White Party at Nikki Beach

White Party, Nikki Beach, Tropicana, Las VegasThe Tropicana’s $180 million renovation included bringing the swanky Nikki Beach brand to Las Vegas — and there was no way it was going to emerge onto the scene in this town without the splashiest grand opening! There was only one thing to do: throw a South Beach-worthy white party.

Nikki Beach’s white party was talked about for months before the invitations even arrived. I’d been to a few Puff Daddy-hosted white parties in the Hamptons many years ago, but in my memory of five years in Vegas, this was to be the first white party in Sin City. Would the jaded nightclub people here actually wear white head-to-toe? I was excited to find out!

As the editor of Vegas magazine, my social calendar is so packed that I often go to soirees like this one by myself. In this case, my buddy Katz and I paired up, but I knew he’d be running around like White party, Tropicana, Nikki Beach, Las Vegascrazy interviewing people for his popular column for the Las Vegas Sun. As I was getting ready to head to the Strip, serendipity intervened. My friend Maren had missed her flight home to Omaha and wanted to know what I was doing. “Picking you up for a white party at Nikki Beach!” was my answer, as I grabbed an extra white dress from my closet and ran out to start my night.

And what a night it was! Energetic dancers on stilts, gorgeous painted ladies, mermaids in balloons (something I’d only seen once before — in Bulgaria), tons of white wine and champagne — and everyone did indeed wear white. I saw tons of people from L.A. who I hadn’t seen in years, as well as many of those jaded nightlife types, all in white. The official party went from 6-10 pm, but every time we tried to leave, we’d run into more and more people arriving. I think we left Nikki Beach around 11.

There were tons of local celebs who turned out, but one massive A-lister did, too: Halle Berry — wearing brown. She can do that, though. She’s, uh, Halle Berry.

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A mermaid in a bubble…

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Wild costumes…

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Out with my girls (here, Jessica) in a sea of white…

Just another night in Las Vegas! Thanks, Nikki Beach. Great (white) party!

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  1. You’re so swanky! I would tell you to bring me with you to one of these, but as long as I don’t have to wear white… I’m messy. It would be covered in coffee or booze within 30 seconds. Seriously.

  2. Haha Lyndsay — notice I said white wine and champagne only. And I’m not kidding — I carried a bleach pen in my (white) purse. I’m also messy!

  3. White parties are always so interesting! I’d be worried all night about spilling something on myself, haha. Looks like fun =)

  4. I would find a way…. seriously – there is no stopping this mess from happening (aka mess being me). I don’t know if any of that makes sense…

    I’m accident and mess prone.
    The end.

  5. That looks like one hell of a party! I totally agree about spilling something on myself as soon as I arrived. good plan on sticking with ‘clear’ drinks.

  6. I think I have to fly to Vegas just for the sake of missing a flight πŸ™‚ Can I have your number just in case I really miss it?? πŸ™‚

    I love white parties…

  7. Long live the bleach pen! And wow, what an amazing looking event. (and you look beautiful as evah!) Truthfully white parties always give me flashbacks to the Glad garbage man… which I think explains why men don’t go for the tucked in belted look sans jacket at these events.

  8. Haha long live the bleach pen — and the “when I was skinny” section of my closet. Maren is tiny!

    All, we managed to not spill much at all. So proud of us! And you’d all better hang out with me in Vegas, whether or not you miss a flight!

  9. I’ve never been to a white party. It would be a good excuse to buy something new — don’t have much in white!

    P.S. Just got back from a weekend in Vegas last night – much fun, but still recovering from over-indulgence.

  10. This looks amazing! Halle Berry. Mermaids in Bubbles. Your everyday life is so surreal πŸ™‚

  11. Cathy — glad you had fun! Can’t wait to read your post about it. Yes, it’s so easy to over-indulge here. πŸ˜‰

    SkinnyDip — I’m still waiting to hear about the rest of your trip here!

  12. This party is eerily bringing back memories of my high school prom. I went to an all girl’s catholic high school and we had to wear white to our prom as well as to our graduation. I like the tradition and structure of it all. Themes are fun. Love seeing Vegas from your eyes, though. It’s fun to peep into all of the schmancy parties you go to.

  13. I’ve always wanted to go to a white party… I might have to plan one myself! I feel like Halle Berry should have played along and just dressed in white- it would have looked great on her!

  14. I just knew you were at that pary! I saw it on the news πŸ™‚ Glad you had fun…

  15. Jade — I’ll totally come to your white party. I have a dress!

    Natalie — that’s hilarious.

    Lisa — Miss you πŸ™

  16. Wow, I don’t think I have any white outfit! I like that butterfly costume, the make up is a perfect match πŸ™‚

  17. Love the photos. Looked like a lot of fun!

  18. Waaaaaait where is a head to toe shot of you!?!

  19. Deni and I need to high tail it down there for a long overdue ladies weekend!!

  20. White power! Wait, that didn’t come out right. Looks like a lot of fun though. I went to a white party once, but I think I blacked out. πŸ™‚

  21. Andi, you’re so cute.

    Dina, I didn’t think I had one either! Thankfully, I found one. I hate spending money on clothes!

    Adria — it was a blast!

    Megan — when are you coming????!

  22. How cruel! I hope that mermaid is okay, they can’t survive out of water for that long! Someone call animal rights! or human rights… stat!

  23. Haha if the drunk Russians in Bulgaria could figure out how to breathe in there, so can that mermaid!

  24. Looks like a deliciously decadent party! And the Marie Antoinette hairdo is just fab.

  25. White Parties are Awesome. Looks like you have a tough life Abby πŸ˜‰

  26. What a glamorous life you lead.

    IΒ΄m trying to find a cheap flight and/or win a flight to Vegas in August or September so I can see Emily, Alex and you! If you hear of anything, let me know!

  27. I know, Sohpie, I loved the costumes!

    Yes, Rob, I thought the parties would be more fun to read about than my office work ha

    Rease — yesssss, come visit!!! I’m on the lookout

  28. What a riot! These are the kinds of parties I usually see on CSI Miami lol

  29. That just might be my favorite comment EVER!

  30. haha that CSI Miami comment is the best πŸ™‚

    I love it the pics!… mostly I love that Halle Berry wore brown because she can.

    Looks like you had an awesome time!!

  31. Oh, the infamous bubbles. Have to say, the girl in your pic is way hotter than the guys we saw in Bulgaria!!

  32. How do they get inside the bubbles?!

  33. looks like an awesome party!!! love that mermaid inside the bubble… havent been to white party myself… might spilled my drinks on myself as what always happen after a few bottles of beer… πŸ™‚

  34. I’ve always wanted to go to a White Party – but hey, I think I enjoy almost anything glamorous.

  35. What a posh looking party! Also laughing at that CSI comment…I watch that show alot..I admit. Looks like a great time.

  36. Very fun and white, I hope they only served pale drinks and no-one spilt red wine down their front

  37. Check you out, miss party with P. Diddy in the Hamptons πŸ™‚

    I love white parties. I’ve been to some amazing ones in Newport Beach, CA.

    The mermaid in the bubble looks fun!

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