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Throw the Perfect Party to Watch the Emmys

September 14, 2021

Celebrate TV's finest moments of the past year with an award-winning celebration.


If there were ever a time to celebrate the wonders of TV, it would be the past year. So many of us took to our couches to watch anything and everything our friends and family recommended.


Now it's time to honor our favorite shows and find out which ones are most award-worthy.


The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS. Cedric the Entertainer hosts a smaller than usual crowd (nominees and their families) but there will still be plenty to celebrate.


You can gather your crew for your own small, Emmys gathering. Here are some tips to ensure your event is A-list all the way:



Binge Watch the Shows You Missed


There was so much stellar content that it's perfectly understandable if you missed some of the favorites. Before hosting your Emmys fest, you can catch up with many of the top nominated series through Cox On Demand.


Some key, nominated performances and shows to check out are Kate Winslet in Mare of Easttown, which is also up for outstanding limited series; the acclaimed horror drama series Lovecraft Country, nominated for 18 awards; and Cynthia Erivo's moving performance as Aretha Franklin in Genius: Aretha.


Fans of longtime, nominated series like This Is Us and Black-ish can catch up on episodes as well. And don't forget to laugh your heart out with A Black Lady Sketch Show.


Plan Award-Worthy Snacks and Drinks


What's a party without memorable food and drinks? This year, there are so many inspiring shows to build a party theme around.


You can honor "The Crown "and "Bridgerton" with a proper English tea that even the queen or Duke of Hastings would love to attend. Serve mini sandwiches, bite-sized desserts, and of course tea. Add champagne or sparkling wine to make it extra festive. Channel "Emily in Paris" with French cheeses and charcuterie, paired with a baguette and French wine. Or serve Philly favorites, like cheesesteaks, hoagies and soft pretzels, for "Mare of Easttown."


You can also go the route of your go-to TV snacks with mini bags of popcorn, chips and dip and individual boxes of candy — and anything else you might want for a TV binge session.


For drinks, it's easy to search online for fun cocktails that pair with shows like "Ted Lasso" or make the signature drink of a show — like the Gibson cocktail (similar to a martini with pearl onions) in "The Queen's Gambit."


Roll Out the Red Carpet


You don't need a big Hollywood budget to make your party festive. You can decorate with gold and silver balloons and crepe paper or pick up some Hollywood themed-plates and tablecloths at your local party store or online.


Roll out the red carpet (or even a red craft paper roll) and get ready to take some paparazzi-worthy photos. It's likely that your party dresses and suits have seen little use recently, so why not bring them out for this festive occasion? Put on the tunes and strut your stuff down the carpet.


Play the Emmys Guessing Game


Everyone loves to predict the winners, and you can make a friendly competition out of the guessing game.


Make ballots for your guests to choose their winners. You can list all of the categories or just some of the top ones, and offer small prizes like delivery gift cards or a bottle of wine. You can even include your friends who can't join by setting up a Zoom or FaceTime session.


Other fun activities include:


  • Emmys History Quiz: Challenge your crew to guess past Emmy winners or notable Emmy moments.
  • They Said What: Pen a Mad Libs->
  • Emmys Bingo: Create a bingo game, with each square referencing something that may happen at the Emmys: when a winner thanks their spouse, someone wears sunglasses inside, a joke falls flat or the underdog claims the award, etc.


No matter what happens at the show, don't forget to thank your guests for helping make the Emmys extra-special this year.


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