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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Rockin’ Another Birthday

At our house, September is a busy month. Including the celebration of a special little boy’s birthday! Once I figure out a theme, I immediately reach out to my friend, Alexis, who always creates the perfect invitation and gift tag.

This birthday is all about little boys climbing the walls. 

If you’re looking for ideas for a kid’s birthday party, here are a few others I’ve done.

Life’s a party….make it fun!

images: Jac’olyn Murphy

Smiles Guaranteed

So you’re having a party. And, you need to jazz it up. Add confetti!!! You can throw it, drop it in an envelope for a fun surprise or decorate your tables with it. Kind of whatever you feel like.
I love the confetti bombs I found from Knot & Bow. Based in Brooklyn, NY, this charming company sells a curated collection of stationery, party supplies and paper. Basically everything you need to spice up your party or your mail. My kind of place!

And, if nothing else…..surprise your kids on the last day of school, the first day of camp, or on a rainy day with a shower of confetti. 

Smiles guaranteed!