And the Oscar goes to … It’s Academy Awards time and we’re celebrating with our girlfriends. Are you having an Oscars party? And … Who is your Best Supporting BFF?
In the past, I’ve had an Academy Awards party which is a wonderful way to celebrate and view the Oscars. Here are a few ideas (and hopefully inspiration!) on throwing an:
Academy Awards Party for your girlfriends:
INVITATION – Pull this statue photo off Wikipedia or create your own. Tell them the dress code. Get them excited about attending your Oscars party! Don’t forget to send a preliminary list of the nominees so they can start their voting!
THEME IT – Think about around one of the top nominated films – here’s a list of all the Oscar nominees). Which ones are your favorites and which might lend themselves to a food, decorations or overall party theme? I have some awesome old photos of movie stars – those are a great decoration for Oscar night!
FOOD – What foods remind you of this year’s top movies? What genres lend themselves to different recipes or cuisines? Tell your friends to bring an appetizer or dessert that is inspired by this year’s Best Movies and see how creative they get! Come up with a drink or cocktail that is red-carpet worthy! My girlfriends Elizabeth and Dawn of PartyBluprints also have a recipe book for home entertaining.
DRESS CODE – The Oscars bring out the best in designer fashion, so your party could take on a casual version of red carpet attire (like accessorizing with these faux diamond necklaces!) – or ask that everyone add a splash of gold to their attire or accessories for Oscar gold.
RED CARPET – You might not have that handy but you could throw a red towel or blanket in front of your threshold and even take a paparazzi shot of friends as they enter – make sure you have a flash to make it bright and paparazzi-ish (: Or, if you have some kid’s chalk, color the sidewalk in red or draw Oscar on your walkway. Find ways to set the stage before they even enter your house.
AWARDS – Why not give awards to your ‘Best Supporting Girlfriends?’ Show them how much you value their ‘award-winning’ friendship and support that you give them throughout the year. Get some prizes at the Dollar Store – like fake jewelry, crowns, or spray paint bottles of wine gold then make a sticker label that announces them as the ‘Best Supporting BFF!’ For Oscar party prizes, buy some movie ticket gift certificates, mini trophies, or for a GREAT Academy Awards Party Prize, give this 85 years of the Oscars book!
The main thing is … get your friends together to enjoy time with you and each other! Celebrate the Oscars with an Academy Award-winning evening laughing and sharing with friends!
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What?! Reviews & News for Girlfriends? After blogging on Girlfriendology about female friendship for nine years, I kinda think (a lot) about the relationship women have. We take care of each other, offer recommendations, try to make each others’ lives better. We share recipes and reviews, tips and tricks, chardonnay and cabernet … and most of all, we share life.
So … what is this week’s reviews & news, worthy of sharing with girlfriends? I’ll offer my findings, ideas, things I can honestly recommend to my girlfriends. Feel free to share yours in the comments. That’s what girlfriends do 🙂
The BIG Basketball Games – As I write this, the final game is CLOSE and exciting. What do I do? I text my BFF Julie to ask her who she’s cheering for. We’re not together, but it feels kinda like we are. Tomorrow night is the women’s final game. Why not support them too? Notre Dame or Connecticut? Share life and basketball with your girlfriends!
When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.
Last week I was very happy to attend the one-woman show about The God Box: Sharing My Mother’s Gift of Faith, Love and Letting Go, written by and starting Mary Lou Quinlan. (Thanks to my other BFF Cathy for inviting me!) It was a wonderful play about the book, sharing the lessons and wisdom from a mother. The event supported the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Conference. (I had the honor of speaking at this a few years ago – what a great event!) (And see what I did there, share a link for girlfriends who like to write! That’s what girlfriends do!) It was great advice for women on the important things in life. I’d highly recommend that book to all girlfriends!
It’s feeling like SPRING! I’m working on my Spring mantle and home decor – thanks to Pinterest! Here’s some great girlfriend advice on Spring …
“Another New Year & still time for small dreams to come true” – Anonymous
I have a magnet with that saying on it. It reminds me, year after year to keep dreaming – and that small dreams are important too.
What are your dreams girlfriend? What things, big or small, would you love to see happen (or come true) in 2015?
As friends, we want the best for our girlfriends. We want your happiness, for you to be healthy, for special moments spent together. As friends, we pray that your life is peaceful, your friends and family are safe, that opportunities present themselves in good time and that you collect LOTS of happy memories in the coming year.
A friend shared the following from Evernote. Perhaps it will help you, girlfriend to look back on 2014 with appreciation for the memories formed and lessons learned. And hopefully it will assist you in planning to make 2015 a year filled with love, laughter and, of course, FRIENDS.
Questions for Completing and Remembering 2014
What was your biggest achievement in 2014?
What was the smartest decision you made in 2014?
What one word best sums up and describes your 2014?
What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2014?
What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2014?
What are you most happy about completing in 2014?
What three people had the greatest impact on your life in 2014?
What was the BIG risk you took in 2014?
What was your biggest surprise in 2014?
What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2014?
What friend(s) are you most thankful for who impacted your 2014?
Questions for Creating 2015 the Way You Desire:
What would you like to be your biggest triumph in 2015?
