Saturday, March 28, 2009

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

My BEST friend Barbie recently turned 50 years old and had a fabulous birthday party at the beach in Malibu. I know it's old news by now, as pics from her party have graced the pages of so many newspapers and websites, celebrity cams, video sites, and even some of your blogs, especially over at Apartment Therapy Los Angeles. She's been livin' it up having a grand ole time all around the world. What a life!

Happy Birthday Barbie!

Jonathan Adler decorated the Malibu beach pad for her party with his signature bright colors and bold patterns and emphasized Barbie's love of PINK. He went shopping with Barbie and her OTHER friend Skipper over at the Jonathan Adler Shop to pick out some swell furnishings.

Photo from Apartment Therapy Los Angeles Blog

They should have shopped at Christian's Maison21 Atelier too cuz he has some fab things which are going like hot cakes now at his big sale this weekend.

After reading some of the buzz about Barbie's Birthday bash, I got the impression that some people didn't really like the decor, especially that chandelier made of blond hair. Well, it was her party and she can have her decorator deck it out how ever they want.

Besides, it's not gonna stay that way forever. I will show you what the spectacular home REALLY looks like in my next post. But right now, let's get back to the party!

Jonathan Adler must have gotten some inspiration from Michael Williams, who actually got inspiration from Jonathan Adler to make his Haute Barbie Dream Home Dollhouse... but whatever dudes. I just had to show you these cool pics incase you haven't seen them already.

Photos from Flickr by Mawphoto

Jonathan Adler probably got inspired from Barbie's recent fashion show too which was a big hit on February 14, 2009 during New York Fashion Week. See... she really DOES exist!

Here we are! Barbie's 50th Birthday Party pad turned out absolutely fabulous! Jonathan Adler did a marvelous job!

I love that Louboutin shoe closet! Oh la la!

Photos courtesy Matel for Barbie®’s 50th Birthday Party at her Real-Life Malibu Dream House®, except for the first one with Heidi Klum found on some guys website about cars.

Designer appearances definitely brought the luxe fashions and included Trina Turk (who we all love), Koi Suwannagate, Trina Tarantino, and The Blonds. The A-List Birthday bash guest list included Heidi Klum (who looked divine), Ginnifer Goodwin, Lauren Bosworth, Aimee Teegarden, Jonathan Adler (of course), Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian and Melissa Joan Hart.

Here's what it took to make the party people smile at Barbie’s 50th Birthday Party at her Real-Life Malibu Dream House.

The party was styled and decorated by famed “Happy Chic” interior designer Jonathan Adler and planned by renowned event planner Colin Cowie. The music was provided by DJ AM.

At the Party:
1,800 pairs of Barbie® sunglasses, 3,500 pairs of tiny shoes and 3,500 mini handbags fill up custom-designed lucite tables.
3,000 pink roses, 100 hydrangea and 300 ranunculus make up the centerpieces.
Guests can toast Barbie® with signature drinks including, Barbie Doll-icious!, Ken’s Caiprirosca, Strawberry Blonde and It’s a Pink Thing.
146 pounds of pink candy including mints, chocolate, licorice, rock candy, gummy lips, jelly beans and more line the dessert table.
1,030 pounds of ice make up the cake ice sculpture.

Inside Barbie's House:
The wall-to-wall carpeting lining Barbie®’s bedroom and hallway feature a custom-designed “B” pattern.
Over 200 yards of fuchsia velvet fabric were used to turn Barbie®’s bedroom into the dreamiest place in the house.
50 custom-designed Barbie® pink peep-toe Christian Louboutin heels (straight from Barbie®’s first ever Runway Show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week this February) line Barbie®’s shoe closet.
65 reproduction dolls of the original 1959 Black & White Bathing Suit® Barbie® doll were used to create an eye-catching one-of-a-kind wall mirror featured in the main living room.
The sitting room’s “hair” chandelier, designed by Chris March (contestant on Season 4 of “Project Runway”), consists of 30 blonde wigs and took more than 60 hours to construct.
Two pink plastic poodles on lucite pedestals flank the fireplace.
Three pieces of Barbie® vintage art hang on the walls throughout the house, including the iconic portrait of Barbie by Andy Warhol and the Donald Baechler “Ice Cream” portrait.
Barbie®’s in-house museum features 25 of the most iconic dolls throughout her 50 years.

What's Next For Barbie®:
Barbie®’s custom d├ęcor and signature pieces from the Malibu Dream House® will be heading to Las Vegas! This spring, the Palms Casino Resort will launch the Barbie® Suite, the ultimate Vegas destination for bachelorettes, birthdays and anyone who wants to be pampered in pink. Additionally, select items from the house will available for purchase as part of the “Jonathan Adler Loves Barbie” collection launching this September.

Did you know that Barbie has her own blog called Barbie All Doll'd Up. She TALKS and you don't even have to pull the string behind her head.

Remembering Barbie...

My wonderful Mom saved all my old Barbie's and her clothes for me which I think is so sweet. I even made some clothes for my Barbie's too.

Happy Birthday Barbie! Fabulous at 50! You go girl!


DesignTies said...

Fun post :-) I bet Jonathan Adler had a blast decorating Barbie's house!! The over-the-top chairs with the ribbons up the backs and pink tutus are pretty funky!!!

On a totally different topic.... are you still having trouble getting your blog header picture to fit??

Kelly @ DesignTies

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Kenneth Bordewick said...

I must add.. Very cute pictures and I love Colin Cowie... He does great events.
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Kenneth Bordewick said...

Mariah Carey would be jelous of Barbies homes.
Only Barbie can pull of this kind of style
Beautiful work Johnathan. Truly a work of art.

the paris apartment said...

This entire post is a work of art, Bonnie! I'll never get over it. I had no idea this was going on, thank you for the barbie and skipper
party, girl!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful site! Fantastic! By the way, one of the pink poodle statues is currently for sale on ebay.