The Grammys are coming! Are you ready for music’s biggest night of the year? What’s great about this lavish red carpet event is that you get a chance to see artists who “Started from the Bottom” and have clearly made it to the top. A Grammy-themed party is a fun way to recognize the past year’s biggest hits.
Plan on partying? Here’s how to make your award night shindig a “20/20 Experience.”
Dress to impress. When you invite everyone, make sure they’re fully aware of the Grammy night dress code. Make it a “Suit and Tie” affair, or go the less formal route by having guests dress as their favorite music star.
Rock out. Duh. Power up your phone, tablet or laptop and have tunes ready to set the mood. If you don’t have any songs by this year’s nominees, you can quickly download them. Another option is to simply turn on a good, upbeat Pandora station and let the music flow.
Make it sparkle. Red carpet events are all about glitz and glamour. Black and gold are traditional colors at the Grammys, but any decorations that are shiny will do the job. Bonus points to whoever can find a giant, sparkly “Wrecking Ball”. A few “Mirrors” won’t hurt, either. The dollar store is a “Holy Grail” for cheap party favors. So is Party City. And don’t throw those decorations away! Use them for other celebrations throughout the year.
Grammy fun fact: Move over, Ziggly Marley. Snoop Lion (you may know him better as Snoop Dogg) is nominated for “Best Reggae Album” for last year’s “Reincarnated”.
Role play. As soon as guests arrive, hand them a sparkly envelope. Inside will be the name of a huge pop star. The guest will have to act like that celebrity for the rest of the evening. Who knows, maybe you’ll even get one of your crazy friends to “Roar.”
Make predictions. Who do you think will take home all the coveted awards? Browse the official Grammys website to see this year’s nominations. Print it out, hand out blank note cards and have your guests write down their picks. At the end of the night, the winner with the most correct guesses gets a prize – perhaps a music themed gift like an iTunes gift card. Maybe you’ll be the one to “Get Lucky” and win!
Grammy fun fact: Funny man Stephen Colbert’s “America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t” is in the running for “Best Spoken Word Album.”
Encourage song and dance. Place everyone’s name on separate pieces of paper and place them into a hat or box. Do the same with song names and place them in a second box or hat. Have your guests randomly pick a name and song. The chosen person will have to perform that song in front of everyone. A re-enactment of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video will no doubt be entertaining.
Food fit for royals. Tiny food is big in Hollywood, so hor d’oeuvres should be the focus as far as grub goes. Think quiche and mini cheesecakes. Find some delicious recipes on Pinterest that’ll have your guests screaming like Miley, “We Can’t Stop”… eating, that is!
Hire paparazzi. Okay, maybe that’s taking things a bit too far. But you can certainly enlist friends to snap photos all night long. Create a custom hashtag and have everyone upload pictures to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all night long. No party is complete without the obligatory selfie, right?
Grammy fun fact: Bob Saget, best known from the 1990s as the single dad on “Full House”, is nominated this year in the “Best Comedy Album” category for his “That’s What I’m Talkin’ About” release.
Follow our tips and we promise, your guests won’t be declaring “We’re Going Home” until long after the credits roll! Tune in on Sunday Jan. 26th at 8 p.m. EST to see all the fuss!