A Sweet Surprise For Emmy Winners

The Emmy Awards Governors Ball is one of the most glamorous events of the year. It’s an exclusive event where you’ll find shining stars couture dresses, diamonds dripping, champagne flowing, and, yes … free chocolate too. Even celebrities like swag.

Attendees of the exclusive, formal dinner take home a the coveted basket of special gifts from top brands, however, only one luxury item is selected to be presented at each place setting.

Over the past decade, Craig Chrisman, Vice President of Prestar Packaging, Inc. has had the privilege of designing and producing these luxury gift packages for the place settings at three separate Governors Ball dinners.


One of those designs was for the year’s top event sponsor, Dove Chocolates. The custom-made boxes held four new candy bars that were being launched by Dove on the evening of the Awards.

The process for creating the packaging, Chrisman says, is designing and manufacturing from the ground up: The packaging must perfectly fit whatever goodie is to be part of the place settings, maintain the design criteria created and enforced by the Emmys guidelines, and of course, elegantly present the sponsor’s product.

Chrisman’s go-to box wrap for each of the three Emmys packages he’s designed have been specified from the Neenah Box Wrap portfolio. This box was produced with NEENAH® Box Wrap, SILKTOUCH Nuba, Black. An extensive silver foil stamp, with a hand-applied, 4-color process, UV coated, domed resin encased emblem create an old Hollywood look.


One challenge that comes with packaging chocolates is the melt-factor. “Dove actually shipped the candy bars to our facility. It was mid-August and the temperature outside was in the mid 90’s. We had to crank down the temperature in our plant to 60 degrees to make sure the bars did not melt. Once we made the boxes and then inserted the candy bars, we shipped the completed product back to Hollywood on refrigerated trucks,” said Chrisman.

For his work on the box, Chrisman received a sweet surprise of his own, in the form of several package design awards for the Dove box, as well as the other two he designed for the Governors Ball.