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Top three Oscar party ideas

Whether you're a film buff who could write a thesis on Fellini, or just a casual moviegoer who enjoys a good popcorn flick, it's likely that you're planning to watch the Oscars this year.

The 82nd Academy Awards will be aired on Sunday, March 7 at 8 o'clock, which leaves you plenty of time to send out your Hollywood invitations as you plan to host the festivities on Oscar night.

Hollywood theme parties

There are a few different ways that you could keep your guests occupied before the award ceremony starts. One option is to base your bash on the movie that has your vote for Best Picture.

If you're pulling for Avatar, stock up on blue party decorations, blue balloons and any other blue party supplies that you can think of.

If A Serious Man is more your style, why not make it a '60s themed party (the film is set in 1967).

Serve vintage party fare like pigs in a blanket (or almost anything on toothpicks) and play some records that are featured on the film's soundtrack, like Somebody to Love by Jefferson Airplane.

For an Up party, fill your home with as many helium balloons as it can fit, in a tribute to the protagonist's method of travel in the animated movie.

Old Hollywood party

For a glamorous fete, instead of throwing a party based on one particular movie, opt for a more elegant affair that will make your guests feel as if they're actually attending the fancy ceremony.

Put up plenty of chic Hollywood decorations like silver and gold balloons, light lots of candles and have guests arrive in style (make sure to specify that black tie is required on the invitations). Put up a few movie star cardboard stand ups for them to pose next to on the "red carpet."

Serve an elegant and refined meal to the attendees, and dim the lights when the Oscars come on.

Hand out your own gold statuettes!

To make the evening a little more interesting (and to keep everyone occupied during the commercials), have your own small award ceremony.

When guests arrive at the door, hand them a card with the name of a nominee for Best Actress, Best Actor or Best Film printed on it. Then, whoever has the card which corresponds to the winner can make a small acceptance speech of their own.

Everybody deserves a chance to thank the Academy!
Pick up extra statuettes and hand out awards to your friends for best dressed, and make sure to acknowledge those who put the extra effort in and gave the best fake acceptance speech.

Snap some Polaroids of your pals, and hand out the pictures and statuettes as party favors.

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