Host an Oscars Party Inspired by Film Classics

Roll out the red carpet, the Oscars are upon us! As the biggest night in Hollywood, the annual Academy Awards not only showcase the finest actors from across the globe, but their sophisticated fashion-sense as well. A night of viewing the Oscars calls for its own glamorous celebration! With so many outstanding films nominated this year, we at Insight Editions want to help you celebrate in style.

We’ve created a fun and easy guide to help you throw your own fabulous Oscars viewing party that draws inspiration from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Featuring film-themed cocktail recipes and fashion ideas from the most iconic actors and actresses, this handy guide provides the motivation you need for an award-winning viewing party!

Essential to any Oscars party is a libation that will both impress your guests and prepare you for the night’s excitement. With this in mind, Insight presents some killer cocktail recipes that harken back to Old Hollywood. Each recipe is selected from Go Ahead, Make My Drink, a compilation of cocktail recipes inspired by the best of film and television. Our top picks for a delightfully boozy Oscars party are:

The “French 75” inspired by Casablanca (1942)

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This cocktail, named after the 75-mm cannons engineered by the French in WWI, makes a special appearance in one of the many bar scenes in Casablanca.

1 oz gin
½ oz lemon juice
¼ oz simple syrup
2 oz champagne

Simply combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a champagne flute, then gently pour in the champagne for a delicious French 75!

The “White Angel” inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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The “White Angel” is a reference to a made-up cocktail featured in Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and is perfectly suited for any aspiring socialite like Holly Golightly.

2 oz vodka
2 oz gin

In a tumbler or mixing glass, add the gin, vodka, and ice. Shake or stir until ice cold, and strain into a chilled martini glass. No garnish necessary.

After re-creating these delicious, themed cocktails, you’ll need an outfit to match. Be sure to take notes on these classic looks from Styling the Stars, a book of photography that records the evolution of Hollywood fashion from the 1930s to the 1970s. This final touch will help give your party that star-studded feel.

Grace Kelly on the set of Fourteen Hours (1951)

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An actress known for her elegant, classic style, Grace Kelly has been the inspiration for countless clothing exhibitions and is widely considered a fashion icon to this day. To create a Kelly-esque look for your Oscars party, follow these guidelines:

-Defined waistline
-Solid colors and textured fabrics
-Pearl accents (one of Kelly’s trademarks)

Sir Sidney Poitier on the set of No Way Out (1950)

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The first person of African descent to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, there is no doubt that Sidney Poitier is one of the most celebrated film icons. Throughout his various careers as an actor, director, author, and diplomat, Sidney Poitier’s style is consistently impeccable. Follow these guidelines for a look inspired by this classic film icon:

-Black bow-tie
-Collared shirt
-Blazer or cardigan sweater

Last, but not least, no Oscars viewing party would be complete without an Oscar ballot! Make sure you and your guests vote on the prospective winners for each nomination category, and keep track of the results as they are announced. At the end of the night, have a prize or some champagne ready for the winner.

You can print your ballots from the official New York Times Oscar Ballot, or submit your answers online.
Now you’re ready to throw an incredible Oscar celebration inspired by the Hollywood classics! We hope your Oscar party will be an affair to remember.

If you throw your own Oscar party inspired by film classics, let us know!

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