Revel yell: No shortage of high end Emmy parties

Road to the Emmys: Down to the Wire - The Parties

There is no downturn when it comes to parties surrounding the Emmy Awards.

From downtown Los Angeles to Century City, event planners are working spaces to their best advantage and prepping sinfully rich menus. Wine, liquor and beverage sponsors are lined up. Although guest lists may be tightened somewhat, industryites — particularly actor and actress nominees — shouldn’t waste much time before they book hair, makeup, stylists and limos.

Here’s a look at a healthy selection of the parties leading up to the Emmys:

When: Sept. 10, immediately following the Creative Arts Emmys
Where: West Hall, L.A. Convention Center
The scene: A 1960s mod decor and a black-and-white color scheme will transform the L.A. Convention Center into a sparkling ballroom. Sequoia Prods. will produce the mega-fete, the largest annual seated dinner in the U.S., and its identical twin, the Governors Ball, post-Primetime Emmys. Visual surprises abound at both editions: Performers will be encased within the mega-sized bars and suspended overhead for dramatic effect. Wait staff will be styled to match the evening’s visual theme. Patina Restaurant Group returns as the caterer, and the dinner menu features a seasonal salad of heirloom tomatoes, filet mignon with high-end mac and cheese and dessert that incorporates sponsor Duncan Hines’ ingredients. There’s no shortage of tie-ins and splashy decor. Consider “the Emmy”: a specially created vodka cocktail for the Governors Ball served at a bar decorated with a comely human model.

When: Sept. 11
Where: Cecconi’s, West Hollywood
The scene: Hosted by Audi, Cecconi’s. Nonprofit Tuesday’s Children is the beneficiary as luxury automaker Audi hosts an annual kickoff party at the fashionable restaurant.

When: Sept. 15
Where: London Hotel, West Hollywood
The scene: 350 guests are expected at this rooftop soiree. A silent auction will benefit the nonprofit org Art of Elysium.

When: Sept. 16
Where: Spectra by Wolfgang Puck, Pacific Design Center
The scene: Cocktails and Asian-themed summer bites are on hand for this cocktail reception for 300. Puck’s always on the mark for what Hollywood craves, and his summer-themed menu includes roasted duck, striped sea bass and slow braised short rib. A casual lounge atmosphere will pervade. Eco-friendly decor, moss, vines and knotty tree stumps will be juxtaposed with fabric backdrops amid a brilliant color palate of orange, fuchsia and rust.

When: Sept. 16
Where: Boa Steakhouse, West Hollywood
The scene: An ultra girls’ night out for femme Emmy noms: 1,000 candles will light the entrance to the fete that promises pampering via a custom-designed beauty bar and prime steak at the sleekly designed eatery.

When: Sept. 17
Where: L’Ermitage, Beverly Hills
The scene: Held on the hotel’s rooftop, the ninth edition of this Brit-friendly bash brings in not only U.K. thesps but Yanks who are celebrating a good year on the TV front.

When: Sept. 17
Where: Spago, Beverly Hills
The scene: The net’s nominee gathering at Wolfgang Puck’s eatery is an annual celebration of all things Peacock. New president Bob Greenblatt will there to glad-hand attendees wishing him luck on the new fall season.

When: Sept. 17
Where: Sky Bar at the Mondrian Hotel
The scene: The pay cabler’s noms get the star treatment during the sunset-hour soiree at the Mondrian’s stylish Sky Bar.

When: 8 p.m., Sept. 17
Where: The Lawn at Century Park, Century City
The scene: 900 high-profile industryites are expected at this glittery outdoor affair, a major fund-raiser for the Motion Picture & TV Fund. Grilled specialties are by Wolfgang Puck catering; margarita bar by Patron.

When: Sept. 18
Where: West Hall, L.A. Convention Center
The scene: Sequoia Prods. and Patina Catering do it all over again: Dinner, drinks and entertainment for more than 3,500 attendees.

When: Sept. 18
Where: Vibiana, downtown L.A.
The scene: Made-in-California cuisine will be spotlighted at this indoor/outdoor Emmy afterparty for 1,200. A name entertainer performs, DJs spin and there’s a generous gift bag to entice partygoers. California cheese, seafood and wine are on the vast buffet menu; desserts include mini-pies from L.A.’s Simple Things and cupcakes from the Sprinkles mobile.

When: Sept. 18
Where: Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood
The scene: For the ninth year, HBO reinvents the vast outdoor plaza of West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center. Master event planner Billy Butchkavitz envisions a theme that follows a circular pattern: Circles and spheres are the motif from the table centerpieces and 18-foot-wide chandeliers to the elevated cylindrical lounges. Huge upholstered walls will be used for arty projections and to define the festive pop-up space. Tangerine and raspberry are the colors of the fete, where customized epicurean eats come from Wolfgang Puck catering.

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