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Oscars™ Glam at Home & Party Ideas With Cheryl Leahy! by Donna John

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Oscars™ Glam at Home & Party Ideas With Cheryl Leahy!

One of the glam-est nights of the year is fast approaching – the 2017 Academy Awards™! Not only are the Oscars™ the culmination of awards season, but they are a star-studded celebration of cinema. To help all of us add a little glam to our own viewing party, we were thrilled to have #30Seconds featured contributor Cheryl Leahy as our special guest at this week’s Twitter chat. Read on for her red-carpet ideas!

Q: How can I throw a fun Oscars™ party at home and not spend a ton of money?

  • Pick a color theme – gold and black, gold and red, use items from home, scarves, etc.
  • Dollar store! They have plates, straws, forks, decor. Add glitter and done!
  • Have one big decoration, like one massive balloon with smaller surrounding, one big bouquet with bud vases around.
  • Plastic tablecloths make great backdrops!
  • Candles are cheap and cheerful. Spray paint votives gold and trim with red ribbon.

Q: What about Oscars™ cocktails? Any ideas?

  • Prosecco + Wild Hibiscus Co. is simple and elegant.
  • How about La La Land Limoncello? Prosecco + limoncello + lemon wedge garnish.
  • Moonlight Martini = half and half, vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur and creme de cacao.
  • Non-alcoholic? Use natural syrups and add to soda water! Jo Snow Syrups are my fave!

Q: How about easy Oscars™ finger food ideas that are elegant?

  • Make Parmesan cups and fill with chopped Caesar salad.
  • Anything on a skewer. Caprese salad is easy! Serve with reduced balsamic vinegar.
  • Make mini Rice Krispies treats, put in lollypop sticks and dipped in chocolate.
  • Truffles = crushed cookies + cream cheese rolled in melted chocolate.

Q: Any entertainment suggestions for my guests?

  • Have guests make predictions and award winner with bottle of bubbly.
  • Play Oscars™ bingo.
  • Awards for best dressed, best bling, best lip color, etc.
  • Play charades! Use movies, actors, songs for topics.

Q: I adore watching the red carpet. What trends are hot this year?

  • Rings! Cover all fingers with rings.
  • Deep V-neck, plunging necklines.
  • Silver, yellow or pink are the colors we have seen most.
  • Nude lipstick with more colorful eyes and glitter shadow.

Q: How do celebs always look good in photos?

  • Find your good side and turn for photos. Usually your left side is best.
  • Don’t face camera head on, turn your head to create depth.
  • Have photo taken from above, tilt head up when seated.
  • Keep arms away from your body. One or two hands on waist.
  • Stand up straight! Good posture is key.

Be sure to following  @CJAllDressedUplike her on Facebook, visit, and check out her 30Seconds page!

Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP
You should be on the red carpet Cheryl!
Elisa Schmitz
Woohoo, no one throws a party better than Cheryl Leahy! Excited to be inspired by you at this week's Oscars chat, thank you! xoxo
Nicole DeAvilla
I am ready for some glamour!
Kim Kusiciel
Love this and can't wait to hear all about it! Thanks Cheryl Leahy for covering a fun and glam topic!
Dr. Christina Hibbert
Love me some Cheryl Leahy!! Always gorgeous and ready to entertain! <3
Can't wait for my favorite chat!! Always such great tips!
chrissy sexton
YAY can't wait! Tweet ya there!
Jennifer Essad, fun hour ahead, can't wait
Meredith Schneider
Woohooo! Who is red carpet ready?! Me! 😊💃💃💃
Elizabeth Brooks
Awesome lizardbrooks99

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