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Tack up the movie posters -- and lay out the red carpet -- for friends and loved ones this year with some of the best ideas for Oscar Night movie parties this side of Hollywood.

That includes themes and decorations, party games, and party food and drink recipes.

First, don't forget to download and print the Oscar pool sheet so guests can vote for their favorites on Oscar night. It's a great icebreaker, and the guest who picks the most Oscar winners gets a prize after the telecast! (And, yes, they can thank their Mom and the Academy.)

Next, be sure to send out Oscar party invitations early so that guests can clear their calendars for the biggest party night of the season. Purchase invitations or make your own using downloadable movie night clipart and clever wording such "Lights! Camera! Action! or "We're rolling out the red carpet....and you're invited!" Also be sure to include time, date, and RSVP details.

This year, set the date for Sunday, February 26, 2017 when the 2017 Oscar telecast airs on ABC beginning at 5:30 PM PT / 8:30PM ET on ABC.

Let's get this Oscar party started

On party night, decorate in classic gold and white --- or take your cue from this year's crop of Oscar-worthy movies. For example, you may want to get your retro mojo on with 60s party ideas honoring former First Lady "Jackie" or by celebrating that era's space race in "Hidden Figures".

the perfect Oscar night party snackWhatever YOUR excuse for a memorable movie themed party, be sure to make it fun for guests - and easy on you! - with these helpful tips for celebrating all things Hollywood:

  • Make sure the food is plentiful, but keep it simple with make ahead dishes, snackable meals or movie night popcorn that guests can easily munch on in comfortable easy chairs, or on the couch in front of the TV.

  • Not enough seating for everybody? Get guests comfortable by clearing out the coffee table and leaving plenty of room for chairs, beanbags, or oversized pillows for your front row audience.

  • Use TV commercial breaks for mingling and party activities - such as movie trivia, famous movie quotes, or a mini-marathon of "Name That Movie Tune" featuring Oscar-winning songs.

  • When the night is over, send guests home happy with goodie bags filled with popcorn, boxes of movie candy, and plastic sunglasses.

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