The Golden Globe for best award show party goes to... you.
If you listen to the city’s best party planners, that is.
The annual event (airing live, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m.) is typically a boozy affair — but with hundreds of nominees in dozens of categories in both TV and movies, party possibilities can be overwhelming.
We asked event planners for tips on how to turn your living room into a festive Hollywood fete.
It’s best to go with a simple overall theme.
“Gold!” (like the statues), says Amy Shey Jacobs, owner of Chandelier Events. “The metallic hue says it all, and can be incorporated in the dress code, drinks, decor, menu and candy.”
Jacobs also suggests “Old Hollywood,” which allows for Gatsby-esque fashion and Champagne.
Or simply focus on one of the Best Picture nominees, like “Into the Woods.” Find some wreaths and branches at Home Depot, add a string of lights, and if you want to go all out, get a fog machine to give your place that misty, eerie feel from the film.
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Create the right movie mood by leaving a bag of candy on each guest’s seat, printing out color photos of all your favorite nominees to hang on the walls, and laying a red towel (or splurge on a red runner rug from Bed Bath & Beyond) to create your own mini-red carpet. Take full-length photos of everyone in his or her costumes — then post on Instagram with a specific hashtag so they’re all in one place.
Now the fun begins.
“Have guests dress as their favorite nominee [or character],” suggests Anna Sekula, editor in chief of BizBash.
Women can wear their fanciest evening dress as Lady Mary Crawley from “Downton Abbey,” or go makeup-free and lug around a big backpack a la Reese Witherspoon in “Wild.” There’s no better excuse to bring out your old floral dress from the 1990s than to portray Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood.” And no one could pass up the chance to wear a Cinderella gown in homage to “Into the Woods.”
For men, there’s the adorable Lobby Boy look from “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” or an opportunity to sport major sideburns and mustard-hued corduroys like Joaquin Phoenix in “Inherent Vice.” More creative types can find a prosthetic nose from any costume shop and do their best imitation of Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher.”
There’s nothing like an Old-Fashioned to honor “Mad Men” — except for this year, when the AMC show was completely snubbed.
The Bowery Hotel created its own “Boy With Apple” cocktail, named after the painting that forms a key plot point in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” At home, break out the whisky to numb your nerves like the characters on “The Affair,” or serve up some spiked Soylent (created by a software engineer) as a nod to the nerds on “Silicon Valley.”
When in doubt, there’s always beer. Any fan of “True Detective” will happily drink it up.
Start with the obvious: Bake a cake in honor of Jennifer Aniston’s nod for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama, for “Cake.” Don’t make it too sweet or fancy, though, if you want it to match Aniston’s makeup-free, bitter character.
As a reminder, this is a viewing party. And every screen-focused party needs popcorn.
“Make your own popcorn bar,” suggests Jacobs. Just buy a bunch of SmartPop and offer guests different toppings like truffle salt, cinnamon or salted caramel drizzled on top.
No one could pass up the chance to wear a Cinderella gown in homage to “Into the Woods.”Better yet, the Bowery Hotel’s events director, Robin Popelsky, says that guests should pick a movie or show beforehand out of a hat, and come to the party with a dish inspired by their pick. Whoever gets “Birdman” brings chicken; “Boyhood” can lead to ’90s kids’ staple Lunchables; grab barbecued ribs for “True Detective” or “House of Cards;” and gooey pies like the ones Crazy Eyes threw at Piper in “Orange Is the New Black.”
Let the games begin with the red carpet.
Jacobs came up with “‘Who Are You Wearing?’ Bingo”: Give guests a bingo card with various designers’ names in each square. Pick red carpet favorites like Valentino, Marchesa and Armani. Whenever a star shows up in a designer, guests stamp their cards, until they get Bingo.
Have a little fun with the male acting categories by playing “FMK” (that’s F-, Marry, or Kill) with the nominees.
Don’t forget drinking games.
“Take a shot every time an award recipient runs out of time during his thank you speech,” says Jacobs. “Or take a sip every time someone thanks Harvey Weinstein.”
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