Whether you love movies or simply have children who do, throwing an Oscar viewing party is a great way to bring the family together. If you want to throw the ultimate Oscar themed party the whole family will enjoy, you’re in the right place. From decorations to apparel, these tips will bring the magnificence of Hollywood into your home.

Tips For A Kid-Friendly Oscar Party

Since our family loves parties, we decided that we would turn our average Sunday night dinner into an extravagant Oscar themed party. In a few short hours, we were able to throw together a simple party centered around the children. Check out some tips that helped make this event a fabulous celebration.

Dress glamorously

Give your children a reason to wear their most glamorous clothes. When you attend the Oscars, you wear your best outfit. For a red carpet appearance, my children found Halloween costumes on sale at the party store. We selected two matching pink flapper dresses, some strands of pearls, and a fantastic boa. Not only were the outfits were adorable, but they also helped my children get in the spirit of a celebration.

Theresa's Reviews - A festive outfit is perfect for a kid-friendly Oscar party!

A festive outfit is perfect for a kid-friendly Oscar party!

Walk the red carpet before eating

Set up a red carpet for the children to walk in their costumes. If you don’t own a red carpet, you could use any long red cloth – from a table cloth to a blanket – but we bought a one that worked really well. Make sure that everyone walks down the red carpet before eating. You wouldn’t want food to get on the star’s designer clothes!

Theresa's Reviews - Kid-Friendly Oscar Party Ideas - With a red carpet to walk down, children will love showing off their glamorous clothes.

With a red carpet to walk down, children will love showing off their glamorous clothes.

Prepare finger food

From deviled eggs to pigs in a blanket, children love food they can pick up to eat. You can make or buy guacamole, queso, wings, and pizza. With a simple menu, you can spend more time having fun and less time in the kitchen.

Theresa's Reviews - Kid-friendly food for a fun Oscar party

Kid-friendly food for a fun Oscar party

Of course, you should also have something delicious and sweet. We had a fantastic cheesecake for dessert.

Theresa's Reviews - Make a festive cake for your kid-friendly Oscar party!

Make a festive cake for your kid-friendly Oscar party!

Give out ballots

Each person can help come up with the categories for your ballots. As a family, we decided what categories would be on our ballots to include everyone. We voted on best food, best costumes, and best movie of the year. Since my daughter tallied the votes, she enjoyed having an important role during the activity.

Present the awards

Give out awards to all children who attend. With both of our children wearing the same costume, they both tied for best costume. Although we gave out award trophies that I found at the party store, you could easily come up with a creative alternative. Children could decorate paper towel rolls with gold and sparkles for a simple award craft.

Give out Oscar themed awards to all children who attend. With both of our children wearing the same costume, it was simple to have them tie for best costume.

By handing out awards, you can bring Hollywood spirit to your Oscar themed party!

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About The Author


Theresa has been writing since 2010 in magazines and online. Her lifestyle and parenting expertise has been featured in publications, including ShopSmart and Scholastic. She earned an M.Ed in Elementary Education from Vanderbilt as well as a BA in History from Flagler College, and she is a certified teacher.

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25 Responses

  1. Shelah

    I love this! What a fun idea to dress up and feel special. You have great ideas! I think your girls will remember this fondly.

  2. Jill Robbins

    This is so cute and fun. I’ve never thought of having an Oscar night party for my kids but I definitely will in the future! Looks like you had a BLAST!

  3. katriza

    What a fun idea! I remember playing dress up as a kid! I so wish I had a girl but I ended up with two boys instead! haha

  4. robin masshole mommy

    Awww, it sounds like a fun Oscar party! I am not even sure my boys know what the Oscars are LOL. I should do this with them next year 🙂

  5. Marcie

    This is such a fun idea! My son likes to dress up for about 3 minutes, so maybe next year I can snap a few photos before he wriggles out of his bow tie!

  6. Debra

    This sounds so much fun, do your kiddos actually watch the oscars? It sounds like it was an eventful one this year.

  7. andria

    I love this idea! I hardly watch any awards shows but now I want to just so I can do this with my daughter as I know she will love it!

  8. Michal

    Oh this is so cute.

    I can see this happening in my future 🙂 thanks for the idea. Even makes for a great Feb baby birthday party.

  9. Amanda Love

    Kids aren’t normally interested in the Oscars and it would be nice to make them more interested in films as well with this kind of party. I’m sure it’s a lot of fun for them! Thanks for the ideas!

  10. Angela Tolsma

    I love the flapper dresses! I have never watched the oscars or even half the movies up for nomination. But it’s fabulous that you turn it into a fun family event!

  11. Vicky

    I would have never thought to do an Oscar party for kids but this is so cute! How fun for them to dress up and get to walk the red carpet.

  12. Tereza

    Your little ladies look so lovely – and so happy!! I love the idea of recreating an oscar party at home, must be so much fun:) X

  13. Heather @ Country Life, City Wife

    This is so fun! My stepdaughter turned 11 in December and we had a Hollywood themed party. We’ve a movie room, so we did it all up and put a red carpet outside with stars and her cake was all movie themed. Kids always love the glamour. This is adorable. I love all the ideas here!

  14. Heather

    Your party looks wonderful! This looks like a blast for your family and a party my daughters would love to throw in our own home.

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    […] Last year for our party, I found an incredible discount on a matching pair of pink flapper costumes so my daughters could walk the red carpet in style. From the Academy Awards themed activities to the delicious finger food, my children had a wonderful time. You can read about last year’s party here! […]


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