How to Throw a Fab Oscars Party (Pro Tip: You Need Fondue)

It’s no secret that Story by ModCloth readers are some of the most stylish peeps around, so we decided to kick off an exciting year-long campaign titled #inspiredbyyou. And it’s just that — useful, whimsical blog content that’s inspired our ModCloth customers, readers, and beyond. Each month, we’ll tap fabulous storytellers and ask them to share their expertise right here on the blog. What better way to celebrate the ModCloth community than to showcase the incredible work being created by our fans?

Hello, ModCloth! We are Erin Thiessen and Stefanie Hiebert of the blog Oh So Lovely. We live in Winnipeg, MB, Canada and we run a brick-and-mortar vintage shop called Rhymes With Orange, as well as a mobile vintage shop in a 1956 camper trailer.

With the Oscars just around the corner, we thought that it would be fun to put together a guide to throwing an old Hollywood-themed Oscars party! The awards have always been such a glamorous event, especially during our favorite eras — the ’50s and ’60s — so we thought we would pay tribute to that by showing you how to throw a vintage-inspired party of your own.

Envelope used by Price Waterhouse to enclose the name of Academy award winner
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What to Drink 
In the Oscar-winning film Casablanca they drank French 75s, and just like the ending of the classic flick, the drink is bittersweet and perfect for your bash.
cocktail french 75

2 oz gin
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 tsp simple syrup
5 oz champagne or sparkling wine with gold flakes to make it extra festive
ice cubes

Pour the lemon juice, gin, and simple syrup* into a shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Stain into champagne flutes and top off with champagne. Add lemon twist for garnish. Cheers!

*To make simple syrup: bring 1 part water to a boil an add 2 parts sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool and thicken.

What to Eat
No vintage-themed party would be complete without good old fashioned fondue. Not only is it super simple to make, but it’s fun to eat and is a good way to get everyone involved. There is only one rule when eating fondue: Any time you drop something into the pot, you have to reveal a secret!
Cheese Fondue

Ingredients (from, makes 24 servings):
1 cup white wine
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup Gruyere cheese, cubed
1 cup Cheddar cheese, cubed
1 cup Emmentaler cheese, cubed

Bring the wine to a boil in a small saucepan while melting the butter in another saucepan over medium low heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Once the flour is cooked, slowly stir the wine into the flour mixture. Add the cubes of cheese and stir until melted.

Move mixture into a fondue pot and serve immediately.

What to Wear
Last but not least, it’s important to dress the part. We put together two ModCloth looks (one fancier, and one more casual) that we think would be fitting to watch the show in style.
oscars style

In this outfit:
Graceful Gleam Dress
Chicago Getting Earrings
The Clock Strikes Midnight Gloves
Meant to Beach Wedges
Nice to Meet Cute Top
Deco Rate Your Hair Pin Set
The Sweet Life Pants
Literature Tour Flat

The Perfect Playlist
As soon as your guests arrive and have their French 75s in hand, make sure to cue up a playlist of popular songs from that time period to set the mood. Here are a few of our favorites:

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