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Hosting with Jen: How to Throw an Emmy Viewing Party

August 15th, 2014

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards is coming up and what better way to watch the show than with an Emmy Viewing Party? Invite friends over for a night of good food, Hollywood-inspired activities, and a good three hours of performances and your favorite TV shows. Here are some tips on how you can enjoy the Emmy awards this year.

The Décor

Photo Booth

What’s an Emmy Viewing Party without a little Hollywood flair? Give your décor a peek into the captivating world of the silver screen with a glam-inspired photo booth. Fill up some gold balloons with helium then tie up the ends with a golden string or ribbon before setting them up against a wall. This gives your guests a beautiful backdrop for their photos. You can also add mirrors to make the space even more glamorous.

Television and Seating

Since the Emmys is all about the TV shows, your television plays an important part. Arrange seating around it and make sure that you have enough flat surfaces for your guests to put their drinks on. You should also make sure that everyone has a good view of the screen. To check, turn the TV on and sit on the chair farthest from the screen. If you’re having difficulty watching, then adjust the seats accordingly.

The Menu

There’s no need to make a full-blown meal for this type of party. Appetizers and light snacks are perfect because they’re delicious and easy. Here’s a sample menu:

Ham and Cheese Platter

A cheese and deli tray is fancy enough for the event, yet so simple that it doesn’t require hours to prepare.

  • So which kinds of cheese to serve? I follow this rule from Real Simple: aged, film, blue, soft. Choose two types of ham to counteract the taste of the cheese, such as prosciutto or salami.
  • Add fruits to bring something sweet to the platter, like grapes, berries, or figs.
  • Offer a selection of bread such as baguettes, crackers, and bread sticks.

If you’d like to offer something more filling, you can also serve sandwiches, such as this open faced salmon tea sandwich, with a side of pesto deviled eggs to complete your menu.


Champagne and wine are classics, but if you want to make it more fun, choose a couple of TV show-inspired drinks. Here are some ideas that you can try.

  • Sherry Cobbler – Inspired by Downton Abbey. Get the recipe at Kitchen Riffs.
  • The Old Fashioned – Inspired by Mad Men’s Don Draper. Check out this recipe from Esquire.com.
  • Dallas Decoder – Inspired by Dallas. Head over to Cook In Dine Out for the recipe.

The Activities

Make the party more exciting with a round of bingo using these free printable Punchbowl bingo cards. Mark your boxes whenever something happens on the screen that’s also printed on the card (like a winner thanking a family member or someone crying while giving a speech). Set up a prize for the winner at the end of the night, such as a box of brownies or a bottle of wine.

You can also set up a voting ballot, and then ask your guests to vote for their favorites—Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Drama should do it. Count the ballots at the end of the night, and the winner gets a prize too! This voting ballot from Red Envelope offers a fun printable template.

Whether you like House of Cards, True Detective, or The Good Wife, watching the Emmy awards is always more fun with friends. If you like this post, you can also check out the rest of our budget-friendly party planning ideas!

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