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Break out the Red Carpet Runner and Throw a Golden Globes Watch Party

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, it's time to move on to the next big season--award season!  Get ready to roll out the red carpet floor runner for your movie-loving friends and watch the season's first big awards show on January 13, 2013, in style! 

Let your friends know you're planning a Golden Globes watch party by sending out stylish personalized invitations or email invites with all the party details.  For many, the Golden Globes are more about the fashion than the films, so you'll want to start your party with plenty of time to watch the pre-shows so you can critique the fashions and make your own Best and Worst Dressed lists!  If you're planning a dress code for your event, you'll need to include this information as well.

Having a dress code for your Golden Globes watch party adds a fun twist to the evening.  There are two extremes to choose from if you want to go with a dress code and it's all up to you which one appeals to you and your friends!  The first is to go for the Hollywood glamour, requiring the guests to don their A-list finest, complete with evening gowns for the ladies and suits and ties for the guys.  Let them know they'll be walking the red carpet so they'll need to look their best!  The second option is to deviate as far from Hollywood glamour as you can and enjoy the awards with your friends in your comfiest clothes, even if that means donning your favorite pajama pants, grubbiest sweat pants, and oldest sweatshirt.  Throw your hair up in a ponytail, skip the makeup, and dig your bunny slippers out of the closet because this party requires comfort over couture!  Give your guests an incentive for sticking to the dress code by handing out gold award statues for the guests with the Best and Most Creative outfits.

Get your party space ready for the big event by decorating with fun Hollywood themed decorations that everyone will love!  In addition to your red carpet runner, you can line your entryway walls with Walk of Fame stars with your guests' names written on them.  Adorn your ceiling with Hollywood Star swirls that will reflect the lights and give your Golden Globe watch party a festive glow!   Your television will be taking center stage for the big event so you'll want to be sure the big screen is ready and there's plenty of seating for everyone.  Throw some pillows on the floor in case anyone wants to sprawl out and bring in extra chairs if you have the room. 

Since a sit-down dinner isn't practical and will disrupt your Golden Globes viewing, unless you want to start it well before the show starts, plan on serving plenty of finger foods and munchies to keep guests satisfied throughout the event.  Set up a buffet table, complete with festive Hollywood paper goods, away from the television area so guests who are filling their plates with your tasty treats won't be disrupting those who are engrossed in the awards show drama.  Having the food in a separate area from the television also gives guests a place to chat without having to worry about disturbing the hardcore movie fans who might care about the results of the Golden Globes more than they do!  Simple finger foods like chips and dip, fresh veggies and fruits, egg rolls, mini tacos, shrimp cocktails, and BBQ meatballs are tasty options that everyone will enjoy.  Sweets are also a great choice to satisfy everyone, including brownie bites, cupcakes, complete with Hollywood wrappers and toppers, and mini cheesecakes will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth! 

Once the Golden Globes are over and your guests are getting ready to head home, hand out swag bags just like the stars receive on the big night!  Include fun party favors like Hollywood clapboard key chains, black sequin bow ties for the boys, gold star fascinators for the girls, and gold star party beads.  Sure, your swag might not be as high-class as what the A-list celebrities receive, but your guests will love it! 

Whether you're a die-hard movie fan or just want an excuse to party, the Golden Globes are the perfect chance to get together with your friends, drool over the latest Hollywood heartthrob, and check out the best films of the year! 

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