Sizzling soirees

Sure, the ceremony itself is great, but it's the Emmy afterparties that have people anticipating the final award.

Comedy Central
Falcon (Sunday)
The Scene: Comedy Central returns to Falcon, site of the network's inaugural Emmy blowout last year. Planners promise that the "hip and very minimal" decor will be echoed by an "unpretentious but cool" atmosphere and hearty contemporary American cuisine with an adventurous twist.
Don't Miss: Celebrating Comedy Central's banner year with chicken croquettes and banana beignets at the most laid-back party in town

"Entertainment Tonight" and People Magazine
Walt Disney Concert Hall (Sunday)
The Scene: Downtown's Frank Gehry-designed architectural wonder provides the setting for this music-themed soiree, featuring KCRW DJ Jason Bentley on the turntables and a performance by Grammy Award-winning '80s pop icons Duran Duran. Guests can indulge in Patina chef Joachim Splichal's caviar blinis and mini smoked scallop burgers, then take home high-end goodies in their own eco-friendly Cole Haan gift bags.
Don't Miss: The Godiva chocolate tree, adorned with brownies, marshmallows, fresh fruit and macaroons drizzled in luscious chocolate

Entertainment Weekly, Revlon and LG Electronics   
Opera and Crimson (Saturday)
The Scene: Planners are erecting a huge outdoor lounge, complete with a 75-foot-long original graffiti mural, at newly opened venues Opera and Crimson in Hollywood. The industry's best and brightest will be imbibing Blackest Blackberry Mojitos (a play on the Revlon mascara color Blackest Black) in the Revlon 3-D Lounge and dipping cookies and fruit in the giant Dove chocolate fountain.
Don't Miss: Watching fellow partygoers walk the red carpet via a live feed to a huge floating screen inside the venue

The Governor's Ball
Shrine Auditorium (Sunday)
The Scene: The grande dame of Emmy parties offers an art deco-themed "toast to the old and celebration of the new." Joachim Splichal will be serving up filet mignon and red wine-braised short ribs to 2,800 guests. Dove chocolates will provide dessert and a decadent parting gift for attendees.
Don't Miss: Reliving the glamour of old Hollywood by dancing to the vintage sounds of Norman Roper's Orchestra

Motion Picture & Television Fund and Target   
Fund and Target     (Saturday)
The Scene: The MPTF kicks off its inaugural "Evening Before" Emmy fundraiser with an A-list host committee that includes Ellen DeGeneres and Kiefer Sutherland. More celebs will be mingling under the stars and enjoying the comfortable, living room-like setting of the event's specially erected cabanas.
Don't Miss: The feel-good thrill of partying for a cause: Proceeds from the event will provide charitable and social services for members of the entertainment community in need.

NBC Universal   
Spago (Saturday)
The Scene: Spago once again plays host to one of the hottest -- yet most laid back -- fetes of the Emmy season. While guests from years past rave about the signature seafood bar stocked with fresh lobster, shrimp and oysters, the party's relaxed dress code might be an even bigger draw; famous guests enjoy the opportunity to dress down and kick back before Sunday's more stressful activities.
Don't Miss: The party hopping. The NBC Universal organizers slated a later start time for their casual shindig so lucky guests could take advantage of all the night's fabulous events.

TV Guide   
Les Deux (Sunday)
The Scene: Marie Antoinette would feel right at home amid the decadent, burlesque house decor and French-inspired menu at Les Deux. A lavish 15,000-square foot tent -- complete with black crystal chandeliers, 12 bars and a 40-foot-wide stage -- and Versailles-like gardens will give guests such as Kyra Sedgwick and James Spader plenty of room to cavort like the French courtiers of old.
Don't Miss: Musical performances by John Legend and Band From TV (featuring actors Hugh Laurie and Greg Grunberg)