Smash-hit Party Tips: When the Daytona 500 and the Oscars® Collide


It’s that time of year again: The glitz, the glamour, the smell of burnt rubber. *record scratch* Yes, you read that right: Taking place on the same day this year isn’t the only thing these two events share. We went to the ends of the red carpet to find common tarmac ground between Academy-nominated performances and pole-winning race car drivers. No matter the differences between these events, we can all agree that it’s a great day for people to come together for a party. And with these rousing games, fun trivia tidbits and delicious recipes, you and your friends can have a celebration worthy of an award—or, at least a hangover.

There’s no business like throw business. How to throw an Oscar-themed party

Acting a fool
Ordinarily, we’d recommend that acting be left to the professionals—but we’re willing to make an exception in the name of a good time. If you can’t make it out to La La Land for the reel deal, here is hilarious game to play during the Oscars that will make you feel like you’re there. Or, feel like you need acting lessons.

To play:
1. Write out slips with each Best Actor/Actress nominee (see below).
2. Throw in a hat, and have guests each draw one slip
3. If their actor wins, they have to impersonate the actor’s acceptance speech
4. LOL


Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences


Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

All about the wordplay
In addition to movies, just like Jason Mraz, we’re all about the Wordplay, so here are some Oscar-themed Mad Libs you can play with your guests.

To play:
1. Print out
2. Dust off your 7th-grade grammar class skills
3. And make Mrs. Larson proud

Red Carpet Pre-show
On the red carpet on Oscar Night, it’s all about the glitz, the glamour and the _______ (plural noun). Oscar Nominee, Natalie Portman, is looking _______ (adjective) as ever in her red dress. Even her _______ (noun) is on point, tonight. And who’s that _______ (singular noun) with her? What a(n) _______ (adjective) couple!

And, here comes Denzel Washington! Nominated for Best Actor in Fences. “Denzel! Denzel! Can we get a(an) _______ (noun)?” *Denzel approaches interviewer*

Interviewer: Thank you, Denzel. What _______ (noun) are you most looking forward to, tonight?

Denzel: I’m just looking for a(an) _______ (adjective) evening, in a room filled with a lot of talent.

Interviewer: That’s great, do you think already winning a(n) _______ (acronym) award puts you ahead of the competition?

Denzel: I sure hope so! But, may the best _______ (singular noun) win.

At an Oscars After-party
After the award ceremony, it’s time for celebrities to let loose and party. Tonight, at the _______ (noun) Bar, even Meryl Streep will be breaking it down on the dance floor. Over the course of the night, you might see: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling _______ (present-tense verb) with each other; Andrew Garfield shouting his drink order to the _______ (noun) over the loud music; or, Viggo Mortensen buying a round of _______ (plural noun) at the bar. Who are we kidding, the drinks are probably on the _______ (noun).

Fun Facts about Florence Foster Jenkins
Meryl Streep was nominated…again. _______ (Exclamation)! The 20th nomination of her career, for her performance in Florence Foster Jenkins. In the film, based on a true story, Streep plays an American _______ (noun) and amateur singer, who is infamously known and mocked for her flamboyant performances and inability to carry a _______ (noun). She was described as “The world’s worst Opera singer” by _______ (profession) Stephen Pile. As for Streep’s own singing abilities? The movie’s director, Stephen Frears, says she’s even good at singing _______ (adverb).

Delicious, isn’t it dough?
We don’t know about you, but we were in the mood for some serious comfort food during Casey Affleck’s best-actor nominated performance in Manchester by the Sea. In the film, Affleck plays a Boston janitor who moves back to his small hometown to care for his nephew after his brother tragically dies—and that was the uplifting part of the movie! If seeing him at the Oscars conjures up memories of his devastating character, serving up the best comfort food since sliced bread. A slice of pizza will be just what the doctor ordered for a little healthy dose of “eating your feelings.”

Pepperoni & Jalapeno Pizza

Makes 8 servings. Or 4—with the right attitude.


  • Pizza Grilling Crate
  • 1 ton of feelings
  • 14 ounces whole peeled tomatoes; not including juices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni slices
  • Jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • An embarrassing amount of Ranch dressing


Heat oven to 450° F. Drain canned tomatoes and puree in a blender. Combine olive oil, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Spread sauce over pizza dough (leave room for crust! Maybe ½ an inch). Add cheese, pepperoni and jalapenos. Bake for 8-10 mins. When the cheese is melted and crust is golden brown, remove from oven. Slice and serve with ranch.

Party like a Petrolhead: Take the lead with these Daytona 500-themed party tips

Did you know that race car drivers can lose 5-10 pounds in sweat during a race? All the reason to salute their perspiration with a libation and this Daytona 500 drinking game.

