A Winning Golden Globes Viewing Party

Tips for hosting a red carpet-worthy party, and our favorite party games to play

When Nicole Kidman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Clive Owen, and Natalie Portman take the stage for the Hollywood Foreign Press' Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 15, many eyes will be on what they are wearing, and most will look out for the crazy moments that make awards shows a highlight of the winter months — and the perfect excuse to throw a party. Here are some ideas for setting the scene and five of our favorite games to play throughout the night to keep things interesting.


Setting the Scene:

If you haven't already, send out e-invitations that look like e-tickets — "Admit One: 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Then roll out the red carpet down your front hall. As it's sure to be a star-studded night, lots of gold, silver, and sparkles will ensure that the environment matches those in attendance. Complete the scene with guests who look the part. Yes, that means you and your friends are dressing up. Come as your favorite celebrity, or simply in your best evening gown or suit. Or if you're looking to play a guessing game, come as a character from a nominated film or show (see below).


Star-Inspired Menu:

While celebrity stars will be dining on burrata, short ribs, miso sea bass, and plenty of Moët, the menu for your at-home viewing party doesn't have to be as elaborate. Want to stick to plain party foods? Be inspired by nominated films and shows when planning your spread, perhaps serving up baked beans in bacon cups for The Help, or gougères for Midnight in Paris. The same rules apply for cocktails, including a jalapeño orangeade inspired by The Big C, and bourbon cocktails in a flask for War Horse. Round out the spread with a British trifle and garden cake straight out of Downton Abbey

Too complicated? Make it easy and serve up dressier versions of movie theater favorites. We'd have some fancy popcorn on hand, perhaps drizzled with caramel and chocolate, or Sriracha and Parmesan, for snacking while viewing. And some cold champagne for toasting is a must.