This year marks the 94th annual Academy Awards, and the perfect excuse to get back in the swing of indoor entertaining. Red carpet arrivals start at 6:30 p.m. EST on March 27, with the awards going live at 8 p.m. EST and often running over the scheduled three and a half hours, meaning hosts have a solid four to five hours to entertain and impress.
Don your most festive attire (bonus points for anything with sequins or feathers), invite friends with opinions on fashion and film, and keep their glasses and plates filled/overflowing. Consider creating an Oscars cocktail using Claridge’s: The Cocktail Book as a guide (see below), and styling out your home bar, dining, or coffee table with accoutrements befitting a glamorous evening. Metallic accessories are a staple of every host’s closet, and gold is conveniently on-trend, meaning there’s never been a better time to invest in a few new acquisitions. You’re sure to be a winner, no matter what you choose.
Sasha Adler’s stylish leather design can serve as a carrying case for mixologists on the move, or as a compact bar for those short on space, with dedicated compartments for bottles and bar tools.
Keep the good times rolling with this brass and marble bar cart, a truly elegant workhorse, whether styled out for an Oscars party or used for more practical pursuits in a kitchen.
Lee Broom channeled his penchant for glamorous interiors into this candle design, a solid crystal cube with removable polished gold (or silver) vessel inside. When the natural soy candle is lit, scents of wood, citrus, and lavender are released, and when it is finished, the individual pieces can be reused.
Shaken or stirred, your cocktails become the star of the bar when served in this Saint Louis Crystal faceted coupe, blown and cut by master craftsmen at the company’s age-old headquarters in Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche in Moselle, France.
Ann Demeulemeester is best known as one of the avant-garde Belgian fashion designers of the Antwerp Six, but she recently turned her talents to tabletop design in a collaboration with Serax that includes festive glassware crafted from lead-free crystal.
All that glistens is truly gold in L’Objet’s Oro barware collection, with three decanters and four glasses (including this double old- fashioned one) featuring 24-karat gold-leafed orbs incorporated into their sleek design.
Jonathan Adler has the Midas touch when it comes to injecting a bit of Hollywood glamour into everyday objects: Witness his Versailles glassware, with metallic black, white, and gold details. Sold as a set of four.
Get your cocktails red-carpet ready with jeweled picks featuring sparkling (faux) gems. Sold as a set of six, many other designs are available, including agate-topped versions, skulls, and celestial themes.
Here’s a gold digger we can 100 percent get behind: a glistening scoop for fishing those pesky cubes out of a pretty pink glass ice bucket.
Keeping bottles of Champagne or wine in a freestanding bucket not only lets guests easily serve themselves (with the added bonus of keeping them out of your kitchen), it also frees up precious real estate on a table for all-important snacks and such.
Ralph Lauren Home’s very generously sized cradle for bottles of bubbles, whether of the Champagne variety or perhaps a cider or craft beer, will keep all contents “chilled from the first pop to the last drop.”
We’d like to nominate this ice bucket for the beauty and brains award. The beauty is obvious—swoonworthy design that looks gorgeous whether in use or not, with sweeping handles giving some serious drama. The brains hark back to the handles, which are angled to provide maximum leverage when in transport, whether filled with a bottle of wine mid-chill or a bouquet of flowers.
A gold-handled pitcher almost guarantees a perfect pour, whether mixing martinis or simply keeping guests hydrated over the course of the five-plus hour awards extravaganza.
If a sequined gown magically transformed into a decanter, it would be this glistening beauty, a stand-alone stunner that shimmers even more when filled with your favorite spirit.
Saint Louis Crystal’s Manhattan Mixology set is the black-tie version of a well-dressed bar staple, to be trotted out when the goal is maximum “wow.” The shaker was handmade and beveled in France. Its architectural top is silver-plated, as is the angular jigger. And that mixing spoon? Also silver, from Saint Louis Crystal’s sister company, Puiforcat.
