Award Show Party Ideas

I have always love watching award shows. It’s so fun to have a few girlfriends over to watch the Oscars or Grammys. An award show is an incredibly good excuse to throw a party, not that you ever really need an excuse to have friends over for good food and fun. Typically, I keep our gatherings pretty simple featuring some of our favorite snacks like Velveeta-Rotels famous Queso Dip and a always a fun dessert. I’ll share with you some of my favorite award show party ideas.

Award Show Party Ideas

The red carpet event, before the show is probably more fun to watch than the award show itself. I like tying the red carpet theme into my party in different ways. The first way is to ask your friends to attend the party in their best award show attire. It’s a great time to wear that dress that you bought for your best friends wedding, that’s been sitting in the closet ever since getting dusty. I also like to create a glamorous red carpet look in my tablescape. Simply use a red table runner or a couple of red place mats to create a red carpet for your snacks.

Good Eats – Famous Queso Dip

Award Show Party Ideas - Famous Queso Dip Ingredients

A good party has to have good food, and one of my friend and family favorite’s is Famous Queso Dip made with Rotel and Velveeta. It couldn’t be any simpler to make, and is always such a crowd pleaser.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
1 pkg (16 oz each) Velveeta® Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1. Combine undrained tomatoes and cheese in medium saucepan.
2. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until cheese is melted completely and mixture is blended, stirring frequently.
3. Serve warm as a dip with tortilla chips, crackers or cut-up fresh vegetables.

Famous Queso Dip in the Slow Cooker

This recipe takes literally minutes to make. I have one of those mini slow cookers that I like to dump the ingredients into, and let it heat up while I prepare my other dishes. The recipe yields 2-1/2 cups or 20 servings (2 tablespoons each). Easy peasy!

Famous Queso Dip Award Show Party Ideas

Movie Theater Butter Popcorn Cupcakes

I can’t imagine going to the movies and not getting some delicious buttery popcorn, so popcorn is a must have when watching my favorite movies and actors win awards. Movie Theater Butter Popcorn Cupcakes are such a fun take on the movie theater favorite. Although a wee bit time consuming, they are surprisingly simple to make.

Popcorn Cupcakes - Award Show Party Ideas

Prepare the popcorn. You’ll need one 10 ounce bag of miniature marshmallows per one dozen cupcakes. Cut each marshmallow in half with a knife, then using your fingers squish two halves back together at one end. This is a bit time consuming and is a great chance to get the kids involved by letting them squish the cut halves back together. You can work on this while your cupcakes are baking.

Whip up a batch of your favorite cupcakes and swirl on some buttercream or vanilla frosting. The swirl mound will give your cupcakes some height for your popcorn pile. I use my favorite buttercream icing recipe and swirl it on top, using a pastry bag and large decorator tip. Adding a little Wilton butter flavoring to your frosting will give it an unexpected surprise. Once the cupcakes are frosted, simply add the popcorn pieces to your cupcake working from the bottom up. The frosting will hold the marshmallow popcorn pieces into place.

Movie Theater Popcorn Cupcakes - Award Show Party Ideas

To add a butter effect to your popcorn, add several drops of yellow food coloring to one cup of water. Use a clean (preferably unused) paint brush to gently brush a little butter onto each kernel.

I purchased red and white stripe scrapbooking paper from my local craft store, and cut it into strips to go around the bottom of each cupcake. The strips just need to be wide enough to cover the cupcake liner, and just tape the ends together in the back.

Swag Bags

Award Show Party Ideas - Swag Bags

It’s a long standing tradition for celebrities to receive swag bags for award shows, so I thought it would be fun to put some swag bags together for my party guests. You don’t have to go to a lot of expense or trouble to create swag bags. I used plain brown gift bags with handles, added on some glittery star shaped stickers, and ribbon. Some of my suggested goodies are movie star red lipstick, glittery nail polish, small tubes of perfumed lotion, and a chocolate treat.

Award show parties are a lot of fun, and I hope you’ve enjoyed some of my award show party ideas!

Famous Queso Dip

The creamy, cheesy taste of Velveeta pairs with fresh and spicy RO*TEL for a delicious Queso Dip perfect for any occasion!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by RO*TEL and Velveeta via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of RO*TEL and Velveeta.

