Awards season is one of the most exciting times of the year, especially for those who make it their business to follow celebrities, entertainment, and pop culture. Each year, the entertainment industry trots out its most significant productions and its biggest stars to celebrate the movies, TV shows, and music that made the biggest critical and commercial impact over the preceding twelve months. For those who love all things entertainment, there are few more exciting times throughout the year, and what’s wonderful is that awards season also gives us an excuse to get together with our family, friends, and loved ones. An awards show is a great reason to throw a party and have an absolutely great time doing it, as the show provides an interactive centerpiece around which you can organize a night to truly remember. We’ll talk about some great ideas and activities that can really help your awards show party land in a big way so your guests go home hoping they get an invite again next year.

One way to really make an awards show party fun for everyone is by handing out costume assignments. Whether they’re dictated beforehand or guests get to pick from a pool of names, it’s great to have everyone come dressed as their favorite character, singer, actress, movie, or anything related to the awards show in question. Of course, you want to have it arranged in one way or another so that guests don’t wind up doubling-down on celebrities to dress up as, but this is a relatively easy problem to solve. Beyond this, having your guests dress up makes the evening more fun in a variety of ways — it adds a fun (and even perhaps competitive) new layer to the award show’s proceedings, provides pretty much endless ice-breakers, and also allows you to have a fun little costume contest for prizes.

It’s also a great idea to organize some sort of pool or contest around the nominations. Give your guests a way to truly interact and participate, and if you can organize themed games around some of the nominations for the awards in question then you’ll be able to really bring the evening home in a fun and original way. You can even arrange for some of the foods, snacks, or hors d’oeuvres to be themed after the movies, television shows, or songs that are featured in your awards show for a night that’s truly fun.

Whether your party is centered around the Emmys, the Oscars, the People’s Choice Awards, or another awards show entirely, you can have a great time with party favors from a company like Aford awards or any one of the fun ideas we’ve talked about here. As you can see, coming up with an awards show-themed party and showing your guests a fantastically good time is a lot easier than you might think, and only requires a bit of advance planning and some creativity!