The World's Most Legendary Shindigs

By: Maria Trimarchi

The World's Most Legendary Shindigs
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About This Quiz

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
Paris Hilton had six birthday parties in five cities around the world. That's what everyone does when they turn 21, right?

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Which socialite turned her party room into a tropical forest with ferns, palms and orchids?
Mrs. Bradley Martin
Mrs. Astor
Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt
Mrs. Vanderbilt's legendary ball in 1883 featured a supper room transformed into a lush garden.

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Which pop singer sang at the Sultan of Brunei's 50th birthday party?
Justin Timberlake
Michael Jackson
Party-goers were treated to a concert by none other than the King of Pop.
Beyonce

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Just how expensive was the Sultan of Brunei's 50th birthday party?
$10 million
$25 million
In 1996, the Sultan of Brunei spent $25 million on his 50th birthday celebration.
$100 million

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Which country's Carnival celebration is famous for its samba schools?
Cuba
Brazil
Samba schools have been a significant part of Brazil's Rio Carnival since the 1920s.
Catalonia

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What are the Carnival street bands called in Brazil?
bandas
Brazilian Carnival street bands are called bandas.
blocos
portas bandeiras

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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
Pinchuk had all of the these luxuries, plus food overseen by renowned chef Alain Ducasse, at his 50th birthday party.

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What fashion trend did Paul Poiret ignite at his Thousand and Second Night party in 1911?
orientalism
Paul Poiret required his guests wear oriental costumes to his Thousand and Second Night party, and required attendees without proper attire to change into costumes he provided.
equestrian
seventeenth-century Russian dress

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Which Southern Gothic author threw the infamous Black and White Ball, a masquerade ball, in 1966?
Carson McCullers
William Faulkner
Truman Capote
Truman Capote threw the lavish fete, with an elite guest list that mixed socialites, artists, authors, politicians, entertainers and even his doorman.

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What did a party of colonists throw overboard during a midnight raid on ships in the Boston harbor?
coffee
tea
Colonists disguised as Native Americans threw tea into the Boston harbor during a protest in 1773, known as the Boston Tea Party.
whiskey

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What three-day music festival took place in the small town of Bethel, NY?
the first Lollapalooza
Woodstock
Woodstock turned Bethel into a part of music history in August 1969.
the KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival

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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
The venue, the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, was decorated to look like the inside of Versailles, and guests were treated to a night in the French court.
Venice's Old World

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How many guests, maximum, did Caroline Astor allow on the guest list for her legendary annual 5th Avenue Ball?
200
300
400
It's rumored there could be no more than 400 guests invited to the 5th Avenue Ball, a legendary bash thrown for many years during the Gilded Age.

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In what American castle did movie stars and the elite party during Hollywood's Golden Age?
Belcourt Castle
Hearst Castle
William Randolph Hearst threw frequent lavish parties at his home, the Hearst Castle.
Coral Castle

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Who hosted a 20th-century costume ball where local firefighters formed a human pyramid?
Czar Nicholas
Carlos de Beistegui
Firefighters were hired to create a human pyramid during eccentric millionaire Carlos de Beistegui's costume ball in 1951.
Mrs. Cornelia Bradley-Martin

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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
True. The Martins relocated to England after being criticized for their decadent lifestyle during the economic downturn of the 1890s.
false

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In what Russian palace was the 1903 Fancy Dress Ball held?
Alexander Palace
Catherine Palace
Winter Palace
The Winter Palace, a St. Petersberg royal residence, hosted the 1903 Fancy Dress Ball.

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What band was paid $6 million to play one song at a private party in New York City?
The Rolling Stones
The Eagles
The Eagles were once paid $6 million to play their song, "Hotel California" during a private party appearance.
Fleetwood Mac

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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
Bonderman did indeed shell out a cool $7 million for a Rolling Stones (and John Mellencamp) concert to celebrate turning 60.
false

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Where in the world does the Full Moon Party take place?
Bali
Koh Phangan
The Full Moon Party, which is the world's largest beach party, takes place monthly on the Thai island of Koh Phangan.
Fernando de Noronha

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