Having an Oscar party? Plum Party has lots of cool party supplies with a Hollywood theme, from paper plates and napkins with the iconic searchlights to vintage style pop corn boxes.
Hollywood Paper Party Supplies
I love these chocolates that look like rolls of film!
Film Canister Chocolates
And what diva wouldn’t want these fabulous napkin rings that look like giant diamond rings?
Faux Diamond Ring Napkin Rings
Of course, then you’re going to have to go with cloth napkins — but they have those too. Do you prefer gold or silver?
You can even give out your own golden statues.
To give out awards, you’ll need some games. Here’s a couple of party games from a vintage copy of The Cokesbury Party Book (1932).
The first is a game played by couples at a party — it’s pretty silly, and you divas may not like a messy face, but it’s bound to be fun. It’s called The Make-Up Game:
Choose two or more couples. The boys are given a box which contains a red cord, with which to tie the girl’s hands behind her. The box also contains make-up materials — rouge, lip stick, eyebrow pencil, powder, etc. The boys are told to make up the girls like Mary Pickford, Coleen Moore, Nancy Carroll, or some other popular actresses. Judges pick the winners.
Depending upon your guest list, you may need to update your popular actress list a bit. *wink*
This next ideas are from a themed costume party called a “Celebrities Party”.
We all admire famous people, so for one evening let’s each select a famous American person and dress ourselves like that one and come to a party where there will be nothing except celebrities. Have the guests come dressed as some famous American. It would be well to allow a wide range of choice as to character, permitting the characters to delve into past history as well as present history. The screen, stage, sports of all kinds, aviation, religion, politics, and music should all have their representatives at the gathering.
1. Invitation. — A suggested invitation is given below:
If your name is not in Who’s Who,
You can be great just the same.
Come dressed like a celebrity, any will do,
If he’s in American Hall of Fame.
Come out to Smith’s on Friday night
And act the part you dress.
We’ll live in the past and present both,
And have a good time? — Well, I guess!
It is then suggested that a list of possible celebrities should be sent with the invitation. Celebrities of The Past are listed; these are mainly from political history. Then the Celebrities Of The Present are listed, which includes, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Tom Mix, Charlie Chaplin, Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, John Barrymore etc. (It is interesting to note that the following: “Inasmuch as there is a shortage of women characters, it might be well to suggest that some of the girls dress as Mrs. Alexander Hamilton, Mrs. Robert E. Lee, Mrs. Abe Lincoln.” For all my “love of vintage,” I am so glad I wasn’t alive in such sexist times!)
An Opening Mixer is suggested, called Who’s Who:
Of course everyone will want to know “Who’s Who.” As each guest enters pin a paper bearing a number on him. Supply each one with a paper and pencil and ask him to write down the numbers and name of the celebrity represented by the guest. After all have had ample time to guess, the leader should read a correct list. As the leader calls the number, the guest should be asked to rise and should be introduced to the others by name of the person represented as well as by the rightful name, so that all will feel that they have been rightfully introduced to each other.
A prize should be given to the person having the longest list of celebrities. A picture of one of our outstanding citizens might be given as a prize.
If the guests do not come in costume, when they have all assembled the leader should seat them and pin on the back of each one the name of a famous American. When all the names have been pinned on, they try to learn who they are by asking questions which must in every case be answered with a “yes” or a “no.” They can ask the question if they like, “Am I president Hoover?” and if answered in the affirmative, they can take off the name and pin it in front, and it is to be worn the rest of the evening.
Next is a game called Impersonation.
Have the impersonation which are given below written on slips of paper and put in a box. The leader draws them out one by one; and if she draws the number seven, she starts counting at the head of the line of guests to seven. The person who is number seven must then do the impersonation indicated. In every case she starts from the same person, counting from that person to the number which is on the slip of paper.
I’ve just selected a few of the 21 listed, to give you an idea.
Betsy Ross making the flag.
Charlie Chaplin making a movie.
Tom Mix on horseback.
Charles Lindbergh making love to Anne Lindbergh.
Clara Bow flirting.
(The Lindbergh one really cracks me up!)
Like the first suggestion, you may need to update as necessary to fit your guests’ knowledge of history & film, and/or to fit the Hollywood theme. But modified or not, it certainly won’t be the same-old Oscar party!