Last Night's Parties: New Year's Eve Celebrations, The 56th Annual Debutante Ball

by Mara Siegler · January 3, 2011

Over 9.1 million people rang in the new year with Dick Clark, Carson Daly sadly refrained from dressing like a giant baby, Andy Cohen compared his celebration to the full frontal public access Robin Byrd Show,  Jane Lynch judged a toilet paper contest, debs bowed, firefighters took off their shirts and much, much more. 2011 has arrived!

CIROC The New Year

Lauren HillWhere: Gansevoort Park Avenue

Who Was There: Chiara, Dylan McDermott, Rob Morrow, Gina Gershon, Lauryn Hill, Tyrese Gibson, Claudia Jordan, David Oliver, Jim Beanz, Chase Landon, DOE

Other Details: As Diddy hit Vegas, Kourtney Kardashian took Miami, and Pete Wentz did his thing in Chicago for CIROC, the brand got down and dirty with an NYC shindig. Lauren Hill performed, according to one Twitter user, reggae tunes. She was on time, which is more than can be said for the night before when she was scheduled to play Music Hall of Williamsburg at 8:30pm and didn't go on stage until 12:05am, eliciting boos from the crowd. [Via]


Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011

Where: Times Square

Who Was There: Jennifer Hudson, Fergie, Jason Derulo, Far East Movement, Prohgress, Avril Lavigne, Drak, Elly Jackson of La Roux, Natasha Bedingfield, Mike Posner, Patrick Monahan of Train, Ke$ha, Ryan Seacrest, Taio Cruz, Willow Smith, Backstreet Boys, NKOTB, Miss Ameria 2010 Caressa Cameron

Other Details: Around 9.1 million people tuned in between 10 and 11 p.m. on Friday to watch Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark rock in the New Year. Did you watch? If not, you missed a smattering of performances from the likes of Taio Cruz and Ke$ha. Avril Lavigne appeared to be lip syching, which may have caused so much anger that fans/non-fans decided to start the rumor on Twitter that she died. Perhaps the best number?  Willow Smith whipping her hair around. Or NKOTB and Back Street Boys together. It made me feel how I always feel when see them: simultaneously excited (Yay! I'm reliving my childhood!) and depressed (OMG! My childhood has wrinkles!)

Bravo's 2011 "Watch What Happens Live: Andy's New Year's Party"

Where: Bravo Club House

Who Was There: Lisa Vanderpump, Dina Manzo, Andy Cohen Tamra Barney, Kim Zolcia, Nene Leakes, Meghan McCain

Other Details: While Bravos' televised New Year's fete didn't bring in the numbers that Dick Clark's special did, many a viewer heeded Andy Cohen's warning to not be "tardy to this party."  Housewives from the various cities turned up, as well as Meghan McCain who we can only assume is gearing up to take Cat Ommanney's place on the DC version. Andy described the evening as a "mix of fellini and The Robin Byrd Show." " It was live, unscripted, weird, and fun. After the show, the party went on in another room and we all kicked it hard,"  he wrote on his blog. [Via]

New Year's Eve 2011 With Carson Daly

Mayor Bloomberg, Carson DalyWhere: Times Square

Who Was There: Amy Robach,Carson Daly, Natalie Morales, Donnie Wahlberg, Old Spice Guy Isaiah Mustafa, Kathy Griffin, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Bono, The Edge

Other Details: Carson Daly cleared his busy schedule of, um, doing non-New Year's related things, to ring in 2011. Lil Wayne, introduced by Nicki Minaj, took the stage just before midnight to sing "6 Foot 7 Foot," when his mich went out. Fans didn't care and kept on screaming at a pitch that would have drowned him out regardless.  Bono and The Edge also stopped by to talk about actor-crippling musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, saying "People fly behind you when you're sitting in the seats. There's fight sequences happening in the roof. Things happen that you've never seen in the theater before."Uh-huh. Like, potential death. [Via]

FRS Fuels NYC With Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Where: Delmonico's

Who Was There: Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Other Details: FRS Healthy Energy introduced its two pop-up trucks, Dancer and Lancer, that raise money for charity with an event hosted by NY Housewife Kelly Bensimon.  Pedestrians can stop and ride Lance Armstrong stationary bikes on the Lancer truck (get it?) to raise funds for LiveStrong or drop by the Dancer truck to learn some new break dancing moves. [Via]



Charmin Go Nation Finale Event (Dec 29)

Jane LynchWhere: Charmin Restrooms

Who Was There: Jane Lynch

Other Details: Jane Lynch hosted the finals in Charmin's Go Nation Competition, aka the Toilet Olympics. In order to make it this far, contestants first had to answer 10 bathroom trivia questions and compete in stacking, tossing and mummy. The winner received $50,000 Grand Prize and the title of Queen of the Charmin Go Nation. The loser called the whole thing a piece of shit and made other puns of this nature. [Via]


Debutante Ball Where: Waldorf Astoria

Who Was There: Kathleen Cummings DeMarse, Katherine Truglio, Hadley Nagel, Grace Quick, other socialites

Other Details: Young women came out dressed in white to take their bow and talk to press about fashion credits, family debutante traditions and charities. A dinner of butternut squash ravioli and filet of beef was served before introductions. Dessert was served after. "No one wants brown stains on one of the biggest night of your lives," a chaperone reportedly told the group. [Via]

2011 NYC Firefighters Calendar Launch (Dec 29)

Where: Spa Martier

Who Was There: Sexy NY Firefighters

Other Details: Have you purchased your 2011 calendar yet? Why not get the hottest, hunkiest one? The NYC Firefighters is now available and features our local heroes in famous NYC locations. Not only does it make great eye candy, it also does good. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Staten Island Burn Center. So dreamy. [Via]

American Ballet Theatre's "THE NUTCRACKER" Opening Night Celebration (Dec 23)

Where: Brooklyn Academy of Music

Who Was There: Mary-Louise Parker, Kelly Rutherford, Vincent Piazza, Veronica Webb, Maxim Beloserkoovsky, Blaine Trump, Hamish Bowles

Other Details: The American Ballet Theatre production of The Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Academy of Music kicked things off with plenty of celebrity fans in attendance.  Sugar Plums and Snowflakes danced, the Mouse King was overthrown, and Clara awakened safely from her dream under the family's Christmas Tree. [Via]