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Throw a GRAMMY Viewing Party

The 54th GRAMMY Awards will air Sunday, February 12 at 8/7c on CBS and with a name like Melody, a GRAMMY viewing party is music to my ears! To get started, I recommend scheduling your party for about 1 hour before show time and send the invites out 2 weeks before your party. Evites are fine and even come themed with musical designs. Plan to set the tone with music, food, drinks, decor and a pre-show activity. Here are some ideas to get you started. Music - Create a playlist and use it to get the party started. Pull songs from this year's nominees...

  1. "Rumor Has It" - Adele
  2. "Marry Me" - Bruno Mars
  3. "All is Not Lost" - Ok Go
  4. "All Of The Lights" - Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie
  5. "Otis" - Jay-Z & Kanye West
  6. "Morning Mr Magpie" - Radiohead
  7. "The Immortals" - Kings of Leon
  8. "Walk" - Foo Fighters
  9. "Lotus Flower" - Radiohead
  10. "Titanium" - David Guetta ft. Sia
  11. "Marry the Night" - Lady Gaga
  12. "Pumped Up Kicks" - Foster the People
  13. "Firework" - Katy Perry
  14. "Skinny Love" - Bon Iver
  15. "Rolling in the Deep" - Adele
  16. "The Cave" Mumford and Songs
  17. "Complicated" - Rihanna
  18. "Call Your Girlfriend" - Robyn

Food - It's not a party without food! So, here are some ideas inspired by the GRAMMY theme.

  • Golden Lentil Soup Shooters - Making soup can be a process, so take a shortcut! Buy a packaged soup and present it in single-serve shooter glasses. The GRAMMYs make me think gold, so try Amy's Golden Lentil Soup, garnish the shooters with herbs and voila!
  • Beet The Competition Cupcakes - These yummy chocolate cupcakes incorporate a healthy hidden ingredient that will delight and surprise your friends. Use gold cupcake liners and edible gold dust for a special GRAMMY touch.
  • "GRAMMY" Crackers with Cookie Dough Dip - Who doesn't love raw cookie dough, especially in dip form? Try serving this version with "GRAMMY" crackers (graham crackers).

Drinks - Get the party started with a signature cocktail and a variety of other beverages. Here are a few drink recipes to get you started:

  • Musictini - mix equal parts Goldschlager and apple juice, then shake with ice.
  • Digital + Vinyl Cocktail, inspired by one of GRAMMY host L.L. Cool J's favorite liquers, Alize Gold Passion Liquer.
  • Grammy Mocktail - stir together 1 large can of pineapple juice (46 oz) with 1 can of frozen orange juice concentrate (12 oz), 1 liter of club soda, and 1 large bag of ice. Serve in a punch bowl with a ladle.

Decor - Make a centerpiece by filling a clear glass dish with water, then toss in gold items like glitter and top it off with floating tea light candles. Feel free to add other hints of gold at your party, such as place cards labeled with metallic gold ink.

Pre-show activity - Pick your favorite GRAMMY categories and ask your guests to guess the winners of each one before the show begins. The person with the most correct guesses wins a prize, like an iTunes gift card.

Favors - Send guests home with GRAMMY Grab Bags. Fill gift bags with things like a plastic martini glass, Golden "GRAMMY" treats, and a copy of your custom GRAMMY nominee playlist.

Have you thrown a themed party? What are some of your tips?

Images courtesy of AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast and [author] [author_image timthumb='on']#[/author_image] [author_info]Melody is a Program Manager at House Party. She lives close to NYC and is usually out and about exploring the city. In her free time, she plays on a fun field hockey league and also likes to craft happy things like jewelry and personalized cards for friends and family. People have given her a slew of nicknames over the years, mostly "Mel," but some other silly ones include Melbatoast, Melbee, and Hells Mel. Melody's party tip: It's the little details that make everything more special![/author_info] [/author]

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