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Celebrate The Emmy’s Like A Star

| August 25, 2015 | Reply

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September is right around the corner and while that means summer is winding down and school is back in session, it’s also an exciting month for television. Fan favorites are returning, new shows premiering, and of course, the Primetime Emmy Awards. On Sunday, September 20th, the 67th annual award show will air on Fox, hosted for the first time by SNL star Andy Samberg. It’s a night of glamour amongst Hollywood, with the stars shining their brightest. From the designer gowns to who wore it best, viewers at home will be talking and tweeting about their “favorites” for days.

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And for all the fans wrapped up in the excitement of the awards, what better way to get involved in all the hoopla than to host your own red carpet celebrity style viewing party right at home.

David E. Merrell, CEO and Creative Director of AOO Events has been captivating audiences for 25 years with his high profile events. As one of the most sought after planners in Los Angeles, Merrell’s extensive work includes collaborating with Alfre Woodard on her annual pre-Oscar celebration, designing an event for OWN network to promote the third season debut of their hit show, “Welcome to Sweetie Pies,” and this past year planning the biggest New Year’s Eve party at the SLS Hotel in Las Vegas featuring Robin Thicke.

Now setting his sights on this year’s Emmy’s, Merrell shares his top five tips for recreating your own Hollywood glamour right at home.

1. Red Carpet Flair

“Make your party feel like a big awards ceremony,” says Merrell. Just a bit of red carpet gets your guest’s adrenaline going as they walk in the front door; their entrance on the red carpet makes them the star of the event.

2. Set Up A Style Suite Rather than Gift Bags to Go

“We love showcasing favorite resources and goodies; things you love and want share.” It’s a very “Hollywood thing” at the swankiest hotels to have a style suite during awards season; all the celebrities get to indulge in some of their favorite things. Merrell suggests setting up your own mini complimentary spread with gourmet cookies, candles, and your very own step and repeat banner which is easy to print, to document the fun.

3. Serve Sexy Bites 

Keep the menu simple and cost effective by serving mostly “forkless fare.” Some of the AOO Events signature catered food can be replicated right at home. Fan favorites such as arugula salad in bamboo cones, bite size double cheeseburgers or spicy meatball sliders, and whimsical cake pops in a variety of flavors and colors…you can get a couple dozen of these at any Starbucks, or for those feeling inspired, you can make these bite size treats right in your own kitchen.

4. Design or Re-Design Your House (“Bare” it all)

Create a cool, “clubby” space by moving furniture into your garage. Merrell finds a neutral canvas with one accent color allows the guests to shine. Reconfigure your neutral toned or similar color hued pieces from other rooms in the house and select low seating, ottomans, tables and lamps that are placed sparsely throughout the party space. Think monochromatic and modern with splashes of gold to give tribute to the Emmy’s and all the celebrities nominated. You can even create a hand out ballot with a grand prize.

5. Lighting 

Arrange a variety of different proportions, textures, and heights of vessels to cradle lit candles. And as an added bonus to the guest’s senses, choose sexy, subtle musky fragrances. has the perfect variety of candles, vessels, and votives of all shapes and sizes in a variety of finishes from modern to ornate to natural to set the perfect scene at your awards screening party right at home.

For more great tips on achieving your perfect holiday party from David Merrell and other top planners be sure to pick up a copy of our holiday issue available on newsstands in November.

And for more information on David Merrell and his amazing events please visit

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Alexandra Anastasio is the Entertainment Editor for Bella New York Magazine. She shares her love of entertainment with exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks at some of the hottest celebrities giving readers in-depth access to some of their favorite stars. Anastasio crafts their stories with detail, from beginning to end you’ll walk away knowing more about a person than when you started. Her inquisitive mind and desire to tell a story are the driving force behind each and every interview.

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