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The gold's been handed out. So grab a tomato tart. And a free flat-screen.

September 12, 2007|Elizabeth Snead | Special to The Times

The 2007 Emmy night party scene is a lot like the Emmy nominations themselves: Pretty much the usual cast of characters dressed up in different ways. But that's not to say nothing at all has changed. There's one new party, some new locations and a variety of themes, decor and entertainment that should spice up the celebrations.

Entertainment Weekly is having its usual pre-Emmys bash on Saturday night in Hollywood. Familiar fete-throwers "Entertainment Tonight" (teaming again with People magazine), TV Guide, Fox and HBO are all having their annual parties post-show on Sunday. And of course, there's the official Emmy Governors Ball, held next to the show itself at the Shrine.

The changes? "Entertainment Tonight" has left the Mondrian on Sunset (finally) and headed downtown to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. TV Guide will keep hanging out in Hollywood but not at Social Hollywood. Its affair this year will take place at Les Deux, the infamous Hollywood haute spot where, oh, no, Lindsay didn't get served her last drink the night she crashed her car for her first DUI. They will tent the adjacent parking lot to create Versailles-like gardens and walkways, which may not be the best of plans. From my experience, those tents can be toxic.

"ET" and People hope that stars leaving the Shrine will hit their nearby party first. They also hope the new venue will eliminate the annoying overcrowding at the SkyBar. For several years, stars were asked to cool their heels in the Mondrian hotel lobby until there was room on the packed poolside patio. Ouch. Then there was the torturously slow Mondrian valet. Urban legend has it that there are still people waiting for their cars from last year's party.

There's one hot Emmy party that comes with no baggage. DirecTV is launching its HD 100 programming with a big bash inside an inflatable space. Think: hot air balloon.

Here's the scoop on where you'll need to go to celebrate with the gold statue-lugging winners and commiserate with the game-faced losers after the Emmys.


The Official 59th Emmys Governors Ball

Location, location: The Shrine

Hue and cry: Black and white

Theme: Um, the Emmys? Oversized Emmy statue silhouettes will be looming around the large dining room.

Bells and whistles: A rotating stage in the center of the room with a décor blend described as Art Deco and modern nuevo, enhanced by voile ceiling treatments and chandeliers, all designed by Keith Greco Décor.

Wining and dining: Organic haute cuisine from Patina Group's chef Joachim Splichal, such as mango and Dungeness crab, beef filet mignon, milk chocolate mousse and berries in a Dove dark chocolate cup. Beaulieu Vineyard wines and 360 bottles of Laurent Perrier Champagne. But who's counting? Voss is the official Emmy water.

Music makers: Norman Roper's Orchestra playing everything from '20s golden oldies to current Top 40s.

Star count: Everybody. This is the first Emmy party pit stop for everyone who was at the show.



Location, location: The usual HBO party spot, the plaza at the Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood.

Hue and cry: Purple, gold and lavender

Theme: Thai One On

Bells and whistles: Thai furniture, textiles and art from the Chiang Mai region, including elephant chairs, purple tenting, exotic garlands and orchids, 28-feet-tall gold statue tent centerpiece. Party decor by Billy Butchkavitz.

Wining and dining: Wolfgang Puck's Thai-inspired dishes: mee krob, bamboo steamed bass, panang curry braised short ribs, banana and honey spring rolls, chilled fruit soups, lemongrass upside-down cake. Moët & Chandon bubbly, Belvedere vodka, Newton Vineyard wines and Voss water from Norway.

Music makers: DJ Qool Marv of New York, percussionist Ravi Jakhotia of L.A. and Thai dancers and musicians.

Star count: With 26 noms, HBO is still the hottest ticket in town. But will this year's fete feel more like a wake? Expect the cast of canceled "Rome" to commiserate with "The Sopranos" gang. It's also a buh-bye bash for "Deadwood" and David Milch's surfer series "John From Cincinnati" cast. Stars from the still-kicking "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and the Kiwi sensation "Meet the Conchords" are bound to be upbeat; they don't cost much to make!


TV Guide

Location, location: This year, TV Guide takes over Hollywood's still hot spot, Les Deux.

Hue and cry: Deep red, gold and black

Theme: French-burlesque meets Marie Antoinette. Restaurant and patio space will be linked to the tented parking lot with 12 bars, plush lounge seating and a 40-foot stage for musical performances.

Bells and whistles: Not much to speak of. Custom drinks in an Olay-branded champagne flute. A snack bar with fresh vegetables, cheeses, dips and chips from Nabisco.

Wining and dining: -A French-inspired menu to include croque-mitaines, prosciutto-wrapped prawns, pommes frites and caviar on a toasted brioche.

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