Here in LA, we live for an awards show… any reason to gather in front of the TV, drink in hand, and judge celebrities based on what they’re wearing equals good times. So in celebration of this Sunday’s Emmy’s I’ve put together some ideas to knock your guests socks off!
Let’s start at the top… literally. I made my dining room the center of this fab party and started with a big wow factor. I hung a multitude of paper star lanterns courtesy of StarLanterns which you can snag for only $7 a piece… I saved mine and plan on using them again during the holidays! I simply strung them up using removable plastic hooks like THESE and use a light weight fishing line so they seemed suspended in air.
The centerpiece of this table was my sparkly red EMMY letters! I found the paper mache letters at Paper Source and here’s what I did…
Place letters down on something you don’t mind getting covered with paint
Be sure to wear rubber gloves so you don’t destroy your manicure. Hold the spray paint about a foot away and spray in even layers to cover the whole letter.
Allow your letters to dry completely, then flip to the other side and paint it. You’ll need to do two coats on each side.
Upon spraying the second coat (while it was still very wet) I used Paper Source’s Glitter to cover the letter completely (the wet paint worked like glue to hold my glitter in place). I allowed it to dry, shook off the excess glitter and then went to decorate the table.
The photography really doesn’t do these justice… they looked GORGEOUS!!
No awards viewing party would be complete without a ballot! It gives your guess something to do while they watch the show and you can all throw in a couple of bucks so that whoever chooses the most correct awards wins the pot. I made my ballots look like the awards envelopes on the show!
Small booklets held the ballot info which you can download HERE and I used gold stickers and red ribbon to fancy up the envelopes that held them.
As with any of my parties, it’s all about the food and an awards show is ripe with theme possibilities. I simply used the nominated shows as my inspiration and created signage and creative names for each to add to the fun!
For 30 Rock I created “Liz Lemon Pepper Chicken Skewers” and for Dexter it was “Bloody Marinara Meatballs”
Modern Family “Mixed Nuts”… this was my favorite because it’s so simple but so clever… if I do say so myself.
For Mad Men I created these little Mashed Potato Martini’s. A little stuffed olive and suddenly it all takes shape!
Friday Night Lights was another easy one… “stadium pop corn”
For the Big Bang Theory I baked cupcakes and put Nerds candies on top… get it??
And for Glee, little jello shot “Slushies”. I hope this gives you all great inspiration for your viewing bash this weekend. Even if you only implement a few of the ideas I’m sure your guests will love your attention to detail! Happy Viewing!!