Emmys: The Stars Party!

See how Rachel, Mischa, Eva and others celebrated at PEOPLE's 2005 Emmys bash and other parties By Emily Fromm with Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna, Lisa Ingrassia, Amy Keith, Kimberly Lansing and Brenda Rodriguez

01 of 07

SHINING STARS

SHINING STARS
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The O.C. actresses Rachel Bilson and Mischa Barton, dressed in sparkling metallic Lela Rose and Oscar de la Renta, respectively, hit the Governors Ball in L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium post-ceremony. Barton's favorite part of the show? "I thought Donald Trump's performance was really great," she told PEOPLE. "It was pretty fun."

02 of 07

SHOW OF SUPPORT

SHOW OF SUPPORT
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Eva Longoria, at the Entertainment Tonight/PEOPLE Magazine party at L.A.'s Mondrian Hotel, played cheerleader for Desperate Housewives costar Felicity Huffman, who won best actress in a comedy. "She's so unbelievably wonderful that I couldn't have been happier for anybody to win," said Longoria.

03 of 07

'GREAT' EXPECTATIONS

'GREAT' EXPECTATIONS
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Alias star Jennifer Garner didn't take home the Emmy for best actress in a drama, but she has the real prize: doting husband Ben Affleck. The actor didn't join his wife – who is expecting their first child this winter – on the red carpet, but the couple shared a smile backstage after the ceremony. "I feel great!" Garner told PEOPLE.

04 of 07

WINNING KISS

WINNING KISS
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Patricia Arquette, who won the best actress in a drama Emmy for her role on Medium, got a congratulatory smooch from fiancé Thomas Jane at the ET/PEOPLE party. "It was completely shocking," the Badgley Mischka-clad star said of her win. "I didn't even get attached to thinking it would happen because I didn't think it would."

05 of 07

NEW LOVE

NEW LOVE
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Paula Abdul showed off her beau of nearly two months, 6'2" model Dante Spencer (who had Paula's name written in polish on his right thumbnail), at the ET/PEOPLE party. "They are very much in love," Abdul's American Idol pal, Ryan Seacrest, told PEOPLE. "I smell engagement. I smell it! I've never seen Paula Abdul this happy in my life."

06 of 07

GRACIOUS DINING

GRACIOUS DINING
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"It's so much fun, it's like playing dress-up and all these incredibly generous people say, 'Here, borrow my things,' and you're princess for a day," Will amp Grace star Debra Messing (in Elie Saab) told PEOPLE while sampling the fare at the Governors Ball soiree. "I feel very grateful to be here."

07 of 07

WELL-SCRUBBED

WELL-SCRUBBED
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Zach Braff, a best actor nominee for Scrubs, unwound after the Emmys with his girlfriend, Mandy Moore, at the TV Guide and Inside TV party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. How did they gear up for the big event? "We just sort of relaxed, slept in, ate some cereal, watched TV," said Moore. "I think we were watching Bill Maher on TiVo. And then got ready."

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