Consider your space
archideaphoto/Shutterstock Think about how many people you can fit in your home, encourages event planner, Ashly Priest from Columbus, Ohio. "The two main things to always remember are: your audience, and your space. Once you have those two figured out pretty much anything else goes," she says. "If you live in a small apartment, don't invite 25 people over. Invite six. You will have a much better time!" Want fun facts to share with your guests? Learn about the origins of awards shows like the Emmys!
Create a red carpet for your guests to walk on
Oleksandr Lipko/ShutterstockMake a red carpet for your guests to sashay down and strike a pose on—tonight, you're the celebrities! Get your phones out, or if you have a photographer friend, invite them over as well, and take cute photos. Create your own hashtag for your party and share on social media. Get red carpet ready with these simple ponytail hairstyles!
Make TV-themed snacks
Hit up your local dollar store
emin Kuliyev/ShutterstockPriest notes that most dollar stores (Dollar General, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, etc.) have the same supplies you might be considering buying at a bigger name store. "You want the gold confetti glitter and laminated plates? They have those at the dollar store for a $1 each. Buy your basic party supplies there, and save your big purchases to splurge on specific items like pinatas, balloons, or backdrops at specialty stores," she says! While you're there, stock up on these other items you should have been scoring at the dollar store all along.
Serve a signature cocktail
Tsuguliev/ShutterstockCreate your own Emmy worthy signature cocktail to share with guests. Either choose a go to favorite that your friends all like or invent your own. Not that brave? Create specialty labels for been and wine bottles that you can print at home and attach! Get inspired by these TV-themed cocktails.
Choose the winners
GeorgeRudy/ShutterstockWhile you're hanging out with your friends, choose who you think (or hope) will be the winner in each category. See who gets the most correct and maybe honor them with a special prize. Print the ballots for this year's awards here.
Hand out gift bags
adriaticfoto/ShutterstockCelebrities get amazing swag at these events, so why shouldn't all of you? Keep it cost effective by asking everyone to bring an item to contribute. Things like Chapstick, hand sanitizer, candles, and even coupons to local stores are fun!