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One of the best part watching the Academy Awards Sunday will be critiquing the celebrity outfits and the acceptance speeches. But this year make sure you receive the highest critique as the party host!

Really treat your friends to an award-worthy time at your Oscar party by adding these event planner tips:

imageimageCreate a “Red Carpet” arrival experience by laying a long red runner or red carpet leading to the entrance of your house. Rent a 25’ long one for fifty bucks at Alex Party Rentals Remember to tape it down for safety!

Add that paparazzi experience when your guests arrive by showering them with the flashes of picture-taking by your brother the novice photographer. Have him print out the best shot of each guest and give it to the guest before they leave as a keepsake of the memorable night.

Pour your guests the same champagne cocktail that the guest at the Governor’s Ball, the obligatory after affair at the Dolby theater in Hollywood , are drinking on Sunday night. Wolfgang Puck will be pouring 230-year-old French champagne house Piper-Heidsieck but you serve Frexinet Champagne  for 16.00/bottle. Garnished with a rose petal!

Have a soundtrack playing in the background of Oscar nominated songs when the show is not on.

Serve some of the simple dishes that renowned Los Angeles Caterer Wolfgang Puck is serving to the stars at the Governor’s Ball, like hhis signature favorites, such as smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, and mini American Wagyu burgers with aged cheddar.. Get the full menu here

Printout Ballots for your guests and have them vote and announce their winners when NBC does. Give a prize or a replica of the gold bald man statue, available at Aahs Gift stores, for the most wins. Here is a good ballet to download.

Enjoy your party and Hooray for Hollywood!

Teri with Helene (L) and Hannah An of AN Catering

As a Los Angeles Event Planner, I love to show off my favorite venues to clients and friends.

For a pre-holiday gathering in October, I hosted a cocktail reception for Teri Kinne Events’ clients and friends to show off the Eco Chic Venue of Tiato and the divine catering by AN Catering.

Tiato's lovely garden setting

Guest’s sipped specialty, herb-infused saki martinis, enjoyed tray passed hors d’oeuvres and a sweet dessert bar with Mexican Hot Chocolate and Chef Shawn’s Marshmallow topped Chocolate Mouse.

Cool music was provided by The Token Cover Act with Jason Marshall and singer, Anya Marshal.

Photographer Paul, from The Good Photographer, captured the best of guest, ambiance and food images.

Event Coordinators Rachel Quinn and Jacob Reed organized the affair which was a smash success!

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I hosted a mixer for Santa Monica businesses who were invited to see the new venue space at Tiato, a “Kitchen, Bar, Garden+Venue” by the creators of Crustaceans in Beverly Hills. I reached out to local businesses whom I thought would enjoy discovering this creative space — available for meetings, cocktail receptions, business and social events.

Guests enjoyed specialty cocktails and a house-made summery sangria; as well as tray passed hors d’oeuvres including “Secret Kitchen Garlic Noodles”, by Crustaceans executive chef and owner Helene An, known to her family and staff as “Mama.” DJ Jason Marshall set the groove with his lounge playlist. We raffled off brunch for two and dinner for two and sent guests home with goodie bags.