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Decorating with Donuts at the ESPY awards

Have you ever seen donuts used as decorations? I never had until I attended the ESPY Awards.

The ESPY Awards are put on by ESPN. Since I’m not a big team sports follower, I’m sure that a lot of famous sports celebrities escaped my notice. But I did see some athletes, actors, dancers, news casters, and and other celebrities that I recognized. And, I saw a really fun idea for decorating using donuts.

Going to the ESPYs

ESPY Award tickets

I was excited that we were going to see the live ESPY Awards show and that we would be entering the show via the red carpet.

Miles Brown and Nita Gill

When we parked at the ESPYs look who was in the car next to us. It was Miles Brown who plays Jack Jackson on one of our favorite sitcoms, Blackish. His parents were helping him finish dressing before going down the red carpet.

I’ve attended awards shows in Hollywood before but this is the first time that I got to attend the after party, too. I was looking forward to see what the catered food layout was going to look like at the party. The lighting was dramatic, the flowers were well arranged, but what impressed me as original was the way they used donuts to decorate. Before I get to the donut decoration photos, I’ll share a few highlights of my experience.

Elland and Nita on the ESPY red carpet

My friend Ellen, who got the tickets, and me on the red carpet at the ESPYs. I had to laugh when I saw it. There was the “real” real carpet with the athlete celebrities and the press, including Diane Sawyer. And, next to the official red carpet was another for us mere ordinary folks (who were gawking at the celebrities).

Caitlyn Jenner at the ESPYs

Caitlyn Jenner was newly living as a female and won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Her speech was really quite inspiring.

While Caitlyn Jenner was making her speech, Olympic Gold medal winner, gymnast Shawn Johnson walked right past our seats.

Decorating with Donuts

Then it was off to the after party.

Fun decorating with donuts idea at an ESPY party food station

Here is one of the food stations set up at the ESPYs  after party.

Decoration with donuts

When you look a bit closer, you can see that these were donuts hanging on pegs on the big letters E S P Y. On the counter at the base of the letters are trays donuts for party guests to help themselves.

Donuts decorations

Here’s a closer look at how they decorated with donuts.

If you’ll be hosting or catering any big events where you want to do something unexpected and striking, that is easy enough to do and won’t break the bank, you can swipe and deploy this decorating with donuts idea. It would work with any letters and at any type of event.

My fan moment at the ESPYs

During the after party, we saw people gathering around the dance floor, so we went over to see what was happening and discovered some fantastic dancing going on.

I may not be a big sports team fan, but I am a big fan of the show, “So You Think You Can Dance”, so when the crowd cleared a bit, I was excited to see that one of the dancers was Cyrus Spencer, who was the Season 9 runner-up. He does amazing animation, popping and locking dance. You can see one of Cyrus’ performances with Twitch by clicking here.

Cyrus Spencer and Nita Gill

I got to meet one of my favorite dancers, Cyrus Spencer, from my favorite show, So You Think You Can Dance.

Cyrus was super gracious and allowed me to take a photo with him.

So, there is a quick overview of some of what we saw at the ESPYs. Even though this ESPY award show occurred more than a year ago, I thought you might get a kick out of seeing the idea of decorating with donuts. Have fun using this clever food decorating idea for one of your future parties.


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