The Super Bowl blew through town last week, taxing my endurance, bank account and liver (Forget the guest list, just add me to that transplant list will you?). And in addition to the game, there were celebrity appearances, concerts and parties, parties, parties! Since the helicopter and speed boat were in the shop, I couldn’t make it to EVERYTHING, but managed to put together a “short” recap of who was where and what they were doing. Unless otherwise noted most of the A-list celebrities (and B and C for that matter) spent most of their time at the parties they attended just hanging and milling about, as if they were a display at the Museum of Natural History. The biggest bashes in terms of shear number of guests (Bashes for the Masses) were thrown by ESPN, MAXIM, TAO and Playboy. Notable concerts included: Rhianna, Marc Anthony at the Icon Brickell, JLO in a cat suit at LIV, Ne-Yo at ESPN at the Fontainebleau, Wycleff Jean and Snoop Dogg at the 944 Hotel on separate nights, and an impromptu concert by Wycleff Jean at the Florida Room during which Queen Latifah and Robin Thicke jumped on-stage. Since you asked, here’s the lowdown of a couple of noteworthy parties during Super Bowl weekend and a rundown of famous faces at great places. It’s a good thing we have at least a few years until the Bowl’s in town again, giving me time to get my name to the top of that “list.”
“Carreyed” Away at Saturday Night Spectacular
Donning their “P-p-p-p-poker faces”, Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy hosted the 4th annual Saturday Night Spectacular at the Bank of America building. For various reasons: A-list celebrities, great music, top-shelf cocktails by Grey Goose, some of the best party food ever, courtesy of Three Forks, (now open at the Village of Gulfstream),excellent service and fabulous human party props, this was one of our favorite parties. The spectacle featured contortionists, feather clad beauties, a hot girl with a chain saw, human poker table and, best of all, the gorgeous Grey Goose Human Chandelier girl, who poured shots (reminiscent of the human champagne chandelier at the Make-a-Wish gala a few years back), giving Cirque Du Soleil a run for its money. We had to ask famed illusionist, David Blaine, if all of this was real or just a figment of our imagination. He took credit, of course. Blaine performed card tricks for Carrey, who’s as funny in person as he is in the movies, and McCarthy, who seemed to be genuinely enjoying the party along with special guests including: Chelsea Handler, Michael & Eva Chow, Scott Stapp (Creed’s lead singer) and wife, Jaclyn, Shannon Elizabeth, Erin Newberg, Jason Derulo, and Cheryl Burke, Belkys Nerey, Allison Weiss Brady, Marysol Patton, and Frank Amadeo who enjoyed Three Forks’ delicacies including the best filet mignon we’ve had in a while, perfect all-crab cakes and seared tuna. Guests, such as Ron Pearlman, aka “Hellboy” and Jason Binn joined Carrey and McCarthy for a poker tournament at midnight, benefiting McCarthy’s foundation, Generation Rescue, where celebs and patrons generously donated between $2,500 and $7,500.
Playboy Bunnies and the Black Eyed Peas
Playboy’s Super Saturday Night Party sponsored by Bacardi at the Sagamore was the official after-party for the Black Eyed Peas concert, and featured bunnies galore (including the 10 most recent playmates), go-go dancers, and mermaids in the pool. To our surprise, all of The Black Eyed Peas (whose names sound like IPhone apps: Fergie, Will.I.Am, Apl.de.ap, and Taboo) actually showed up, albeit after 2:30 a.m. and performed a mini concert and spun a few songs, working the crowd up into a frenzy until 4:00 in the morning. The best part was that Fergie and the other Peas seemed to be having a blast themselves, toasting their concert and the Super Bowl and partying and dancing with guests. Most adorable were Fergie and Apl.de.ap, who didn’t stop smiling the entire time. Celebs, athletes and VIPs in the audience included: Laurence Fishburne, Jesse Palmer, Asher Roth, Dhani Jones, Holly Montag, Isiah Thomas, Tony Gonzales (Falcons), Farnsworth Bentley, Will Gault, Lance Briggs, Romany Malco, Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, Percy Harvin , Tony Gonzalez, Jay Fiedler, Chris Cooley, Rex Alexendar, Sky Nellor, DJ Reach, and DJ Ross One.
