A Perfect Golden Globes Viewing Party
The Golden Globes are this Sunday night, kicking off the Hollywood award season. The Globes are the least serious of the awards shows, but my favorite. The Hollywood Foreign Press are an odd bunch and it reflects in the zaniness of the show. The celebrities booze it up and eat during the show and are therefore relaxed and not taking themselves too seriously. I also like that they cram movies and television stars all together in one room.
Party Basics: The Guests
Don't invite people that don't like movies-or worse-award shows. Tonight is the night to unabashedly celebrate your (otherwise useless) grasp of the Celebrity Industrial Complex.
Keep the guest list tight, consisting of people you like and don't have to shush or wake up mid-show. Attendees should pass the snuff test: Would they understand how awkward it is for Cameron Diaz to be seated near Jessica Biel? Or why a Scientologist wouldn't want to share a table with an SP? It's too late in the game for hand holding. If you have doubts about someone, move on. The ideal guest types are:
1) The Celebrity Body Language and Facial Expression Expert:
Is Angelina bored or angry? Or angry that she's bored? Is Russel Crowe bored or drunk? Does Melanie Griffith need a cigarette? This person will know.
2) The Walking/Talking Encyclopedia of Celebrity Trivia:
I honestly can't think of an example of what this person might know that I wouldn't on this topic, but it happens. Good to have them there just in case someone else doesn't know something.
3) The Eagle Eye/Analyzer of Miscellany:
Did Harvey Weinstein just spill a beer on Judy Dench? Did Jennifer Lopez just bump into Jennifer Garner? This is the person who notices the things that happen in the bottom right hand corner of your TV screen. This person is also helpful in noticing the forgot-to-thank-the-spouse-moments.
4) The Twitter-azzi Techno-Stalker
Celebrity Tweeting has changed the game--and the Hollywood Foreign Press is all over it this year, offering a list of celebrities who will be live tweeting at the event. Someone at the party should be following the aforementioned Celebrity Industrial Complex on Twitter. They are a tweety bunch, and some of the biggest moments in celebrity-dom have played out on twitter (like this or watching this unravel). There is also a need to keep up with all the #hashtagging, in case Eagle Eye (above) overlooked something.
Hostess With The Mostest: Booze and Snacks
Have guests arrive during your favorite Red Carpet Special (NBC, E!). Serve a cocktail that fits the occasion like the French 75 (see above), a champagne cocktail that is very Hollywood with a foreign (lemon) pressé twist. I like to encourage the jibber jabber during the pre-show--if you invited the right people, they will know when to pipe down.
Since this is a party about pretending to be fancy, I like to serve comfort food that is also pretending to be fancy: mini mac-n-cheeses and bowls of seasoned popcorn. My go to "fancy" macaroni & cheese is from Martha (right). Popcorn is easy to do yourself, but lately I've been obsessed with Quinn Popcorn. Quinn makes healthy (non-chemical ridden) microwave popcorn in flavors like Lemon/Sea Salt , Rosemary/Parmesan, and Maple/Sea Salt, using only the best ingredients.
I'm very big on party games. There's the not-so-serious game suggested by hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. More doable but equally fun options include or iVillage's printable bingo cards or The Vivant's Golden Globes Drinking Game (sample: drink if someone walks on stage in a stove pipe hat).
Ballots? Nah. The Golden Globes are for watching. Save the Ballots for more serious and snoozy Oscars.