The World's Most Legendary Shindigs
by Staff
Whether we're talking about the decadent parties of the ancient Greeks, the lavish costume balls of the Gilded Age or Paris Hilton's modern-day $75,000-per-guest 21st birthday party, one thing's for sure: The world's been throwing legendary shindigs for ages. How much do you know about big bashes?

How many parties in how many cities did hotel heiress Paris Hilton have to celebrate her 21st birthday?

  • two parties in two cities
  • four parties in three cities
  • six parties in five cities

Which socialite turned her party room into a tropical forest with ferns, palms and orchids?

  • Mrs. Bradley Martin
  • Mrs. Astor
  • Mrs. W.K.¬†Vanderbilt

Which pop singer sang at the Sultan of Brunei's 50th birthday party?

  • Justin Timberlake
  • Michael Jackson
  • Beyonce

Just how expensive was the Sultan of Brunei's 50th birthday party?

  • $10 million
  • $25 million
  • $100 million

Which country's Carnival celebration is famous for its samba schools?

  • Cuba
  • Brazil
  • Catalonia

What are the Carnival street bands called in Brazil?

  • bandas
  • blocos
  • portas bandeiras

Which was included in the entertainment at steel-tycoon Victor Pinchuk's 50th birthday party at the French ski resort Courchevel?

  • Cirque du Soleil performance
  • Christina Aguilera concert
  • fireworks
  • all of the above

What fashion trend did Paul Poiret ignite at his Thousand and Second Night party in 1911?

  • orientalism
  • equestrian
  • seventeenth-century Russian dress

Which Southern Gothic author threw the infamous Black and White Ball, a masquerade ball, in 1966?

  • Carson McCullers
  • William Faulkner
  • Truman Capote

What did a party of colonists throw overboard during a midnight raid on ships in the Boston harbor?

  • coffee
  • tea
  • whiskey

What three-day music festival took place in the small town of Bethel, NY?

  • the first Lollapalooza
  • Woodstock
  • the KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival

Where in the world were guests at the Bradley-Martin Ball in the winter of 1897 transported to via decor?

  • a Greek isle
  • the French court
  • Venice's Old World

How many guests, maximum, did Caroline Astor allow on the guest list for her legendary annual 5th Avenue Ball?

  • 200
  • 300
  • 400

In what American castle did movie stars and the elite party during Hollywood's Golden Age?

  • Belcourt Castle
  • Hearst Castle
  • Coral Castle

Who hosted a 20th-century costume ball where local firefighters formed a human pyramid?

  • Czar Nicholas
  • Carlos de Beistegui
  • Mrs. Cornelia Bradley-Martin

True or false: As a result of being criticized for their lavish masquerade ball during the economic depression of the 1890s, Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Martin left New York City for England.

  • true
  • false

In what Russian palace was the 1903 Fancy Dress Ball held?

  • Alexander Palace
  • Catherine Palace
  • Winter Palace

What band was paid $6 million to play one song at a private party in New York City?

  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Eagles
  • Fleetwood Mac

True or false: Texan investor David Bonderman spent $7 million for entertainment at his 60th birthday party, including a one-hour Rolling Stones' performance.

  • true
  • false

Where in the world does the Full Moon Party take place?

  • Bali
  • Koh Phangan
  • Fernando de Noronha