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Kelley Moore sets the stage for a Red Carpet evening at home!

photography by heidi caldwell - story & styling by kelley moore

The week before, my girlfriends and I begin to prepare for the big night with an Oscar worthy dinner party. Just call it our Fantasy Football. Not only do we fill out our ballots to get ready to compete, but we each give full-blown acceptance speeches. I think this year I’ll encourage people to come in character, too.

On the day of the Oscars you’ll find me in front of the television from the moment the Oscar festivities begin – which means around 2 p.m. for the pre-pre-pre-Red Carpet. Usually there are pajama’s involved, and of course a great bottle of bubbly.

Setting the Table

I layered the table with a remnant of red velvet to represent the red carpet and then took left over fabric from one of my favorite pillows I had made and turned it into a runner adding that berry infusion that coordinates with the Hollywood stars.

One of the other tricks I use when I design a table is to layer the plates with chargers. For instance, in this place setting the bottom gold charger is from Goodwill for $1.00 each.

The gold charger layered on to that is more expensive and the vintage china is stunning in a 24k gold trim. The gold flatware from West Elm ties it all together.

Everyone wants to have his or her own star on Hollywood Boulevard, at least I do! Incorporating the stars as place cards is a great way to assign seating while helping to set the scene. These stars can be downloaded at Dreamstime.com, Add the names, print them on heavy cardstock, cut the star out and place them at each seat.

Finally, the centerpiece! Use the center of the table to tell a story instead of just placing a flower arrangement there. Use your imagination. I pulled together some elements that represent the Oscars and created the focal point of the table.

The gold take-out box is the ideal container to hold a few things: a single beautiful orchid gives the arrangement height and the foo dog napkin ring (yes, that is a napkin ring) represent the Chinese Mann Theatre where the Oscars are held. The clap board was an added element, and it can even be personalized with the title of one of the films nominated for Best Picture. Placing the box on top of a coffee table book of Valentino’s creations (which many of the celebrities wear down the red carpet) seemed to be the right base to pull all of the elements together.

Wait, one more thing, of course we need the envelope please! I found a ceramic hand at a craft store, spray painted it gold and placed an envelope neatly in its hand.

When you put it all together, the mix of gold, red, berry, and of course the bling creates a tabletop that is full of color and glamour.

Kelley Moore is a Lifestyle & Entertaining Expert appearing on such shows as The Ellen Degeneres Show, Racheyl Ray, The Today show, The View and Steve Harvey.  She is currently in production on her new series, “Crisis & Cocktails” due out soon.