The Talk Takeaway: Entertaining with Kristan Cunningham
Style expert Kristan Cunningham joined the ladies of The Talk for advice on hosting a top notch Oscar party this weekend. Everyone is all about the Oscars this week on your favorite talk shows, and here are a few more ideas, like Oscar party favors, a 2013 Oscar ballot, a memorable entrance design, and elegant food presentation.
The Talk: Oscar Party Dress Code
Kristan said that she encourages party guests to dress up to fit the theme or occasions. You could dress up with your most glamorous outfits, or have guests show up as their favorite movie characters from the past year. You can also provide props or accessories to dress up your guests.
The Talk: Party Entrance Design
For a red carpet party, Kristan recommended setting up a backdrop to take photos of your guests as they arrive. You can find a glittery gold lame curtain at a home improvement store to use as a background.
The Talk: Oscar Party Playlist
Kristan also recommended creating an Oscar playlist of your favorite nominated songs through the years, which you can use to keep the mood going through the night, especially during commercial breaks.
The Talk: 2013 Oscar Ballot
Have everyone at your party make their picks by filling out an Oscar ballot when they arrive at the party. Then give a prize to the guest who made the most correct guesses on his or her ballot.
The Talk: Oscar Party Gold Elements
Kristan recommended sticking with multiple versions of a single color, such as gold for an Oscar party. She said you should avoid the kitschy decor, such as clapboards and movie reels, in favor of more elegant accessories, like lamps or feathers in a vase.
The Talk: Elegant Food Presentation
From a movie snacks theme, Kristan came up with popcorn balls instead of classic popcorn. She recommended serving movie candy in glass dishes for a touch of class.
You can even find a fancy way to serve hot dogs (check out Michael Symon’s Pink’s Chili Dogs recipe). But Kristan recommended white beverages and mixers to avoid hard-to-clean stains from red wines, for example.
The Talk: Oscar Party Favors
Kristan also suggested awarding trophies to your guests, such as best personality, best smile, best hair, or whatever categories you want to come up with.
Are you throwing or attending an Oscar party this year? Will you use any of Kristan’s ideas?
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