Where's the party?
With the Golden Globes and SAG Awards behind them and the Oscars still in their future, what can a celebrity possibly do this weekend?
The answer can be found in Florida. Hollywood is moving to Miami for a round-the clock orgy of Super Bowl parties — more than 200 of them, at last count.
“After hosting the MTV Video Music Awards and assorted high-end celeb events, Miami is always looking to top itself, and it's definitely ready for its Super Bowl close-up,” said Miami party scene expert Lesley Abravanel, author of numerous Florida travel guides and nightclub columnist for the Miami Herald.
But partying with the glitterati has its price. Bring your favorite accessory — plastic.
The fourth annual Leather & Laces party will be held Friday night at Chakra Lounge and hosted by a bundle of bosomy beauties, including Carmen Electra, Jenny McCarthy and "Dancing With the Stars" winner Kelly Monaco. Want a VIP ticket? That'll be $775, please.
You can also mingle with the stars at Friday's Hawaiian Tropic Fat Friday Party, sure to make your wallet a little slimmer with prices starting at $1,200.
Another bash sure to be saturated by superstardom is Sports Illustrated's Club SI party, which takes place Saturday in South Beach, Miami. By invitation only, supermodels, athletes and entertainers will roam the red carpet.
But where will the tourists from Tinseltown want to be this weekend?
“The Playboy party for sure,” said Lane. “Anybody who’s anybody has to be seen there. Tickets are going for $3,000.”
Other soirees tipped to be havens for Hollywooders are Saturday's Volleypalooza on Miami Beach, where 350 bikini-clad supermodels will bounce some balls; "12 Hours of Diddy" at Miami's Club Space, Friday from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m.; even more Diddy at Diddy's "The Takeover Party" at Chakra on Saturday night; ‘”The Greatest” hosted by Ludacris at Nikki Beach on Saturday and the "Saturday Night Extravaganza" at the International Sky Terrace, hosted by John Travolta.
And flashing flesh won’t be put down to a wardrobe malfunction at Saturday's Penthouse "Going Deep" Super Party at Mansion. It’ll cost around a grand.
“This year Snoop Dogg will be getting down,” said 23-year-old Miami cocktail waitress Alli Lane. “And you can get your pic taken with any of the 28 Penthouse Pets.”
Another hot ticket: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony will perform together on the beach in Miami Saturday night at Ocean Drive magazine and online retail company Market America's Super XLI: The Party. The invite-only event is open to 2,000 celebrities, athletes and VIPs; VIP admission costs $2,500, according to Ocean Drive.
Miami's hotels are also getting ready. The Four Seasons, The Ritz, The Breakers and The Boca Resort are booked up with special packages and super price tags.
“We offer a variety of different packages to cater for all types of people,” said Ian McCelland of Fine Things Packages, a company that specializes in sporting event packages.
“Our ‘Ultimate Super Bowl Package’ has been really popular this year. You get four nights at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, first-class airfare, tickets to the game and the Playboy Party, plus a few added luxuries.” All for $18,595 per person.
(The face value of all Super Bowl tickets is $600 or $700, but the average regular Super Bowl ticket sold online is about $5,115, according to an analysis by SeatSmart.com.)
For the millions partying from home, fear not. You can do your own star-spotting in the many commercial breaks. The likes of Kevin Federline and racing star Danica Patrick will be plugging everything from insurance services to domain names, while Prince will be the halftime entertainment.
But if you want to play with the stars, you have to fork it over.
“Party tickets can cost more than the actual Super Bowl," said Lane. “But it’s part of the whole experience. If you want to have a good time rubbing shoulders with celebs, you have pay the price.”