The next time you are planning a cook out for your friends why not consider rolling out the red carpet, dimming the lights, pulling back the red curtains and hosting a classic Hollywood themed cook out?
If the idea of a star studded affair does appeal to you, read on for a few of my suggestions on party invitations, place settings, favors, snacks, drinks, decorations, games and prizes.
Classic Hollywood Themed Party Invitations
Depending on whether or not you plan on showing some classic Hollywood movies at your party, you may want to consider using photographs of famous stars, like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as invitations.
If that idea doesn’t suit you, there is always the option of purchasing colored card stock and using a gold leaf pen to write out the invitations.
Classic Hollywood Themed Place Setting Ideas
As place settings why not purchase eight inch director’s clap boards from Oriental Trading ($4)? Once you have the clap boards use a white calligrapher’s pen ($3) to write the names of your movie star guest onto them and place one at each seat.
If you don’t like the idea of a director’s clap board, you may want to go to your local home improvement supply store and purchase an inexpensive box of granite colored stick tile ($7 a box). After you get the stick tile home trace a star pattern onto the stick tile and make each party guest a “star on the walk of fame” as a place card.
Classic Hollywood Themed Party Favors
For movie themed party favors you may want to consider purchasing either a director’s clap board photo key chain ($5 per dozen) or an eight piece movie themed gift bag ($4 per set of eight), which are available at most party stores.
Other party favor ideas include theater size boxes of much beloved movie candies like Nestle Sno-caps, Goobers, Nestle Raisinets, Milk Duds, Mike and Ike’s and Good-n-Plenty. Many candy wholesalers and shops like the Online Candy Shop sell 18 count cases of classic movie theater candies for around $21.
Classic Hollywood Themed Snacks
You may also want to buy or rent a popcorn machine and purchase some popcorn bags, which usually sell for $4 a dozen. Home popcorn machines come in a variety of sizes starting at 4 ounces and going up to 8 ounces. The purchase price of a home popcorn machine generally starts out in the $170 range. The bigger and more complex the popcorn machine desired, the higher the price.
Classic Hollywood Themed Drinks
When it comes to Hollywood themed drinks why not consider a Shirley Temple or a Charlie Chaplin’s Cousin for the under 21 crowd? The adult guests on your list may also enjoy a Betty Grable Cocktail or a Mary Pickford.
Classic Hollywood Themed Decorations
An excellent piece of classic Hollywood décor would be a red curtain back drop and a red carpet. In the past I have been able to purchase rolled red carpet through my local carpet store.
Many carpet stores have small remnants of discontinued carpet that they are more than willing to part with for pennies on the dollar. If you don’t have a carpet store in your area that has rolled red carpet, you may be able to purchase one online at Party Cheap or other similar stores.
Other Hollywood party décor ideas include gold and silver, star shaped glitter.
Classic Hollywood Themed Games
Why not consider Hollywood trivia, movie soundtrack karaoke, movie charades or a name that movie clip type of party game? There are plenty of movie trivia and other such websites that make for an excellent Hollywood game resource, like Yahoo! Movies for instance.
Classic Hollywood Themed Prizes
Most craft stores and party shops have gold and black Oscar style or star shaped statues that would make excellent prizes. A dozen of either such trophies from Oriental Trading will run you around $10. If you want a trophy that is more substantial you may also want to check out Cal-Ideas, which has a wide variety of suitable trophies to choose from.