Vibing With Colman Domingo & Jess Latham

Vibing With Colman Domingo & Jess Latham

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The 74th Emmy® Awards are t-minus five days away, and in the spirit of celebrating the best moments in television with your nearest and dearest, Social Studies has teamed up with Ketel One Vodka to bring you the best that the worlds of effortless entertaining and elevated cocktails have to offer—an ultimate at-home Emmys hosting collection. Meet Born to Cocktail, an assortment of red carpet-worthy entertaining essentials available to you to rent as a bundle, or purchase á la carte.

To help you throw an elevated and memorable viewing party come September 12, gracious host and Emmy-nominated actor, Colman Domingo, and resident Chief Party Officer, Jess Latham, are here to share their tried and true hosting tips.

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Q: Colman, what are your must-dos when it comes to setting the right vibe at social gatherings?

Colman: Getting the lighting and music right are key to a great party. It's also essential to have plenty of food and drink available for your guests. Last but not least—flowers must be abundant. It needs to feel indulgent!

Q: Jess, how do you establish a spirited mood at your get-togethers?

Jess: I always set a dress code. Dressing up is so fun and I feel the opportunities to do so are few and far between these days. At my Emmys viewing party on Monday, my guests and I will be dressed in our finest old Hollywood glam looksit doesn’t get better than that!

Q: Colman, what's your favorite way to engage your guests? 

Colman: I introduce everyone at the party and tell the group a special something about each guest. From there, I leave it to them.

Q: Jess, what's your "host with the most" entertaining trick?

Jess: For an awards show viewing party, you have to play a game. There are so many variationsyou can do trivia, you can put money in a pot and do a Vegas-style pool. We’re gonna play Emmy’s bingo—it’s a great way for guests to feel engaged with both each other and the program.

Q: Colman, if you could leave your guests with one feeling or memory from an occasion you’ve hosted, what is it and why?

Colman: That I made them feel loved. I love caring for people and want them to feel that there was nothing not tended tolighting music, food, drink, cocktail, service, etc. I hope my guests laughed hard and made new friends.

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