Throwing an Award Winning Viewing Party

by Alli

This post, Throwing an Award-Winning Viewing Party, is sponsored by Applebee’s.  All opinions are my own.

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Throwing An Award-winning viewing party is the perfect time to bring out the glitz and glam!  Are you going to host an award-winning watch party?  It’s time to get your voting ballots ready and plan your menu. 

Throwing an Award-Winning Viewing Party

1.   Glam up your invites

Go beyond creating an event on Facebook.  These invites are my favorite. 

Invitations for Award-Winning Party


2.  Cast Your Ballots

You can’t have an award-winning viewing party without casting your ballot. Ask your guests to place their votes for winners of each category. After the awards show is over, whoever chooses correctly wins a prize!

Gold Trophy Award with Red Backdrop

3.  Theme Your Menu

I have plenty of appetizers to add to your award-winning party menu. 

You can also serve food inspired by the nominees! Check out these 20 Oscar-Worthy appetizers. I love the black-tie brie bites. They are so pretty and look delicious. 

Charcuterie trays are always a big hit at any party. 

Appetizers on wooden trays

4.  Celeb-Worthy Decor for Award-Winning Viewing Party

Black, white, metallic silver and gold will never go out of style. Create chic vignettes of Old Hollywood glam around your home. People will really notice all of the attention to detail!  

Stick to your budget by ordering pretty award-winning decorations from Amazon. 

I love these award trophies. They make wonderful prizes and pretty decor. You can find everything from red carpet backdrops, balloons, invitations and decor when you click here

5.  Standout Centerpiece

An over-the-top floral centerpiece will impress your guests when they walk in the door and set the tone for a glamorous soireé!

Pretty Centerpiece vase with pink roses and greenery

6.  Proper Lighting

Candles instantly create a swanky atmosphere. They are inexpensive and can be purchased anywhere! Be sure to buy candlesticks, tea lights, and votives that are different sizes but the same color wax.

White Candle with blurry background

7.  End on a glittery note

Serve red carpet-worthy red velvet cupcakes sprinkled with edible glitter.

Red Velvet Squares - Most Viewed Posts - Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake, Italian Cream Cake and Amazing Red Velvet Cupcakes

Applebee’s Pub Diet Menu – Award-Winning Meal

If you don’t want to prepare the food, order an award-winning meal from Applebee’s! 

I’m glad I’m not the one strolling the red carpet and needing a celeb diet, but since I did start the new year with goals to eat healthier, I recently visited Applebee’s with my husband to sample their new Pub Diet menu featuring bar and grill favorites, made a little better for you.

Our Favorites

My husband sampled the Pepper Crusted Sirloin with whole grains, sautéed spinach, fire-roasted grape tomatoes and portobellos in a light broth.

His sirloin was cooked perfectly (medium) and he was impressed with the tenderness of the steak and the flavor of the entire meal.

The best part:  Only 350 calories, 6 g fiber, and 30 g protein.  I had to steal a few bites of the spinach and it was sautéed to perfection.

Applebee's Pub Meals

I love the Shrimp and Broccoli Cavatappi featuring pepper grilled shrimp, cavatappi pasta and crisp broccoli in a light cream sauce. This dish is finished with a Parmesan blend and lemon.

In case you’re wondering, cavatappi is macaroni formed in a curly, swirly, spiral tube shape.  

Once again, we were very pleased with the presentation, the taste and especially the calorie count:  450 calories, 6 g fiber, 29 g protein.

Tips on Throwing an Awards Viewing

You can also choose Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken served with granny smith apple relish, lemon olive oil vinaigrette, and quinoa cranberry pecan rice blend.

What about Savory Cedar Salmon with artichoke spread, fresh veggies, and steamed potatoes?  All of the Pub Diet meals are under 600 calories.

Helpful Hint:  Forget cooking the entrée for your viewing party.  Applebee’s will help you throw an award-winning viewing party and help you watch your waistline so that you’ll be red carpet ready.

What’s your favorite part of an award-winning viewing party?  Mine’s the food and picking the best dressed.

