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How to Host A Hollywood Party

It’s time to pop the bubbly and roll out your own kind of red carpet. That’s right, it’s award season! To help you plan a stylish soirée of your very own, we’ve gathered the ultimate do-it-yourself party tips from Hollywood’s finest event planners. Plus, a handy checklist to keep your winning night on track—no matter who takes home the statues.


The Grammy’s. The Oscars. The BAFTA’s. Every star-studded journey has one thing in common: details, details, details. Nothing says Hollywood like a glammed-up art-deco theme, with its bold golds and eye-catching geometrics, but these insider tips will work any style of décor you choose.

The Buffet: Place a runner on table or console, then set up your plating area into sections: Bar, bites, and small plates.

The Dishes: Mix and match what you already have. Use a mix of heights and shapes to add depth to your display.

The Food: Take everyday items and plate them beautifully. That’s right, trail mix in your grandmother’s china will look phenomenal.

The Recipes: If your evening is movie themed, think of a cuisine that best represents a film? Bohemian Rapsody? Think mini Yorkshire pudding wrap. A Star is Born? Three-tiered cupcake, a la southern USA.

The Cocktails: The hottest trend in Hollywood right now is the limited bar. For an Academy-Award winning mélange, try a champagne mimosa with frozen berries to elevate your ice cube.

The Game: Place your best on the winning moment. Create a printable Bingo game and have your guests keep their eyes peeled for an ugly cry, a wardrobe malfunction, or even a golf clap.


1 Month Before:

  • Set the date
  • Prepare your guest list
  • Choose a theme
  • Invite your guests

2 Weeks Before:

  • Choose the menu
  • Make a list of ingredients
  • Take stock of your platters, glasses, flatware, and linens
  • Borrow some if you need more

1 Week Before:

  • Make space in the refrigerator
  • Plan your cocktail menu
  • Stock up on drinks and snacks
  • Contact guests who have not RSVP’d
  • Prepare any recipes that keep

2 Days Before:

  • Prep your décor and go to town

1 Day Before:

  • Place frozen food in the refrigerator
  • Prep any recipes you can
  • Purchase greens, fresh bread, meats and seafood


  • Get cooking
  • Set up the bar


  • Heat prepped dishes
  • Finalize décor
  • Set out snacks


  • Greet your guests
  • Plate any hot food
  • Get out of the kitchen and enjoy