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Throw an Oscars Shindig To Remember

  • By Cheryl Cecchetto


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We are pleased to present the ultimate Oscar Party guide, courtesy of Governors Ball Producer Cheryl Cecchetto. Read below for a preview of the 2014 Governors Ball and get inspired to throw your own Oscar party with an array of recipes provided by master Chef Wolfgang Puck.


Dear Readers, 

My name is Cheryl Cecchetto, Owner and President of Sequoia Productions.  I am proud to present the Oscars® Governors Ball for my 25th consecutive year.  They say it takes a village to raise a child.  Well, it takes a strong, dedicated production team to create a spectacular evening replete with memories and magic.

This year’s 86th Oscars Governors Ball features the understated elegance of sleek, structural lines, merged with the timeless wonder of nature, under a canopy of a luminous, evening sky.

Lounge seating will accent lush surroundings, reflecting a relaxed lifestyle.  An intimate atmosphere invites the “Stars under the stars” to mix and mingle amid romantic textures of deep aubergine, rich chartreuse and Italian leopard tapestry, all majestically framed by dynamic, vertical garden walls. 

A cutting-edge special event in Hollywood is progressive, passionate, detailed, inviting, ever-changing, stimulating, entertaining, and inspires lasting memories.  Now you can invite your family and friends into your very own Oscar screening Party on March 2, 2014. Here are a few tips for you to bring a little piece of the Governors Ball home.



Set the tone by sending out an Oscar-themed invitation using Oscar key art. For inspiration, download the official Oscar poster at Oscar.com.  Try an online resource to design and send out invitations to your guests.

A contest to guess this year’s Oscar winners is a surefire way to kick off the festivities and warm up the crowd. Make sure to include this link on your invitation: http://cdn.media.oscar.abc.com/media/2014/pdf/2014/nominees_ballot.pdf and the following instructions:

1. Prior to the Oscar party, please print the 2014 Oscars “My Picks”
2. Enter your predicted winner for each category
3. Write your name on your ballot, and hand it in when you arrive to the party
4. Your ballot will come in handy throughout the evening, with chances to win some seriously fabulous prizes



  • How about 85 Years of the Oscar: The Official Oscar History of the Academy Awards coffee table book
  • A fantastic bottle of Sterling Vineyards wine
  • A delicious bottle of Thienot Champagne
  • Both are served to the stars on Oscar night!



Inspired by this year’s Governors Ball setting, which emulates a beautiful garden framed by vertical, “living walls,” accent your own home with florals and candles for that special, natural touch of romance.

Channel your inner “Marks Garden” (The Governors Ball official florist), and create inspired florals that include garden cut roses, hydrangeas, wisteria, birch and moss.

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Upon arrival, snap your guests’ picture in a simple “photo booth,” with a trendy and retro Polaroid camera. You can also capture photos on your smart phone, and tweet and Instagram them with the hashtag: #oscars



To entertain your guests throughout the evening, create an upbeat playlist of the following nominated original scores:

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Throw in a few hits of this year’s Governors Ball featured performer, John Legend. Fall in love all over again listening to one of my favorites, “All of Me.”



Delight your guests with themed party games, turning “mixing and mingling” on its ear.

You guarantee the fun with your own Oscar-based Trivia Game. For example: In what Oscar-Winning movie did a character say the following: “Attica!,” “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse,” “Stella!” and one of my favorites, “You had me at hello.”



Comfort, style, class and great taste sum up the inimitable Wolfgang Puck. It’s no wonder he’s been catering the Governors Ball for 20 delicious years. During each commercial break, spice up your party by tray passing a few samples of Wolfgang’s signature small bites. Whether it’s a decadent truffle chicken pot pie, creamy smoked salmon pizza with caviar, or mini kobe beef burger—your guests will be sure to enjoy every single bite that comes by.

Build the anticipation! Download clips of the most outrageous (and therefore most memorable) past Oscar speeches, and watch them over pre-set hors d’ouevres.

Intrigue and pamper your guests with a few of these tantalizing Governors Ball recipes, right from the master chef himself.



Play mixologist and feature a Sterling Vineyards wine tasting bar along with a Johnnie Walker gentlemen’s lounge.


Wine Bar

2013 Sterling Vineyards Napa Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Sterling Vineyards Napa Chardonnay

2011 Sterling Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir

2011 Sterling Vineyards Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Sterling Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay

2008 Sterling Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Whiskey Bar

Johnnie Walker Black

Johnnie Walker Double Black

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve

Johnnie Walker Platinum

Johnnie Walker Blue

Chocolate and Cheeses

Open the door to a secret room when Best Picture is just about to be announced and feature a decadent Baileys coffee bar with savory cheeses and chocolates.  Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate—the love drug!!  Add a bit of dazzle to your desserts and powder your chocolates with edible Oscar-colored gold dust and glitter!

At the end of the evening, announce the top three winners and hand out their prizes!

Last but not least, schedule a 2015 at home Oscar party to get your guests excited for the next year! 

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