You think that you have been to good parties? The world has seen some extravagant party ideas. We are not talking about some foam party in your local club, but parties that went wild and out of control. Just imagine you host a party, get drunk and burn down an entire city – happened to Alexander the Great. Sorry Persepolis – you probably didn’t deserve it.
Just for the record – those are not necessarily the party ideas we suggest to try.
As you can imagine, beer was extremely popular in London around 1814. Just imagine you go to a party and there are 7,516,132 free beers? Not too shabby, is it? Especially if it was declared an act of god. London’s beer barons were producing masses of beer until one day the brewing vat that was 60 feet in diameter and 20 feet tall collapsed. The streets were flooded with 1,470,000 litres of beer, unfortunately causing 7 people to drown. The brewers wanted their money for their beer, but court declared it an act of god.
2. Birthday Party – Brunei-Style
You think celebrities have lavish party ideas? Well, think again. High up on the list is the Sultan of Brunei. Celebrating his 50th birthday, he invited 10.000 people, treating them with champagne and caviar. Instead of getting a local DJ to play some music, he flew in no other than Michael Jackson for $16 million (and didn’t even watch the concert). The total bill amounted to around $27.2 million – hard to beat. Here are some tips to make your party just as good as the Sultan’s.
Not wanting to promote drugs, but I am sure it was a blast. Woodstock made his mark in music history and was one of the greatest festivals there was – forget about Glastonbury. How can you beat a line-up of Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Santana and more. The best thing about Woodstock was that isn’t even planned to be so big – 500.000 people just turned up and it happened.
4. Burning Down Rome
It seems to be one of the more popular party ideas for dictators to burn down places. Nero had built a big party villa, which he used right after the fire. He used Rome’s treasury and built upon the ashes of the destroyed district. It was not only an attempt to get rid off his enemies, but also to be popular. However, not many citizen were taken by it, as it fuelled the rumor that Nero had actually started the fire, burning down Rome.
5. Capote in Black & White
Celebrating the release of his book In Cold Blood, Truman Capote gathered the high society from both New York and Hollywood. Most of the attending guests (only 540 were invited) described the party as the greatest party of the century. Capote was a big socialite himself and was familiar with literary figures as well as heads of state and royalty. The party was held in the ball room of the Plaza Hotel in New York. Find out why Singapore needs Andy Warhol parties.