What advice would you like to give yourself for living an excellent 2015?
What are the major actions you will take to improve your financial situation in 2015?
What would you be most happy about completing in 2015?
What would you most like to change about yourself in 2015?
What are you looking forward to learning in 2015?
What will you do to be healthier in 2015?
What undeveloped talent are you going to explore in 2015?
What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2015?
How could you be a better friend in 2015?
What one word would you like to have as your theme in 2015?
THANKS TO ALL OUR GIRLFRIENDS for making 2014 AMAZING for Girlfriendology. We’ve grown, we’ve inspired, we’ve cheered each other on. THANK YOU for the humbling gift of your time and interest in female friendship. YOU ROCK! Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and a 2015 filled with health, happiness and wonderful times with friends and family.
Do the Holidays make you miss a special girlfriend? Are you sad, lonely or just wish you were ‘Christmas-ing’ with an old friend?
Some people come into our lives & quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts & we are never, ever the same.
We’re celebrating 12 Days of Friendship this December as we look at the ‘gift of girlfriendship.’ Today’s gift might not seem like a ‘gift’ but it is. Sometimes, for a wide variety of reasons, girlfriends are no longer in our lives. We’re looking at the not-so-Happy-Holidays – missing our friends.
Yes, the holidays can be sad, lonely, even painful when we’re missing a friend(s) – but at least we had that friend, right?At least they were part of our life for the amount of time we shared and hopefully we have happy memories, learned great life lessons together and celebrated friendship while we were together. At least we have their memories to remind us of them and the times we shared. (I shared some memories of another great girlfriend, Holly and how memories of her still make me smile!)
On this ninth day of celebrating friendship, during this Holiday / Christmas / Hanukkah season, let’s look back on the friends who are no longer actively in our lives, and let’s say a word of thanks for them – for the joy and laughter they shared, for the ways they changed us and for the sadness of missing them – that we might appreciate the time we have with the wonderful women who are still in our lives and are yet to come!
To Dana and Holly, to the friends we’ve lost along the way for whatever reason, for the beautiful BFFs who still bless our days … let’s feel some girlfriend gratitude. Let’s celebrate the friends who leave an impression on our lives. Let’s celebrate the way they touched our lives for whatever amount of time we had together. And … let’s be the kind of friend you’d love to have!
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. ~Victor Borge
When a friend REALLY makes you laugh, do you snort? Do you giggle? Make funny noises? Don’t you love how laughing with a girlfriend makes you ‘drop your stress?’
It’s Day 8 of our 12 Days of Friendship and we’re celebrating funny friends and the wonderful gift of laughter with the women who make us laugh on a regular basis!
What do you get when you combine fabulous drag queens, ugly Christmas Sweaters and girlfriends? A hilarious evening with friends!
My friend Penny gathered up a mini-van of girlfriends this past Sunday night for ‘Gay Bingo.’ It’s a hilarious fund-raiser for Carecole – a local non-profit that cares for families with HIV/AIDS. From the hilarious drag queen Bingo-caller (with a FABULOUS wig that ‘she’ insisted was NOT a wig! Can you pick ‘her’ out in the photo above?!), to the ugly Christmas sweater contest (yes, I got one at Goodwill to wear and congrats to Penny for being a winner!), to forcing me to sing ‘Jingle Bells’ solo while collecting dollars for Carecole – it was a scream!
The friendship ‘gifts’ of the night? I got to know Penny’s girlfriends a little better. I’ve seen them all before, but now we’ve shared laughter – the kind that we’ll laugh even more about in the future. I had a fabulous, funny, memorable evening with the girls – a night away from stress or worries, thoughts about the dang holiday card that is not designed much less created yet, or any other holiday stress. It was a gift – of laughter with girlfriends!
We’re celebrating the 12 days of Friendship and the Gift of Girlfriends and today’s ‘gift’ – making and sharing memories.
I met Barb when we were freshmen in college. Our rooms were across the hall from each other and we spent hours doing ‘stuff’ freshmen girls do – talking, laughing, figuring out our lives. We eventually roomed together and were in each others’ weddings. We’ve stayed friends over miles, kids, through different life changes and in between busy, busy schedules.
Now, so many years later, we have years and years of memories. From those early days in her Volkswagen Beetle (there are LOTS of memories in that car!), to now sharing a glass of wine together for our birthdays and every chance we can get, we’ve shared our stories and the gift of friendship – such a wonderful present! It’s true …
“It takes a long time to grow an old Friend.” John Leonard
This year for our holiday gifts to each other, she came up with the perfect gift – the gift of spending time together. Instead of ‘stuff’ we wrap up to show our love and appreciation, we’re foregoing the gifts for the gift of spending time together. We’re committing to getting together every month over the coming year.
By spending time together, we’ll no doubt still share the stories and memories of our long-time friendship, but we’ll also be making more memories together and having the conversations that keep us close and connected to each other.
So, as we celebrate the 12 Days of Friendship, we’re taking Day 4 to recognize and enjoy the gift of friendship – especially the memories that we make and share together. The memories that can only be made and shared among dear, true, wonderful girlfriends.
May you be blessed with the gift of friendship at the holidays and throughout your life. Celebrate your girlfriends!