When it comes to letting their hair down, those famous types really know how to party! There's no jelly and ice cream at these bashes... think elaborate fancy dress, guest lists that read like a Who's Who of celebville and enough booze to sink Roman Abramovich's yacht.

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  • Elton John's 50th birthday party, March 1997

    Never one to make a quiet entrance, Elton John reached new heights of flamboyance (literally) in 1997 with a show-stopping outfit for his 50th birthday party. The singer, who dressed as Louis XIV for the occasion, wore a wig that was so big that he reportedly had to arrange special transport to fit the headpiece. More than 500 friends of the star partied at the lavish event. Photo: Big Pictures

  • Kate Moss's 35th birthday, January 2009

    Legendary party animal Kate Moss marked her 35th birthday with a medieval-themed bash at her London home. Paparazzi photographs showed a mounted deer's head being carried into her house along with a pig on a spit. But it was the duration of this particular celebration which really hit the headlines as Kate and guests including Sadie Frost and Rhys Ifans were said to have partied non-stop for a full three days. Makes you wonder what she'll do for her 40th. Photo: Getty

  • Lord Alan Sugar's 40th wedding anniversary, May 2009

    Don't be fooled by his gruff manner on The Apprentice, Lord Alan Sugar is obviously a romantic at heart and proved it earlier this year by throwing a massive party for his 40th wedding anniversary. Elton John and the comedian Jackie Mason turned up for surprise performances and the bill is said to have topped £2 million. Photo: FilmMagic.com

  • Naomi Campbell's 36th birthday, May 2006

    What is it with these supermodels and their three day party bashes? Back in 2006, Naomi Campbell reportedly hired out all 18 floors of Dubai's exclusive Burj Al Arab hotel. The event saw the likes of David and Victoria Beckham, Linda Evangelista and Eva Herzigova join the model for the party, which is said to have set her back a cool £1 million. Photo: Getty

  • Nicolas Cage's Christmas party, December 2003

    Anyone who attended Nicolas Cage's 2003 festive party is unlikely to be surprised by recent reports that the actor is having money troubles. Guests at the event dined from tables carved from ice while a production crew blew fake snow onto proceedings and two massive nutcracker men stood to attention by the entrance to his mansion. The partygoers included Hugh Hefner and Jay Leno, who described it as the greatest Christmas party he'd ever been to. Money well spent then. Photo: Getty Images

  • Oprah Winfrey's 50th birthday party, January 2004

    Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey kicked off her 50th birthday weekend with a special edition of her show featuring surprise guests including Tina Turner paying tribute to the host. Festivities then carried on for three days with a lunch for 50 of the world's most influential women and a black-tie event attended by Hollywood stars including Tom Hanks, John Travolta and Jennifer Aniston. Photo: WireImage.com

  • P Diddy's 40th birthday party, November 2009

    King of bling P Diddy suffered his first hangover in five years following his 40th birthday party in New York. The rapper hired a top event planner to turn the venue into a 'fantasy dreamland' featuring a maze, fashion shows and performance art. Guests including Jay-Z, Rachel Hunter and The Black Eyed Peas partied at the extravagaza, which reportedly cost him £1.8 million. Photo: Big Pictures

  • Paris Hilton's 21st birthday, February 2002

    Let's be honest about it - when you're the heiress to a multi-million pound empire, your 21st birthday is never going to be a quiet night down the pub with your mates. Paris celebrated her coming of age by throwing five parties around the globe in New York, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles and Tokyo and the final bill reportedly added up to around £45,000 per guest! Photo: FilmMagic.com

  • Sultan of Brunei's 50th birthday, July 1996

    With the total cost said to be in the region of £16 million, it's not surprising that the Sultan of Brunei's 50th birthday party is believed to be the most expensive ever thrown. Guests at the bash sipped the world's best champagne and nibbled on the costliest caviar on the planet, however, the highlight was a performance by Michael Jackson, for which the late star is said to have pocketed almost £10 million. Not bad for a night's work. Photo: Getty Images