Don’t plan (or attend!) an Oscars party this Sunday without Carson Kressley’s red carpet worthy advice!
Because the pre-show on the red carpet starts early and the Oscars aren’t exactly known for ending on time, our Facebook friend Daniel asks: When should the party end? When should it begin?
Carson: The party should begin when guests arrive! Have snacks and cold drinks ready when the first guest enters through the door. I like to have the party start with the red carpet arrivals, which is a great hour or so to have cocktails and some of the heavier food. Then when the awards show starts, a popcorn or gourmet candy station can handle your guests’ craving for snacks during those nailing-biting, “the envelope, please” moments. Toward the tail end of the night is a great time to offer coffee and dessert!
On Twitter, Ron asks how one can be fashionably late to a friend’s Oscars party? What’s the best way to make a late entrance?
Carson: Well first of all: be well-dressed! Arrive looking great and with a bottle of cheer (or other hostess gift) and no one will care if you are a little late. Oscars night is a bit like the Superbowl Sunday so people have lots of places to be, so arriving late shouldn’t be a big deal!
Mary Ellen is having an all-ages party & wants to know: Any ideas for easy but fun non-alcoholic drinks?
Carson: Yes, all parties should always have a non-alcohol option. Why not make mocktails that look as fun and festive! Sparkling cider and blood orange juice “Mockmosas” are fun. Garnish with a starfruit slice and you’ve got glamour! “Designer” sodas are fun too. I like vintage-looking ones like Boylan brand. They make old-fashioned sodas like Black Cherry, Root Beer and Sugar Cane cola. Plus, their packaging looks great on a bar cart!
On Facebook, Gail asks: I’m going to a red carpet Oscar home party. Should I wear a short red dress or a long navy blue velvet dress? I love both! Carson, how “red carpet” should one dress for a friend’s Oscar party?
Carson: I love the idea of dressing up. When I host an Oscars party I ask my guests to be “Red Carpet Ready”! It’s a great way to have the guys dress up in a tux or dark suit and for the gals to get one more wear out of that sparkly New Year’s Eve number! I think you should also be comfortable too, so you should wear the dress that you think you will be able to lounge around in for several hours. I think the short one may be easier to wear at a party… or you could always bring both and do a dramatic costume change mid show! (It works for JLo!)
Lee Tweets about Oscars party goody bags. What do you recommend giving your guests to go?
Carson: I like to give a goody bag upon arrival with a black and white disposable camera so that guest can capture Old Hollywood-looking memories all night long! If you want to give guests something on the way out make sure it is festive and useful – no one needs more stuff for their junk drawers! That’s why I also like to give food. Maybe a box of Oscar-shaped sugar cookies? Gourmet Rice Krispy treats with edible gold stars mixed in? Everyone loves the gift of food!