By Caitlin King / Special to Sunday Market
The most glamorous night of the year is next Sunday, and you don’t want your Oscar party to be anything less than award-worthy.
Pick an A-list assortment of appetizers, fashions and decorations to make the 86th Academy Awards the night you take home Best Host honors.
Would you rather be Best Dressed? Get golden without breaking the bank by renting a party-perfect frock, such as the metallic-gold Nanette Lepore Joan of Arc Mini ($90 for four days at renttherunway.com).
Add more sparkle from head to toe. Start with Givenchy’s Teardrop Earrings ($48 at Nordstrom), crystal earrings that are classic red carpet. Then step into the Kate Spade New York Sage Pump ($298 at Nordstrom). The sophisticated d’Orsay pump has a low heel that’s perfect for a long night of mingling with your entourage.
It seems every starlet has sported a red lip at the Oscars. Top off your evening look with Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Certainly Red ($5 at Target), a classic color that will last longer than a Best Actress speech. Or splurge on Nars Lipstick in Heat Wave ($26 at Sephora). The semi-matte formula is creamy and moisturizing in a striking orange-red hue.
Print out a stack of Oscar ballots for guests to pick up as they arrive. Give the top guessers fun prizes, such as Sweetniks’ Academy Award Trophy Lollipops ($9 for four at etsy.com/shop/sweetniks; order ASAP). Hand-painted with edible shimmer, the pops come in flavors such as cotton candy and Champagne.
Make guests walk the red carpet — but not so seriously. Provide fun props that evoke Oscar-nominated films, such as the Adult Yacht Captain Hat ($6) for “Captain Phillips” or the faux Set of 100 Million-Dollar Bills ($13, both at Amazon.com) for “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Keep the gold theme going with West Elm’s Gilded Cable Throw (on sale for $31), a cozy blanket that will add a little Hollywood glamour to any couch or chair.
Wine and dine
The actresses (and some actors) probably won’t eat all day, but you shouldn’t deprive your guests of a decadent spread.
Go classic by setting out individual Popcorn Bowls ($10 at Sur La Table). Let guests fill these nostalgic replicas of movie-theater popcorn bags with tasty treats from KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn. The Tuxedo flavor ($19 for one gallon) — dark and white chocolate layered over caramel corn — is delicious and appropriately dressed.
Line up Cupcake Royale’s Red Velvet Cupcakes ($3.65) for your own mini red (and white) carpet. And be sure to provide movie-theater candy classics such as Red Vines licorice ropes ($3.28 at QFC).
Or eat like the stars with elegant appetizers such as locally sourced oysters. Coastal Kitchen’s Hama Hama Oysters with Apple-Peppercorn Mignonette ($30 per dozen) can be delivered to your door via AmazonFresh. Looking to live like a 1-percenter? Splurge on a jar of Seattle Caviar’s White Sturgeon Caviar ($160 for 2 ounces at AmazonFresh.com).
Raise a glass of Champagne when your favorites take home a statue. Pour your Moët & Chandon Champagne Imperial ($40 at BevMo) into a classic flute, such as Crate & Barrel’s Viv Sparkling Wine Glass ($35 for eight), and toast artistic success.
Need even more gold? Add a glamorous accent to the dinnerware you already have with Charter Club Gold Charger Plates ($20 for four at Macy’s). Or make your baked goods shine like stars with Mini Gold Foil Bake Cups ($3 for 36) and Wilton Gold Pearl Decorating Dust ($6, both at Sur La Table).