The 86th Academy Awards are right around the corner (Sunday, March 2), and it’s the perfect reason to throw a viewing party.
What’s better than sitting around with friends and family discussing outfits, critiquing speeches and celebrating your appreciation for good films? Not much else.
Make your event shine from the get-go with some nicely designed invitations. There are so many creative ways to approach and brand your event, and a lot of designers stick with using glitzy colors like black, gold and silver in their work.
1. Capture the gold of the Oscar award by including it in the design of your invitation. This particular party includes an appetizers competition. Yum!
2. The design of this invitation is relatively simple, but it is clean and easy to read. The script on it adds a nice touch of elegance.
3. If you’re having an intimate gathering, make it special by going all out with your invitations. Here we see this pop-up invite has its information take center stage.
4. This nicely designed invitation is a play on a ticket stub, concentrating on typography, hierarchy of text and graphic placement. The unusual shape is not only appropriate, but it lets your guests know your party will be special.
5. One of the best parts of the Academy Awards is who’s wearing what on the red carpet. This invite makes it clear the priority of this party is watching and commenting on celebrities’ ensembles.
6. OK, this might technically be a napkin, but its verbiage, “Time to drink champagne and dance on the tables,” sounds like a great reason to have a party! Check out the nice use of mixed type.
7. The invitation doesn’t have to be the end of your Oscar night designs. Think of it is as the beginning! This designer translated their colors and graphic elements into table settings, refreshments and more.
8. This minimalist, clean design has a nice, bold graphic of a camera that was used on it and other printed material.
9. If you were to make a two-sided invite, think about using one side as the invitation and the other in a creative way like a game. Oscar bingo, for instance, would be a lot of fun for you and your guests!
10. This is a really understated invitation, and I like the way they’ve used the stars in their design. The information is really easy to read, and this might be even nicer if the designer used a contrasting typeface to add more visual excitement.
11. Like the last invitation, this also uses stars as a design motif, and the designer even paired the serif type with an elegant typeface. They contrast each other and pair nicely together.
12. If you’re willing to take a little extra time, you can fashion a black ribbon on your invite to convey the prestige and fanciness of the Oscars (and the fact that most of the men wear tuxes).
13. This invitation uses laser-cut shapes to mimic the elegant decor of grandiose movie theaters constructed in the art deco style. It’s some great out-of-the-box thinking and makes for a design that is unusual yet oddly familiar.
14. The director’s clapper board is synonymous with movies, so it’s very appropriate for an Oscar’s party. I love the playfulness of this invitation and the fact the top is able to move.
15. For the tabloid-obsessed party goer, you can model your invite off what magazines use for their own get-together. Here’s a copy of Entertainment Weekly’s invitation from years ago (but it still looks good!)
What will your invitation look like?
A good starting point is to ask yourself what’s your favorite thing about the Oscars. Is it the celebration of filmmaking? Do you love to look at what celebrities are wearing on the red carpet? Or is there a particular film you want to win Best Picture?
Think about it and use it to plan an amazing party!