5 Steps To A Fabulous Awards Viewing Party

5 great ideas for designing an awards viewing party

Are you an awards night junkie like I am? I love this time of year when we have the Golden Globes one week, the SAG’s another, and then the Grammy’s, and Oscars to finish it off. I get so excited to tune into the red carpet pre-show and see what everyone is wearing {remember my first love is fashion}, and then see how the host of the show does {does he/she offend anyone?}, and of course find out who wins the big awards.

I know there are some of you out there who host a viewing party {I wish people in my area were into that} and I’ve teamed up with Velveeta & Rotel brands to bring 5 ideas to help you throw a fabulous Oscars party + a “dressed up” way to serve the classic dip. I wanted to limit this to 5 usable ideas so it doesn’t seem unattainable or overwhelming. These ideas can also be used to design any movie themed party like “A Star is Born” baby shower, or other movie themed birthday or bridal shower.

Awards Night Viewing party - bite size appetizers

  • Great food is at the center of every gathering and an Oscars party just begs for bite size appetizers.  These queso cups are delicious and turn the classic football party dip into elegant hors d’oeuvres.  See what I added to it in the recipe at the bottom.

Awards Night Viewing party - popcorn bar

  • Baseball and hot dogs….Carnivals and cotton candy….Movies and popcorn – some things just go together, so set up a popcorn bar like the one I did for Homes.com and let guests fill their own containers with the flavors they love.  Dress up the decor with “stars” of course.

Awards Night Viewing party - photo booth set up

  • Have a little fun with guests and set up a photo area for the “papparazzi” to take photos. Provide a curtain as a backdrop, with glamorous & printable props.

Awards Night Viewing party - champagne flutes with bow ties & buttons

Awards Night Viewing party - movie themed props

  • Movie props help to bring it all to life. Head to the party store or Amazon and gather up a few props like directors megaphone, clapboard, film reel, etc.

Queso & chicken appetizer cups recipe


Dressed-Up Velveeta-Rotel Dip

  • velveeta & rotel ingredients16 oz Velveeta
  • 1 15 oz can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded chicken breast
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

Cut Velveeta into 1-inch cubes and place it with the Rotel in small crock pot.   Heat on high until melted, about an hour.

Stir and add black beans and chicken and continue to warm through on LOW.

Fill a tortilla scoop with dip and serve.

velveeta rotelThe creamy, cheesy taste of Velveeta pairs with fresh and spicy RO*TEL for a delicious Queso Dip perfect for any occasion!


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Compensation was provided by RO*TEL and Velveeta via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of RO*TEL and Velveeta

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. I love these ideas and can totally see myself pulling this off for a fun movie night or Oscar party!

  2. Such fun ideas! I love the dressed up champagne glasses.

  3. Thanks, ladies. I was kinda dying over those mini bowties ;-)

  4. Great post! I write a film and food blog, so this is right in line with my brand. I’m going to post it to facebook.

    And YES! I love this awards season time of year too for all the reasons you mentioned and more!

    Happy Saturdaysharefest!

  5. Instructions for the bowties and buttons please. I LOVE the idea and want to use it.

  6. Hi there — Just stopped by to let you know we featured your tuxedo glasses on our blog! Such a cute idea! http://bit.ly/SaveOscars


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