A peek inside the Emmy Awards' Governors Ball

Don't have an invitation to this year's Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball? Don't fret -- we've got a sneak peek at the annual party for TV's biggest stars and power players.

Following the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, 3,800 guests are expected to attend the gala, the largest annual formal sit-down dinner in the United States.

For the Governors Ball (and the Creative Arts Emmys Ball, which happened earlier this month), the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center was transformed with an "enchanted forest" theme, featuring huge stylized trees and a canopy of faux foliage extending over 20,000 square feet.

A table setting for the 2013 Emmy Awards Governors Ball.
Governors Ball

There will be a 60-foot-wide elevated circular dance floor, an orchestra and performances by The Red Hot Band, Australian singer Jessica Mauboy, Bella Electric Strings and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. There will also be an "Emmy Winner's Circle," where the night's victors can have their names affixed to their newly-won statuettes.

Guests (400 tables full of them) will dine on a menu of little gem lettuce salad with basil-scented mozzarella, marinated sun-ripened tomatoes and heirloom baby beets; beef filet mignon with red wine-braised short ribs, cippollini onions and a potato-pear gratin; and devil's food cake with roasted cherries and mascarpone cream for dessert. Beaulieu Vineyard will provide the evening's wines, and Grey Goose has crafted a special cocktail for the event (see that recipe below).

All told, the gala's organizers expect to use 10,000 pieces of china, 5,000 wine glasses, 3,500 champagne flutes, 5,490 bottles of wine (plus another 300 bottles of dessert wine), 215 cooks in the kitchen, 45 bartenders and 7,000 bottles of wine for parting gifts. All of which should add up to one major party.

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from Los Angeles on Sunday beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Governors Ball

The Grey Goose Emmy Cocktail:
1 1/2 parts Grey Goose Le Citron
1 part St-Germain liqueur
1 1/2 parts cucumber juice
1/2 part lime juice

Garnish with a cucumber wheel, rosemary spring and edible silver flakes. Serve in a martini glass.

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