A birthday only comes once a year and usually commands a celebration. When it comes to celebrations, some people want to keep them small and simple, while others want it big and lavish.
Celebrities, people known to have millions of dollars to their names, usually love to go all out for special celebrations such as their anniversaries and birthdays. Since parties come as a second nature to them, they often throw over the top parties and spare no detail because, quite simply, they don't have any problems spending at all.
Here are the most expensive celebrity birthday celebrations that will either awe you or make you cringe at the absurd amount they spend for their special day.
10 Chanel Iman
When the Victoria's Secret model turned 21, Chanel Iman pulled all the stops to make her coming of age celebration something to remember. Together with her family and closest friends, she flew everyone to a rented private island in Jamaica where she had a reggae-themed birthday with free-flowing drinks.
9 Oprah Winfrey
America's Queen of Talk, Oprah Winfrey, sure knows how to throw the best parties and she showed this when she celebrated her 50th birthday. The celebrations started with a special live taping of her show, and then proceeded to a women's lunch at the Bel Air Hotel, and continued to her beachfront estate in Montecito, California where she had a party for some 200 guests. It was a star-studded event graced by the presence of special invited guests such as Tina Turner, who performed "Simply the Best", Stevie Wonder, Kelly Preston, Maria Shriver, John Travolta, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Hanks, Carol Burnett, Dr. Phil, and Jay Leno, who brought a 400-pound cake decorated with thousands of flowers.
8 Hugh Hefner
When it comes to celebrating his birthday, the Playboy head honcho, Hugh Hefner, has two very simple details he likes to keep: he likes his party to always have a Casablanca theme, which is his favorite movie, and the party must be filled with beautiful women. There is usually a special screening of the movie, whether in the Playboy Mansion or in a nightclub in Las Vegas, and all guests are requested to dress according to the theme. There is a also a candlelight dinner with free-flowing caviar and champagne all night. Of course, what would a birthday party be without the Playboy models—past and present? During his birthday, all the Playboy models can be found mingling with other celebrity guests.
7 Lindsay Lohan
Actress and pop singer Lindsay Lohan knows how to party, and party she did at the cost of $100,000 for her 20th birthday. She ushered in her birthday at a private beach house in Malibu with a dinner party prepared by celebrity chef Kerry Simon. She was joined by closest friends such as Nicole Richie, Kate Bosworth, Courtney Love and Owen Wilson, to name a few.
6 Mariah Carey
For her 40th birthday party, the sultry singer only wanted a simple, intimate gathering with her closest friends. So, Mariah Carey, along with her husband, Nick Cannon, and 11 of their friends, flew out of New York to Barbados on a private jet. Yes, that was how she celebrated her simple and intimate birthday party.
5 Paris Hilton
Heiress, socialite, model and It-girl Paris Hilton had an impressive birthday party that went on for days over different major cities in the world. Her parties were held in Tokyo, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Hilton reportedly spent $75,000 per guest for the several-day extravaganza. For her New York City party leg, it was held in the Studio 54 clubroom with food prepared by Le Cirque's Sirio Maccioni. Her birthday cake had 21 tiers and cost over $3,000. In attendance were the entire Hilton family, Donald Trump, P. Diddy, Kris Jenner, Samantha Cole, and Faye Resnick, among others.
4 Elton John
His 60th birthday cost Elton John a reported amount of $1.5 million; a small fortune considering that the singer is said to be worth some $350 million dollars. It was a black-tie affair for a birthday bash held at the largest gothic church in the world, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. The singer and songwriter, known for his unique costumes, wore a Louis XIV costume with a monstrous wig that required a special transportation just to be brought to the event. The birthday party gathered 500 people that included fellow Brits Sir Paul McCartney, Liz Hurley, and Rod Stewart.
3 Naomi Campbell
Aside from strutting on the runway, one thing Naomi Campbell knows like the back of her hand is to throw a very lavish party. In fact, for her 36th birthday party, together with her Russian tycoon boyfriend, she invited guests to a three-day event at the ultra luxurious and world-famous seven-star Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, which she rented exclusively for her event. There was a different theme for each day of her celebration, starting with an All-White party on the first day, Hip Hop on the second day, and Brazilian Samba on the third day. In attendance were Campbell's closest friends, including David and Victoria Beckham as well as fellow supermodels Eva Herzigova and Linda Evangelista.
2 Simon Cowell
For his 50th milestone birthday, television producer and personality Simon Cowell spared no expense. It was held at his 2,500-acre mansion located at Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire, a 30-minute ride away from Central London. He invited around 400 famous celebrities and A-listers who each arrived in chauffeured limousines all paid for by Cowell. The cocktail reception consisted of prawn and lobster martini, chicken soup, shepherd's pie, fish and chips, apple pie, and rice or bread or butter puddings. For entertainment, he hired Rat Pack impersonators who performed throughout the night.
1 Sean Combs
Sean Combs, more popularly known as Puff Daddy or P. Diddy, is one of the richest hip-hop icons. He threw a lavish 40th birthday party that cost him $3 million. It was held at the Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom, located at Fifth Avenue, New York City. The venue was beautifully transformed into a fantasy dreamland, with a black and white theme and decorated with the finest white orchids that reportedly cost $28,000. Aside from drinking, the night featured fashion shows and performance art. Among the guests who came were fellow hip hop icons, Jay Z and Nelly, as well as celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Russell Simmons, Denzel Washington, Estelle and Jimmy Fallon, to name a few.
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