Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 | 5:38 p.m.
Light at Mandalay Bay
The busiest wedding day of the year in Las Vegas is a week away, on Valentine’s Day, and party princess Tiffany Masters is throwing the world’s largest wedding reception for every couple getting married here. There could be as many as 1,200-plus couples, and you’re invited to crash the party at Bagatelle adjacent to the Tropicana.
Couples who marry at our wedding chapels or at City Hall are invited to the bash. Tiffany is hoping grooms will stay in tuxes and brides in gowns settling into private booths with friends and family. And there’s a surprise twist. “Wedding Crashers” fans who have fantasized about doing the same in real life and will don a tuxedo or bridesmaid outfit are invited to crash the party.
For dating duos who feel the urge to get engaged, wed or renew vows, Tiffany and other ordained ministers will wed couples at midnight. She tells me there will be free champagne toasts and bouquet tossing, with prizes for ladies who want to party with a make-believe groom and guys who want to fulfill a fantasy of finding a bridesmaid.
WHIPPED CREAM CHAOS: Valentine’s Day comes early for the hosts of ABC’s “The View” on Friday. Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd get a surprise visit from our Chippendales hunks at The Rio.
During a V.D. segment, Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis (runners-up on the most recent “The Amazing Race” on CBS), plus, Jon Howes, Chaun Thomas and Sami Eskelin serve cocktails. Whipped cream chaos ensued when a tray spilled on Jon results in sassy Sherri yelling, “Take it off, take it off!” You do you, girl.
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
Is the whirlwind life of newly crowned 2013 Miss America Mallory Hytes Hagan about to get even crazier? She showed her dancing skills here at Planet Hollywood when she won the crown and title in January. Now she’s saying that she’s very willing to appear on the next “Dancing With the Stars.” (Celebrity contestants aren’t supposed to have dance training, no?)
Rumors elsewhere of new restaurants and a gastropub at The Venetian and Palazzo by chefs Mario Batali and Daniel Boulud are premature. “Nothing is signed or sealed,” I was reliably told. Apparently a lot of chefs are talking to the two hotels about projects, and execs are hoping “there will be great news soon.” Mario and Daniel seem like frontrunners, as the Italian has three successful venues there and Daniel a hit restaurant in the Singapore outpost.
AMAZING PREDICTION: The Strip headliner The Amazing Kreskin returned to Fox Business on “After the Bell” when his Super Bowl XLVII prediction was revealed. It was the first time he attempted to forecast the score and not just the winner. His prediction: the Baltimore Ravens would defeat the San Francisco 49ers 34-29. The final score was 34-31! Sportswriters told Kreskin that had one call gone another way in the final minutes, his prediction of 29 would have been correct.
REMEMBERING WHITNEY: It’s a year this weekend since Whitney Houston’s death after Clive Davis’ Grammy Awards party, and to honor the singer, Madame Tussaud’s at The Venetian will unveil her wax figure on Monday.
VIDEO PREVIEW: A new YouTube video posted this morning provides another preview of Light nightclub that Cirque du Soleil and The Light Group are opening at Mandalay Bay on April 26.
HOLLY’S BABY BEAUTY: In natural light and without makeup, reality TV star Holly Madison glows posing for this photo taken by Denise Truscello at her studio Casa Luca Marco. Holly says she’s expecting her first daughter at the end of the month or the first week of March. She could not look more radiant, and it’s the perfect follow-up to the baby shower photos we posted Wednesday.
RUGBY PEP RALLY: Cheerleaders for USA Sevens kicked off a pep rally at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops this morning with a drum line from Arbor View High. Rugby tournament director Dan Lyle introduced members of the USA Eagles team.
TYSON MEMORABILIA: Boxing legend Mike Tyson jets in and out from his one-man show touring the country to sign autographs at Tristar Sports in Miracle Mile Shops on Friday and Saturday and then at Field of Dreams in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Here’s last week’s mayhem.
MGM Grand headliner magician David Copperfield toured The Mob Museum in advance of next week’s first anniversary.
Comedian Ron White received a VIP personal tour of Gold & Silver Pawnshop from “Pawn Stars” stars Corey Harrison” and Richard Harrison..
Award-winning actor Kelsey Grammer with his wife dined at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in The Forum Shops on Wednesday night.
Heraea, the new high-energy restaurant and sports lounge with a feminine twist at the Palms, opened for a sneak preview with guests including model Selita Ebanks, singer Taylor Dane and NFL stars Greg Little (Cleveland Browns), Michael Bush (Chicago Bears), Lance Briggs (Chicago Bears), James Johnson (Pittsburgh Steelers), Jalil Brown (Kansas City Chiefs), Brandon Bostick (Green Bay Packers) and Rock Cartwright, formerly of the 49ers.
“Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro enjoyed midday snacks at First Food & Bar in the Palazzo.
UFC fighter Cain Velasquez was at Exotics Racing for a few laps in a Nissan GT-R, his favorite from the supercar fleet.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski dined at STK in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
DJs Chris Kennedy, Peanut Butter Wolf and Stefano Noferino partied at the Hard Rock Hotel.
The new Andy Warhol “Out West” exhibit opens at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.
Las Vegas Dance Starz’s extravaganza “Love Is in the Air” is at Cashman Center.
Frank Sinatra Jr. entertains with a symphony orchestra for “Sinatra Sings Sinatra” at the annual fundraising gala for the Foundation for Positively Kids at Bellagio.
Our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview provides the Royal Robin Rundown of everybody from The Who to Jay Leno and Craig Ferguson, plus, details of the Chinese New Year celebrations and USA Sevens.
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Tropicana Las Vegas sits on the south-east corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, an intersection which has the most adjacent hotel rooms in the world, also making it one of the most busy. The hotel has 1,658 rooms, three restaurants, a 62,011-square foot casino and a spa.
Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.