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Gourmet Dinner Party for 25 on Mount Everest? No Problem

Well, there actually were problems, but chef James Sharman and his team still pulled it off

(Newser) - For a chef who's filleted and flambéd in some of Europe's top restaurants, planning a dinner party for two dozen people shouldn't present an issue—unless that dinner party happens to be nearly 18,000 feet in the air. Outside magazine outlines the challenges faced by... More »

Obama Plans A-List Farewell Party for White House Friday

Beyonce and Jay Z are expected to be among the attendees

(Newser) - President Obama is weeks away from returning to civilian life, but he's going to party like it's 2009 one last time with a White House bash on Friday, sources tell the Washington Post . In contrast to the Donald Trump transition team's reported struggle to attract A-listers, the... More »

One Viral Invite, Thousands of Party Crashers at Quinceañera

One man was killed during a horse race at Rubi Ibarra Garcia's 15th birthday celebration

(Newser) - They braced themselves for the possibility of more than a million guests, but in the end, Rubi Ibarra Garcia's family only had to deal with thousands who showed up for the 15-year-old's birthday party in La Joya, Mexico. It all started when her dad, Crescencio Ibarra, put up... More »

Kid's 'Racist' Brownie Remark Brings Cops to 3rd-Grade Party

Critics say NJ school district is over-reacting

(Newser) - A New Jersey school district that some say has gone overboard in how it handles internal incidents recently confronted its latest issue—this time involving a 9-year-old's "racist" comment about a snack, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. At a third-grade party at Collingswood's William P. Tatem Elementary School,... More »

Pulse Nightclub to Hold Street Party

'We need to show that we are strong,' owner says

(Newser) - The owner of Orlando's Pulse nightclub is going to hold another Latin night, less than two weeks after the event became the scene of America's deadliest mass shooting. "We need to show that we are strong, that Pulse continues and that we appreciate all the help the... More »

Lawyer Dad Arrested Over Teen's Epic 'Playboy' Party

Police say underage partygoers were drinking

(Newser) - A lawyer in San Diego County found himself in trouble with the law when police busted up a party at his house to celebrate his daughter's 18th birthday. Theme: "Liv's Playboy Mansion," reports 10News . Deputies say somewhere between 150 and 200 teens were there, many of... More »

How a College Party Led to a $500K Invention

Simple DropCatch grabs bottle caps to ease cleanup

(Newser) - When a pair of college roommates were cleaning up after a party, there were bottle caps everywhere, so they picked them up with a magnet. Fast forward a few years, and the two have turned the magnet trick into a simple $60 invention—and they've sold $500,000 worth... More »

Man Who Raised $55K for Potato Salad Throws Big Party

Zack Brown funnels money into charities, too

(Newser) - An Ohio man who raised $55,000 in a joking crowdfunding appeal to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad threw a huge public party yesterday that promised "peace, love and potato salad." PotatoStock 2014 was held in downtown Columbus and featured bands, food trucks, beer... More »

23 Hurt in Bizarre Attack at Chicago Anniversary Party

The injured, mostly kids, were treated for skin irritation from mace-like spray

(Newser) - If they hadn't already had to, a couple celebrating 50 years of marriage with family and friends is now being called to make good on the "in sickness and in health" portion of their wedding vows: Someone sprayed a mace-like substance into the yard where the anniversary party... More »

2 Dead, 22 Hurt in Shooting at Texas Party

Police in Houston suburb are seeking 2 shooters

(Newser) - Two people have been killed and at least 22 others injured when gunfire rang out at a large house party in suburban Houston, sending partygoers fleeing in panic, authorities said. The shots erupted late last night at the party where more than 100 mostly young adults had gathered at a... More »

Parents Have Their Party-Throwing Kids Arrested

Mom, dad come home a day early, you know what happens next

(Newser) - It was just like something out of a TV show, at least at first: Two Connecticut parents returned home from a trip a day early to find their teenage daughters hosting a party at their Glastonbury house last Sunday. But here's where it diverges a bit from the script:... More »

Coachella's 'Guantanamo' Party Draws Jeers

'Pleasurable torture' event apparently seemed like a good idea

(Newser) - This year's Coachella music festival was set to feature a Guantanamo-themed party, complete with "pleasurable torture," according to an invitation revealed at Refinery29 . Media sites and the Twitterverse immediately piled scorn on the idea, and a sponsor, Smashbox Studios, has now pulled out, the Daily Intelligencer reports.... More »

Teens Break Into Home, Party, Put Pics on Facebook

Dad finds pics, hands them over to police

(Newser) - Word to the wise: If you're gonna break into someone's house and throw a rager, don't post the pictures to prove it on Facebook. That's what appears to have happened in South Carolina recently, when a family went on vacation around July Fourth, reports WCNC . The... More »

GSA Bash Organizer Steps Down

Jeff Neely had 'swagger' like Jack Abramoff: congressman

(Newser) - The General Services Administration official who organized that extravagant and much-derided Las Vegas conference has left his post. Jeff Neely was acting regional commissioner when the $800,000 conference occurred; after an investigation, he was placed on administrative leave in April. The GSA is continuing to pursue "all available... More »

New Playboy Prize: Ticket to Party at the Mansion

Ten readers will get to attend Midsummer Nights Dream fête

(Newser) - Playboy is giving its readers a good reason to pick up its December issue—10 tickets to the Playboy Mansion's Midsummer Night's Dream party are scattered, Willy-Wonka style, in random issues for sale at newsstands around the country. Every winner will get to bring a guest—a pretty big deal,... More »

Promoters Won't Pony Up for Paris to Party

Tough economic times are hitting even the heiresses among us

(Newser) - Partying in Cannes last weekend left Paris Hilton feeling, well, worthless. The socialite’s reps asked event coordinators to ante up $100,000 per appearance, but “no one bit,” one promoter told the New York Post. “They aren’t about to pay her. It’s not 2002.... More »

Event Planners Slam Kerry's Bank-Party Ban

Killing big bashes would zap jobs, complain critics

(Newser) - Event planners say Sen. John Kerry's legislative push to prevent bailed-out banks from throwing big bashes could end up bashing the economy even more, the New York Post reports. It could "hurt a lot of the people the government is trying to help," says an industry rep of... More »

Economy Can't Spoil Mardi Gras

Revelers enter final day of festivities

(Newser) - Partiers in New Orleans are taking one last chance to eat, drink, and be merry today before Lent. Tourism officials don't believe the economic downturn has dampened the mood at this year's Mardi Gras celebrations and say big crowds over the weekend and nearly full hotels bode well for the... More »

Penn Pokes Fun at Madonna's Boy Toy

Actor also skips own post-Oscar bash

(Newser) - Madonna’s Oscar-winning ex-hubby couldn’t resist a dig at her 22-year-old current fling, the Sun reports: When the two met at a post-Oscars bash and the Material Girl congratulated Best Actor Sean Penn, he gestured at model Jesus Luz and said, “Another kid already?” And it wasn’t... More »

Bailed-Out Bank Drops Millions on LA Golf Bash

$1.6B recipient sponsors open, hosts parties, concerts

(Newser) - A bank that got $1.6 billion in federal bailout cash lived it up last week in Los Angeles with luxe parties and concerts as it sponsored a PGA golf tournament, TMZ reports. Northern Trust flew hundreds of workers and clients to LA to stay in swanky hotels, eat classy... More »

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