Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Lots of 2017 Oscar Party ideas including the requisite free printable ballot for the 2017 nominees from Studio DIY (above). 11 more fun Oscar party ideas, from printables to decor and snack ideas to the world’s coolest celeb paper dolls. Mmm…Oscar party food ideas. A list of all the Oscars presenters this year. Where to stream all the 2017 Oscar Best Picture Nominees since you know. We’re parents and we’ve seen nothing. Praise for the diversity of Oscar nominees this year from...Read More
Whether you’ve seen every film nominated for an Academy Award this year or you’re still trying to figure out what this La La Land is that everyone’s so gaga about, having friends over for an Oscars party is always a winning idea. An excuse to obsess over all the glitz, glamour, and gossip — with champagne? Count us in! And with all the food, decorations, and party games taken care of, you can contemplate the things that truly matter: Will Kate McKinnon present in character (and if so, who)? Exactly how many actors will be sporting bushy beards (and why is that so trendy right now)? Will Viola Davis’ two-decade film...Read More
Where to see all the 2016 Oscar best-picture nominees (especially for parents who have only seen Moana).
Do you know how many of the 2016 Oscars best picture nominees I’ve seen this year? Zero. Not a single one. Because, kids. But, I have one last chance to see them all before the big awards ceremony. And at a discount too. See, sometimes it pays to procrastinate. Top: Hidden Figures | 20th Century Fox Related: 12 easy Oscars party ideas to make watching the awards even more fun This month, AMC theaters Best Pictures Showcase will show every best-picture nominee over the course of two days — four movies on February 18 and five on the 25th — for way less...Read More
Web coolness: Oscar party ideas, Oscar nights alternatives, Quidditch in the Himalayas, and one very important birthday.
Here are some of the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too. (There are so many this week!) Cool Mom Picks turns ten this week! Today’s the last day to enter to win 10 really amazing giveaway gifts — and it’s easy. Good luck! A magical Quidditch match in the Himalayas (above). These photos by Anshu Agarwal are a fun way to start the day. Get ready for the Oscars with 12 easy Oscar party ideas and a feast of easy Oscar party food recipes . Funny cheat sheet to the Oscar-nominated movies. Timely: What it’s like to...Read More
This post has been updated for 2017 Even if the only movies you’ve seen this year are the animated kind (no judgment, parents!), it’s always fun to have an excuse to get together with friends and ogle all the Hollywood glamour over a glass of bubbly. If nothing else, then to see just how Jimmy Kimmel takes on this year’s Academy controversy. We have high expectations. For those of you so out of it you’re like, “the Oscars are coming up?” we’re here to help. The 89th Academy Awards show is airing this Sunday, February 26 and to make watching the Oscars even more fun, we’ve pulled together some...Read More
Web coolness: The dress that ate the Internet, worst children’s party games, and Star Wars awesomeness
Here’s some of our favorite links we’re reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. #FashionbyMayhem, starring the cutest little girl ever, is back, this time modeling dresses from the Oscars that she helped make. The hot fashion trend we can actually afford. The worst children’s party games. Cute straight men like cats too, you know. Why moms get nothing done: Hilarious video. (Though maybe if her husband helped it would be easier? Just a thought.) Really liking Dove’s #speakbeautiful campaign about changing women’s body image. The science behind the black and blue / white and gold dress debate that...Read More
Well, we can’t all be 6-foot tall without heels, look ravishing in our zillion-dollar size zero custom designer gown, and play dress-up with some borrowed jewels that we could hock to put our kids through 35 semesters of college. At least not every day. So I love looking at the fancy designer jewelry worn on the Oscars red carpet each year–and then figuring out how to get the looks for less. This year it was all about necklaces. Big, fun, statement necklaces. And hey, I like big fun statement necklaces. Coincidence? I think not. CMP is an rstyle affiliate ...Read More
On Cool Mom Tech today, we covered the big honkin’ official Oscars site, which has, among other things, a really cool feature worth browsing should you want to kill a few minutes today: 52 Oscar nominees sharing their stories, briefly, through questionnaires. From Robert Duvall to Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette, Keira Knightly, and lots of the creators, writers, and technical masters behind other top flicks, you can find out their first movie memories, the artists that inspire them, the motivation for doing what they do, and (a little goofy but) the song that best sums up their feelings about the nomination. It’s kind of...Read More
Tips and tricks for throwing the best Oscar party, serving the best food and drinks, and making off with the Oscars pool.
