Host an Unforgettable Emmys Viewing Party

August 18, 2014

The 66th Annual Emmy Awards are less than ten days away (they're Monday, August 25), and whether you like television or not, it's a nice excuse to pop some champagne and do a little partying. Here are a few fun ideas:

  • Hit up your local thrift store and score pieces to help you dress up in red carpet attire, or as a favorite television character, past or present. And if the thought of sitting in a cocktail dress or costume for hours doesn't appeal to you, make it a pajama party--jammies are, after all, quintessential TV-watching attire. 
  • Drape gold sequin fabric or sprinkle gold confetti and glitter over tables and entertainment stands to mimic the Emmy award itself. 
  • Print pictures of your favorite nominated actors or shows--you can use them as posters, placemats, or doodle sheets for when things get boring (as they tend to do on televised award shows).
  • Download songs from the nominated shows and have them playing in the restroom to keep your guests entertained even when they're not in front of the TV.

  • Thanks to E!'s mani-cam, manicures have become an important part of any awards show, almost as important as the designer gowns. Set up a DIY mani station and give your nails a little TLC as you watch live coverage of the red carpet.
  • A drinking game always makes the night more interesting. Pick a buzz word (I like the idea of picking a designer's name for the red carpet) and take a shot or a sip of your drink whenever the word or name is said. 
  • Download the official Emmy ballot and make predictions before the show. Have prizes on hand for the guests who come closest to a sweep (think bottles of champagne or something silly like TV character bobbleheads or chintzy Dollar Store trophies).

Food & Drinks
  • Instead of, or in addition to a food table, place snacks on TV trays and place them in different parts of the room so guests have access to food no matter where they are. 
  • Set up a popcorn station with different toppings and mix-ins. 
  • Serve classic TV dinners or raid your grocery store deli for fried chicken, mashed potatoes and corn and plate them like TV dinners (cover them in foil after they've cooked, both to keep them warm and to give them that throwback TV dinner look). 
  • Create a signature cocktail to go with the evening's theme. It can be one inspired by an award-nominated show (check out last year's suggestions) or something a bit more glamorous, like a champagne cocktail.

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