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Truly Social TV: How to Throw a Great Viewing Party for Friends and Family

No matter how technology connects us online, for many of us, nothing beats getting together with friends and family in person — and a good viewing party centered around your favorite TV shows, a sporting event or movie is a great excuse to socialize. Here are a few year-round viewing party tips from the team behind the television industry's biggest party, the Primetime Emmys Governors Ball.

  • Create your event on sites like, and so on, which can help you organize everything from your guest list to your food and decor choices. even has a Date Decider toll that can help you poll your friends and family on what days or evenings work best for all.

  • Have fun with themes, costumes and/or special menus based on your favorite series. There are plenty sites out there — such as the True Blood store at with its Fangtasia cocktail glasses and such — that offer lots of great items to make a fun, memorable party.

  • Place snacks and drinks close by the television to keep guests engaged and comfy.

  • Take lots of photos to share online afterwards and set a date for the next viewing party night.

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