2014 Golden Globes: the Biggest Parties and Ideas

Themes that emerged from this year's parties included more muted, neutral color palettes, a distinctly residential look and feel, and the use of patterned screens and panels.

By Alesandra Dubin January 13, 2014, 3:20 PM EST

Photo: Courtesy of Best Events

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 71st annual Golden Globe awards took over the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom last night. And barring a small preshow snafu that saw a sprinkler flood a portion of the red carpet, the night proceeded with all of the opulence for which it’s well-known.

With exceptions like HBO’s splashy red-bathed bash, several parties went with subdued, neutral palettes including a masculine and New York loftlike look for Fox; neutral tones and natural greenery for the Weinstein Company; a steel blue- and grey-dominated NBCUniversal bash that took its decor cues from sponsor Chrysler; and cream, gold, and black for AMC—with nary a rainbow hue in sight. Even HBO’s party dialed back the over-the-top looks that might have been a natural choice given its Globes-winning miniseries Behind the Candelabra. The party's designer, Billy Butchkavitz, said he “added a cup of restraint” to Liberace's “over-the-top kitsch.” In Style’s party was another exception to the muted-palette prevalence, with designer Thomas Ford choosing magenta, plum, and ice blue details.

Another theme that echoed was a distinctly residential look and feel. Fox’s details included tufted leather seating and books stacked artfully on shelving; AMC’s party got seating groups cozily arranged for optimal viewing; and the Weinsteins’ bash employed Astroturf, patio furniture, and lattice to evoke a garden feel. An additional common theme: the use of patterned panels and screens, which appeared at NBC's and the Weinsteins' parties.

Here's a closer look inside the parties from Golden Globes week, including Bafta L.A.’s tea party, Art of Elysium’s gala, and HBO’s Luxury Lounge.

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