How To Host The Best 2011 EMMY Viewing Party!

The small screen will sizzle Sunday, September 18th on Emmy® Night, so let us show you how to host an award winning viewing party right in your own home. With the help of Sauza® Tequila and our simple but special tips you will look like a star while you treat your guests to a fabulous night.  With our Party Bluprint the winner is …. YOU!

Emmy Party Essentials – Everything You Need!



  • Make sure your television is in good working order.  If you have a DVR, program it to record the pre-show red carpet events and awards show.  Now you and your guests can watch at your leisure throughout the evening.
  • Focus on your “viewing area”. Create a comfortable viewing area in which all seats allow for a good view of the televised event.  Bring in extra chairs, stools, ottomans, beanbag chairs, and oversized pillows for additional seating. One of the greatest treats growing up was eating in front of the television; so indulge your guests and make it easy for them to dine by offering surfaces and coasters for guests to rest glasses and plates while viewing.  Place cozy blankets on backs of sofas and chairs for guests to snuggle as the evening goes on.
  • Have cocktails and appetizers ready to serve guests when they arrive.  Welcome guests with a signature cocktail, followed by buffet style “easy to eat” fare.
  • Tell guests to make themselves comfortable and help themselves to additional beverages and food throughout the evening.




Check out the line-up below : 7 award-worthy cocktails from Sauza® Tequila: feature your favorite or offer them all as part of your bar menu. Each cocktail pays tribute to an Emmy® nominated show or nominee. We headed out to Hollywood for the pre-Emmy celebrations and had the Stars taste test the Sauza® Cocktails for YOU!  They LOVED them and so will you.

Have fun mixing up these cocktails made with fresh ingredients and sharing them with your guests. Cheers and good luck to all the nominees.  Make sure to follow Sauza® on twitter and for additional fresh margarita recipes, please visit Sauza® on facebook.

1.  The Sparkling White

Sparkling White Margarita – Sauza® Tequila turns their Sparkling Sauza® Margarita “White for the Night” as a tribute to Betty White, seven-time Emmy® winner and nominee for Outstanding Supporting Comedy Actress for Hot in Cleveland.   Just like Betty, this cocktail is bubbly and sparkling and delivers a real kick.


7.5 oz. Sauza® Silver Tequila
2.5 oz. DeKuyper® Triple Sec
3 oz. Fresh Lime Juice (3 wedges)
3 oz. Agave Nectar
12 oz. Prosecco or Sparkling White Wine

Garnish: Lime Wedge

Steps: Combine the ingredients (except for the Prosecco or white wine) and shake vigorously to chill. Strain the mixture into a chilled champagne glasses and top it off with the Prosecco or white wine. Then just garnish and enjoy.  Makes 6 Servings

2. Bloody Maria

Serve this cocktail as a nod to Dexter. This Emmy® nominated show, about a likable bloodstain analyst for Miami PD who moonlights as a serial killer, is a fan favorite. recipe here>

For one cocktail:
In a shaker filled with ice combine:
1 1/2 oz Sauza® Silver Tequila
7 oz tomato juice
a squeeze of Siracha Chili Sauce
3 grinds fresh black pepper
the juice of 1 lemon
a dash of celery salt
a dash of paprika
a dash of cumin
several dashes of Worcestershire sauce

Shake well and pour into a tall glass over ice, with or without salt. Garnish with a lime, an olive, a pickled jalapeño and a sprig of cilantro.

3. The Prohibition

Sauza®-Rita – serve a swanky cocktail as a fun way to show your support for Boardwalk Empire and its nominees, Steve Buscemi and Kelly Macdonald. recipe here>


1 can Sauza® Silver Tequila
1 can frozen limeade
1 bottle light beer
1 can water

Garnish: Lime Wheel

Steps: Pour limeade and beer into a pitcher with ice. Fill limeade can 2/3 with Sauza Silver Tequila and pour into pitcher. Finally, add a can of water, stir and enjoy.  Makes 9 Servings

4. Perfect 10

Light Delight Margarita – celebrates Emmy® nominated show, Dancing with the Stars, and all the celebs who have garnered a perfect 10! recipe here>


10 oz. Sauza® Silver Tequila
3 oz. DeKuyper® Triple Sec
7 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
7 oz. Sugar Free Simple Syrup (equal parts water and non-sugar sweetener)

Steps: Pour Sauza® Silver Tequila into a pitcher with ice. Add in 3 oz. DeKuyper® Triple Sec and 7 oz. fresh lime juice. Finally add 7 oz. sugar free simple syrup, stir and serve over ice.  Makes 8 Servings


5. Modern Mamarita

The Mama Rita – pays tribute to the saucy mamas of the Emmy® nominated comedy Modern Family. Both Modern Family Mamas, Julie Bowen/Claire Dunphy and Sofia Vergara/Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, are nominated for Outstanding  Supporting Comedy Actress. recipe here>

For one cocktail, you’ll need:
1 ½ parts Sauza® Silver Tequila
½-part Cabernet Sauvignon
1 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec
1 part Agave Nectar
1 part Fresh Lime juice

To make:  Pour all ingredients over ice in mixing glass. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime twist.

