02.20.2013

With the Academy Awards just around the corner, we wanted to create a post full of inspiration and ideas for an event in its honor. While looking for a place to start, we turned to our fashion expert, Darci Gwartz for advice. Darci informed us that black and white is all the rage right now and that we probably will see a lot of it on the Red Carpet this year. We decided that you cannot go wrong with such a classic look and built our whole concept around this color scheme.

All of the big stars have been known to walk the Red Carpet in some form of black and white including all of the best actor and actress nominees for this year’s Oscars. We have included some of our favorite examples here: 

 
Best Actor in a Leading Role

Bradley Cooper
Hugh Jackman 

Daniel Day-Lewis


Best Actress in a Leading Role 
 
Jessica Chastain in Armani, 2012 - So old  Hollywood!  Great makeup and hair!
Jessica Chastain
 
Quvenzhane Wallis

Naomi Watts  

The most obvious example of classic black and white is the tuxedo. Although there are many ways to make them more interesting, they look best when kept simple. Women, on the other hand, are encouraged to change up their look often and search outside the box to impress their peers. A long white gown is most commonly associated with weddings, but we love that Red Carpet events have given women the opportunity to wear this fashion statement in such a glamorous way.
 
Eyes will also be on Ben Affleck this year (here’s a look at how he and Jennifer Garner showed off their black and white at the Golden Globes):
We took this concept and turned it into a formal event which could be thrown at home for the Oscars. As the color scheme is understated we wanted to use patterns, textures, and interesting details to tie the whole thing together and create an event to remember.

Decor

Filling the ceiling with balloons creates a festive atmosphere while keeping the main focus on the guests’ formal or cocktail attire. Small touches such as these gold glitter votive candle holders, striped tablecloths, and small flower arrangements in the signature colors complete the look. 
 
Invitations and Paper Products
Guests are sent a formal invitation which sets the mood and asks each person to attend dressed to impress (in black and white, of course). Even the smallest of details are important. These star-shaped name tags are appropriate for the Oscar theme and make it easy to find your drink. A party is more fun with some friendly competition incorporated. A survey is filled out upon guests’ arrival adding an extra element of excitement in hearing the night’s results (especially when a prize is attached). 
Party Favors
french boxes + black and white ribbon 
We love this favor bag and gift wrap, whether filled with a fun souvenir for each guest to remember the night or a special prize for the winners of the contest. You may even want to fill these adorable bags with popcorn.
Drinks 
 
This signature cocktail is made festive for the evening complete with bow ties on each glass.  
 
Appetizers and Desserts
 
 
 
Finger foods are definitely the way to go for this type of event. You could have nice tables set up with trays of appetizers complete with fun snacks like ones you would find at the movies. You may even hire servers to walk around and offer these items as you watch the awards. We love the small details, once again, including the movie signs on each appetizer tray and the fun wrapping making even popcorn look glamorous. 

We hope you have enjoyed this inspiration post. We know we had a great time preparing it. We think a lot of these great details can be incorporated into your own Oscar party and would love to hear how you use them. Keep us in mind when planning your next event. We would love to work with you Side by Side to create a special party for you and your guests. 
 
 
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