02/22/2013 04:22 pm ET Updated Apr 24, 2013

A Look Inside the Vanity Fair Oscars Party Favors

And the Oscar-Party Souvenir Goes to . . .
By Alyssa Bereznak, Vanity Fair; Photographs by Justin Bishop

For years, Vanity Fair's special-projects staff has toiled over the astounding details that go into ensuring our Oscar party remains a legendary event. Among the many questions of the night, one seems particularly petrifying: What would a crowd of movie stars, moguls, art dealers, journalists, designers, athletes, and writers like to take home as a memento? Alongside other treats, Vanity Fair almost always provides a chic Zippo lighter for its dinner guests. But other décor has been known to go missing, says director of special projects Sara Marks, who remembers "opening Architectural Digest and seeing one of our ashtrays on the table of the actor whose house appeared in the issue." In other words, these mementos give even the most famous celebrities sticky fingers. (It's the price to pay, we suppose, for littering your fête with only the chicest objets.) We ransacked our storage closets to show you a trove of some of the most intriguing items from years past, from lollipops of celebrity faces to gorgeous voting-ballot stationery, to pictures of flora and decorative objects used to make the party special. And remember to check back to this coming Oscar Sunday for all the photos from the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar party at the Sunset Tower Hotel.


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