The end of the year is nigh, and it's time to wave goodbye to 2011 with one hand, while taking a gulp of your finest bubbly with the other. Some sad sacks are happy to celebrate the New Year countdown à-la-sofa with Dick Clarke's New Year's Rockin' Eve
and a little Korbel for good luck. But this is Miami, bitches -- we invented the outrageously overpriced, flamboyant-for-no-reason club night. At the other end of the celebration spectrum, the privileged few (and their faux-privileged, credit card debt-laden friends) will spare no expense when it comes to ringing in 2012 à-la-carte and in high style.
From cutting a Persian rug well into the wee hours of the first day of the year, to feasting like a king on Bacchanalia -- or both -- here's the skinny on the fattest, most extravagant New Years Eve parties in town this year.
will be celebrating with a Moroccan-themed soiree, Midnight in
Marrakech. Shell out $695 and you can indulge in a six-course meal with
menu highlights the likes of duck foie gras, cold poached Maine
lobster, and black truffle soup. Buddha Bar Paris' DJ Sam Popat will be
flying in from the City of Lights to entertain patrons under Bedouin
tents. If that's not enough, you can always opt to be entertained by
ubiquitous belly dancers and tarot card readers. I mean, who doesn't
love a good theme party? It would be like senior prom all over again,
minus the vodka-filled water bottle hidden in your suit pocket.
To see and be seen, head over to the Fontainebleau
where you'll most
likely rub elbows with the celebrity in-crowd and not-so-famous but filthy
rich socialites. See out 2011 at the poolside lounge with a live
performance by Swedish House Mafia's DJ Axwell. Access to this exclusive
event will set you back no less than $375, but hey, with an open bar,
you'll be poppin' bottles well into oblivion and not even care...at least
until you set your no-longer-booze-impaired sights on your January credit card
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