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February 24, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Make your Oscar party the toast of the town with fashion, décor and food that shine


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.

Star-studded style

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

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.

Themed décor 

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; 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 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

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).


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