February 21, 2019 at 11:49 am PST | by Susan Hornik
Oscar parties for under one million dollars

As the official caterers for the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party for a 15th year, Chef Wayne Elias (left) and Chris Diamond (right) are tasked with serving and pleasing the palates of Hollywood’s biggest A-listers for Sir Elton John. (Photo by Troy Masters)

Whether you are headed to the Elton John AIDS Foundation party or a friend’s Oscars viewing party, we have all the latest tips and insights on getting yourself red carpet ready!

Getting Oscar-worthy Hair

If you are headed to an Academy Award viewing party, celebrity hairstylist, Marco Pelusi has great advice: “Don’t take it all so seriously! You can blow dry your hair and then add in a few big loose waves with a fat curling iron and just finger your hair a bit. Or just pull it back off to a side pony. Go to the hairdresser and add bangs or some shaggy layers which are on trend right now. Less is more. Be relaxed with it!”

On the Oscars red carpet, expect to see big bold curls and waves on multicultural hair and loose, mermaid-like waves on finer hair, noted Pelusi. “Lots of barrettes stacked to form a pretty barricade of elegance look great. Glenn Close and how shorter layered hair has made a bit of a comeback with the pixie and the shag.”

While styling your hair, choose Marco Collagen Color Guard HairCare, available at marcopelusi.com and at his Weho salon.

Getting Glammed

Men’s grooming is quick and if done right, guys will look as natural as possible, said celebrity makeup artist, Evelyn Gary. “All your need is concealer, translucent powder, brow gel, lip balm and a setting spray. “It’s crazy to see how a mans face can change with just a little concealer!”

Evelyn loves working with male clients. “They aren’t as picky as some women and let me do my job! Guys are always easy to work on.”

Evelyn has several appointments set up for Oscar weekend, but if you would like her expertise, reach out to her on Instagram: @evegmua.

For Fido and You
Why not get you and your pup red carpet ready?

“Awards Season is always one of our busiest times,” said The Orlando’s Erica Pressberg, whose family built the hotel for the 1984 Olympics. “Since we’re located close to studios and in the center of the city, we’ve hosted lots of celebrities and production teams over the years.  Sometimes locals book a staycation in one of our suites to watch the Oscars with friends – and they love knowing they can bring their pooch as well. And, if they want to get buffed out before the show, it’s so convenient to have a range of beauty and skincare options just steps from the hotel in our West 3rd Street neighborhood.” 

Check out the Orlando’s Urban Spa Day Pooch Package, which includes a hiking map to nearby, dog-friendly Runyon Canyon and healthy turn-down snacks. Also, your pup will have a Vanderpuff Spa Day at nearby Vanderpump Dogs, complete with shampoo, conditioner, brush and blowout, paw massage and pawdicure! For you: A Red Carpet Facial from Face Haus; a Healthy Spray Tan from Sugared & Bronzed; a Bottle of cold-pressed juice from Kreation and a wash and blow out from the Dry Bar.

Relax in a Spa
Looking to get a red carpet glow? The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles is the perfect place for award show primping and pampering this year.

The hotel’s Red Carpet Ready Experience is five-hour spa day featuring a Champagne and Shimmer body treatment coupled with a 24-karat gold shimmer dusting. Then, restore the skin’s vitality with a skin radiance mask and age defying crystal massage during the Red Carpet Radiance Facial. Next, the Hollywood Glamour mani-pedi ensures each guest is dazzling from head to toe, featuring colors inspired by iconic red carpet components. Complete the experience with a make-over and blowout. (6.5 hours | $995)

To make an appointment, interested parties can call The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles at (213) 763-4400.

Oscar Chocolate
If you are heading to your friends’ viewing party and want to bring the host a gift, try confectioner, Valerie Gordon, who has a star-worthy lineup of goodies. Valerie Confections is offering “The Golden Men,” featuring solid 61 percent bittersweet chocolate. Each statue is finished by hand with edible gold luster dust and stand approximately 3” tall, packaged in an ivory box and tied with a gold satin ribbon. ($72 for a pack of 6 individually wrapped statues).

Have an Oscar-Themed Cocktail
As the 91st annual Academy Awards is upon on, several restaurants have come up with a variety of delicious and inventive cocktails just in time to celebrate this glamorous award day.
The sbe hotspot HYDE Sunset has a fantastic cocktail to indulge in.

Drink: Bohemian
Ingredients: Belvedere vodka, muddled blackberries and raspberries, ginger syrup, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, top with prosecco (sbe.com/restaurants/brands/hyde-sunset-kitchen-cocktails/)

Norah and Margot will also be offering special cocktails to pay homage to the year’s best films.
Drink: A Star is Born aka Vermouth and Tonic
Ingredients: Martini ambratom vermouth, chatmomile, rasberry, burdock, star anise

Try Something Different

Kick Axe, the first axe-throwing venue in New York City, has invited you to a unique axe throwing experience, valued at $13,500. Customized hats and VIP invitations are included in the exclusive in-suite gift bags given to the Oscar nominees, presenters, and attendees staying at the Four Seasons. The VIP experience offers a unique opportunity for celebrities to attend a private event with an open bar and one on one training with an “ax-pert,” one of Kick Axe’s trained expert axe throwers.

Serve Great Food!
Chef Wayne Elias and Crumble Catering is handling Elton John’s Oscar party menu for a 15th year, serving over 1000 people.
“Elton’s team tastes my menu suggestions and make the decisions on what we serve,” enthused Elias. “Each year, we do a five-course, sit down, waiter-served menu. Last year we had Chicken Canneloni, Scallop Truffle Vegetable Consomme, Filet Mignon, Sea Bass, and  Arugula Salad with Comte Cheese.”
In addition to working with Elton John, Elias is on the Board for Project Angel Food, donating and helping many organizations in the LGBT Community such as The Center, Aid for Aids, Trevor Project and GLAAD.

“I lost a partner to AIDS  during the epidemic and have always said I would do anything to help end this disease that has affected our community,” he said. “So I can give back through my passion and business to all organizations in the LGBT Community.”

Even if you can’t attend Elton’s event, you can still order food from Elias’ restaurant, Rockwell Table & Stage!

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