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As I anticipated an evening of elegance with some good food and an open bar, I was a bit confused when I realized the event I was going to was in an office building. Not just any office building, but one I had visited before for a film screening. So all I could do was wonder what I was about to get myself into for the evening.  I immediately thought, OMG, this is going to be a disaster—and I valet parked my car for this.

As I followed the directional signs strategically placed to guide my every step, I strolled down a hallway and to my very pleasant surprise entered a space with a classic touch of purple elegantly placed throughout the venue and on the patio – TIATO in Santa Monica, California.

Tiato hosted the Biz Bash October venue issue release party.  So when you do an event for event planners and producers, you better bring it and they did from the three specialty cocktails created for the evening to the shrimp egg rolls that melted in my mouth and the passed hors d’oeuvres that were never ending and always changing.   There were sliders, and skewers, and tuna tartare.  The hot beverage station included something besides regular coffee.  We were treated to Mexican hot chocolate.   That was new even to me – and it was excellent and unexpected.  There were fireplaces in the round, a sushi station with custom ordered items and an old-fashion dessert cart that was the center piece of the outdoor patio.

The wait at the bar was non-existent, even with the made to order specialty drinks.  The event was well designed and well planned giving us time to enjoy the experience, engage in conversation and make a few new connections.

And parking was complimentary!

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It’s been a long day and I want to show you a few more exclusive shots of the 2011 Primetime Emmys, but these are as the night was winding down at the Governor’s Ball.  The theme this year was black and white.  I felt as though I walked into a circus tent—an upscale circus tent.  Each table had its own theme and decor, but they were all black and white.  Some had stripes, other had circles.  Some table tops were made of a mirror, while others were solid colors.  The center pieces were lily’s woven into the circular tabletop loops.  A 50-foot woman looked down on us from the ceiling, and the band played in the round, and round, and round they went as the guests danced on a circular dance floor – which was the center of the ball.  On top of the circular stage and dance floor was the entertainment, very much like the top-tier of a three-tier wedding cake.

It was all fascinating and completely over the top.  Mimes where staged all around, and there were tables filled with Emmys as their new owner displayed them proudly next to the filet mignon and mac & cheese that was baked in a (guess) – individual circular pan.  Winner after winner filled the room, and the champagne and cocktails followed all night long.  I was so tired at one point that I went to rest against the bar and I bounced back.  It was made of ice – an ice sculpture bar by Grey Goose. They were all over the place.

There was no expense spared for this event.  Everyone seemed to have a great time and felt privileged to be there.  But as the crowd began to thin early on, I know the who’s who in Hollywood were heading out, not to go home, but stop by the next hot Emmy party tonight and do it all over again!

2011 Emmys Governor's Ball - Table Setting

Dinner Salad

A Gift of Chocolate from Duncan Hines

The Ice Sculpture Bar

The band with a view

A mime melt

The 50-foot Woman

Interesting use of flowers for the center piece

I’m in Los Angeles at television’s premiere event—the Primetime Emmys. What makes the Emmys one hot LA event?  It delivers as a major Hollywood awards ceremony.  There’s the red carpet, tons of celebrities, media, excited fans, beautiful backstage lounges, and glamour galore.   Take a look at some of the visual details that made this year’s Primetime Emmys such a stellar event.  Even the weather was perfect with clear blue skies and just the right temperature.  Tell me what you think?

Emmys Venue: Entrance to Nokia Theater

2011 Primetime Emmys Red Carpet before Arrivals

Photographers Waiting for Arrivals

Fans in the Bleachers Waiting for Red Carpet Arrivals

Red Carpet is Alive!

Red Carpet: Primetime Emmys Host and "Glee" Star Jane Lynch with Ryan Seacrest

Red Carpet: HBO's "Entourage" star Kevin Connelly

Red Carpet: Heidi Klum and Seal with Idris Elba

Red Carpet: Elizabeth Moss from AMC's "Mad Men"

Outside the Press Tent

Entrance to Press Tent

Inside the General Press Room

Backstage: Emmys Lounge

Backstage: Emmys Waiting for Winners

Backstage: Winners Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen for supporting actor and actress from "Modern Family" Meet the Press