Sunday night is Oscar Night! Or as so many of us think of it, Oscar party night. So I’ve scoured the web for some easy Oscars party tips and printables, because it’s the perfect excuse to get together with friends, dish on the dresses, talk through the technical categories, and tweet your favorite snarky comments. And of course, set up your Netflix and Amazon lists for the next few months. Because like so many parents, I’ve only seen a couple of the movies nominated. Except the animated category, of course. We’ve seen all those. Twice.. Related Post: Where to to see all...Read More
This year was a pretty serious year for the Oscar nominating committee, if you consider the likes of Selma, Gone Girl, Birdman…you get the picture. Or pictures. But of course, there are always clever artists out there willing to take the gravity down a notch–including taking Gravity down a notch. Related: The Oscar nominated posters all remade in LEGOs At Ript Apparel, you’ll find a whole selection of Oscar parody posters, admittedly some better than others. As one of the loud advocates of a recount for The LEGO Movie which should totally be included in the best animated picture, I have to give...Read More
Whether you’ll be watching the Oscars with friends, snuggled up with family, or all by yourself, these 6 creative popcorn recipes are the perfect Oscars viewing snack. Or anything viewing snack, really. Move over fake butter topping, more fabulous dresses…uh, I mean, dressings, are in town. Surely these should help you answer the great question of the night, what are you eating? With these on your coffee table, we don’t expect any popcorn malfunctions whatsoever. Like a flawlessly fitted Calvin Klein on Jennifer Aniston, sometimes you’ve got to start with the basics. This easy homemade microwave popcorn recipe that we found on...Read More
Web Coolness: Birdman interpreted by children, mom style secrets, and possibly the next big children’s author.
Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Ready to laugh until you cry? Watch Michael Keaton and Jimmy Fallon reading children’s Birdman scripts. 10 Academy members reveal their Oscars votes. Get out your scorecard! Kristen shares some mom style tips and secrets that you don’t even have to be a mom to put to use. Liz has some brief thoughts on the 50 Shades of Grey movie. How to celebrate Chinese New Year without stereotypes. The next big children’s author: Pharrell? A ban on selfie sticks: Whatever will the world do? If you have school-age...Read More
Where to to see all the 2015 Oscar best picture nominees. (Especially if you’re parents and you’ve only seen Big Hero 6.)
Every year since having kids, the huge build-up to Oscars night is followed by the sad realization that most of us have seen maybe…one of the best picture nominees? If we’re lucky? Oh, parenthood. However AMC theaters is continuing a genius tradition to help you out, maybe even give you a slight leg up in your Oscars poll this year. AMC’s Best Picture Showcase allows you to see any of the 2015 Academy Awards Best Picture Nominees on the big screen in more than 50 cities around the country over two consecutive weekends. Block off Saturday, Februray 14th, and you can spend Valentine’s...Read More
We try not to play favorites (too much) but we admit to cheering loudly the second Lupita Nyong’o hit the Oscars red carpet in that stunning sky blue Prada dress accessorized with a fabulous gold and diamond headband–right through her well-deserved Oscar win and her perfect acceptance speech. What a fabulous new It Girl we have in Hollywood now. While the increasingly famous “Lupita Headband” was actually designed for her by Fred Leighton, I’d venture to guess it’s a weeeeee bit out of our price range. I’ve put together a few more affordable options if you like the look of...Read More
Whether you’re having a full-blown awards bash or just plan on curling up with one other person, we’ve got the Oscar party food ideas for you. Nothing’s better than watching the Oscars with good food, some Champagne cocktails, and folks who’ll talk—or at least listen— about fashion. I’ll leave the gown breakdown for Monday morning, but today I’ve got recipes inspired by this year’s Best Picture nominees. And don’t forget to check my post on 6 bubbly cocktails. Just to keep things fancy. Gravity: Moon Pies Did you already guess what movie matches the homemade Moon Pies (above) from Tidy Mom? These are...Read More
It’s Friday again, so it’s time to share our favorite links from around the web this week. We think they’re some pretty fantastic finds. Enjoy! Show your kids: This LEGO photographer photography series is wonderful. Must wear: Love this chart pairing nail polish colors for the flip-flop season we’re dreaming of. Good reminder: How to parent with respect. Watch this: The Okee Dokee Brother’s new trailer, just released today. We love them so. Read this: We’re so thrilled for our friend and cool dad Whit Honea on his new book, The Parents’ Phrase Book. So helpful for new and seasoned parents alike. Oscars...Read More
I just love a good awards show. The Grammys, Golden Globes, and the Tonys are great, but for me, the Oscars is the ultimate–Hollywood at its finest. If you enjoy celebrating the Academy Awards at home as much as I do, these easy DIY ideas will amp up your Oscar-watching party, and maybe even inspire us to switch up from the jeans and yoga pants on a Sunday night. (No need for professional makeup.) For updated 2015 Oscars printables and ideas, visit this post. First impressions are crucial for any award-winning event. This gorgeous Oscars invitation from Paperless Post...Read More