My mother-in-law, Geraldine, wrote the best “script” for an Oscar-worthy Academy Awards night viewing party. She loved movies. As a young girl, going to the movies was a real treat, an event worthy of getting dressed up. Actually, most days were worthy of getting dressed up! She had a bit of “drama” in her soul. She could have walked the Oscars red carpet with her own sense of panache! Move over Lady Gaga and Emma Stone.
For Geraldine, Oscar night was the culmination of a year’s worth of enjoyable viewing. Gathering friends and family together at her home to watch who won on TV was an annual event where she shared her love and enthusiasm for all things “movie.”
Naturally, she treated this get-together with a bit of heightened Hollywood glamour! Candles, gold napkins, stark white flowers decorated the room, setting the tone of the production. The food was equally dramatic. She served lots of finger foods to keep us going all night, plus the requisite tubs of popcorn.
But the real event was witnessing Geraldine’s love for the movies. She would tell us all about the various actors’ performances, sing a nominated song (I kid you not, she had a lovely voice and would belt out her favorites), and gush over the cinematography of this and that movie.
Geraldine’s passion for cinema was the leading character with the food, decorations, fabulously gowned guests, and the TV show as the supporting roles. She wrote, produced, and directed a winning production every year.
Note: Think big, not necessarily expensive. The “dollar store” is a miracle to help dress your set.