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Post-Emmy bash to be black, white and tricked out

Emmy winners — and even losers — won't be seeing red at this year's Governors Ball.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Emmy winners — and even losers — won't be seeing red at this year's Governors Ball.

That's because Sunday's official after-party for the 63rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be almost entirely decked out with black and white decor.

The behemoth 57,600-square-foot space inside the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center has been transformed into a two-tone haven for the dinner party.

"This year's decor theme — mod illusions — will take guests on a trip of various movements, multiple sensations and figments of the imagination," said Shelia Manning, a casting director and co-chairwoman of the Governors Ball. "The eye will continually be tricked and deceived throughout the evening of black and white with a touch of gold — the Emmy."

The party's glittering chandeliers will rise and fall above the 3,600 invitees throughout the evening. About 1,200 servers with temporary facial tattoos will supply drinks and hors d'oeuvres, while 42 "living art" performers and aerial artists amuse guests.

The ceremony across the street at the Nokia Theatre will be broadcast in black and white on large spheres hovering over the space.

For dinner, attendees will feast on an heirloom tomato salad sandwiched between grilled asparagus and fried gold potatoes, filet mignon accompanied by baby carrots, cipollini onions and white-cheddar macaroni gratin. For dessert: a milk chocolate brownie, blackberry macarons and chocolate rice crisps with chocolate blackberry cream and honey sauce.

During a preview event Wednesday, attendees received their own airbrushed facial tattoos, noshed on samples of this year's Governors Ball menu and sipped The Emmy, a cocktail made with orange-flavored vodka, grapefruit juice, agave syrup and ginger ale. They also received the same party favor that ball-goers will take home Sunday night: a box of cake pops.


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