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  1. Those swagbags and cupcakes are just adorable!!! I haven’t ever thrown an awards show party, but it looks like a good time!

  2. Great idea! Especially with the Oscars coming up :) The cupcakes are too cute!

  3. Amazing! Those cupcakes are fantastic. GREAT JOB!

  4. I cannot get over the cuteness of those movie popcorn cupcakes! Tooooo cute!

  5. The cupcakes are so cute! I love the dip too, one of our favs.

  6. The cupcakes are oh so cute! Awesome idea and thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Love the cupcakes!

  8. those popcorn cupcakes are adorable!!

  9. I was thinking that dip looks pretty good! Where’s the party? :) Have a great time.

  10. Now this is too cute! That’s a real Award Party…love the cupcakes adorable ;0)

  11. I already pinned your cupcakes–they are awesome–actually your whole post rocks!! you are very creative-thanks for sharing

  12. Very creative ideas but I dont wathc the oscars.

  13. What a creative way to make cupcakes.. BRAVO!!! They really do look like popcorn and it makes me hungry for sure!! What a fun lil gathering you had!!

  14. The buttered popcorn cupcakes are so fun!

  15. OMG! That butter popcorn cupcake is beyond! You are amazingly creative!

  16. Wow! You really hooked me in with the cute marshmallow cupcakes. Even though I do LOVE Rotel queso dip. :) Nice post.

  17. Those cupcakes are so cute. I love it! Thank you for sharing! I am pinning this one for sure! And Velveeta cheese? I have great childhood memories of Velveeta cheese and my grandma. Thank you for a great trip down memory lane. Blessings!

  18. I wish I were on your guest list! This looks fabulous.

  19. kelly nicholson says:

    can i move into that house…really..thanks

  20. Can I come to your house for a party?? Please! We make the same dip but I add ground beef to mine and we just call it Rotel Dip. It’s so yummy. Now I want to make some.

  21. My son’s bday is Friday. I’ve been thinking and thinking about what to do for a special lunch at school.

    Thanks to you, I’ve just found the special cupcakes.

    I appreciate it, and I know he will too!

  22. I’m a fan of any party that has dip! And those popcorn cupcakes are beyond cute. Great to take to a party too!

  23. Holly Thomas says:

    I am making the Dip for the Oscars!!

  24. I just can’t get over how cute those cupcakes are!

  25. Love the Popcorn Cupcakes!
    Just a little confused on the following directions:
    Cut each marshmallow in half with a knife, then using your fingers squish two halves back together at one end.
    What exactly does this mean…”squish two halves back together at one end”?

    • Thanks! Take two of the halves and squish them back together, between your fingers – only do this at one end. At the opposite end the two halves will still be separated – kinda like a V shape. I hope that helps.

  26. I love that queso dip and hello holy cuteness on those cupcakes!!!! Totally pinning them for future use!

  27. I am in LOVE with those popcorn box cupcakes!!!!! Such a great idea!!!!!

  28. Saundra M says:

    These are the cutest cupcakes ever! Great idea!

  29. I love your fun ideas here ~ and that queso dip ~ YUM! Thanks for sharing them at Making Monday. Have a great week.

  30. I absolutely love these cupcakes, they aere so creative!! Saying hello from the in and out kitchen party!

  31. These cupcakes are just amazing and I’d love for you to share them with my readers and link up.
    Thanks for the darling idea!

  32. These are some great ideas!! Especially those cupcakes. They look so cute! (and yummy too!) Thank you for linking up to Party Time and we hope to see you again next week!

  33. Those cupcakes are adorable. I didn’t even realize those were marshmallows at first; I thought it was real popcorn! Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  34. Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on ! I hope to see you there!

  35. What awesome ideas! Those movie popcorn cupcakes are absolutely adorable. Pinned this. A cousin of mine does that Queso Dip all the time with ground beef. I have been meaning to try it. Thanks for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday.

  36. I just love those cupcakes! I’m featuring it for Worthwhile Wednesdays! Stop by, grab your button, and link up again!
    ~Allie @

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