Emmys by the Numbers: What It Took to Produce the Governors Ball

The Television Academy's official after-party had staggering amounts of crystals, chocolate, and china.

By Ian Zelaya September 22, 2015, 7:45 AM EDT

More than 45,000 Swarovski crystals were used to decorate the 67th Emmy Awards Governors Ball, which took place Sunday in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Photo: Nadine Froger Photography

Game of Thrones reigned supreme at the Emmy awards on Sunday when it broke the record for most Emmy wins during a single show with 12. But even that couldn't compare to the more than 45,000 Swarovski crystals that were front and center during the show's official after-party. The crystals were used to make 536 crystal strands for 27-foot-tall chandeliers that dropped to the center of 30 tables at the 67th Emmy Awards Governors Ball, which took place in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center after the show's telecast. This year's Governors Ball Committee co-chairs, Barbara Cassel and Geriann McIntosh, worked with producer Cheryl Cecchetto of Sequoia Productions to create a “Reigning With Radiance” theme. Here's a look at the party's ballroom, decor, and catering facts by the numbers.

The Ballroom
32,000 square feet of carpet, which took more than 10 men and 500 hours to prepare, install, and remove
4,000 guests, place settings, and champagne flutes
11,400 wine glasses
12,000 pieces of china
200 technicians and 85 managers
Fun fact: The West Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center is the length of one football field and twice the width

The Decor
Flowers galore: There were 400 floral arrangements made with 5,000 calla lilies, 2,000 white cascading orchard stems, 1,500 white roses, and 2,500 candles
35 crafts people worked more than 3,700 hours to make the centerpieces—the same amount it took to design and prepare the linens
16 cherry blossom trees with 10-foot canopies
More than 7,000 yards of of fabrics were used to create table linens, 7,500 cable ties were used to secure all the black fabric in the room, and 7,200 specialty napkins were produced in tones of champagne, taupe, metallic silver, ivory, and soft gray
17.5 miles of black thread
2,800 yards of metallic mesh and sequin accent fabrics were used to coordinate full-length table linens
6,750 square feet of silver tier dropped beaded curtains highlighting focal points of the room
4.4 million sparkling iridescent beads were used in the decor, and 21.3 miles of beads were hung throughout the ceiling
The total rigging and suspension package could have filled four 53-foot semitrucks
1,500 connection points were needed for the suspension rig
More than one-half mile of steel tubing and 86 wheels were used in the center stage turntable
Although the beam projectors used the lowest wattage light, they provided the brightest lighting throughout the event

The Catering
2015 was the 20th year that Patina Central Catering prepared a meal for the Governors Ball: The company also provided meals between 1995 and1997, and since 1999
Basic meal prep took five days by a crew of 50. Main courses and basic components were cooked on site in individual ovens at the venue immediately before serving
18 executive restaurant chefs and 205 cooks were on site
50 bartenders and 600 servers
150 pounds of petite freckle and mustard frill lettuce
350 pounds of yucca, 400 pounds of King Trumpet mushrooms and cherry tomatoes on the vine, and 800 pounds of Yukon gold potatoes
300 artichokes and 2,000 baby Romanesco cauliflower
4,000 fresh black mission figs and Forelle pears
8 liters of Hudson Baby Bourbon
375 pounds of Cara Crakine and 900 pounds of single-origin Ghana chocolate
150 pounds of popcorn kernels
1,500 pounds of filet mignon
170 pounds of Alaskan halibut
80 pounds of ricotta cheese and 250 pounds of lavender and fennel-scented Sonoma goat cheese
200 pounds of walnuts
4,704 bottles of Penfolds Wines
10,576 liters of Fiji Water
Cellar Door Chocolates dessert stations featured nine types of chocolate for a combined total of 48,100 pieces. The gourmet chocolate factory delivered 1,443 pounds of chocolate to the Governors Ball, traveling almost 2,100 miles from Louisville, Kentucky

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