When Karina Smirnoff arrived at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas Saturday night, she was greeted by a sweet birthday surprise, her “Dancing With The Stars “co-star, Mark Ballas.
Ballas, fresh off of hosting the Miss America Pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort, was joined by fellow judge and good friend Kris Jenner at a private event in the Chocolate Lounge at Sugar Factory full of Hollywood A-listers including actress Teri Polo, designer and socialite Faye Resnick and Lara Spencer from “Good Morning America.”
Jenner and Resnick were both dressed in black Dolce & Gabbaba, Jenner in a full-length sequined gown and Resnick in sexy, formfitting silk. Polo wore a stunning white Herve Leger gown, while Ballas showed off his off-dance floor style in a Giorgio Armani tuxedo.
Not one to make much of her birthday, Smirnoff was surprised by close friends with an elaborate birthday celebration that began with dinner at the bustling brasserie. “All I want for my birthday is for Tim Tebow to dance on ‘Dancing With The Stars,’” said Smirnoff. She then went on to say that as a New York native, she is a Jets fan, first. But, like many Americans, she was rooting for the Denver Broncos yesterday. “Tim Tebow played so hard,” Smirnoff said, “and I know that so many fans all across the country are so proud of him!” With the Broncos and the Jets out of contention, she is now rooting for the New York Giants.
Dinner started with a few shared items, some of Smirnoff’s favorites, including fried macaroni and cheese pops and creamy artichoke and spinach dip, and she enjoyed pan-roasted Pacific salmon with grilled asparagus for her entrée. Knowing that Smirnoff is a fan of cupcakes, her friends ordered an oversized cupcake assortment that included red velvet and Oreo cookie, as well as a decadent chocolate fondue sampler complete with freshly baked Rice Crispy treats and chocolate chip cookies.
The ladies made their way to Sugar Factory’s adjacent retail shop following dinner, where the group selected an assortment of sour candies and jelly beans. Smirnoff graciously stopped to hug and sign autographs for fans as she explored the celebrated sweet spot.
Following dinner, the birthday party made its way to Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood Resort, where the ladies enjoyed cocktails and danced the night away. Smirnoff greeted and waved to her fans as she danced atop one of Gallery’s over-sized booths. In for one more surprise, Smirnoff grinned ear-to-ear with excitement when the Pussycat Dolls presented her with a mirrorball birthday cake.
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