Last Minute Golden Globes Party Ideas

by Kiersten Hickman

The 2017 Golden Globes are just around the corner (set to air Sunday, Jan. 8!), which means it's time to hop in full party-planning mode. If it's your turn to host this iconic party within your friend group this year, and yet you're not the best party planner in the world, then these Golden Globe party ideas are exactly what you need to bedazzle your friends.

Now, for some background: the Golden Globes is an award show hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) which awards 25 different achievements — 14 in movies, and 11 in television. The first Golden Globes took place in 1944, which makes this the 74th Golden Globes ceremony. Keep all of this in mind, because you'll want it for your trivia game-planning later.

Some A-Listers that you'll certainly see on the red carpet this year include Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Andrew Garfield, Joel Edgerton, Denzel Washington, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, Ryan Gossling, Hugh Grant, Ryan Reynolds, Octavia Spencer, Dev Patel, and much, much more.

The award show will take place on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. Red carpet coverage will start at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT), and the award show begins at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).

Even if you only have a few hours to get this party together, no need to fret — everything you need for a lit Golden Globes party is here.


Balloons filled with gold confetti

Gold Confetti Balloon, $2.95 each, Etsy

It's a celebration, which means confetti is a must! Skip the mess by keeping the confetti confined in these festive balloons.

Red carpet arrival

Red Carpet Aisle Runner, $34.99, Amazon

Your guests must arrive in style — and they will, with their very own red carpet arrival!

Gold star garland

Gold Star Garland, $5.95+, Etsy

This night is about the stars — so make sure to cover the walls and ceilings with these golden star garlands! Plus they make for excellent photo backdrops.

Gold Globe Trophies

Gold Globe Trophy, $10.99, Amazon

Whoever wins the competitions/activities (listed below) can receive their very own Golden Globe!


Dress up as your favorite celeb

If you're having a red carpet reveal, then make sure to let your guests know to dress up! The best dress to symbolize an iconic Golden Globes garb from the past wins.

Golden globe trivia

Start off the night with snacks and and some previous Golden Globe trivia! Pull up some facts from the past and see who knows their stuff.

Best timed speech

Giving a speech always looks glamorous, but we know the time limits are always a difficult one to face on the stage. Have your guests try it out! Give them an allotted time to give a speech for their, you know, awesomeness. Have the other guests judge the speech based on timeliness, clarity, poise, and elegancy. Winner is the speech with the highest rank!

A guess sheet to fill out beforehand

Make a set of ballot sheets for people to fill out before the awards even begin! They can choose their predictions, and the one with the highest number of correct predictions wins! You can get the full list of Golden Globe 2017 nominees on the website.

Award the winners

Make sure to give your winners of these activities their very own golden globes for being smart, attentive, Golden Globe fans.


Popcorn bar

Instead of having one side of popcorn, why not lay out a display of all sorts of flavors with your very own popcorn bar? Some flavors to consider are:

Pomegranate Orange Champagne Punch

This punch by Foodie Crush is bubbly and easy to serve to large parties!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

These meatballs by Damn Delicious are easy to cook and simply served with toothpicks!

Cranberry Pull Apart Bread

This bread by Half Baked Harvest is way easier to put together then having to spread cheese and berries on individual toasts.

Fontina Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon-wrapped dates are always a party pleaser, but these dates by Brown Eyed Baker are stuffed with cheese and will probably make your guests go nuts.

Fresh Mango Salsa

You should totally make this fresh mango salsa by Cookie & Kate, a refreshing and festive twist to your go-to jarred salsa.

Shrimp Cocktail

Because basically this shrimp cocktail by Mel's Kitchen will make your guests feel bougie AF.

Baked Popcorn Chicken

This baked popcorn chicken by Damn Delicious is a superb snacking item. Grab a few dipping sauces to serve with it.

Brown Baked Champagne Donuts

What better dessert to have at a Golden Globes party then these champagne donuts by Joy The Baker? Serve with a pot of coffee since it's probably going to be a late night!

Champagne Kisses

Send off your guests at the end of the night with a small bag of these champagne kisses by The Simple Sweet Life! The perfect way to end your evening.

After such a well-planned party, your friends will think of you as nothing less but golden.