February 23, 2011

It's the 83rd Academy Awards

PhotobucketAnd You're at the Brown Derby

I spent three months dashing off to Kinko's
for the smallest of printing jobs.
Not anymore!

Yesterday I bought a new laser printer.
It was like I had just been let out of jail.
I went a little print-crazy.

As a result, every last sports picture that hangs in
His Bar has been covered with caricatures of some
of the men and women who have made
"going to the movies" a magical experience.

Our family room has been converted to a
mini Brown Derby Restaurant.

Our personal Brown Derby Wall holds images of Ira and George Gershwin,
Betty Davis, Jimmy Durante, and other silver screen stars.

The bar stools, meant to bring old director chairs to mind, are topped with black slipcovers and computer-printed letters that spell out the names of Old Hollywood royalty.

Movie paraphernalia have been squeezed among the existing sports trophies.
A tuxedo t-shirt covers an old tennis tournament sweater and a clapboard rests against recently acquired soccer awards. Sunglasses, mini megaphones and boas help camouflage the rest.


Napkins are supported by small top hats. Despite the gold-trimmed place settings,
the main entree will be hot dogs (bratwurst, really) with your choice of toppings.
Junior mints and other concession stand goodies are for dessert.


For a little whimsey, there are
clapboard and megaphone S&Ps.

The large Gershwin caricature was drawn on two large sheets of paper. I looked for one
that had the fewest lines to try and duplicate.
The original framed pictures were left on the wall and the printed pictures
were trimmed to size and taped to the glass.

Our mini Brown Derby is the place to see and be seen this coming Sunday night.

And finally, who remembers this?
It's 8½ minutes of an episode that originally aired February 7, 1955.
The first minute is worth a look.

PhotobucketGold Chargers: old and cheap
Dinner plates: Galaxy, Sakura, yard sale
Star dishes: Star Candy Dish, Studio Nova, two from yard sale, two from eBay
Stemware: Rambler Rose, Tiffin Glass Co., inherited
Sterling: Burgundy, Reed and Barton
Napkins: Williams-Somona
trophies: Walgreens, originally had "Best Grandpa," "Best Student," etc. on base
small hats: Oriental Trading Company
Salt and pepper shakers: online store, can't remember which one.
Caricatures: Almost all are copies of works by Al Hirschfeld.

I am linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,
Of on My Tangent for the Letter T (Talkies - the Movie Kind) and
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.



  1. Wonderful setting to attend the Oscars. Only four days away and you are already set. This is such a neat place you created.

    Love all the pictures, beautiful bar setting, labled chairs and everything up on the shelf. The stars are already shining here.

  2. Your decorations are so fantastic! The photos make it seem so authentic! You need to share this at more parties so more people can see it! Truly unique!

  3. Forgot to mention: you should "watermark" your photos by putting your blog name on them.

  4. Wow...what a great area you have there. You did a fantastic job of decorating it. It looks so neat,
    love the chairs and how you decorated everything!
    Blessings, Nellie

  5. Love it. Love it. Love it. You get the Oscar for the best tablescape award! (Top)Hats off to you!

    Lori L

  6. OA, you've really gone all out for this one! I remember an Oscar night you did for Holidays but you never covered hubby's sports pics! (hope he's not mad - glad they're only taped on for your sake!) I LOVE this! And so many terrific details for the theme! Love the names on the chairs! Those plates with the stars on them look so celebratory. The menu sounds delish too!

  7. "Oh My Goodness"... This is "WONDERFUL"!!! My post and yours are on the same "Wave"hehe! BUT yours is SO PROFESSIONAL... I really expect to see "Gable, Hepburn, and Tracy" come in and take a seat!!! "BRAVO Girl" you get my vote for the statue!!!
    Hugs to you,

  8. WOW!!! Your Brown Derby is GREAT!!! I love all the small added touches, but the caricatures on the walls really make it come to life! You did an awesome job and I LOVE IT! Hope your favorites win Sunday night!!!
    Thanks for sharing,

  9. My goodness! Your new printer has been busy. Lovely setting. Very tasteful!

  10. Oh my gosh you should open for business! This is really pretty and done up right for sure!! I wish I could be there when the lights dim and the champagne begins to pour!

  11. Fabulous! So creative! I love each and every detail!

  12. How classy! I'm very impressed. I'm going to check out the Mad Hatter tea party post. Princess turns 18 this summer and she's a big fan of Alice in Wonderland.

  13. Splendid! Love the china. You are set!

  14. I want to be there too! Adore those bar stools, very classy

  15. this is so creative ... and I went back and looked at your Ansel Adams table ... fantastic, too! Thanks for sharing.

  16. creative indeed.

    cool take.

    Greetings, Happy Firday! Blessings…

    Friendship Awards, Enjoy!
    Thanks for the support, You Rock!

  17. Yikes! I want to come to YOUR Oscar party!!!!

  18. Pure genius!!! The addition of the caricatures and the chairs are absolutely fabulous!!! What a fun Oscar night party!

  19. How fun! You have an amazing bar and tv area! All the accessories and settings are just gorgeous! The caricatures are out of this world. love the touch of the director chairs. Thanks for joining in for VIF!

  20. Absolutely fantastic! How do you come up with all these great ideas? The pictures and the items on the shelf really set the stage, then your plates with the gold stars, the chair back covers, and those darling salt/pepper shakers just seal the deal. Just excellent! Kay

  21. That's amazing. I would have thought your room always looked like the Brown Derby.

  22. Looks like you had a lot of fun! Very creative, Denise. You think of everything!

  23. You've created the perfect environment for your Oscar party...so well conceived! I do remember the Lucy episode... I was 9 years old. Thanks for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  24. What a super-fun space you created. I do remember that Lucy episode & many others. Do you remember the one where both couples were traveling together & stayed in a motel with bad beds & a train right outside the door that made the beds move around the room in the middle of the night? I crack up any time I think of that one. Have fun on Oscar night.

  25. Oh my stars! I want to some to your house and watch the Oscars! I am a movie nut!! I love your prints, what kind of printer did you get? They look amazing! I especially like your caricatures, Al Hirschfeld is one of my favorites.

    I LOVED YOUR POST! I would never, ever delete it. I am on a bus to Nashville next Saturday to let my legislators know how I feel. Thanks for the support.

  26. Sorry to be so late in arriving. What a great idea. You walls look terrific and the place settings are definitely award winning. No doubt everyone had a fun time last night. ~ Sarah

  27. I'm sorry to hear that Kinko's is taking such an economic hit from the loss of your business! ha!

    Thanks for a clever and wonderfully creative post for a terrific theme party.

    I always enjoy seeing what you've cooked up!

    Thanks for linking to Alphabe-Thursday's letter 't'.

    You are so neat.


  28. I gasped when I saw your first picture! WOW x 1000!

    First of all, I LOVE His Girl Friday. It is one of my favorite movies ever. Although, I think I love Bringing up Baby a bit more because I love Katherine Hepburn so much. I use to use an icon of His Girl Friday on my twitter account before I started a blog so I got a bit giddy with that alone.

    I love old movie and I want to make Oscar viewing parties a tradition. I've been saving things for one for years. However, I'm all wrapped up in a big remodeling process right now, but next year, I am hoping we will finally get to have one. And when we do, I will definitely come back to this entry and shamelessly copy a lot of your ideas. I love your whole look. Thank you so much for sharing. You've totally inspired me.

    Eldarose from http://RE-inventedstyle.blogspot.com


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