We love a theme party here at Kitchn and this weekend offers an excuse to throw a super-fancy one: the Oscars! If you also happen to know someone celebrating a birthday at the end of the month, consider throwing one party that does double duty. Here are eight ways to turn an awards party into a birthday party — without making the guest of honor feel like a B-list add-on.
1. Make sure it fits their personality.
If the birthday girl has zero interest in awards shows, this will not be a good idea and you should stop reading now. If she’s already running a ballot pool at her office, chances are this is a good idea.
On a related note, consider printing out these adorable (and free!) ballots, so people can predict the winners before the show starts.
Download: 2017 Oscar Ballot Printable at Sugar and Charm
2. Have guests dress up.
No one needs to get decked out in couture, but it always makes an occasion feel fancier if people are wearing out a nice outfit. When you send the invites (text is totally fine!), be sure to tell people to come in cocktail attire. When guests arrive, take their coats, pass them a flute of bubbly, and ask them who they are wearing — obviously.
3. Go for the gold.
Any awards party worth its salt is gold to max. Luckily, the shiny metallic also happens to pair well with pretty much any other color of the rainbow. It obviously goes with red, but if your friend’s favorite color is blue, well, that can be worked into the party decorations, too.
Go shopping: 7 Ways to Add Gold to Any Birthday Party
4. Take a ton of photos.
The paparazzi probably won’t show up, no matter how VIP your friend is, so it’s on you to document the evening. Have a space (and perhaps, dare we say it, even a selfie stick) for people to snap some pics.
5. Theme the snacks.
Plan a menu of party-friendly food that’s easy to eat while standing or perched on a couch. Then, figure out how to make it Oscar-worthy. For example, if you want to serve little finger sandwiches, maybe punch them out with a star-shaped cookie cutter.
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6. Absolutely have a cake.
In the immortal words of Julia Child, “A party without a cake is just a meeting.” Same goes for a birthday party. Make it special, make it glitzy, and make sure it has candles.
Make Some Cakes
7. Make a toast.
While you won’t be thanking the Academy, you can take a minute to thank your guests and offer some choice words about the guest of honor. At least you won’t have to worry about getting cut off mid-speech by the orchestra.
8. Have everyone walk away a winner.
Hold an awards ceremony to give out some awards like best dressed, funniest guest, or best birthday girl. You don’t even have to spend money on statues — just use a marker to write on balloons or pipe the message onto some cookies.