When we mere mortals throw parties, we invite family members, friends, classmates, officemates and other acquaintances. But when celebrities host the parties, expect the whole world to watch, be envious and nitpick on every little detail of the party. And there are a lot of things to watch during these parties, as they tend to be the social events of the year. Here is a list of the top 10 biggest parties thrown by celebrities.
1. Sean Combs
The man once known as Puff Daddy or P Diddy threw a $3 million party when he celebrated his 40th birthday in 2009. The party was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel along 5th Avenue in New York. The event had a black and white theme and was sponsored by the rapper’s own vodka firm. It featured a tiered black and white birthday cake that had his initials on the shield. Combs also spent $28 thousand for white orchids that he used to adorn the ballroom. His guest list included Jay-Z, Russell Simmons, Kim Kardashian, Denzel Washington, Estelle, Rachel Hunter, Taboo, Nelly and Jimmy Fallon. Combs claimed he suffered his first hangover in five years the morning after the party.
2. Simon Cowell
For his 50th birthday, Simon Cowell invited into his home the most influential people in the television and music industries. The party was held in Cowell’s mansion at the Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire. There were 400 people invited and all arrived in chauffeured limousines that Cowell paid for. A sumptuous meal of fancy chicken soup, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, prawns, apple pie and lobster martinis were served to the guests. There was also a shark tank in the place. Rat Pack impersonators were also hired. All of this cost Cowell a mere $2.5 million.
3. Naomi Campbell
With a Russian tycoon for a boyfriend, the supermodel surely expected nothing less than a super party. Vladimir Doronin started off the proceedings by making sure that Campbell would receive 40 white roses, one flower for every year of her age. Campbell’s closest friends, like Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Eva Herzigova, David Beckham, Victoria Beckham and Grace Jones were all flown into the French Riviera for a celebration that lasted one week. The party was held at the Eden Roc Hotel and had a different theme every night, like an all-white night, hip hop night and Brazilian samba motif party. The owner of Top Shop Philip Green also attended it. Total cost of the party is estimated to be at $1.8 million.
4. Elton John
Elton John knows how to throw a party. For his 50th birthday in 1997, he invited 500 friends and wore a costume that cost more than GBP73 thousand. He actually had to hire another vehicle just to transport the costume. For his 60th birthday in 2007, he spent $1.5 million for another huge bash. When his life partner, David Furnish, celebrated his 50th birthday, John threw a party that lasted four days and had stars like Johnny Depp, Neil Patrick Harris and Lady Gaga in attendance.
5. Paris Hilton
She was turning 21 years old, such an important time in her life as she heads into adulthood. So what does she do? She threw not one, not two, not three birthday events. It is not even four, as Hilton decided to stage a party in five venues around the world. She celebrated in style by partying in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tokyo and London. She had to cough up $75,000 per guest just to make sure that the party keeps going.
6. Mariah Carey
When she celebrated her 40th birthday, the sultry singer decided she wanted to have something intimate with only her closest friends in attendance. So, she and her husband invited 11 of their closest friends for some dinner and cake. Oh, and they spent it in Barbados, with Carey flying everyone to the island on a private jet. And the cake? It was also flown in from New York City.
7. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan may have had troubles with the law. She may be a headache to her colleagues and producers. But one thing you cannot say about her is that she is a bore because the girl really knows how to party. For her 20th birthday, the star of Mean Girls, Parent Trap and Freaky Friday let it all hang out by spending over $100 thousand for dinner with her closest friends at the Polaroid Beach House in Malibu.
8. Hugh Hefner
Any party hosted by the Playboy honcho is bound to be big. With all the Playboy models around, you have to be amazingly boring not to enjoy the event. So Hefner decided to host a party with the usual retinue of beautiful women. But aside from being a lover of beautiful women, Hefner is also known as an astute businessman. He held the party in a nightclub in Las Vegas and he actually had the temerity of charging people who want to attend the party to greet him a happy birthday. And he was actually wise enough to realize that the people were there not to wish him a happy birthday but to ogle at his models. In the end, Hefner was able to celebrate his 84th birthday in style and earn even more money in the process.
9. Oprah Winfrey
The “Queen of Talk” had to give up the microphone when she celebrated her 50th birthday. The party featured Tina Turner, who was Oprah’s favorite singer, singing “Simply the Best.” Jay Leno also brought out a 400-pound cake bedecked with thousands of flowers.
10. Chanel Iman
She was a Victoria’s Secret model about to turn 21. To commemorate the occasion, she invited her closest friends of legal age to a celebration in a private island in Jamaica. The party featured a reggae theme and no doubt had free-flowing alcohol. There is really nothing like being young and beautiful and having money to burn.