Everyone loves a party – and with unlimited cash and A-list friends, celebrity shindigs are a recipe for over-the-top, outlandish festivities. Check out some of the biggest and craziest celebrity parties of all time.

Pyrotechnics at the Candyshop Mansion

Instagram star Travers Beynon certainly knows how to get people talking. Famed for the wild parties held at his Candyshop Mansion home, the former Aussie rules footballer and tobacco heir outdoes himself at every event. His legendary house parties have featured pyrotechnics, firework displays (the largest in Australia), drag queens, exotic animals and… real tattoos for all the guests.

 

Festival vibes with Kate Moss

Fire juggling and face painting were just the start. When supermodel Kate Moss turned 40, she did it in style, with a 100-hour psychedelic celebration inspired by Glastonbury Festival. With performances by Soul II Soul and Florence and the Machine, Kate’s Cotswolds home played host to an impressive array of celebrity guests.

Kris Jenner’s lavish Gatsby bash

You can always rely on the Kardashians to go bigger and better than anyone else. So, it comes as no surprise that Kris Jenner’s 60th was an extravagant $2 million affair. Champagne flowed at the ultra-glamorous, star-studded 1920s-themed party, with a dancefloor dripping with diamonds and flowers. It culminated in a special performance by son-in-law Kanye West.

 

Globetrotting for Paris Hilton’s 21st

Why stick with one party venue – or continent, come to that? When heiress and It Girl Paris Hilton came of age, she did it on a global scale, hosting celebrations in Hilton hotels in New York, Las Vegas, Tokyo, London and Los Angeles. Rumoured to have cost $75,000 per guest, this was a 21st birthday celebration that went the extra mile.

Smoke and cannons at Elton John’s 50th

To mark half a century of over-the-top flamboyance, Elton John held the ultimate decadent celebration back in 1997. He marked his 50th birthday with a costume party for 600 guests at Hammersmith Palais. His choice of outfit for the occasion? A lavish King Louis XIV costume and a 3-foot wig that featured its own Spanish warship and working cannon, complete with smoke effects!

 

An electric atmosphere at The Vanderbilt Ball

Of course, we need to go back over a hundred years, to the legendary Vanderbilt Ball of 1883. A lavish society affair, it’s perhaps best remembered today for the special effects involved in one guest’s costume. At a time when electric light was still in its infancy and streetlights were a novelty, socialite Alice Vanderbilt turned up wearing a ball gown studded with diamonds and equipped with its very own batteries – to light up a torch and emulate the Statue of Liberty.

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