Applebee's Pub Diet

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Logan Can January 12, 2015 - 9:01 am

The Lemon Chicken sounds so delicious! I love your ideas for hosting an Oscar themed party. I’ve always wanted to throw one.

Alli January 12, 2015 - 9:39 am

I always love to look at the evening gowns and see who made the best dressed list. And I usually feel sorry for the ones that made the worst dressed list except for those that have me saying, “What was she thinking?” 🙂

Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) January 12, 2015 - 9:39 am

Great ideas for throwing a viewing party! The food from Applebees sounds delicious especially the Shrimp and Broccoli Cavatappi.

Dee Williamson January 12, 2015 - 10:00 am

I am so ready for lunch now! My mouth was watering as I went through this post. I never knew there was such a thing as a reviewing party. These are really great tips and makes me want to have one! Thank you for sharing!

Alli January 12, 2015 - 10:32 am

Thanks, Dee and I really liked your vlog today.

Kristen from The Road to Domestication January 12, 2015 - 10:07 am

I think it’s a great tip to forget the cooking for a party – especially one like this! I haven’t been to Applebee’s in a while, either. I’ll head back there soon!

Alli January 12, 2015 - 10:22 am

We were so pleasantly surprised, Kristen! Applebee’s has really kicked it up a notch with their new pub meals.

Kristen from The Road to Domestication January 16, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Thanks for linking up with us at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week! 🙂

Shirley Wood January 12, 2015 - 10:40 am

Those dishes look quite appetizing! Sounds like fun too! I cannot even remember the last time we went to Applebee’s. We used to love their little rib basket.

Alli January 12, 2015 - 10:53 am

We had not been in a while, but I was intrigued by their new pub diet meals. And they really delivered! Very tasty.

Leigh Powell Hines January 12, 2015 - 10:46 am

I love your party ideas. They are great. It’s really great that these chains are moving in this direction. They have to do it. Eating out really kills weight loss efforts. People think they are making smart choices with a salad, but even then….the wrong dressing…ouch in the calories.

Alli January 13, 2015 - 7:23 am

I totally agree! Salads can be the most fattening choices because of all the toppings and high calorie salad dressing. I try to check the nutritional guide online before heading out to a new restaurant.

Anna @ Northern Homestead January 12, 2015 - 11:58 am

Great party ideas. I must admit, I am not a party person, but to be invited to one of yours would be fun ;). The Pepper Crusted Sirloin made mi hungry.

Alli January 13, 2015 - 7:21 am

I would love to have you come to one of my parties, Anna!

Vashti ( January 12, 2015 - 1:34 pm

The lemon chicken sounds sooo good! I love all your ideas, especially about the lighting. It makes a huge difference.

Alli January 13, 2015 - 7:20 am

Thanks, Vashti! Lighting really does set the tone of a party.

Reginia Cordell January 12, 2015 - 4:10 pm

You DH and I love beef. I would definitely select the sirloin with veggies. There’s something about grilled beef that makes the meal perfect. I love the idea of themed menu and casting the ballot. Those ideas alone set the perfect tone for the festivities.

Alli January 13, 2015 - 7:20 am

My husband was surprised at how much flavor that sirloin has. He’s always a little hesitant to order a sirloin because they can be so tough, but he was very pleased with the tenderness. Applebee’s knocked it out of the park with these new healthier meals.

Janelle January 12, 2015 - 7:58 pm

OMG! Listen, I really enjoyed this. These ideas are INSANE!!! Like I’ve never thought about doing something like this. You are definitely unique and extremely creative. I LOVE IT!!

Totally will give this a shot! And I too agree, let’s go behind the Facebook online events / invites and make it more personable in our mail boxes instead.



Alli January 13, 2015 - 7:18 am

Thanks for your sweet comment, Janelle. I’m in love with those Oscar invites.

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai January 13, 2015 - 12:43 am

What a fun party idea. One of the girl’s in my son’s eighth grade class had an Academy Award Birthday Party. It was great. The whole class was there, dressed to the nines, there was a red carpet leading up to the house, everything. They all had a fabulous time. My son even won an Oscar for Best Dressed! LOL

I love Applebee’s Fiesta Lime chicken… Yum! 🙂

Life With Lorelai


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