Award season is in full swing and it’s fiiiiinally time for the big one — the Oscars. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Golden Globes (the wins for “Atlanta” were so on point) and I’m always down for another instance of #BeyonceSlaysTheGrammys. But there’s just something about the Oscars — it’s the old-school glamour of it all. Bonus: it’s the perfect time to break out the best snacks. We’re usually found sipping Stella Artois — out of a limited-edition chalice that funds five years of water for a woman in the developing world — and munching on all the cheese. Is there anything better? We love when our favorite brands support the causes that matter to us. It means we’re having that second beer, guilt-free.
Plus, we’re pretty impressed with the movies up for honors this year. No offense NPH (we love you!), but we’re ready for Kimmel to blow us away and keep the cringe-worthy moments to a minimum. And what better way to share those moments — awkward and otherwise — than a fabulous Oscars viewing party that takes about as much prep as poppin’ some popcorn and pouring the beer? We thought so too, so we’re breaking down the easy steps for hosting the perfect budget and time-friendly viewing party. Just don’t forget to thank us in your acceptance speeches.
Step One: Gather The Essentials
Casual glamour makes the perfect backdrop for an Oscars viewing party that oozes class — while still being fresh, fun, and (most importantly) super simple to throw together. We went with the classic color palette — crisp black and sparkling gold — to keep everything insta-worthy. Lucky for us (and you), freshly popped popcorn and our beer of choice, Stella Artois, fits right in. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Oscar Ballot (download our printable version here!)
- Photo props (optional, but super fun)
- Finger foods (we went with several different cheese varieties, baguette slices, olives, and nuts)
- Stella Artois and Stella Artois Cidre (our favorite beer and cider)
To get the full effect, we also used the limited-edition “Buy a Lady a Drink” chalices from Stella Artois. Not only do they look gorgeous — and right on theme — but every limited-edition chalice bought equals five years of clean drinking water for a woman in the developing world. Five years! That is incredible and life-changing. Each chalice is just $13 and can make a huge difference in a women’s life. Women’s health and wellness is an issue close to our hearts and we couldn’t be more behind this initiative from Stella Artois and Water.org. Buying a chalice means we’re that much closer to being the generation that ends the global water crisis. How amazing would that be?! Get your chalice here (bonus: available with Amazon Prime, which means super fast delivery).
Step Two: Fill In Your Ballots
No idea where to start? We’re betting “La La Land” is a pretty safe choice — in basically any category.
Step Three: Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy the Fashion, the Awkward Speeches, and the Inevitable Snubs
One of our favorite parts of the Oscars — the fashion! Seeing the gorgeous gowns and (some of) the tuxes… at least we can always count on a few gentlemen to make a statement. This year, we’ll be on the lookout for the custom Marchesa gown — seriously, how fairytale gorgeous are Marchesa gowns?! — inspired by the Stella Artois limited-edition chalice and worn by Olivia Culpo. We can’t wait for the reveal!
This post was sponsored by Stella Artois but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.