You’ll appreciate the textured nature of these faux shagreen coasters as the night progresses and revelers get a little sloppy or glasses get sweaty. Texture = no sliding. The set of four, with velvet backing to protect table surfaces, is packaged in a matching faux skin box and available in taupe, black, or white.
With a decorative stopper made of amethyst, a protective stone believed to relieve stress and anxiety, this decanter could qualify as a wellness item that just happens to instantly elevate whatever beverage you choose to store within, whether alcoholic or not. Also available with an agate stopper.
Consider these bar tools your go-to assistants in crafting the perfect cocktail: a two-sided jigger, bottle opener, cocktail strainer, and garnish knife, all contained in a gorgeous hunk of marble that will look great on your bar.
A 24k-gold-plated tray that’s all about image—yours or anything you serve on it—reflected in the magical mirrored glass. With an almost 16-inch diameter, this handmade Italian wonder is super practical: Set it on a kitchen island, a vanity, or hang it on a wall when not in use.
Not only do these metallic straws up the glam factor of any glass they’re in, they also enable some nervous-swirling-action during the nail-biting moments before a winner is announced. Sold as a set of three (plus a teensy brush to clean them) in your choice of gunmetal, gold, rose gold, stainless steel, brushed stainless steel or a rainbow assortment.
Imagine reaching for a pig-in-a-blanket, mini meatball, even a hunk of artisanal cheese with a gorgeous 24k-gold-plated cocktail fork inspired by the ironwork found in Venetian villas. They simply change everything about anything you nibble. Sold in a set of four; two-tined cocktail picks also available.
The design aficionado’s fete would undoubtedly feature architectural flourishes like this sterling silver Puiforcat cocktail fork in a pattern created almost a hundred years ago for Jean Puiforcat’s own wedding.
While they don’t serve dinner at the Oscars, we’d like to imagine that if they did, they’d set their tables with flatware inspired by the night’s coveted statuette.
A tip from table stylists: Invest in a series of footed bowls in different sizes and heights to create an interesting tablescape that gives guests access from a variety of angles. This one, by Michael Aram, is 3.25 inches tall and comes with a matching spoon.
A Carrera marble and gold-plated steel stunner that takes serving to new heights (5.5 inches, to be exact) creating more space on your table for a variety of other festive accoutrements.
A key component of any cocktail is the garnish. Take a tip from a frequent host: Prepare yours in advance and creatively incorporate them into your bar display. The glass bowls of this condiment dish duo will help do just that, for wet (Luxardo cherries) or drier (lemons, limes) garnishes or bar snacks like nuts, chips, or wasabi peas.
Take a shine to these glamorous interpretations of 1950s Danish Krenit bowls, designed in Brooklyn and intended to mix, match, and use all over the home.
Feathers have been having a major fashion moment—Serena Williams, Lady Gaga, Gigi Hadid, and even Amal Clooney have been spotted on various red carpets sporting them—meaning we’re about to see more of this motif in home furnishings. Michael Aram’s golden Plume tray was inspired by the train of a peacock, said to be a symbol of renewal and immortality.
Milk chocolate balls, stars, bites, and mint meltaways are wrapped in metallics and ready for their close-up at your Oscars fete. While sold prepackaged in containers, we suggest emptying the whole lot into one of the stylish bowls we’ve included on this list.
On Oscars night, present awards of your own for guests who accurately guess the winners: eight ounces of solid milk or dark chocolate in an 8.5-inch sculpture that bears enough of a resemblance to an actual Oscar to make it seem very legit.
Claridge’s, the legendary London hotel that’s hosted legions of celebs since it opened over 160 years ago, has just released the ultimate cocktail recipe book, a bartender’s bible with detailed instructions on how to create more than 500 glorious cocktails for any occasion. Coauthored by Claridge’s director of bars Denis Broci and director of mixology Nathan McCarley-O’Neill, this not-so-little black book encompasses classics from every period in the hotel’s history, from sparkling to sweet, stirred to sharp, refreshing and sour. Any way you pour it, an inviting glass awaits.