Emmy Parties: Where to celebrate on TV’s biggest weekend
EmptyThe Diamond Anniversary Governors Ball
Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall (Sunday)
Theme: Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds! Think pink and sparkly.
The Scene: Bigger and better. Get ready for the largest, flashiest Governors Ball ever. The guest list has inflated from 2,800 to 3,600. The decor includes 312 chandeliers with 99,528 hand-attached "diamond" pendants, 25,000 pink roses, 50,000 square feet of drapery with LED lights sewn in, and a bevy of Marilyn Monroe-inspired models. "At the Shrine we were forced to seat guests on two levels," says Russ Patrick, co-chair of the Governors Ball. "This year everyone will be on one level, and every table will be an A-table."
Feast: Patina serves up king crab, New York strip and embellished Dove dark chocolate diamonds desserts.
Imbibe: The Emmy Jubilee Grey Goose cocktail. Guests will also be handed champagne and serenaded by live music as they walk the 500 yards between the Nokia Theatre and the convention hall.
Listen to: Music by Cubano Classico & Michaelina. Prepare to be surprised. Two years ago Seal did an impromptu performance.
Wow Factor: A gold, 30-foot-tall, spotlit Emmy statue slowly revolving on its pedestal
Walt Disney Concert Hall
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Walt Disney Concert Hall (Sunday)
Theme: Pop art
The Scene: Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein meet Tinseltown's elite in a predominantly black-and-white retro setting. Would-be Edie Sedgwicks can touch up at the Maybelline New York Beauty Bar.
Feast: Patina's Joachim Splichal offers Spanish tapas. A decadent Warhol-themed dessert lounge teases with Crumbs Bakeshop cupcakes.
Imbibe: Perrier-Jouet champagne and a Coppola vineyards wine bar
Listen to: Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz, KCRW's DJ Jason Bentley, plus a special performance by a surprise major musical artist
Wow Factor: The evening's most coveted gift bag, which includes an 80th anniversary Cole Haan leather-and-canvas tote filled with more than 40 high-end products, including a Sports Club L.A. membership, Sally Hershberger hair products, Smashbox cosmetics and Estee Lauder fragrances
The Kress (Sunday)
Theme: Japanese fantasyland
The Scene: Guests will enter via a dramatic red bridge leading to the richly draped red performance tent and 27-foot-tall wood shrine. Then there's the four-story-tall projections of blooming cherry blossom trees, lavish formal gardens, massive backlit shoji screens, oversized bonsai trees, koi ponds, bamboo walls, Japanese maples, raked sand, river rocks and more. "We pride ourselves on discovering the town's hottest new venues," says Debra Birnbaum, TV Guide's editor-in-chief. Past party locales include the Roosevelt Hotel, Social Hollywood and Les Deux.
Feast: Cold lobster dim sum, furikake goat cheese and shishito poppers
Imbibe: At the custom sake bar
Listen to: The Bravery, MGMT and DJ Samantha Ronson
Wow Factor: An amazing centerpiece of 1,000 origami cranes, bringing happiness and prosperity to attendees
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Pacific Design Center
Pacific Design Center (Sunday)
Theme: Art, architecture and South America -- inspired by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer
The Scene: A 27-foot-tall chandelier is the focal point of the dining pavilion, with a topaz blue, tourmaline green, citrine yellow and silver color palette. Check out the gallery showcasing the works of numerous South American artists, the Laura Mercier Cosmetics makeup lounge and the grand staircase overlooking celebrity arrivals.
Feast: Wolfgang Puck serves up flavors of South America. Temptations include Sao Paulo paella, crispy shrimp with piri-piri aioli, lobster and corn sopes, coxinha, and roasted sea bass, along with coconut black-rice pudding and guava panna cotta.
Imbibe: Moet Hennessy, Moet & Chandon champagne, Belvedere vodka, Newton Vineyard wines and the Belvedere Brazilian, a specialty cocktail
Listen to: New York DJ Qool Marv and percussionist Ravi Jakhotia
Wow Factor: A 37-foot-tall torch tower and flaming circular fountain illuminating the evening sky
Historic Beverly Hills Post Office (Saturday)
Theme: Work Projects Administration chic
The Scene: Red-carpet revelers will let loose in the historic Beverly Hills Post Office (soon to be the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts). Look for the Revlon Lounge & Product Bar and fresco murals by WPA artist Charles Kassler depicting life during the '20s and '30s.
Feast: Wolfgang Puck favorites such as mini Kobe beef cheeseburgers with aged cheddar and remoulade and assorted pizzas, including Puck's famous smoked salmon with creme fraiche and caviar. Finish with Los Angeles icon Pinkberry frozen yogurt.
Imbibe: The Must-List Melon-tini, Revlon Perpetual Plum-tini, and the First Look Mojito. Don't forget to check out the Michelob Ultra tasting bar.
Listen to: DJ Michael Smith
Wow Factor: The Mark van S. Studio digital photo booth for guests, a museum-like interactive photo experience where guests take their own photos that become party decor as they're projected on large screens throughout the party.
Motion Picture & Television Fund "Evening Before" Party
Century Park (Saturday)
Theme: The entertainment industry taking care of its own
The Scene: Hollywood royalty will relax under the stars in a living room-like setting. A-listers will enjoy each other's company as they mingle and peruse sponsor booths, including Target and People magazine. This year's hosts include Mark Burnett, Ellen DeGeneres, Patrick Dempsey, America Ferrera, Tom Hanks, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jay Leno, Stephen McPherson, Les Moonves, Ryan Seacrest and Jeff Zucker.
Feast: Culinary delights dished up by Beso's Todd English
Imbibe: A special surprise cocktail created by Chef English
Listen to: DJ Lee Dyson
Wow Factor: The satisfaction of knowing that the MPTF, a major service provider supporting healthcare, childcare, retirement living, financial assistance and social/charitable services for the entertainment industry, has distributed almost $1 million in 2008 strike-related financial assistance.
Theme: Comedy served rare
The Scene: Old-school steakhouse with a modern twist and lots of Comedy Central special touches
Feast: Think Oysters Rockefeller and New York strip
Imbibe: STK signature cocktails, including Not Your Daddy's Manhattan and Strawberry Cobbler
Listen to: DJ Vice
Wow Factor: Watching the competition for laughs in a room this funny. Stephen Colbert, Trey Parker, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, Matt Stone -- as well as other Comedy Central talent and top comedians -- are expected to stop in.