Let the fun begin
A guide to the hottest Emmy parties and suites in townThe Governors Ball (Sunday)
Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall,
1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles
The Scene: Seasoned event producer Cheryl Cecchetto's Sequoia Prods. transforms the L.A. Convention Center into a vivid sultan's palace replete with tent-like swaths of patterned silk draped from the ceiling, 20,000 roses and pheasant and peacock feathers. Food & drink? Fit for a king: Patina Restaurant Group, Grey Goose, Dove chocolate and Beaulieu Vineyard indulge.
Fountain Plaza at the Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
The Scene: Expect a Billy Butchkavitz-designed event inspired by the bohemian lifestyle of French designer Paul Poiret in taupe and black with splashes of red. Qool DJ Marv entertains guests who will feast on small plates by Wolfgang Puck, Godiva chocolate, Belvedere Vodka and Moet & Chandon Champagne.
Entertainment Tonight/People magazine (Sunday)
Vibiana, 210 S. Main St., Los Angeles
The Scene: L.A. favorites Susan Feniger, owner of the restaurant Street, and the dessert masters from MILK are part of an evening that brings the best of L.A. downtown. The Absolut Vodka bar has the drinks for guests listening to musical guest Mary J. Blige. The A-list Cole Haan gift bag includes a three-night stay at the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, a Kate Somerville facial and products from Bodum, Murad Skin Care, American Crew, Duwop, Cargo and more.
Twentieth Century Fox Television, Fox Broadcasting Co. and FX (Sunday)
Cicada Downtown, 617 S. Olive St., Los Angeles
The Scene: Fox and FX celebrate their nominees (including Emmy newcomer "Family Guy") with a party designed to exude old Hollywood glamour with a modern edge. Glenn Close, Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Laurie, Seth MacFarlane and Kiefer Sutherland are among the expected guests.
Comedy Central (Sunday)
Falcon on Sunset, 7213 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
The Scene: With 14 Emmy nominations, Comedy Central is bringing the funny in droves. Their self-proclaimed "laid back" after-party is at Falcon's indoor/outdoor space on Sunset. Jon Stewart and "The Daily Show" team of correspondents, Stephen Colbert, Sarah Silverman and "South Park's" Matt Stone and Trey Parker are just a few with whom you might share a laugh.
Seventh annual BAFTA TV Tea Party (Saturday)
InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles Century City, 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles
The Scene: From 3-6 p.m., the TV Tea celebrates the 2008-09 Emmy nominees and talent from the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Expect to see Glenn Close, Toni Collette, Tate Donovan, Colin Ferguson, Joely Fisher, Kathy Griffin, Jim Parsons and Tom Wilkinson.
The third annual Evening Before Emmy Party benefiting the Motion Picture Television Fund (Saturday)
The Lawn at Century Park, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles
The Scene: A-list Hollywood gives back to their own while celebrating in a relaxed evening under the stars in Century City.
Craft, 10100 Constellation Blvd., Century City
The Scene: Taking over Craft's private dining room and part of the terrace, Showtime celebrates its nominees in an intimate lounge setting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hosts Matt Blank and Robert Greenblatt and guests including Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, James Remar, Jimmy Smits, Lauren Velez and David Zayas will enjoy live music, the chef's selection of appetizers and desserts and Red Bull's popular Chambull cocktail (1⁄2 champagne, 1⁄2 Red Bull).
NBC Universal (Saturday)
Spago, 176 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills
The Scene: Wolfgang Puck will pull out all the stops when he welcomes NBC Universal's Emmy nominees and guests. Signature Spago pizzas, spicy tuna tartare, sweet white corn tortellini, cote de boeuf, a seafood display and Godiva chocolate bar are sure to satisfy a wide variety of palates. Expected guests include the casts of "The Office," "30 Rock" and "House," among others.
The Lipton Green Tea Gift Lounge (Saturday and Sunday, during rehearsals and night of show)
Backstage at the Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles
The Scene: Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris and presenters will be invited to customize their own gift collection. Lipton Green Tea and CBS Cares team to help raise critical dollars for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). For every star who stops by, Lipton Green Tea will make a donation on their behalf to this and other charitable causes.
HBO Luxury Lounge (Saturday, Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.)
The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive, 2nd floor, Los Angeles
The Scene: HBO stars will be pampered and gifted with luxury goods including Solstice Sunglasses, Brahmin Handbags, Activision/Redoctane (featuring "Guitar Hero 5" and DJ Hero) and Camacho Cigars.
Platinum Guild International's Red Carpet Jewelry Preview (Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) By private appointment only
The Scene: Nominees and presenters will be asked to sign a platinum item that will be included in the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation's award show auction, which begins Sept. 21, benefiting children's charities.
DPA pre-Emmys Gift Lounge (Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)
The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
The Scene: Forty-two companies, representing everything from a tea bar imported from Hong Kong to underwear from France, bring international flavor to Parisian Nathalie Dubois-Sissoko's annual suite.
The WHITE Room at Kate Somerville
(Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts, 8428 Melrose Place, Suite C, West Hollywood
The Scene: Guests will be whisked up to Somerville's white, airy spa/clinic to enjoy facials, Frederic Fekkai blow outs and products by Makeup by Bare Escentuals, AJNE, GoSmile and FashionForms. Lucky VIPs will be gifted destination vacations by Auberge Resorts all while nibbling on treats from M Cafe and Sprinkles.
Kari Feinstein's Style Lounge (Friday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.)
Zune, 8275 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles
The Scene: Workspace for Microsoft employees by day and hipster club by night, Zune is where celebs and VIPs indulge in spa services and pick up gifts from Sidekick, Pirates Booty, GNC, Sophie Fiori diamonds and more.
Eco Emmys Celebrity Green Gifting and Wellness Chateau (Friday)
Mary Pickford Estate, 56 Fremont Place, Hancock Park
The Scene: Produced by Debbie Durkin's Main Event Red Carpet Lounge & Green Suite and Platform Media Group, the suite will feature eco-friendly products and services and benefits nonprofits including Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Los Angeles County Affiliate); female empowerment organization i am that girl; art champion group Arx Pacifica; and animal rights group spcaLA.
Skybar Emmy Suites (Friday, 12-5 p.m.)
Skybar at the Mondrian, 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
The Scene: The Skybar Hut will be the nexus at which guests enjoy the flavors of Moet, Lotus Vodka and Peroni, get their hair done by Warren Tricomi and their teeth whitened by Beverly Hills Oral Spa Dentistry, among other pamperings. Expected celebrities include Lauren Conrad, Emmy Rossum and Stacy Keibler.