Love to Eat and Travel Tips & Ideas— Party
The first Grammy Awards telecast took
place in 1971 — today, it's as popular as ever. Invite your friends, family, or business associates
over for a fun Grammy Awards Party. Gather
around the TV and crank up the sound.
Pre-Show Fashions & Bling Watch Pre-Show
celebrity interviews and check out the latest fashions and bling.
Check your local show times for pre-show listings. The Grammy Telecast
Grammy Party Invitations
Be creative with your invitations — use Grammy Nominees (Performers, Bands, Musicians, Albums, Songs) in your text.
If you don't want the expense of buying printed
Grammy Party invitations, you can always print your own. If you want to go high-tech, use Eventbright.com — the online service can be used to send free invitations, or you can charge for tickets to your event. You can also make the event public or private. Other options include sending an email, using Facebook or using Google+.
Celebrity Lifesize Cut-Outs
Go Hollywood — decorate your house with "Award
Trophy Statuettes" and "Lifesize Celebrity Stand-up" Music
Legends (Elvis, Beyonce and other Hollywood favorites).
Grammy Party Decorations Buy Your Favorite Performer, Musican and/or Band
Posters (especially those who have been nominated for a Grammy).
Display the posters at your party — they make great decorations!
Black & Gold Theme Decor
Visit your local Party Store and florist for
Fun Theme Decorations — Black & Gold
Balloons, Giant Gold Stars, Flowers, Black and Gold Glitter Top Hats
(turn them upside down and fill them with popcorn or chips),
Black and Gold paper plates, cups, utensils and napkins, Black & Gold
Confetti...you get the idea.
Red Carpet & Digital
For a fun "Red Carpet" effect, get a Red
Carpet "Runner" for your entranceway and take Digital
Pics or a Video of your guests as they arrive. Set your dining
room/coffee tables with
bright red runners, sprinkled with black and gold confetti
Grammy Party Videos
Use your iPhone, Android Smartphone or Flip Mino Video Camcorder to record and share your party activities.
Free Video Conferencing
For those people who can't be at your Grammy Party (especially your
overseas friends and family), set up a FREE Web Conference using Skype, Yahoo,
or Microsoft Live Instant Messaging (IM) — that way they can participate
live during the event. We use Skype for our FREE International Video Calls,
Meetings, Parties and Conferences.
Grammy Ballots & Prizes Pass out Grammy Ballots and have your guests
cast their votes prior to the Awards ceremony. Offer a fun gift
to all the winners and a Grand Prize to the person who gets the
most categories right.
Fun Gifts & Party Favors
Put together a "Hollywood
Stars" Gift Tote Bag of goodies — be creative with your gifts.
We're not talking expensive freebie "designer swag" like the performers
usually get — you don't have to spend a fortune if you know where
to shop. Go to the "Dollar Stores" or Target for token gifts
Depending on how formal, edgy or casual you want your party
to be, here are a few Grammy Party Theme suggestions:
Black Tie" / "Favorite
Performer / Musician / Band" Be
creative and have everyone dress as their "Favorite
Performer / Musician / Band " or
opt for a Formal "Black-Tie" event — rent a Designer
"Black Leather, Black Jeans,
Host a Semi-Formal "Black Leather, Black Jeans, Red Carpet" event
and give guests the option of dressing "up or down" — the
edgier the better!
Cosmos & Flavored Martinis Serve
or flavored Martinis. Plan
a fun menu ofdecadent "finger
food" hors d'oeuvres and fabulous desserts — Mini
Blinis topped with Crème Fraiche and Caviar, Ahi Tuna on
Wasabi Crackers, Crab-stuffed Mushrooms, Lobster Bisque Shots, Melon-wrapped
Proscuitto, Chocolate Truffles...
Costco and Trader
Joe's offer a variety of delicious hors d'oeuvres, munchies,
desserts, Vodka, Gin, Champagnes and fine wines.
Catered Event / Entertainment
If you don't have the time — and aren't worried about a budget — hire
a caterer to handle "all the details" for you. For
more elaborate parties, hire Celebrity Look-a-like "Rockers/Musicians"
to mingle among your guests.
Chic: "Grammy Bash" Keep your Grammy Party simple — make
it a fun "Grammy
Bash." Dress "Casual
Chic" in your favorite music category —
Rap, Country, Rock & Roll, Latin, Reggae, Pop, Latin, Blues, New
Age, World Music...
"Grammy Bash" Menu
Whip up something easy for a large group — Three-Cheese
Lasagne, Shepherd's Pie, Baked Ziti, Firehouse Chili, Poached Salmon, Beef & Vege
Stew, Enchilada Casserole,
BBQ Chicken Wings... and all the trimmings.
Serve a decadent dessert — "Make-Your-Own
Ice-Cream Sundae Bar," Assorted Cheesecakes, Cream Puffs
with Chocolate Sauce, Tiramisu, Chocolate Cake, Fruit Tarts or Giant
Wine Selection & Quantity
Depending on your budget, you have several options regarding wine selection.
Tip: Allow approximately
a 1/2 bottle to one bottle of wine per person for a three-hour
For an "upscale" Grammy Party (with
wine aficionados), splurge on a selection of "fine" red
and white wines.
For a "casual chic" Grammy
Party, offer a variety of good mid-priced red and white wines.
For a "limited budget" Emmy
a case of Charles
Shaw"Two-Buck Chuck" wines from Trader
Joe's — at under $30, these good table wines are an
excellent value. We like the Cabernets and Merlots. Or ask your
guests to "BYOB" — bring a bottle of their favorite
wine or whatever they'd like to drink.
Be sure to have plenty of sodas, soft drinks, bottled
water and coffee on hand for non-drinkers and "designated drivers.
Casual: "Grammy Pot Luck"
Better yet...host a casual "Grammy Pot Luck Party." Pot
Lucks are a lot of fun, especially if you're on a budget.
"Grammy Pot Luck" Menu Make a big batch of Popcorn and have everyone
bring a dish (appetizer, salad, entree, dessert...and what they
want to drink).
In past years, we've had everything from assorted Costco and Trader
Joe's hors d'oeuvres — Mini Crab Cakes, Coconut Shrimp,
Chicken Wings, Quiche in Phyllo Pastry, Humus,
fresh Veges and Potato Skins, to Beppo's Pizza, Max's Deli food, Chinese
take-out, In & Out
Burgers, Chocolate-covered Oreos and Krispy Kreme Donuts.