papers out or you could even send them out with your invites,  Once collected and collated you’ll be able to hold your own awards ceremony towards the end of the party.
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