Want to throw a fabulous Emmy party for you and your friends, but feel a little strapped for cash or just don't want to spend a small fortune on it? Don't worry; I’ve got you covered. Here are some fun and easy tips to help steer your Emmy party in the right direction.
Prepare a spread of Emmy themed food and drinks, inspired by your favorite nominated shows.
“Mad Men” Cocktails
It seems Don Draper's always fixing or already nursing a drink on “Mad Men”. With all those drinks being thrown back, it's a wonder how he can get any work done for Sterling Cooper, correction, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.
"The Big Bang Theory" Pad Thai
For all you Thai food or “The Big Bang Theory” fiends out there, how about preparing a platter of pad thai inspired by the show's characters' go-to take-out pick.
Liz Lemon Bars
"There ain't no party like a Liz Lemon party, 'cause a Liz Lemon party is mandatory." If you're a fan of these Liz Lemon-isms from “30 Rock”, why not concoct a sweet convection for you and your party guests based on television's funniest female.
Roll out the red carpet!
We all know that the red carpet is a big part of every award show. Why not incorporate it, then, into your Emmy festivities? I've thought of two ways you can tailor the red carpet theme to fit your party.
For starters, you can purchase an actual red carpet runner online or at your local party supply store (many stores sell miniature versions for under $10) to place on your floor, so that when guests enter your place they are ushered onto the red carpet and feel just like their favorite stars.
A more affordable alternative might be simply using a red table runner to set your food and drinks on. A trick I use when arranging platters on a table is manipulating the height of the foods and drinks on display by inserting different sized platforms underneath the table runner. And don't think you need to go out and purchase different sized food stands; you can simply recycle various square and rectangular household items, such as books and sturdy cardboard boxes, to hoist up the yummy treats you've prepared for your guests and merely make your party a little more primed and pleasing.
Go with a gold color scheme.
Gold epitomizes Hollywood glitz and glamour (not to mention the fact that it is the same color as the Emmy trophy), so going with a gold theme for your party just makes sense. Your party doesn't need to be monochromatic; instead, think of incorporating a few subtle gold touches here and there (e.g., plates, napkins, utensils, streamers and other kinds of decorate accents).
Let the games begin!
Make your party a little more fun and interactive by getting your guests to play some type of Emmy-related game. One of the easiest games, and one that can be played throughout the duration of the entire award show, can be seeing how you and your guests' predictions of who wins each category matches up with the actual winners as the Emmys are happening live. Prep time for this is short, too. If you want to do the least work, simply go on the official Emmy web page and print out a sheet listing all the categories and nominees for said categories for each of your guests. They can highlight or circle their predictions for who wins, and the person who ends up with the most correct guesses by the end of the night can be awarded his/her very own novelty trophy (which can be purchased for less than $10 at your local party supply store).