Make sure to look over and utilize ALL of the printables and designs included with your mystery packet to make the most of your party!
- Have a red carpet walkway to the entrance of your party! You can order a red carpet online here.
- Go all out and rope off your red carpet with a velvet rope stanchion set (found here).
- Create a “Walk of Fame” by printing your guest’s names (or character names) on gold vinyl, trim and adhereing to a walkway. (Design included with packet. Gold vinyl can be found at local craft store or online.)
- You can also order stick on stars here (pictured below).
- Set up a strobe light by the entrance to simulate the paparazzi taking pictures! Or enlist a few friends to be the paparazzi for the night. Ask them to snap photos as guests enter the front door.
- Have a friend interview the guests as they walk in and ask them about their character, what designer they are wearing, etc. etc.
- If hosting a party at night, consider a few spotlights on your home (found inexpensively at a local hardware store).
- Mark the entrance using signs indicating “V.I.P. Entrance” and “Stars Only” (included in packet).
THE PARTY SPACE
- Hang “Fallen Angel” movie posters and a "M2M Reunion Tour" poster around your party space (designs included in packet).
- Use the signs, included in the packet, to label rooms and areas auch as: Cocktail Bar, Backstage, Dressing Room. You can create your own names for areas of your party space and enter them into the signs.
- Mark the bathroom as the “Dressing Room” – special sign included in packet.
- Use the star template in the packet to create personalized stars and hang around party space.
- Cut out stars of various sizes and spray paint them gold and silver and hang from the ceiling with fishing line or clear thread.
- Adorn the party with gold and silver balloons.
- Have classic movies and/or Oscar winning movies playing silently on t.v. or projected on a wall.
- Hang old movie posters (in particular, of Oscar winners) around the party space. You can find a list of the “best Pictures” from over the years here.
- Replace pictures in picture frames with pictures of famous actors and actresses that you find on the web. You can find a list of all of the actors and actresses here.
- Download the current Oscar poster here.
- Construct a backdrop where the guests will pose for a picture (see more on this below).
- Use scene setters (inexpensive rolls of printed vinyl) to create the perfect background for your party. You can find them in many designs that would match your theme here.
- Be creative with props like director's chairs, cameras and lights.
Create your own clapboard with instructions and designs included in the packet.
- Sprinkle stars in all sizes over everything: entryways, tables, ceilings, walls, or tucked inside invitations.
- Use life-sized cutouts or 8x10 photos of Hollywood legends around your party rooms to make guests feel they are truly in Tinsel Town.
- Decorate the buffet table with confetti, glitter, and anything that shines.
- Hang unused rolls of film from the ceiling.
- Label a few well-chosen items from around your house like famous film props on display.
- Place a few spotlights on your home (found inexpensively at a local hardware store).
- Create the feeling of walking in a movie theater by making your own track lighting. Keep the lights low and use strings of white lights to show the way to the food, beverages and "exits" to the restroom. Keep it simple and make sure guests are able to safely maneuver their way around the space.
- Consider elegant lighting for your post-Oscar bash and nothing too glaring. Consider twinkle white lights, solar lights or candles in votives to keep the lighting low.
PICK A COLOR SCHEME
Red, Black and white or gold are three very popular and likely choices for your Oscar night. When decorating, you can use these colors as much as possible to pull your theme together.
To pull the color scheme through to your whole space consider the following:
- When decorating a large area or to make an area look more intimate and festive, consider draping white or gold gossamer across the ceiling, walls, and edges of the tablecloth. Combine two colors for a fabulous appearance.
- A little spray paint can go a long, long way. Spray paint novelty items, vases, old wine bottles, etc. to help bring out the color theme and add inexpensive decoration to your party.
- Have a tablecloth—whether plastic or fabric – the colors of your choice. You can purchase a roll of red vinyl and use it for your red carpet as well as your table cloth!
- Accentuate your tablecloth with the alternative color by using paint pens or fabric paint to paint on decorative accents.
- If using party napkins and/or partyware, get them in the colors you have chosen for your theme.
CREATE A BACKDROP
Give your guests an unforgettable souvenier by setting up a photo area where they can capture a picture of themselves in character.
A few suggestions:
- Pick a place where there will be good lighting.
- You can make it as elaborate or simple as you want.
- Accessories and decorations can make the difference. Have some extra props on hand that your guests can pose with. Boas, a claboard, sunglasses, fake mustaches, etc.
- An easy way to create a background is to use a "scene setter". These affordable rolls of images transform your room instantly and make for a good backdrop to your picture.
- Make sure there is enough room to fit everyone in to the frame.
- For individual shots of guests, designate someone to be in charge of pictures as your guests arrive.
- Consider your character list and which character would fit the role of taking the picture. Ie, if you want mug shots, perhaps ask the investigator to be in charge of taking the pictures.
- If having a party with over 20 guests, you may ask one of the "paparrazzi" characters to take the pictures.
- Also if considering “mug shots”, you can create the clapboard included in the packet – insert your own party details like host’s name, date, etc. and use it as your suspect board. Use a police line-up board as a background.
- For a group picture, take one just before the introduction is read or right after the solution is read (before people may start heading out).
o These are two times when you can count on everyone being around and attentive.