Awards season is here again—the statues, the speeches, the tears, and of course, the fashions. This year, celebrate along with the stars and claim top honors in party planning with our tips, and with Samsung Smart TV™ apps that make an awards-night party more fun than ever.
Get the party started by rolling out the red carpet for real—inexpensive, disposable aisle runners are available in paper or plastic at most places that sell or rent party supplies (choose plastic if your "red carpet" is outside on your driveway or lawn). Then live out your paparazzi dreams with the Picasa app: just snap your guests' arrival with your phone or Wi-Fi enabled camera, send to your Picasa account and share instantly on your Samsung Smart TV. Because Picasa lets you edit, caption and organize your photos into albums, you can look forward to re-living awards night with vivid full-screen slideshows.
If you have an Android or iOS device, the SwipeIt app on your Samsung Smart TV lets you share photos and video right from your device, and SwipeIt lets multiple users share on the same TV, so everyone can snap and share their pre-show photos.
To keep up with what's happening on the real red carpet, the Ustream app is the leading live interactive broadcast platform, letting you watch red-carpet events live, and engage with other fans and with family and friends who couldn't make it to your party.
There are high points—and low points—to every awards show, so how do you keep the party mood going during those what-were-they-thinking dance montages, readings of accounting practices, or snooze-inducing salutes? Easy—when there's a lull in the excitement, just let your Smart TV apps provide the entertainment you really want. Create a custom playlist of nominated songs and artists with the Pandora app, head over to Fandango Movies to watch trailers for nominated films in brilliant HD quality, or seek out your favorite movie and celebrity parodies on YouTube. And sometimes the simplest things make the biggest difference—awards shows can run long, so make sure everyone has a comfortable place to sit so they don't have to crane their neck to see the TV!
The stars may have to wait until the show's over to hit the buffet, but you and your guests don't. Get creative with a star-worthy spread inspired by your favorite TV show, movie or musician, or scope out what they're serving at all those after-parties and take a shot at your own version. You'll find culinary inspiration on your Smart TV with apps like World Cuisine, which lets you try out international cuisines (great for celebrating those foreign films!). The bubbly may be flowing on awards night, but if you really want to shake things up, get great ideas for mixed drinks with The Cocktail Bar app...you may even be inspired to create a movie-themed signature drink.
Whether you're debating a nominated movie, TV show, song, or red-carpet fashions, a lot of the real fun of awards night is letting your inner critic out to play. With the Social TV app, you can jump on Facebook, Twitter and Google Talk while you watch the show—you can even set it as a ticker overlay on the screen, making it super-easy to post predictions, celebrate when your favorites win, or just get those snarky tweets about fashion disasters out of your system. After the show, hand out your own awards to guests who picked the most winners or posted the best commentary—and be sure to send everyone home with a bag of awards-night swag, even if it's just buffet leftovers!
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