The W Hotel South Beach was host to some of the starriest events during Super Bowl weekend beginning with the Audi Super Bowl Party in the W penthouse where celebs including Hillary Swank, Jessica Alba, Cash Warren, Kate Walsh, Rob Lowe, Taylor Lautner, and Kellan Lutz were lounging and enjoying cocktails. With the exception of Lowe, Lautner, and Lutz, the same cast of characters were at the very exclusive Creative Artist Agency Super Bowl Party at WALL, attended by Hollywood’s elite, athletes and music stars, including Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Eli Manning, Archie Manning, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Ratner, Cameron Diaz, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, David Spade, Chris Rock, Matthew Stafford, Harry Connick Jr., and Russell Simmons.
TAO’s pop-up Super Bowl Party at WALL and WET included Dave Annable, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Jaime Foxx (who predictably took over the mic…yawn), Josh Holloway, Kevin Connolly, Chase Crawford, Kristin Cavallari and Ron Pearlman.
Lots of stars attended the 2nd Annual Big Game Big Give, at the Miami Beach estate of famed Transformer director Michael Bay drawing in the “big” names Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Russell Simmons, Joanna Krupa, Chase Crawford, Ed Westwick, Jessica Szohr, Karina Smirnoff, Kellan Lutz, Mark Sanchez, Katie Cassidy, Gavin DeGraw, Marcus Allen, and Chad Oppenheim, who collectively “gave big:” $200,000. We find it humorous that guests received Hydroxycut and Man Spanx in their swag bags, leaving some to wonder if Michael Bay might be trying to send a message (not that anyone in attendance would actually need either of these products).
The Raleigh Hotel welcomed the Maxim Big Game Blowout Saturday, where Nelly, LL Cool J, Kevin Connolly, Rex Lee, Wilmer Valderrama, Brent Bolthouse, Tinsley Mortimer, Kristin Cavallari, Joanna and Marta Krupa, Nick Lachey, Vanessa Minnillo, Lauren Conrad, Hoda Kotb, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Olivia Munn, Amanda Bynes, Tyson Ritter, Ed Westwick, Jessica Szohr, Vanessa Minnillo, Nick Lachey ,Tom Arnold, and LMFAO.
At Viceroy at the ICON Brickell, the Miami Dolphins Managing team welcomed the NFL owners to South Florida hosting the NFL Owner’s Party where guests were treated to a live performance by Marc Anthony and Jimmy Buffet, random indeed. Attendees included, Jennifer Lopez, Emilio & Gloria Estefan, Serena and Venus Williams, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Haysbert, Marissa Miller, Andy Roddick, Marysol Patton, Frank Amadeo, and Belkys Nerey.
Lincoln Road was taken over by the “Gridiron Greats”, during the Eats, Beats, and Cleats Four Day Festival. Michael Irvin, Esera, Barry Sanders, Glenn Packard, Ingrid Hoffman, Dahani Jones, Todd English, Kyle Turlie, Doug Flutie, and Evander Hoylfield participated in the festivities throughout the weekend, which included a VIP kick-off at the Ritz and a “Dancing with the NFL Stars” competition.
NBA champion and philanthropist, Alonzo Mourning with friends, Wayne Boich and Jerry Powers, invited friends and locals to a private dinner and after-hours party at Boich’s penthouse residence. Proceeds from the event benefited the “Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti,” an initiative founded by Mourning and NBA player Dwyane Wade to support relief efforts. Chris Rock, Alex Rodriguez, Chris and Kim Kardashian, David Spade, Lance Bass, and numerous football players in town for the big game, attended the evening and raised $100,000 to add to the more than $2 million dollars that “Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti” has already committed to support Project Medishare’s efforts in Haiti.
The 944 Hotel set up shop at the Eden Roc from Thursday-Sunday, with benefits hosted by Nick Lachey and Russell Simmons on separate nights. Snoop Dogg performed an-hour long concert during the Super Skins kick-off party, and Wycleff Jean performed another night. During the day, stars and special guests were treated to haircuts and styles in the Garnier Fructis pop-up cabana and got to shop trends at the Alene Too pop-up next door.
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