Throw the Ultimate Tony Party

Throw the Ultimate Tony Viewing Party

It’s Tony time! Now that Tony nominations have officially been announced, the countdown to the ceremony on June 9 is on. No Tony viewing is complete unless it is done at a fabulous, over-the-top, fun-filled watch party. We get it: Throwing a lavish bash can seem daunting and difficult, but Broadway Direct is here to give you a step-by-step guide on how to turn your award show viewing into the Ultimate Tony Party.


When it comes to decorating for a party, especially a Broadway-themed party, there is truly no limit to what you can accomplish! But turning your home into a Broadway-worthy destination doesn’t cost as much as you’d think. Here are some fun, inexpensive ways to transform your living room into a theatre fit for Tony winners.

crepe paper and sparkly gold scrapbook paper cut in the shape of an end cap and hook
Crepe paper and sparkly gold scrapbook paper cut in the shape of an end cap and hook.

What better way to capture the exclusive awards show vibe than by decorating your home’s entryway with gold balloons and a red rope? Creating a DIY “velvet” rope for your guests to pass through is surprisingly easy and will immediately set the mood in your apartment. All you need are red streamers, tape, construction paper, and a bit of gold glitter.

Plastic top hats attached to a wall in rows.
Plastic top hats attached to a wall in rows.

A Top Hat Photo Wall is the perfect way to both decorate and serve snacks at your gathering. Black plastic top hats can be purchased at nearly any party store, and when not hanging on the wall as a fun Instagram background, they can double as snack bowls during the commercial breaks.

Over the past several years, the Tonys red carpet has become iconic for featuring a giant wall of roses as its backdrop. The trend kicked off in 2016 with a solid red rose wall, before switching to white roses in 2018 and a mix of red and pink flowers at last year’s ceremony. If buying dozens of roses to create a photo backdrop is out of the question for you, then look no further than this Paper Flower Wall tutorial that uses tissue paper instead.

To top off the look, you can grab some battery-powered wireless Marquee Letter lights from Amazon to make any surface in your home look like a Broadway venue.


In addition to all the basics (like chips and popcorn), your party food game will next-level when you use the nominated shows as culinary inspiration. These productions lend themselves nicely to fun themed snacks and treats:

King Kong‘s Savory Monkey Bread.

Savory monkey bread.
Savory monkey bread.

The Be More Chill Squip Chill Pill

Iced Twinkies decorated as chill pills.
Iced Twinkies decorated as chill pills.

Tony Medallion Oreos

Oreos spray painted with edible gold food dye.
Oreos spray painted with edible gold food dye.


Raise a glass to the Tonys! Below you’ll find some fun themed drinks from a collection of this season’s nominated plays and musicals. These specialty drinks have been created especially for each show and are sold in the theatres. Have you already come up with your own themed cocktails? Tweet us your concoctions!



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Choir Boy
“Lead Singer” — Bulleit Bourbon, Apple Cider, Lemon, Smoked Honey, Angostura Bitters 

The Ferryman
“Quinn’s Quencher” — Jameson, Ginger Beer, Lime Juice

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
“Tito’s Andronicus” — Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Cranberry Juice, Splash of Club Soda

“The Sun” — Tanqueray Gin, Elderflower Liqueur, Tart Cherry, Lemon, Basil Syrup, Tonic

Ain’t Too Proud
“I Got Sunshine” — Prosecco, Vodka, Pineapple Juice



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“The Beetle Juice” — Whiskey, Ginger Ale, Apple Pucker

“Road to Hell” — Herradura Tequila, Ginger Liqueur, Honey, Lemon, Hellfire Habanero Shrub



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“The Tootsie Roll” — Coffee Liqueur and Root Beer 

Kiss Me, Kate
“Too Darn Hot” — Belvedere Vodka, Lime, Cucumber, Thai Green Chili, Basil Ginger Beer

“Prairie Pucker” — Jack Daniels, Lemonade, and a splash of Sprite