With all the Super Bowl parties we’re going to, it’s looking unlikely that we’ll have time for the game itself. As they do every year in advance of the NFL’s fabulous finale, party planners are descending on the host city - this time, it’s beautiful downtown Indianapolis - to put together a star-studded smorgasbord of shindigs.
“There are so many parties, it’s easy to get overwhelmed,’’ said Ken Spalasso, who runs the website SuperSundayhq.com, whose sole focus is Super Bowl bashes. “We’re constantly updating. There are, like, 30 or 40 venues, big parties, little parties, you name it.’’
As always, the centerpiece spreads are the Playboy and Maxim parties, which are typically extravagant affairs attracting lots of (B- and C-list) celebs. Playboy’s sexy soiree will have a circus theme, we’re told, and will take place underneath a big top at the Bud Light Hotel in Indy. (It’s a Hampton Inn the rest of the year.) Hosted by no fewer than 16 Playmates - wait, aren’t there only 12 months? - the party will feature performances by R&B star Ne-Yo (left), DJ Reach, and DJ Jessica Who.
For now, Maxim is being mum on the details of its Saturday night party, but the men’s mag is also planning a titillating tailgate get-together Sunday, to be held a short walk from Lucas Oil Stadium, site of Super Bowl XLVI.
We’ve also RSVP’d for Friday’s GQ/Lacoste party featuring Questlove and LL Cool J, and the “Leather & Laces’’ bash that’s such a big deal it’s being held Friday and Saturday at Regions Bank Tower. (Carmen Electra, Jenny McCarthy and Jennifer “JWoww’’ Farley (left) are hosting Friday and “Girls Next Door’’ Kendra Wilkinson, Bridget Marquardt, and Holly Madison are hosting Saturday.)
Then there’s Rolling Stone, which is getting into the Super Bowl party business for the first time. Publisher Jann Wenner, a buddy of Colts owner Jim Irsay, is hosting two events - one Saturday night at Crane Bay, a renovated industrial warehouse downtown, with musical guests LMFAO, Gym Class Heroes, Lupe Fiasco, and Cobra Starship, and another before Sunday’s game with musical guests Jane’s Addiction, the Roots, and guest DJ Pete Wentz.
See? We’ll be exhausted by the time the Patriots and Giants take the field.