6. The Style Icon

Sauza® Classic Gold Margarita – this classic cocktail is quite fashionable for fans of nominee Project Runway and its classic style icon and host, Tim Gunn. recipe here>


7.5 oz. Sauza® Gold Tequila
4.5 oz. DeKuyper® Triple Sec
24 oz. Margarita Mix

Garnish: Lime Wedge and/or Orange Wedge

Steps: Combine the ingredients without ice and shake vigorously. Then just pour the mixture into your most festive margarita glass, garnish and enjoy a classic.  Makes 7 Servings


7. Lady Lemonade

Ladies Night Lemon Margarita – says “cheers” to nominee, Tina Fey and her character Liz Lemon in the Emmy® nominated comedy, 30 Rock. recipe here>


10 oz. Sauza® Gold Tequila
3 oz. DeKuyper® Triple Sec
24 oz. Lemonade
8 oz. Lemon-Lime Soda

Garnish: Lemon Wedge

Steps: Combine the ingredients without ice and shake vigorously. Then just pour the mixture into a glass, garnish and enjoy. Perfect for warm days or fun nights.  Makes 8 Servings



Serve easy to eat fare guests can enjoy while watching the stars. We suggest the following fabulous finger food that you can prepare before guests arrive.  Try our red carpet viewing party recipes  – they’re simple and special and don’t require a knife and fork. Make it fun and casual and let guests nosh while viewing the show.  Think “Modern Family”, a gathering in Claire and Phil’s house for a viewing party!

Fresh Guacamole with Carrot Sticks

Ingredients (serves 4-6)

  • 2 ripe Haas Avocados
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 6 grape tomatoes halved and sliced
  • cracked pepper to taste
  • sea salt to taste


  • Cut avocados in half, remove pit, and scoop out avocado from peel. Empty into plastic or glass bowl. Mash with potato masher. Add lemon juice, garlic, onion, pepper and salt, mix thoroughly, and fold in tomatoes. Serve immediately with carrot sticks.



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Tequila Spiked Wings

Take the fuss and mess out of wings and dress them up for the Emmys® with this easy to make recipe.  Simply marinate in tequila, lime and rosemary, bake and serve!


  • 1 pkg. (12-16 wings and legs)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped rosemary
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup reposado tequila (Sauza is a great pick)
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • sea salt to taste
  • *optional add 2 Tbsp. finely chopped cilantro


  • Rinse chicken, pat dry and set aside. Add remaining ingredients to a large plastic resealable freezer storage bag and then add chicken wings and legs. Seal bag and gently shake. Marinate 8-12 hours in the refrigerator. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 375°. Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray. Place wings and legs on a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, turning halfway through. Turn up oven to 400° and bake for 10 more minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

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Margarita Flatbread Pizza

Try a different spin on Margarita and serve this flat bread pizza. It’s fresh, delicious and so easy to make!

Ingredients (yields 12 appetizer size squares)

  • Flatbread (we used Fabulous Flats Tandoori Naan Flatbread)
  • 1 lb. container Bocconcini (small balls of fresh mozzarella) – sliced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes – sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh basil – ribbon-cut


  • Preheat oven to 400°. Top flatbread with combination of tomatoes and mozzarella. Sprinkle with olive oil and bake for 10-12 minutes until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted. Remove from oven and sprinkle ribbon-cut basil on top. Cut into small squares and serve.

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Margarita Cupcakes

Top off the night, the way you started it, with a Margarita.  These tasty and tart treats are spiked with tequila too and make a fabulous finish to a perfect night! For Recipe go>

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Before guests arrive, print out Emmy® Viewing Party Ballots and display them with pens. While guests are sipping on cocktails, invite them to fill out ballots weighing in on who they think will win. As the Emmys® are handed out, tally who had the most winners.









Take a cue from your menu and go with an orange and green color palate for you party decor.  Use fruit and flowers in these colors for a modern and fresh look. Incorporate limes and clementines with orange Gerbera daisies and Green Button Poms in vases or in jars – you can even put them in cocktail glasses or stack them on cake stands.


Party Bluprints was compensated to partner with Sauza® Tequila for the Emmy® Viewing Party

19 Responses to How To Host The Best 2011 EMMY Viewing Party!

  1. I savor, cause I found exactly what I was looking for. You have ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

  2. WOW…not a bad idea in the bunch! This is awesome! Thanks for sharing it! You are now a bookmark!

  3. Can you guys party plan at my house for an event? Everything looks gorgeous and delicious. Can I just say those margartia cupcakes sound awesome – did you invent that recipe? Or do you just pull it all together? Very classy too which you know I am all over. I am now inspired to get cooking on an Emmy hosting party! xoxo

  4. What amazing ideas!!! Those cocktail and snacks are calling my name. You two have the BEST party ideas. I love how you make everything so easy that even I can throw a great party!

  5. What great cocktail ideas-Prosecco and tequila? Sounds divine! The food sounds delicious, especially the margarita cupcakes and tequila-spiked wings! Thanks for the great ideas!

  6. Okay, I am so curious about mixing wine and tequila… I think I need to try that experiment. And the margarita cupcakes!

  7. Wow these recipes look amazing!! Great added touch to any Emmy viewing party!! 🙂

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