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It’s Academy Awards Time

It’s Academy Awards Time

Not all movie lovers can be found in Hollywood every winter—in fact, most occupy a front-row seat at home in order to watch the Academy Awards. This is the time for rolling out the red carpet and inviting your cinephile friends for a glamorous private party chez vous. Here are a few ideas for setting the tone for your special evening.

Hollywood decorating

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To immerse your guests in the right ambience, your evening should have a Hollywood kind of glow. This can be achieved with three little words: red, black and gold! Get out the sequins and stars in the official Academy Awards colours for decorating your table, which could also be embellished further with old celebrity photos, film stock and other accessories related to the art of cinema.

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Being attentive to even the smallest details will be sure to please and surprise your guests. Be creative and have fun transforming your decor for the evening!

 

Get out the bubbly and the good glasses

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Award-worthy champagne is a must for the evening.

Piper-Heidsieck Édition Cinéma

$58.00

Piper-Heidsieck Édition Cinéma

Champagne750 mlFrance
Piper-Heidsieck Édition Cinéma

Piper-Heidsieck Édition Cinéma

$58.00

Champagne750 mlFrance, ChampagneSAQ code : 13953151
  • Expert ratings:
  • WS91
  • WE91
  • BD15
  • Grape variety(ies):
  • Pinot noir, 
  • Pinot meunier, 
  • Chardonnay
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Cocktails and a theme bar

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Here are a few sparkling cocktails worthy of the red carpet. Get out the champagne flutes!

The Glam: A mix of rum, lemon juice and sparkling wine that will please those who love sourish cocktails.

The Champagne Cocktail: A classic. This elegant mix of champagne and cognac is an essential ingredient for a glamorous evening.

The Rasptini: A delicious, fruity cocktail to match the flamboyant colours walking the red carpet!

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Do you prefer more traditional cocktails? Put together a home bar based around a particular theme and offer your guests cocktails made famous in the movies and the world of mixology:

  • Jeff Bridges’ White Russian from The Big Lebowski
  • John Travolta’s 7 and 7 from Saturday Night Fever
  • Marilyn Monroe’s Manhattan from Some Like It Hot
  • The inseparable bachelorettes’ Cosmopolitan from Sex and the City
  • James Bond’s Vodka Martini, “shaken, not stirred”
  • The Godfather, a classic named after the movie The Godfather

 

Who wants to spend the evening sitting around a table when they’re at an awards show? Ambulatory cocktail-style dinners are a must for creating a chic and convivial evening. Set up and decorate a buffet table and stock it with canapés and other elegant hors d’oeuvres. This would be a great event for an oyster or sushi bar or for other raw appetizers served cold. While oysters are de rigueur with champagne and sparkling wine, you could also try these recipes for Salmon Tartare Trio and Seafood Risotto served verrine-style in little glasses, since they would suit the occasion perfectly.

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Do you prefer dishes that pair well with wine? Beef with Thyme Mini-Appetizers would be at home on even the most distinguished menu, as would Bulle de Neige Pork Cutlet Brochettes served in verrines.

 

Popcorn

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And don’t even think about hosting an Academy Awards soirée without popcorn! Popcorn is a must for satisfying your cinephile friends’ end-of-the-night munchies. Be sure to offer a variety of flavoured popcorn on the buffet table, both sweet and salty: parmesan, caramel, spicy… Let your imagination fly—it’s so easy to make! Serve it in pretty little cardboard cones for a Hollywood-chic presentation.

Discover other wine, cocktail and popcorn combinations.

 

Vote for your favourites

Spice up your evening by asking your guests to predict who the winners will be for the various  categories. Cocktail in hand, they’ll love filling out their “Favourites 2017” voting card, which you’ve prepared for the party ahead of time!

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What will win Best Film this year? Who will be voted Best Actor or Actress? Who will get Best Original Soundtrack? As a bonus, have them vote for the best and worst dress on the red carpet! It’s all in the name of fun, and of encouraging a lot of conversation over the course of the evening.

 

A photo op for all those evening dresses and bow ties

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An Academy Awards party means evening dresses and bow ties! Make your event black tie only and have your guests walk like they’re on the red carpet when they first arrive! Set up a photo station to immortalize the fashion moment, paparazzi-style. Too chic!

 

Have a great night, everyone!

 

 

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