The Tony Awards is one of the best awards shows of the year – not only is the evening full of fabulous, high-energy performances, but it's a chance for Broadway's biggest stars (many of whom are relatively unknown outside the theatre community) to get glammed up and recognized in a way that many Hollywood stars do all the time. If you're thinking about having a Tony Awards party, don't delay! Invite your Austin mobile photo booth and all your friends to celebrate greatness in American theatre!
Keep it simple and classy – There's no need to go overboard with decorations. Simply frame some posters and Playbills for this year's nominated productions or your favorite plays and musicals from previous years, then place black and silver balloons around your party room for a little drama. You can set the stage (pun intended!) for a really glamorous event by sending actual paper invitations, rather than using e-vites or a Facebook event.
Establish a dress code – Help your guests get into the party spirit by letting them know how to dress. You can either ask that everyone wears fancy, formal attire, like the guests at the real Tony Awards, or you can ask everyone to dress in costume. You can confine costume options to characters from this year's nominated shows, or you can open it up to favorite characters from other plays and musicals as well.
Theatrical food and drinks – Here, again, you can choose to focus on this year's nominees or branch out. We suggest Norwegian smoked salmon puffs or Jarlsberg cheese in honor of this year's best play contender Oslo or Russian tea cakes for best musical hopeful Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. Each Broadway theatre usually serves an alcoholic drink based on its current show, and those recipes are often posted online this time of year. If you want to expand to other Broadway hits, try French baguettes for Les Miserables, cucumber sandwiches for The Importance of Being Earnest, or green punch for Wicked.
Photo booth of stars – The fanciest rental photo booth in Austin, Trailer Booth Photography, is so well-suited to a party like this! We recommend starting your party a few hours before the awards show airs so everyone has time to take a turn in our trailer without missing the main event. There are plenty of glamorous accessories that will look fabulous in your guests' photos, such as feather boas and opera glasses. If you have witch hats for Wicked, Phantom of the Opera masks, or cat ears for Cats, those are sure to be a hit as well!
Predict the winners – Before the awards show starts, have everyone fill out a sheet of predictions for which artists and shows will win the Tonys. Have fabulous prizes on hand for the people who get the most right in the end! (Be sure to have a couple of extras in case there's a two- or three-way tie.)
You may be quite a ways from New York City, but with Trailer Booth Photography and all your friends, you can bring some of the Tony Awards magic to Austin!