Fill a glass, preferably from a NASCAR Barware Crate, with ice-cold Budweiser and:

Take 1 Sip: Any time the yellow caution flag is waved.
Take 2 Sips:
 Any time Danica Patrick comes on the screen. Including all Go Daddy commercials.
Take 3 Sips:
 Any time the announcer says a 5-syllable word (“Dale Earnhardt Jr.” counts if you want)

Make a pit stop
Recreate the real race-day drama with this team activity against each other and the clock. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to assemble Mark Martin’s 2010 Chevy Impala with your fellow team of pit crew members. Don’t worry, it should be a “snap.”

1. Divide guests into teams
2. Hand each team their snap-together disassembled toy car
3. Start the clock and watch the scrambling ensue

Dippity doo-dah
Keep race day wonderful by keeping your guests well-fed during the Daytona 500. This Racecar Chip Dip will help guests motor along.


  • Black Beans for the racetrack
  • Guacamole for the grassy infield
  • Sour cream for the border in-between
  • Don’t forget tortilla chips

Can’t we all just get along? Let NASCAR fuel an all-day Oscar-winning party

Gimme a break
A commercial break, that is. Unless you’re organizing group bathroom breaks during ads, trivia is a great way to keep guests entertained through a program’s dullest moments—from shameless motor oil sponsor plugs to the nominations for Best On-set Caterer in a Supporting Role.

Make trivia into a fun game for all, with high—okay, medium—stakes. Whoever answers the most questions right goes home with a Smash and Grab Gift Card, which the winner also get to “break” open with a hammer. These gift cards make a great incentive for guests, and great gifts for men.

Here are some fun trivia tidbits that will move moviegoers and race car fans alike:

Q: Though their performances may have been “Rocky,” which two F1 drivers had cameos in in Sylvester Stallone’s Driven (2001)?
 Pablo Montoya and Jean Alesi

Q: “Parlez-vous François” we’re pretty sure is French for awkward movie cameos. We’re more certain that these two F1 drivers had a little screen time in the French movie, Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008). Who are they?
 Michael Schumacher and Jean Todt

Q: Comic actor John C. Reilly shakes and bakes in what two racing movies released 16 years apart?
 Days of Thunder (1990) and Talladega Nights (2006)

Q: This year’s La La Land ties with Titanic (1997) and All About Eve (1950s) for the most nominations ever. How many?

Q: A female rapper (popular circa 2001) is married to F1 charitable racer Maximillian Cooper. Who’s that girl?

Q: This film, directed by John Lasseter, was nominated for an Oscar in 2007 for Best Animated Feature Film. Name that movie.

Q: Which leading actor starred in the 2008 box-office flop, Speed Racer?
Emile Hirsch

Q: In the 1929 silent film, Speedway, some scenes were actually shot on the Indy 500 racetrack. True or False?

Q: The car-chase-themed hit The Fast and the Furious has produced a bazillion sequels to date. What year did the first installment release?

Q: In The Fast and the Furious, filmmakers asked owners of houses in backgrounds to re-paint their houses with more muted colors to show off the colorful cars. True or False?
True. Now, that is dedication.

Q: How many pounds in sweat does a NASCAR driver lose during a race?
 5-10. Yikes.

Q: Since 2001, NASCAR began requiring head-and-neck-restraints. Since this requirement, there has only been one driver fatality. True or False?
 False. There have been zilch.

Q: The car paint jobs are actually just vinyl decals. With what tool are these decals applied?
 A hair dryer. Really! We’re not just blowin’ hot air, here.

Q: NASCAR racer Dick Trickle was rookie of the year in 1989 at how many years of age?

Q: Retired, British racing driver, Dario Franchitti was married to what American actress from 2001-2013?
Ashley Judd

Bingo was their name-o

Or maybe it was Oscar? Or NASCAR. Let’s go with NOSCAR. Play both sides, and shoot for the stars with this race-y gamble of a good time:

1. Print out a copy of the NOSCAR game card and the bingo square events below for each player.
2. Set up each card by putting an event in each box. Switch up the order for each card.
3. Go nuts and use the snacks from your NASCAR Barware crate for game chips
4. Bring your listening ears and a good luck charm

Cut out and paste or write in these events in a different order for each card:

Teleprompter Trip Up

Aerial Shot of Entire Track

Shot of Fan Drinking Beer

Says “My Competitors Deserve to Win”

Video Montage

Dale Earnhardt, Sr. Mention

Pit Stop Crew Shot

Camera Angle From Driver POV

Incorrect Name Pronunciation

Sponsor Is Mentioned

Commercial Break With 5 Ads

Driver interview

Someone Says “110%”

Joke Falls Flat

Parents Are Thanked

Music Interrupts Speech

Yellow Caution Flag Waived

Car Numbered 1-20 Leads

Car Numbered 21-38 Leads

Car Numbered 41-95 Leads

Victory Lane Kiss

Even Number Car Wins

Odd Number Car Wins

Oscar Is Held With 2 Hands

Awkward Hug


Empty Seat Is On Screen

Tears During “In Memoriam”

Driver Gets Lapped

Car Crash