Host an Oscar Watching Party

Champagne Cotton CandyCheers….it’s the weekend! In addition to wrapping up February, it’s Oscar weekend. All those gorgeous dresses on the red carpet. The acceptance speeches. The surprise winners! So, what a great excuse to have a little watching party.

NYC based event planner, Anthony Taccetta, who got his start in theatrical productions has amazing ideas to make you the evening’s “best host”!

For Academy Award-inspired fare, which pay homage to this year’s nominees

  • Arrival: Tang-tinis, Mars and Milky Way candy stations, Meatball Moon rocks
  • Manchester by the Sea: Lobster rolls, Fried clams, Mini clam chowders
  • Come Hell or High Water: Texas wings and sliders
  • Lion: Kathi rolls, Samosa, Dragon chicken
  • Hacksaw Ridge: SPAM on toast (topped with caviar), Golden flaked corn dogs, Rice Krispie treats and M&Ms (both from America’s war years)gold-and-black-oscar-party-tableTo glam up your champagne, fill a glass with bubbly and decorate with a cotten candy topper or rock candy stir stick!Champagne Rock Candy Oscar_MacaranAnthony suggests adding pop, fun and glamour with these award-winning ideas:
  • The Golden Popcorn Bar: Buy several bags of different flavored popcorn (cheddar, butter, caramel, etc…) and place them in several square shaped containers to create a lavish popcorn bar. Or have containers of plain popcorn and bowls of seasonings.
  • Mini champagne bottles: Either create a champagne table by placing mini bottles on ice or attach a straw and nametag to each for a cute take home gift.
  • Film candles: Use simple tea candles and extra camera film to create decorative candles for the table

Oscar-Cookies oscars-decor-film-candles_zps824ec3c1 Popcorn-5For more inspiration for any type of party, check out Anthony Taccetta Event Design! His creativity and elaborate parties are worthy of a standing ovation!

Enjoy the Oscars!

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Go For Gold – An Olympic Themed Party

il_570xN.1013219572_st9jThe Olympics in Rio are finally here! Opening ceremonies are this Friday evening and what better way to gather family and friends to watch a night of the competitions than with an Olympic themed party?! You can make it simple with Olympic themed snacks or go all out with outdoor competitions to gear everyone up.

Here are just a few ideas!flags-hanging food-table go-for-gold olympic-cupcakesWill you be watching Mark Phelps swim to victory or Simone Biles lead the ladies gynastics team to another gold medal?

All I know is I’ll be cheering for U.S.A!!

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Party Means Piñata!

As the weather begins to warm up and we all want to be outside more….I can’t help but think of outdoor parties. That leads me to one of the all time great party components. The piñata!!!!

And, they don’t just have to be for Cinco de Mayo anymore. You can spell out names, have a table runner, a number or a character. Katie Franklin has made a business out of it….check out her site here.

What is more fun than letting your guests take a swing at a festive piñata and having candy or small gifts spill out everywhere?!

Did you take a swing at a piñata as a kid? Super fun! 
Think like a kid when you plan your next party! Order a piñata!