Every Oscar Dress Ever Worn + Easy Last-Minute Oscar Party Ideas

Audrey Hepburn's Oscar dress + see every Oscar dress ever worn

I’ve been so caught up in the dazzling whirlwind of Poolside Reunion — the reunion photo of Poolside Gossip by Slim Aarons that Fred Baby and I shot and that was featured in The New York Times yesterday and then went viral (did you see it on Town & Country’s Instagram today?) — that I nearly forgot The Oscars are on Sunday. Quel beast!

If, like me, you are in need of a little inspiration, I hope you enjoy these last-minute Oscar party ideas below + seeing every Oscar dress ever worn.


top hats as wall decor; top hats as oscar party decor; creative oscar party decor

Use top hats as wall decor.

party hat popcorn buckets; oscar party idea

Or, use top hats as popcorn buckets.

oscar party cocktails; edible gold star-rimmed cocktails

Rim the edges of champagne glasses with edible gold stars. 

diy bowtie pins as party favors oscars party favors diy photo booth props oscar party

Make DIY bowtie pins as photo booth props or party favors.

diy oscars photo booth backdrop

Create a DIY star-studded photo booth backdrop.

gourmet popcorn in paper cones

Serve gourmet popcorn in paper cones.

(recipes here)

gourmet movie nachos; oscar party appetizers

Make gourmet movie nachos.

(recipes here)

black-tie pretzel rods oscar party snacks

Whip up black-tie pretzel rods.

(recipe here)

oscar party cocktails champagne cocktail recipes for your oscar party

Star-struck champagne cocktails (recipes here)

star-shaped sandwiches

Or, make fun star-shaped tea sandwiches.

 Swan Ice Cubes #DIY | Kelly Golightly

Speaking of stars, you could use a star cookie cutter to make star-shaped honeydew melon ice cubes to gussy up your punch bowl like I did with these swan ice cubes.

How to make a cheese plate | Kelly Golightly

Or, keep things simple with a cheese plate.

How to Host a Cocktail Party |Kelly Golightly

Or, set up an almond bar.

Gourmet pigs in a blanket | Kelly Golightly

Have you ever met someone who doesn’t flip for pigs in a blanket?

Gluten-free Oscar party appetizers  Kelly Golightly

For the gluten-free no-carb wheat-free guest on your list, make smoked salmon bites.

DIY Glitter Champagne Bottles | Kelly Golightly

Of course, if there’s one thing I learned from the fabulous Nelda Linsk and Helen Dzo Dzo Kaptur — the two iconic, amazingly chic women in Poolside Gossip — it’s that you can never go wrong with simply ringing up a few friends and popping open a bottle of champagne.

DIY glitter champagne bottles | kelly golightly

Might as well make it sparkly!

Easy Entertaining: Make takeout festive with pretty paper plates | Kelly Golightly

So go on, invite your friends now, and order takeout on Sunday.

Last-minute Oscar party idea: Make takeout festive! | Kelly Golightly

Just use festive and fancy paper plates to make it a little special.

Every Oscar Dress Ever Worn: Do You Have a Favorite?

And let every Oscar dress ever worn inspire your attire.

(You can buy a version of this poster here.)

Have a fun and festive weekend!

Photo credits: Audrey photo + Oscar dress photo via Pinterest / Glitter Champagne bottles by Evite / All other photos by Fred Baby for Kelly Golightly

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