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A Golden Moment: Host a Kid-Friendly Oscar Party

Feb 22 2013 - 11:27am

Just because this year's crop of best picture nominees isn't particularly kid-friendly, doesn't mean you have have to leave the lil ones out of your Oscar party plans. Kids love movies as much as adults, so use Oscar night as an opportunity to celebrate films for everyone! While the grown ups are watching the red carpet arrivals and cheering on their favorite flicks of the year, set the pint-sized theater-goers up in another room with a supply of family-friendly films that have been honored with nominations in years' past [1]. With some help from party guru Amy Atlas [2], we've got everything you need to create an Oscar night party for adults and kids alike.

Source: Amy Atlas's Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It [3] photography by Johnny Miller [4]

Red Carpet Prediction Guessing Game

We all know that the actual awards are only part of the fun. Seeing our favorite celeb mamas trade in their yoga pants and ponytails to walk the red carpet is the main event for many us. Prior to the party, send Amy's Red Carpet Prediction Guessing Game [5] to your guests and have them bring their filled-out forms to the soiree. The mom with the most accurate sheet wins a grand prize — like a free night of babysitting from the other guests!

Source: Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas [6]

Oscar Movie Mixology

While the adults indulge in one of Amy's fun Oscar-nominated film cocktails [7] (click through for the recipes for everything from a Life of Pi-ña colada to an Absolut Argo-tini and to download a printable version of the cocktail menu), kids can live it up with a kiddie bar filled with golden drinks as well. Ginger ale, apple juice, sparking cider, and Shirley Temples — all outfitted with favorite film straw flags [8] — make for fun additions to their usual beverage selections.

Source: Amy Atlas's Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It [9] photography by Johnny Miller [10]

Director Paper-Cup Megaphones

Everybody likes to feel like they're in charge and these Director Paper-Cup Megaphones will have tots calling the shots in no time.

To make the cups — which can be used to serve food or drinks — simply:

  1. Cut a piece of white construction paper, form it into a ring, and attach it to the bottom of a black paper cup.
  2. Fold a two-by-1/2-inch piece of white construction paper at 1/2 inch in lengthwise and hot glue the paper handle to the black paper cup.
  3. Finish the megaphone cups off by adding the word "Director" to the cups with red sticker letters.
Source: Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas [11]

Golden Caramel Corn

It wouldn't be an Oscars party without the requisite movie popcorn, would it? Rather than straight buttered popcorn — face it, you can eat that any night — give the movie theater staple an upgrade for this special night with Amy's Golden Caramel Corn recipe [12]. Serve it up in some striped popcorn boxes [13], and everyone's ready for the show to begin!

Source: Amy Atlas's Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It [14] photography by Johnny Miller [15]

Academy Awards Ballot

It wouldn't be an Oscars party without the requisite ballot, would it? Amy has a printable one [16] for your party, whether you need it to predict the winners or to simply keep track of who's actually awarded a statuette.

Source: Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas [17]

Oscar-Party Treat Bags

Wrap up some treats for the party in these Oscar-Party Treat Bags [18]. Following Amy's simple step-by-step instructions, you can convert an ordinary paper lunch bag into tots' ticket to fun.

Source: Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas [19]

A Sweet Dessert Table

A variety of film- and golden-themed desserts are sure to be a treat during the party.

Source: Amy Atlas's Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It [20] photography by Johnny Miller [21]

"Walk of Fame" Brownies

Face it, kids gravitate toward the dessert table, so a golden-themed sweet is necessary at any soiree. Amy created these rich and fudgy "Walk of Fame" brownies [22] that receive the Oscar treatment with a coating of gold luster dust. Just follow her step-by-step instructions and place them over a layer of black licorice wheels, which just happen to resemble old-fashioned film reels for added effect.

Source: Amy Atlas's Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It [23] photography by Johnny Miller [24]

Golden Oscar Goody Box

Every guest at your party deserves a reward, even if it isn't an eight-pound statuette. These Golden Oscar Goody Boxes are a fun way to make everyone feel like a winner on Oscar night.

To make your own:

  1. Wrap gold glittered scrapbook paper around the side and on top of a small hatbox.
  2. Cut out an additional piece of gold glitter paper into an Oscar-shaped statue. You can print out a picture of an Oscar to help guide you when tracing out the golden statue (make sure your paper is sturdy enough to handle standing up on the hatbox — glittered paper is strong enough to secure the statue to the hatbox).
  3. Attach the golden Oscar paper statue to the hatbox.
Source: Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas [25]

Clapperboard Gift Boxes

These Clapperboard Gift Boxes are a fun alternative to the statuettes. Amy said, "We attached chalkboard paper to a plain white box. We then wrote 'production,' 'date,' 'scene,' etc. with a chalkboard marker. We filled in diagonal black lines on two pieces of white construction paper to finish off the clapperboard box. You can fill the boxes with any type of swag, but we filled them with licorice 'film reel' candy in cellophane bags adorned with golden tassels."

Source: Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas [26]


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