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Hollywood's big night is only days away, but why not make it a big night at your own home by hosting an Oscars party!
Fortunately, Amy E. Goodman has done all of the hard work for you. The Zulily.com editor stopped by TODAY Thursday with plenty of ideas for making your Oscars party a smashing success.
Create an entryway that makes your guests arrive like a star. Start with a crisp red carpet you can purchase at any party store, and line it with boxwood topiaries just like in Los Angeles.
A great cost option to add plenty of shine is to add star-shaped, helium balloons in gold, silver and black, weighted with glitter stars, of course.
Just like celebs have to stop and pause before for photographers on the red carpet, so do your guests! Set up a photo booth to give your guests a chance to have their own picture taken.
Provide a Polaroid camera for guests to use, or they can use their smartphones and immediately post their red carpet pics to their social accounts!
Game: Rate the red carpet
This is kind of like "Dancing with the Stars" judges meets the "Fashion Police." Have guests arrive in time to watch the pre-show. Hand out a paddle each per guest, where one side of the paddle has a happy face and the other side a sad face. During the pre-show, yell out a celebrity's name for evaluation and let the paddle judging fly!
Sparkling ginger kombucha
It's always divine to have a signature drink, and how could we not go with the hottest tea in Hollywood? Sparkling kombucha gets a natural spike with fresh ginger to refreshingly cleanse your guests' palates before they eat. This is an Al Roker favorite. He drinks it every single morning. Here's his recipe:
The glitzed-out glass
Tuxedo DIY Champagne flutes are so easy to make with a rectangle of black felt, wrapped and secured with a small 3-inch strip of felt, and then simply glue-dotted onto the glass alongside two black "button" rhinestones.
Party hat popcorn
For quick grab-and-go nibbles, hang a sturdy string across your room and fill party hats with popcorn clipped to said string with clothespins at intervals — just make sure you hang it in a space where no one bumps into it!
Best picture candy bar
What's a night celebrating the best in film without a candy stand — as in a bar with lots of your favorite candy!